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Issue: "'To stay is to be killed'," Nov. 29, 2008

The rest of the story

I appreciate WORLD giving Walter and Matthew Wangerin the opportunity to share the rest of their story ("Unconditional love," Oct. 18). After reading WORLD, I went to my bookshelf and pulled out Walter Wangerin Jr.'s 1993 essay collection, Little Lamb, Who Made Thee? As I reread "No Fields of Yellow Flowers Anymore," telling the beginning of the story, it made your interview all the more poignant.
-Margaret Lowery; Watkinsville, Ga.

Nanny regulations

I suspect that the increase in the number of regulations in Europe has more to do with failure in personal responsibility than with finding work for Nanny (Quick Takes, Oct. 18). Turning off car engines during periods of waiting in traffic is a sensible act of any circumspect citizen. When children don't consider others out of love and sensitivity, Nanny will have to teach them to do so.
-Udo W. Middelmann; Gryon, Switzerland

Hope in Africa

Thank you for "Africa for Africa" (Oct. 18) and especially the statement, "Africa isn't simply a sometimes sinkhole for U.S. humanitarian assistance." My wife and I lived and worked in Nigeria for 12 years, followed by two additional years in Malawi. Many Americans believe that Africa is hopeless, perhaps because reporters usually report only the bad news, but we enjoyed our work and helped found ministries that are still thriving.
-Timothy Monsma; Loveland, Colo.

When a man hears a woman

My Dutch grandfather had a ticket to sail on the Titanic, but my grandmother, a quiet, reserved woman, had a nightmare that the Titanic was going to sink. My grandfather was a wise man. He listened to his wife, sailed early on another ship, and was in America when the Titanic went down. His ticket was in third class, so we can assume I am here today, with many descendants, because a man listened to a woman. Andrée Seu notes in "Songs on the Titanic" (Oct. 18) that we shouldn't "count on Sarah Palin to save us" from God's judgment, but we can learn from the example of King Josiah, whose reforms at least postponed disaster. And 2 Kings 22 records that in a time of crisis in Israel God used a woman, the prophetess Huldah, to convey His message.
-Marcia Davis; Edgewood, Wash.

Prove it

As a Missouri Synod Lutheran, I commend Benedict XVI for upholding the position of his church regarding contraception on demand ("Pope says nope," Oct. 18). Prior to 1930, all the major Protestant churches also opposed contraception on demand. To justify a departure from the historic understanding and practice of the Western church concerning contraception, I submit the burden of proof rests with the proponents, both Roman Catholic and Protestant.
-M.L.F. Freiberg Sr.; Evanston, Ind.

Lifelong dance

I agree with the neat thought that we can glean insight into Christian marriage from ballroom dancing ("Shall we?" Oct. 4). Not many places teach any more the truth that the man is to lead, but once we enter the dance floor we understand it.
-Debra Tobler; Makakilo, Hawaii

Options, not excuses

Thank you to Janie B. Cheaney for "If not college, what?" (Sept. 20). I am a junior in high school and I can relate to many students who are trying to figure out what career path they will take. While I do not think that an apprenticeship or an accelerated learning program should be used as an excuse to avoid college, I do believe both are viable options. If you have a passion for the line of work and it can support a family, the pursuit of a career without college is a respectable route to take.
-Josh May; Derby, Kansas

Drastic consequences

"Trap doors" (Sept. 6) hit home. I know a man who at a young age was exposed to pornography he found in the trash of a local college. As a result, he eventually developed a voracious addiction and is now in prison for life. He is a father of six children and a Bible college graduate; no one is exempt from the atrocities of this heinous addiction. In spite of this tragedy, God has brought this man to his knees in repentance and he has been growing in his faith daily. It is sad that it often takes such drastic consequences to lead us back to a real relationship with our heavenly Father.
-Dawn Pickett; Westminster, Md.

Correction

The name of the ship Earnest Henry Shackleton used on his 1914 Antarctic expedition was Endurance ("The slightest degree," Oct. 18, p. 87).

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