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"Mailbag" Continued...

Issue: "The battle," March 24, 2012

Mindy Belz's column brought to mind a powerful quote from Susan Wise Bauer's The Story of the World: "The history of the twentieth century is, again and again, the story of men who fight against tyrants, win the battle, and then are overwhelmed by the unconquered tyranny in their own souls."
Jane Bentley; Mobile, Ala.

"Climbing out of the cradle"

(Feb. 11) I appreciated your excellent articles related to Black History Month, but I must take issue with your assertion that white Southerners turned to segregation in a backlash against the Populist Movement's courting of the black vote. Immediately after the Civil War most white Southern Democrats were already attempting to continue to subjugate former slaves. After forcing an end to Reconstruction, they intensified gradual and systematic efforts to enact horrible laws to deny black people their basic constitutional rights.
Kent Karmeier; Kansas City, Mo.

"Darwin: founder, destroyer"

(Feb. 11) I'm sad to see a fresh effort to apply Darwinian thought to the field of economics. The push for economic change today is based partly on the theory that we are a product of evolution competing for finite resources in a zero-sum world. I'm thankful to be created by and rely upon the resources of an infinite God.
Vance Wendelburg; Stafford, Kan.

"Mystic chords"

(Feb. 11) Thank you for Janie Cheaney's column on the Eisenhower Memorial. The proposed memorial would indeed be a travesty for the memory of Dwight Eisenhower, for our nation's capital, and for our nation.
Eric Wind; Washington, D.C.

"Singles' stories"

(Feb. 11) It is sad to see what Christians believe about singleness. As Paul said in 1 Corinthians, it is good to remain single. As a 22-year-old in a sea of college relationships, God has used me in far greater ways than He could have if I were in a relationship.
Molly Soneson; Bangor, Maine

"A family sacrifices"

(Feb. 11) I was chaplain to Ben Wise, the second son of Jean and Mary Wise to die in combat in Afghanistan, when he was with the 5-20 Infantry from 2003-2004 in Iraq. Ben was a good man with a tremendous sense of humor, and a brother in Christ. I also met his brother Jeremy [who died in a terrorist attack in Afghanistan in 2009]. I am honored to have known them both.
CH (MAJ) Kelly L. O'Lear, 4BCT Brigade Chaplain, 82nd Airborne Division

"Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"

(Feb. 11) I believe your reviewer and many others may have missed an important point, namely, that the boy Oskar tested positive (although inconclusively) for autism. That sheds a whole new light on Oskar's character and behavior. Having some insight into mental disorders, I see the uniqueness and value of such a mind and the film as a serious and positive commentary on mental illness.
Mary Morman; Missoula, Mont.


More American youth say they are pro-life than pro-choice for the first time since the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision ("Life down under," Jan. 28, p. 56).

One casualty of Europe's record snowfalls died in Belgrade, Serbia, from a falling icicle (Dispatches, Feb. 25, p. 8).

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