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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Millions cut down," Jan. 17, 2009

Bad-tasting bailout

If the "Big Three" automakers are bailed out now ("Deal or no deal?" Nov. 29), watch out for the backlash. Americans are going to turn away from any company that they have been required to bail out. When things are rammed down your throat it sure leaves a bad taste for a long time.
-Jared Harold; Naples, Fla.

Too little sweat

Marvin Olasky noted that the Latin word for pagan refers to "old country dweller, a hick" ("Schools, media, cities," Nov. 29). Isn't it interesting that pagans now saturate urban areas while hard-working, God-fearing, salt-of-the-earth types are the majority in rural areas? Too much intellectualism, too little sweat, I think.
-Angela Fritze; Hackensack, Minn.

I appreciated Olasky's comment regarding contributions to secular alma maters. If one wants strong Christian schools, one has to support them. These institutions can't grow and be competitive if they starve while their secular competitors feed lavishly.
-Christine Fite; Macon, Ga.

"Minding our P's and C's" and "In good times and in bad" (Nov. 15) impressed me very much. As the election activities headed down the backstretch and the election news infiltrated every area of our lives, I was in turmoil over the political direction that our nation is taking. It was a heavy struggle, but after the election, while rereading your columns, I found peace in our God, His Word, and His sovereignty.
-Marcia LaReau; Bloomfield, Conn.

Hopeful setback

You are right that the 2008 presidential election represents a major setback for the pro-life cause ("No retreat," Nov. 15). But Obama's election also fills me with tremendous hope that the abortion debate, like the civil-rights issue over the last 40 years, will be turned around in this country. How many people fighting for civil rights in 1968 would have foreseen a day when an African-American could be elected president?
-Trevin Wax; Shelbyville, Tenn.

Election aftermath

Republicans lost the election for many reasons, including: biased mainstream media coverage; six years of reckless spending from the GOP-controlled Congress; a Republican president who neglected domestic issues; an economic disaster just before the election; a candidate who went out of his way not to offend his opposition; and a chance for minorities, liberals, and others to participate in a "historic moment" by electing a black president. But conservatism was not the reason ("Get real," Nov. 15). The GOP has not practiced conservatism for a long time.
-Charles D. Bogden; Sugar Land, Texas

We Christian conservatives are a minority, and we'd better get used to it. I am concerned but not at all fearful about the future.
-Bill Swenson; Saint Louis, Mo.

I'm not pleased about Obama's victory, but maybe he is part of God's plan to shake Christians up and turn us away from our idolatry and infatuation with this world.
-Karen Baddorf; Inman, S.C.

Correction

In Genesis 40, Pharoah's chief cupbearer is restored to his position after Joseph interprets his dream ("In good times and bad," Nov. 15, p. 83).

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