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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Pro-baby," Jan. 30, 2010

Fresh air

I'm calmer this morning, but still profoundly disappointed by your part in perpetuating the portrait of Susan Boyle as learning disabled (or worse!), fragile and unstable, and a flash in the pan ("Subject to interpretation," Dec. 19). She struggled academically and with her emotions, but millions of people do and they're not labeled so cruelly. She's not a carefully molded celebrity so some see her as eccentric, but that's more a breath of fresh air than a liability.
-Judi Buller; Olympia, Wash.

Conservatives needed

I enjoyed "Running free" (Dec. 19). I knew Jim Ryun and his family in the 1970s in California and I'd like to encourage him to run again for Congress. As I (and many conservatives like me) become more politically active, we will need good, solid conservatives to nominate for office.
-Veda Gonzalez; Halfway, Mo.

There she is

I am a Christian, homeschooling mom and have been involved in the Miss America organization for many years. Thank you to Marvin Olasky for his honest assessment of how his ideas changed once he worked alongside the current Miss America, Katie Stam ("Serving with Miss America," Dec. 19). I heard her speak recently at a pageant forum and she shared her testimony and presented the gospel in a clear and simple way.
-Sherry Ledtke; Saginaw, Mich.

Explaining everything

Judging by Janie Cheaney's account ("Art in the heart," Dec. 5), Dennis Dutton's book does establish one thing: Storytelling ability may or may not have given a competitive edge to our remote ancestors, but it is certainly useful for defenders of Darwinian evolution. When you don't have to ground your arguments in any evidence, you can give free rein to your imagination. Speculations about possible adaptive advantages for aesthetics, morality, or religion are sure to win acclaim for confirming evolution's capacity for explaining everything.
-Russell Board; Saitama, Japan

Hooked

Since receiving a free copy of WORLD last June, I have been hooked. When an issue arrives in the mail, I feel as if an old friend has come into my home. I have been especially moved by the recent articles concerning conservative professors at liberal universities who have been rejected, ridiculed, and treated shamefully because of their faith ("Odd man in," Nov. 21, "Losing a beachhead," Sept. 12).
-Stewart Simms Jr.; Athens, Ga.

No lack of knowledge

"Having none of it" (Nov. 21) offers abundant examples of people with an aversion to religion but openness to spiritual issues. The critical component the article doesn't mention is the Holy Spirit. It sounds like Heinkel's disbelief isn't for lack of knowledge (which religion provides), but for lack of a personal encounter with the Spirit of God.
-Julie Dawson; Port Orchard, Wash.

Floored

I read the recent article about the salaries of religious nonprofit executives with my jaw on the floor ("Franklin's purse," Nov. 7). It sounds silly, but my husband and I felt sad and disillusioned. Thanks for helping us decide where to invest the money with which God has entrusted us.
-Robin Langford; East Lansing, Mich.

Correction

Media coverage of the Obama campaign and inauguration took off in 2008 and early 2009 ("After the swoon," Jan. 16, p. 76).

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