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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Save the unions," Oct. 24, 2009

When the cash spigot is turned off, governments tend to cut services in ways that will most adversely affect us, such as road repair or rest stops, but continue to fund "necessities" like million-dollar turtle tunnels. The solution is simple: Let somebody build a fast-food business nearby and let him take care of the grounds.
-Larry Mills; Sherwood, Ark.

As one of those blind merchants enjoying a "monopoly" on servicing rest stops, I feel obligated to mention that this is part of the federal government's 1930s-era Randolph-Sheppard program. It is designed to help employ blind adults, whose unemployment rate is over 70 percent. In many states we do not have a monopoly, and we compete with large corporations-every gas station and truck stop on the interstate-and sometimes we have to compete in the courts to take advantage of the law.
-Chris Hollingsworth; Indianapolis, Ind.

Much more complex

Regarding "Victim of a bad economy or a house of cards?" (Aug. 15): [Former Cornerstone Ministries Investments President Cecil] Brooks and I were never in a position to "unilaterally" change the lending policies of Cornerstone. All loans were approved by Cornerstone's board of directors in accordance with the terms of the prospectus; Mr. Brooks and I served on the Board but recused ourselves from the voting process. The events that followed our retirement were disheartening, discouraging, and in some cases tragic. I regret what took place after my departure from Cornerstone, but the events that led to Cornerstone filing a bankruptcy action are much more numerous and complex than the business history you described.
-John T. Ottinger Jr.; Atlanta, Ga.

For this time

Thank you for "Don't head for the hills" (Sept. 12). Of those who would recommend running to survive, I would ask, why does God have them here, now? Does Esther 4:14 ("Who knows whether you are come to the kingdom for such a time as this?") only apply to opportunities for fame and fortune? If all the Christians had fled China during the Communist oppression, what would the church in China look like now?
-Nathan Snell; Lancaster, Pa.

What's hypocritical?

A young member of the ELCA warned ("Lutheran leap," Sept. 12) that "young people find it hypocritical to bar gays from entering into loving relationships"? It is hypocritical to teach obedience to God's Word but then say, "This is an exception where it is more loving to ignore God's rule."
-John Cogan; Farmington, N.M.

Upward calling

In "One large misstep" (Aug. 29), Janie Cheaney stated that NASA's Apollo program was a "humanist endeavor done for the glory of man not God." NASA as an institution may be in general humanist, but there are many, many Christ-followers within NASA and its contractors who see their work as God's calling and an expression of the God-given desire to explore.
-Lanette Holland; Houston, Texas

Faith conserved

When I read "A grief conserved" (Aug. 15), highlighting perinatal hospice, I reflected back four years ago when I could have used such support. While early in pregnancy with my fourth child, he was diagnosed with a severe birth defect. I was told to consider abortion. But doctors can be wrong, and I have living proof of the healing that God provides in my 3-year-old son.
-Kathleen Brickley; Houston, Texas

Correction

World Vision's annual revenue is $1.1 billion ("Aid dependents," Sept. 26, p. 74).

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