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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "The Obama era," Feb. 14, 2009

World of hurt

I feel very strongly that if the Obama presidency failed, it would hurt everyone in the world ("Hoping for a stumble," Dec. 13). The office of the presidency would be maligned, our safety would be jeopardized, and we would be hated around the world even more than we are now. The "loyal right" has to get its act together.
-Bob Trepa; Holland, Mich.

Hope and prayer

Joel Belz's column ("Get real," Nov. 15) was very insightful. Political clout is important but, as a positive force for good within the system, the prayer groups meeting across America are what give me hope.
-Elaine (Bonny) Boniface; Hackettstown, N.J.

I watched with amazement as George Bush's administration ignored the ballooning unpopularity and crippling expense of the Iraq War. And then we were given the same formula to vote for. There were a lot of lesser concerns that contributed to the election results, but unless we own the arrogance of ignoring the electorate, we will remain on the bottom where we belong.
-Tony Smith; Toms River, N.J.

No nation that countenances the murder of over a million unborn children a year has any right to expect the continued blessings, prosperity, and protection of God. As long as the church remains mostly inert we will continue our slide to a fearful day of judgment as a nation and culture.
-John Nixdorf; Naperville, Ill.

Candle light

When pilgrims can anticipate treading through a dark night, they are grateful for the person holding a lit candle. Marvin Olasky's "Minding our P's and C's" (Nov. 15) was worth the year's subscription to WORLD.
-John & Laurie Stone; Santa Clarita, Calif.

Reviews of reviews

I do not intend to renew. You have too many reviews of TV, movies, music, and books.
-David Whitesitt; Seeley Lake, Mont.

Publishing movie reviews is an excellent idea. Your movie critics give us, the readers, a chance to have a Christian perspective on movies. When I want to see a movie, I always check with WORLD first.
-Mark Lohstroh, 15; Plano, Texas


Breast cancer surgeon Angela Lanfranchi says that first-trimester spontaneous abortions (or miscarriages) occur because of low hormone levels, so they do not increase breast cancer risk-but if an abortion (either spontaneous or induced) occurs in a pregnancy with normal hormone levels, the abortion increases breast cancer risk by creating more cancer-vulnerable breast tissue ("Life or death?" Jan. 17, p. 53). City University of New York biology professor Joel Brind notes that a full-term pregnancy-but not an aborted one-leaves a woman with a lower long-term risk of breast cancer, compared to not having gotten pregnant. A pregnant woman who chooses abortion will have a greater long-term risk of breast cancer than if she chose not to have an abortion.


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