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Issue: "The Haiti quake," Feb. 13, 2010

Clearly snookered

What I love about WORLD is your clear view of reality and lucid musing upon it. Your first issue of the new year (Jan. 2) has a tight weaving of alarm and regret all the way through. From Joel Belz's opening column ("Nation of skeptics") to Andrée Seu ("Fault lines") and Marvin Olasky ("Manhattan microcosm") in the back, the message could not be clearer: We Americans, as a nation and regardless of religious persuasion, have allowed ourselves to be snookered, big time.
-Bill Swenson; St. Louis, Mo.

What we need

What we need isn't the patch of an "American doctor" ("Nation of skeptics") but the grace of the omnipotent God. On another level, we need members of Congress with the intestinal fortitude to stand up to this president.
-Doris J. Stanford; Colorado Springs, Colo.

Gone, but not forgotten

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So Oral Roberts died surrounded by family in "wealthy" Newport Beach, Calif. ("Departures," Jan. 2), and you also reminded us of his son's problems at ORU. With a hint of scandal, you sent away a man, imperfect like the rest of us, who brought inspiration and hope to millions.
-Dan Johnson; Allyn, Wash.

In "Departures" you mentioned Holly Coors but failed to mention Joseph Corbett Jr., who died Aug. 24 at age 80. On Feb. 9, 1960, Corbett murdered Coors executive and heir Adolph Coors III after a failed kidnap attempt near Golden, Colo. An escaped murderer from California, Corbett was the object of a massive manhunt before being captured in Canada in October 1960. Corbett served less than 20 years.
-Al Shumard; Greensboro, N.C.

I was surprised at the omission of Patrick McGoohan, who died on Jan. 13 at age 80. He was best known as the creator, producer, and actor in the TV cult classic The Prisoner. McGoohan, a Catholic, reportedly turned down the role of James Bond due to the immoral sexual habits of the character.
-Joe Morovich; Cleveland, Ohio

Cold-shouldered Penguins

Although I enjoyed your recent "News of the Year" issue, I was disappointed not to see any mention of the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins in "Champs" (Jan. 2). Why the omission? As a Pittsburgher I am biased, but the Penguins are solid role models who epitomize the word teamwork.
-Cheryl Swartz; Pittsburgh, Pa.

Regarding your comment that "fans and pundits have long stopped considering NBA basketball a team game," I believe that fans and pundits are beginning to realize that individual offensive play may win some games but defense, a team effort, wins championships-as the New York Yankees, Boston Celtics, and Los Angeles Lakers have known for decades. Kobe Bryant is a great player partly because he raised his teammates' level of play with his passing and emphasis on defense.
-Pete Andreas; Pella, Iowa

Still illegitimate

You described the ouster of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, in which the military seized him and flew him out of the country at gunpoint, as "constitutional" ("Surprises," Jan. 2). There may be legitimate suspicions about Zelaya, but this does not legitimize the kidnapping of a sitting president by a faction of his government. Further, your account doesn't mention accounts of the new regime's brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters who supported the left-leaning president.
-Algernon D'Ammassa; Deming, N.M.

He can change

I am no great fan of President Obama and have great respect for Andrée Seu, but I take issue with her suggestion ("Fault lines," Jan. 2) that America's debt troubles and gradual slide toward socialism could have been forecast had the American people paid more attention to his past associations with people like Saul Alinsky. America has been sliding toward socialism for decades and Republican presidents and Congresses have done almost nothing to stop it-consider Social Security and Medicare. And I am disturbed that Mrs. Seu would apply the fable of the scorpion and the frog to any human being. Scripture teaches that a man can change and be changed, that he is free in some real sense as a divine image-bearer despite his sinful flesh. Obama's nature is not immutable, and no one should suggest otherwise.
-Corban A. Klug; Charlottesville, Va.

The mainstream press and anyone who just wanted "hope" and "change" never bothered to look at the pesky details surrounding Obama's relationships with known terrorists and people who simply don't like the United States. We are reaping the consequences of electing a man who is doing exactly what he believes and told us he would do.
-Norm Stobert; Grand Ledge, Mich.

A non-statistic

Regarding "Your tax $$$" (Jan. 2), I am one of those "overpaid" federal workers. A comparison of the average pay of a federal worker with average private sector pay is a non-statistic. Federal workers tend to be highly educated and trained, while the private sector figure includes many people on the minimum wage end. Just now, after 26 years of federal employment, is my pay as a software engineer coming into line with my private sector counterpart.
-Bill Lugg; Calhan, Colo.

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