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No vouchers, please

Thank you for your cover story on national assessments and their potential threat to locally controlled education ("This is only a test," Sept. 13). The accompanying box ("The best defense is a good defense") hailed Sen. Dan Coats's voucher bill as "another step toward breaking the public education monopoly." Publicly funded money in private schools would expand the government's influence over private schools. Private schools that accept tax-funded vouchers will no longer be owned by parents, but by the state.The true path to educational improvement is to fund children's education with private scholarships and funds. Parents need to reclaim and retain ownership of their children's education. - Kate Lovelace, Cape Coral, Fla.

Deliver us from the feds

The cover story, "This is only a test" (Sept. 13) by Bob Jones IV, was excellent. God deliver us from more involvement by the federal government in our schools. - Charles Britt, Gainesville, Ga.

Accentuate the redemptive

Since most of your news articles tend to focus on the deceptions and hypocrisies of our day, you might consider phasing out "Depravity watch." You're already tackling that job very ably in your feature stories. Perhaps you could have a weekly section that is specifically designed to focus on the positive effects of God's redemptive work in the world. - Bob Carl, Millerville, N. J.

No sex object here

While reading Chris Stamper's awful review on the motion picture G.I. Jane ("A tale of two Rambos," Sept. 13), I began to wonder if Mr. Stamper and I had seen the same movie. Because of her "bald head and Bally's health spa body," Mr. Stamper seems unable to look any deeper into G.I.Jane's meaning, in that if a woman can perform just as well as a man, with no favoritism or sexism applied, a woman could actually be more than a man's sexual object. Heaven forbid. - Baylee J. Johnson, Indianapolis, Ind.

Down with Judge Moore

Once again you bring embarrassment to WORLD through lack of research. I am referring to "Judgment day nears," Sept. 13. Polls show most Christians support the First Amendment and therefore would not consider Judge Moore a hero. The judge's prayers and Ten Commandments impose our religion on other faiths. Our founders never intended to force religion on anybody. - Marshall C. Cherry, Huntsville, Ala.

Are they really better off?

I must admit to some confusion regarding your ongoing reporting of Mother Teresa. No one would question Mother Teresa's self-sacrifice and devotion to the poor and downtrodden. We are right to emulate her example in this regard, but WORLD quoted her as saying, "Of course I convert. I convert you to be a better Hindu or a better Muslim or a better Protestant. Once you have found God, it's up to you to decide how to worship him." Scripture disagrees. If the poor are simply fed but do not come to know Jesus Christ as the only way to God, how much better off are they in eternity for all of Teresa's enormous effort? - Jeffrey V. Fears, Krakow, Poland

More anti-Catholic bias

Marvin Olasky managed to slip in a few more slams on the Catholic Church and on those who choose lives of voluntary poverty, accusing them of living a "salvation-by-works mentality" ("Welfare reformation," Sept. 13). We Catholics who follow the teachings of our church (I grant that there are many, especially in the U.S., who do not) believe that we are saved by the grace of Jesus and not by any merits of our own. - Karen A. Webb, Fairport, N.Y.

Where were the parents?

My daughter is only 8 months old, but when I read "Dirty little secret" in the Aug. 23/30 issue, my heart cried out. My next thoughts were, how could the parents not have known? "Saved her a seat" ... "special attention"... a party at a theme park ... telephone calls ... and finally spending time at someone else's house. The question is not how could this happen, but why did the parents let their 13-year-old daughter become intimate with a 36-year-old man? - Ben Hungerford, Milwaukie, Ore.