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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "All-American adoption story," Nov. 21, 2009

So little, so much

"Church of the disabled" (Sept. 26) helped me see through the eyes of a d­isabled person. Those with special needs are often unable to express themselves. Hopefully this article will encourage people to start inviting disabled people to their churches or to share Christ with them.
-Erin Wilson; Newport Beach, Calif.

I have struggled to love the unlovely and yet it requires so little to bless them. My little brother was diagnosed with intractable epilepsy four years ago. Often people shunned my family and me because of my brother's disorder, so to know that there are those who care about the developmentally disabled is a great blessing.
-Connor McMurray, 14; Grants Pass, Ore.

What kept it together

My heart took a jump when I saw "Finding quality at the end of life" (Sept. 26). My dear father died in 2008 of complications from ALS. He was 77. It shocked our whole family, and my mom had a hard time watching him slow down and not be himself anymore. What kept us from falling apart was his positive outlook, trust in God, and hope for heaven.
-Cheri Brunner; Palouse, Wash.

A gem

Arsenio Orteza is a real gem. He has a stunning knowledge of musical genres and history, and the only thing I know for sure when I turn to The Buzz each issue is that he'll introduce me to some worthwhile artist or album that I've never heard of before.
-Kevin Traube; Beckley, W.Va.

Fighting the Uncurriculum

Three cheers for Prof. Koons for his "Fighting the Uncurriculum" blog ("The purge," Sept. 12). The problem with people judging the failures of Western Civilization is that they are often ignorant of it.
-Craig Shoemaker; Jenison, Mich.

I hope Dr. Koons doesn't give up but that Christians in Texas will help him to regroup and assault the gates of hell again. In light of eternity, we should have some battle scars when we appear before God on Judgment Day.
-Sarah Hardwicke; San Angelo, Texas

Not so tedious

I almost didn't read "Afghan apathy" (Sept. 12). Afghanistan just seems so tedious and unsolvable. (I guess I have Afghan apathy, too.) But I read it anyway because I respect Mindy Belz's work, and it was one of the best pieces I've ever read-clear, compelling, and enlightening.
-Veda Wells; Austin, Texas

Want it both ways

"Planned parenthood" (Sept. 12) is a fantastic piece. Some years ago, a day after I culled the raw data on legalized abortion numbers since 1973, I first heard the threadbare complaint about Social Security being "broken." That was followed by blaming every conceivable thing except the fact that (at that time) 25 million potential contributors to Social Security were dead. It seems that human nature, in this case, as in all others, wants it both ways.
-Tom Bache-Wiig; Dallas, Texas

Correction & clarification

Franklin Graham's compensation in 2005 (including salary, benefits, and expense account) totaled $641,570-not the $750,000 reported ("Franklin's purse," Nov. 7, 2009). The $1.2 million in compensation reported in 2008 was derived from IRS Form 990 and included $342,000 in base salary, $708,269 in other compensation, $41,900 in deferred compensation, and $111,945 in nontaxable benefits.

Clarification

Jerry McAuley founded what is now the New York Rescue Mission in 1872, and three other missions-Pacific Garden in Chicago, Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission in Philadelphia, and the Bowery Mission in New York-all opened their doors in the late 1870s (The Buzz, Oct. 10, p. 12).

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