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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "Profiles in effective compassion," April 24, 2010

A starting point

I appreciated "Cue the comedians" (March 13). My heart, which knows repentance well, is grieved by the levity with which the Tiger Woods saga has been treated. Thank you for suggesting that this could be "a starting point" for Tiger. I pray that it is so.
-Jonathan Coleman; Frederick, Md.

Scarily available

Thank you for your tips for protecting the privacy of my Gmail and Facebook accounts in "Higher profiles" (March 13). I followed the advice and instructions and regained control of my information. It is scary to think of how easily our personal information is being made available to "everyone."
-Holli Applegate; Long Beach, Calif.

Feeling special

I feel special. Although Vermont bottomed out the list as the least churchgoing state ("Bible belt," March 13), that is where the Lord saved me in 1975. As a current California resident, I am wondering if I've gone from a spiritually vapid wasteland to a vast spiritual desolation. This has made me more aware of the spiritual need of those right in our own midst.
-Gloria Durgin; Beaumont, Calif.

No place for women

I love WORLD but was disappointed with how "Turning out the lights" (Feb. 27) gushed about the women our military is using in bloody combat in Iraq. What kind of godless country sends its women into combat to fight its wars?
-Gary Coldiron Sr.; Bloomington, Ind.

Houses in ruins

Marvin Olasky's excellent article on Obama's housing plan ("Ghost streets," Feb. 27) brings to mind a passage from Haggai: "You looked for much, and behold, it came to little. And when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why? declares the Lord of hosts. Because of My house that lies in ruins, while each of you busies himself with his own house."
-J.D. Moyers; Centennial, Colo.

No spokesman

Regarding "Conservatives unite" (The Buzz, March 13): Many conservative organizations and individuals declined to participate in CPAC because of the sponsorship of pro-gay GOProud. Sen. Scott Brown, who is pro-abortion and supported Massachusetts-mandated health coverage, is not my idea of a spokesman for conservatism.
-Gregory Poulos; Palm Bay, Fla.

The gossip kings

"Total recalls" (Feb. 27) is a very pointed and timely message that too often is glossed over in our ultra-fast-paced society. The phrase, "the self-righteous righteous," certainly brings to mind our gossip kings that fill nightly newscasts.
-Jon Parker; Lewistown, Mont.

No coincidences

As a fan of Lost, I was so thrilled to see the article on the biblical and philosophical connections throughout the series ("Mystery island," Feb. 27). It's been interesting to see how nothing is random, and how everything works together for one purpose.
-Lydia Spencer; Indianapolis, Ind.


The claim that DDT causes eggshell thinning in wild bird populations did not appear until several years after Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring appeared in 1962 ("Survivor," March 13, p. 49).


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