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Thank you for providing so many good articles on Election 2000. I have never sent so many faxes to politicians as this year. - John C. Kaiser, Holland, Mich.
When is Alec Baldwin leaving, as he said he would if George Bush won the presidency (Quotables, Sept. 30)? I do hope he plans to take Ms. Streisand, Ms. O'Donnell, Mr. Brokaw, Mr. Rather, and Rev. Jackson with him (Hillary can stay for comic relief). They'll be gone for at least four years, and possibly much longer, so he should pick a country that reflects his politics and philosophy. I suggest Cuba. - Edwin Durivage, Toledo, Ohio
Looking for Mrs. Seu
I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate everything written by Andree Seu ("Instruction manual," Dec. 9). I specifically look for her articles and am disappointed when she is missing for a week. - Rob Stanley, Fayetteville, Ark.
It is not surprising to read of the troubles the National Council of Churches is facing. Anybody who reads the Bible will find it clearly teaches that homosexuality is a sin ("Living dangerously," Dec. 9). If NCC president Robert Edgar and the NCC were so proud to have his name on the "Christian Declaration of Marriage" and "complimented the evangelicals' faithfulness to the gospel," then maybe they should examine their faithfulness to the gospel when it comes to the definition of marriage, before they do more harm to the church's reputation among the unsaved. - Cary Gillean, Monroe, Mich.
Covering the slaughter
How appropriate that I should receive your Dec. 9 edition today and read a Mailbag letter suggesting that partial-birth abortionists be prosecuted under local cruelty to animals bylaws. That evening I watched with disgust and outrage a piece on Dateline (NBC) about the slaughter of Russian broadtail lamb fetuses. My fury wasn't directed at the fur industry, but at the hypocrisy of a production that claims to be a television newsmagazine, covering sheep but turning a blind eye to the grossly inhumane practice of harvesting human fetal parts. - Kim Sauder, Mount Vernon, Ohio
As a homeschooled teenage bookworm, I found many of my favorite books and authors on your lists, from Patricia Polacco and Bill Peet to Cynthia Voigt, L.M. Montgomery, and C.S Lewis. But a few of your choices surprised me: Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain are a poor example of imitation-Tolkien. A much better alternative would have been Beauty by Robin McKinley, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast that is beautifully written and a wonderful affirmation of loving family relationships. You also used up too many spaces on horse or dog books. The flaming omission is Elizabeth George Spear's books, which could set the standard for historical fiction. On another note, I am still enjoying your 100 best books issue; I keep it in my backpack for trips to the library ("The century's top 100 books," Dec. 4, 1999). Right now I am reading The Mind of the Maker by Dorothy Sayers and enjoying it tremendously. - Janice Barney, Chicago, Ill.
Thank you for "Out-Clintoning Clinton" (Dec. 2). I am one of those folks who are just beginning to comprehend how postmodernism plays out in real life. The concept of "no absolute truth" is so foreign that I need help to recognize it when it appears. The election is a great primer-keep up the training. - Chuck Anderson, Stanwood, Wash.
As the psalmist says
"Out-Clintoning Clinton" is a poignant application of postmodernist theory to current events. The psalmist wrote, "Sin whispers to the wicked, deep within their hearts. They have no fear of God to restrain them. In their blind conceit, they cannot see how wicked they really are." We saw the stark reality of this biblical truth played out before our eyes in Election 2000. - Laura Thomas, Brentwood, Tenn.
Thanks to my favorite WORLD columnist, Gene Edward Veith, for finally making it clear to me what postmodernists believe and what drives them-power. Because their relativistic views are constantly changing to fit their narcissistic need for power, postmodernists and I can have no common ground. I believe in ultimate truth, and they believe in nothing except all the glory they can grasp. Light indeed can have no fellowship with darkness. - Karen Magnuson, Portland, Ore.
This is war
One of the problems Christians face when dealing with postmodern thinkers is that they don't think or live by the same moral standards. They can say "rule of law" when what they really mean is "rules made up as we go along." Literally, anything that advances their agenda is their rule. What a mockery. We must learn to adjust our thinking, and our behavior, realizing that they don't live by the same standards, and interact with them based on that knowledge. We can't rationally expect them to live by our standards when it's obvious that they don't. This isn't a courteously conducted "gentlemen's disagreement"; this is war and Scripture declares it so. Saints, put on your armor. - G. Robert Greene, Houston, Texas
If WORLD is concerned about inappropriate and illegal actions taken by some overzealous public health officials in enforcing hepatitis B vaccination laws, I heartily agree ("A shot wide of the mark," Dec. 2). Or is WORLD trying to dissuade people from taking advantage of one of the most outstanding medical advances of our era? Hundreds of millions of doses of vaccines administered worldwide have saved countless lives and left no doubt as to their safety and efficacy. To sow doubt and confusion about them by sensationalist journalism is a public disservice. - John H. Knelson, Morehead City, N.C.
I was deeply concerned when your Dec. 16 Mailbag contained no letters canceling their subscriptions. I was afraid that you have lost your touch and were not offending enough people. Thanks for saying the things that many of us don't necessarily want to hear but need to. An occasional cancellation is the result of being salt and light to a world that is dark and often lacks flavor. - J.L. Rivera, Chicago, Ill.
Take our name off your mailing list. I do not want this publication to pollute my mailbox or my home. We do not believe in using the Lord's name to push politics on anyone. - Virginia Newkirk, Spokane, Wash.
WORLD in balance
I am often frustrated by your seemingly consistent equating of orthodox biblical Christianity and North American conservative political thinking. I don't make that connection. But I do read WORLD every week if only to balance the opinionated grandstanding of the major national newsweeklies and other news sources. You make me think, and for that I appreciate you. I won't cancel my subscription. - Ron Rogers, Las Vegas, Nev.
I wholeheartedly agree that the federal government needs to stay out of washing machine regulation (I am still reeling over the fact that I can't buy a full flush toilet that does the job properly), but I have owned a front-loading washing machine for over two years and I can't rave enough about it ("Washington versus washing machines," Dec. 2). It uses less water, detergent, bleach, and fabric softener; my clothes come out cleaner than before; and the side spin mechanism actually spins the clothes drier than a top-loader, so my dryer time is cut almost in half. - Paula Hamilton, Brentwood, N.H.
A great magazine
What a great magazine. Finally, a Christian view of the news and current events. - Arlene Wonamaker, Auburn, Pa.
The main character on the "Kids' Praise" children's tape series is named "Psalty" (Dec. 9, p. 37). - The Editors
Punch card Ouija
Thank you to Bob Jones for his coverage of the legal battle for the White House in the Dec. 9 issue ("3 strikes, you're out"). His article noted that Palm Beach election officials rejected some ballots because "they could not divine a voter's intent in such cases." In this age of dial-a-psychic hotlines, astrologers, tarot card readers, and palm readers, it's no surprise that no one bats an eyelash at the standard employed by the canvassing board for determining the "intent of the voter." This "standard" is akin to reading tea leaves, or like playing Ouija on a Hollerith punch card. - Steven Van Epps, Glen Burnie, Md.