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Issue: "Unstoppable?," April 20, 2013

‘The day the music died’

Feb. 23  This perspicacious column brought to mind a comment by the late Sen. Sam J. Ervin, chairman of the Senate Watergate Committee during the investigation that forced Nixon’s resignation: “God is not mocked: For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” That biblical truth is several times more apposite to events in our ill-led country today than it was in the 1970s.
—John Novotney, Prague, Czech Republic

I agree with your premise but would say that the tipping point of distrust of our government was the Vietnam War, not Bill Clinton’s presidency. And while I oppose what Clinton did, his lies did not result in thousands of American deaths. Our military acted with honor and valiantly served our nation. I wish that could be said for our political leaders of both parties since then that have allowed the travesty of this current war to continue.
—Bill Slack, Phillipsburg, N.J.

‘Early maturity’

Feb. 23  This article was encouraging. Marrying young and growing a large family has brought us to rely on Jesus more. It’s an opportunity for death to self, and we do experience joy in the storm and mess.
—Eric Hansen, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

We faced overwhelming criticism from our shocked friends when we married one sunny September afternoon at ages 18 and 19. But my family helped us bear it. Eleven years later we have four darling children and thank the Lord for His amazing gift.
—Mary Chatfield, Newton, Iowa

‘Seeking and saving the lost’

Feb. 23  Mindy Belz is correct that national believers often are the most effective in evangelism, discipleship, and church growth. My wife and I have seen this firsthand trekking for hundreds of miles across sub-Saharan Africa amidst Sunni Muslims and elsewhere.
—David Sanford, Salem, Ore.

‘Loaded questions’

Feb. 23  Your caption for the photo of an AR-15 describes it as an “assault rifle,” but that weapon is a semi-automatic, which fires only one round with each pull of the trigger. “Assault rifles” are capable of firing multiple rounds with a single pull, an important distinction in this debate.
—Ray Mallory, Oakland Park, Fla.

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