Sept. 8 Little in your coverage of Syria points to the many Christians serving in the Syrian National Council or the clear statements by SNC leaders lined up for the transition that show their commitment to human rights. Instead, you quote those arguing that the SNC and opposition are dominated by militant Islamists. Very little evidence supports this view. Instead of suicide bombings, we find defected military officers and civilians who took up arms to defend themselves. In refusing to arm the opposition, U.S. officials have cited “fear of something worse,” yet what can be worse than a regime that denies medical treatment to the sick and wounded, attacks its own citizens, and threatens the use of chemical weapons?
—John Balouziyeh, Saudi Arabia
Sept. 8 Regarding giving the federal government more responsibility regarding “death panels,” I agree that “enough is enough.” The federal government has done a poor job managing the responsibility it already has.
—Doug Bell, Atlanta, Ga.
Joel Belz asks, “Who makes those hard decisions about end of life care?” We are spending ourselves into oblivion and much of our unfunded spending goes to keep sick baby boomers alive. How do we support the ideal of “sanctity of life” and yet return the country to fiscal responsibility?
—Dave R. Hagstrom, Billings, Mont.
Sept. 8 Kudos to Janie B. Cheaney. There has been a lot of chatter about the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy among women, from the gym to our women’s Bible study. That soft porn novels with explicit sex and sadomasochism should be wildly popular leads to heartbreaking conclusions about where women are today.
—Cindy Fletcher, Savannah, Ga.
The day after reading this column I heard several female co-workers, including a couple of Christians, gleefully discuss reading or starting to read these books. It’s troubling to see fellow believers openly sliding into the coarsening and declining mores of our culture.
—Al Cadwell, Raleigh, N.C.
I agree with you about Fifty Shades of Grey, but fanfiction isn’t just writers writing themselves into their favorite shows and movies. Some do, but most of us just want to create more of a world that we love.
—Katalin H. Korossy, Kensington, Md.
Sept. 8 Regarding the cartoon comparing a prospective welder going to trade school with a liberal arts student: How long before we migrate to a system of trade schools and certifications? In college I learned software engineering to make a living but also spent thousands of dollars taking French, chemistry, and astronomy, and what I remember from those classes I had already learned in high school.
—Jeremy A. Freed, Gridley, Ill.
Sept. 8 I could relate to this column about plentitude and Helen Gurley Brown. Born in 1956, I too bought into her message of sexual freedom and career. But after giving birth to my first child 27 years ago I thought, “The women’s movement has been holding out on me. These little guys are pretty great.” I have six more—the youngest, with Down syndrome, is 11—and every one is a blessing beyond description.
—Johanna Storm, Arlington, Texas
Sept. 8 Great column. The point about depression ultimately serving to illuminate believers is well made. Naturally, due to the aftereffects of the Fall, our biological machinery may be damaged and in need of correction, but often powerful ideas affect our souls. God uses these to draw out and destroy our own hubris and increase our awareness of our need for Christ.
—Sam Roberts, Shalimar, Fla.
Aug. 25 My main complaint is that Illinois doesn’t have a voucher system. At times money can be tight at my house. Why should my family not be helped just because we choose to go to a Christian school? We need a better system than the one we have now, and the voucher system is a step in the right direction.
—Nicolette Thompson, Chicago, Ill.
Aug. 25 I agree that the subject matter should have earned the movie an R rating, but I applaud the producers for attempting a movie on such a delicate subject, sexual intimacy, that plagues so many marriages today. This was done as tastefully as it could have been and opens the door for couples to communicate—if you can get the men to watch it.
—Catherine Sabin, Mansfield, Texas
Aug. 25 Thank you for the article on Phil Keaggy. God brought me, a rebellious teen, in contact with Keaggy while he was with The Glass Harp band at JB’s Bar in Kent, Ohio. After his conversion, he sang about Jesus Christ. His music spoke to my heart and many others. I became a Christian in 1972. When Phil plays in our area, I am there.
—Mike Brill, Aurora, Neb.
Aug. 25 America’s loss is Singapore’s gain. Still, how very sad that American college students will miss the blessing of learning from Bob Woodberry, a humble servant of God.
—Debbie Williamson, Corpus Christi, Texas
Aug. 25 The recent witch hunt against University of Texas professor Mark Regnerus reflects the core of modern-day liberalism: “I am proud of myself for being tolerant of all beliefs and opinions, provided they aren’t offensive to me.” Everyone is intolerant to a degree; at least conservatives like me don’t bother making the hypocritical claim to be otherwise.
—Casey M. Campbell, San Antonio, Texas
Aug. 11 I wept as I read how one baby died after being separated from her conjoined twin in a mission hospital in India. As a nurse for 35 years, I have seen lots of death and empathized with those in the depths of darkness, grieving when their child dies. I lost my 23-year-old daughter 45 weeks ago. I also had believed that she was on the path of healing, and then she was gone. For me it has been more difficult knowing that God is in control yet restrained His hand, than it would be to think a death was just due to fate. Yet He is the Almighty who holds the universe together.
—Deborah J. Halligan, Sacramento, Calif.
July 14 I sympathize with those Christians who don’t want to vote for Mitt Romney because he is a Mormon. However, when one compares Romney’s character, competence, and truthfulness with the race-hatred of Obama’s longtime church and the two-facedness of his politics, it brings to mind that saying: “It’s better to be ruled by an honest Turk than by a corrupt Christian.”
—Philip E. Isett, Edmond, Okla.
Journalist Tiffany Jothen wrote ‘Non-Republican Republican’ (Sept. 22, p. 18).
James Watson is the man in the photo on p. 36 of the Oct. 6 issue (‘Debunking junk’).
Beth Darst of Cary, N.C., believes homeschooling cooperatives benefit homeschooling families (‘The ultimate hybrid,’ Sept. 22, p. 54).
Submitted by Moris Walter
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