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Issue: "Biblical callings," Dec. 4, 2010

"In the thick of it" (Oct. 23)

That was a wonderful article on Joni Eareckson Tada. She's a great example of putting our faith in Jesus and letting our light shine. In just the few minutes it took to read, I got a needed attitude adjustment.
Brad Mattes; Cincinnati, Ohio

"Gentle professionals" (Oct. 23)

As a young "hippie" passing through New York in 1974, I took a trip to Bellevue Hospital's ER. I saw two Latinos aggressively protecting a kid in a wheelchair, a black man on a stretcher who'd been shot in the knees with a shotgun in a bar fight, and a multitude of others sleeping, groaning, complaining, and freaking out. When my turn came, to my grateful surprise I too was treated with respect and professionalism.
Terry Pruett; White City, Ore.

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Marvin Olasky's observations about professionals treating the poor brought tears to my eyes and encouraged me, like a shot in the arm, to "go the distance" among poor school-age kids in the Ozark region another day.
Marda Myers; Nixa, Mo.

As medical director of a much smaller community ER, I believe there is a genuinely compassionate mindset among those who choose emergency medicine. But the sad reality is what happens after you leave the ER. Many who require follow-up care don't have the wherewithal (or transportation even) to allow them to cope with the rigors of a system that can suddenly seem much less "gentle."
Ralph Robertson; Williamsburg, Va.

"78 degrees" (Oct. 23)

I thoroughly enjoyed this column, although my own personal comfort zone is on the cooler side of 78. I often ponder the fact that God gives us so many perfect or near-perfect days in a year. Even the not-so-perfect days can be made bearable with a relatively small adjustment on our part. This assures us that God is our Creator and the One who still controls this planet.
Jane Miller; Middletown, Ohio

The forecast for St. Louis as I write this calls for a high of 76 degrees. My wife and I are in our 70s and have praised the Lord while exercising with our bikes and kayaks almost every day for several weeks. "78 degrees" reminded us how profoundly instructive, indeed miraculous, is the pleasure of beautiful weather.
Bill Swenson; St. Louis, Mo.

Jesus has always turned the temperature up or down to account for the vicissitudes of my too-often willful life. But He always provides more 78-degree days (with no humidity) to let me remember the blessed hope of many more to come.
Tom Rice; Peachtree Corners, Ga.

"Don't forget Obamacare" (Oct. 23)

I am a Christian who supports and welcomes Obamacare. My husband and I are fortunate to have good insurance coverage, but I know many who do not. I believe that as a civilized society, and as Christians, we have a responsibility to take care of our children, our elderly, and our sick and infirm. The details of Obamacare are steps in the right direction.
Rosalie Mann; Chandler, Ariz.

The Obamacare bill has already hurt me: This year Target cut my Basic Healthcare Insurance by raising my deductible to $4,000, which means I really am self-insured up to that amount. The "family" deductible (for my wife and me) is $8,000. I'm already paying for the changes that went into effect in September.
Phil Blair; Germantown, Tenn.

As a physician with almost 40 years of experience, mostly treating chronic illness, I believe Rick Santorum's remark that preexisting illness is not a problem in our present system is simply not true. Yes, these people are technically insurable, but in practice people with common diseases such as diabetes or heart disease must stay with a larger company to keep affordable insurance. They often live in fear of layoffs or forced early retirement. Yes, Obamacare is a terrible bill, but ignoring deficiencies in our system rather than presenting creative solutions will only hinder efforts to overturn it.
William H. Hall; Longwood, Fla.

"Pulpit partisans" (Oct. 23)

This is very sad. Some church leaders, it appears, have substituted the gospel of healthcare reform for the good news from Isaiah 40:9: "Say to the cities of Judah, 'Behold your God.'" I hear those churches instead saying, "America, behold your god (big government) and its social gospel."
Henry Schuyten; Canton, Mich.

I recently read Erwin Lutzer's 1995 book Hitler's Cross, which tells how Hitler used churches to promote the Nazi agenda. Relations were friendly at first, but in the end churches that refused to take the loyalty oath were easily identified and silenced. I think our churches should stick to carrying out those things Christ assigned for us and not get entangled in political agendas.
Rollin Mann; Sierra Madre, Calif.

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