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flagrant behavior

The flagrant behavior of the Senate Democrats does not surprise me. What does is the inconsequential response of the Republican leadership-a lot of wind and no action. It's time the Republicans took off the gloves. - Igor Shpudejko, Mahway, N.J.

calling attention

I appreciate your calling people's attention to the filibusters in the Senate and to the fact that a minority of senators is keeping the Senate from fulfilling its constitutional duty. - Susan Dresser, Stevensville, Mont.

A good thing?

I seldom disagree with Marvin Olasky, but I must when it comes to girls playing with and against boys in an organized league ("Ladies and gentlemen," June 7). It is unfair to put boys in a situation where they must adjust the way they compete when playing against girls, and it's unfair to girls who must compete with boys who are stronger and faster and tend to play "rougher." Girls are just not built that way, physically or psychologically (and that's a good thing). - Michael F. Schefke, Fraser, Mich.

A Good Thing?

Gender becomes a non-issue when talent and character take over, and when Annika Sorenstam competed in the Colonial PGA tournament she displayed an abundance of both. - Edwin F. Durivage, Toledo, Ohio

A Good Thing?

Annika Sorenstam did not qualify (as most men had to do) to be in the PGA Tournament. She got in on a "sponsor's exemption." If anyone wants to golf in a PGA event, let him or her earn the spot. - Liz Freeman, Crescent City, Calif

A Good Thing?

The issue of women playing men's sports is not about whether they can play in a feminine manner, but about a continuing cultural breakdown of the traditional, God-ordained roles for men and women. It is not that golf (or soccer or any sport) is inherently wrong for women to play. But the idea that women must compete against men in men's sports to gain acceptance is twisted. Some women today have confused being equal with being the same and have lost their femininity and identity. - Kirstin Murray, Lititz, Pa.

Who else?

"Salvaging the unsalvageables" (June 7) paints a bleak picture of international adoption. Adopting an international child brings uncertainty and in some instances disappointment and heartache. Yet, the same can be said about raising a birth child or adopting a domestic child. Hundreds of thousands of international children languish in orphanages due partly to bureaucratic roadblocks, but also because not enough families choose international adoption. Who better to face uncertainties than Christians who will not only provide a home but also give a child the only chance he or she might have to hear about Jesus? - Richard D. Roeters, Grand Rapids, Mich.

A gem

I admit that many times Andree Seu's allusions are beyond me, but I keep reading because of gems like "What is the victory?" (June 7). Faith, not only as a means to an end, but as the end itself, the goal, turns worldly logic upside down and gives us a clearer glimpse of God's wisdom and motives. - Jackie Toothman, Spring, Texas

A Gem

Andree Seu's "What is the victory?" was refreshingly simple and simply profound. Having pastored for 20 years, I've read that text hundreds of times yet missed its simplicity. Thank you for the reminder that although we may not always accomplish our earthly goals through faith, we are daily fulfilling the heavenly goal of pleasing God. - Dean Knudsen, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Sounds like

I heartily agree with your terrific article on Fox News ("The Fox hunt," May 24). Steve, E.D., and Brian, and all the Fox newscasters have renewed my trust in news (only theirs, however). We are thankful for a place where we can hear the facts and make decisions based on what we hear (sounds like WORLD!). - Janice Scott, Tucker, Ga.

Two-minute warning

In my experience, if it takes more than about two minutes to explain an issue to a reporter, it will not be correctly reported ("Mistakes writers make," June 7). The fact that so much of what I know about gets reported incorrectly makes me wonder what percentage of those things I don't know about are accurately reported. - Steve Wegman, Champaign, Ill.

Two-minute warning

Joel Belz's column was a sharp reminder to me that we all need to be more careful when passing along so-called facts concerning the words or actions of others. Jesus warned that we will give account for every "idle word" we speak. - Bob Olson, Vancouver, Wash.

Love, the verb

Regarding "Christ and commitment" (June 7): I am tempted to believe that my generation has redefined and reduced love to a soft and fuzzy emotion, a feeling that happens when you follow your heart. Two precious gems recently placed in my life, aged 90 and 93, have forced me to believe otherwise. They spent over 70 years together because they took love to be a verb, not an abstract noun. In the blinding heat of their fusion I find my dim notions about love have somehow disappeared. - Alyce Loeser, 17, Rice, Va

Matrix repenting?

Andrew Coffin was too kind in his review of The Matrix Reloaded ("Program downgrade," May 31). For me, the movie crossed over the line from being boring and meaningless to sinful. The sequel made me ashamed that I was rabidly attracted to the first movie. In The Matrix Reloaded the "good guys" revealed a lot of dirty laundry and actively pursued soiling clean laundry, destroying their ability to be exemplary, inspiring, and soul-stirring. The coffin is already closed on the third Matrix movie unless they title it The Matrix Repenting. - Travis Cowan, Port Angeles, Wash.

Thinking sand

I proudly graduated from Calvin College in 1999 ("Shifting sand?" May 10). An important attribute that Calvin gave me is the ability to think for myself-thankfully, God grants us that ability-and to recognize that biblical teaching and right-wing politics do not go hand in hand. - David R. Timmer, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Corrections

In addition to their birth daughter, Randall and Cindy Terry raised three sibling foster children but only adopted the two younger ones; the third by that time was already 19 years old (June 14, page 40). A Quick Takes item from June 14, page 16, should have read: "European racecar driver Bjorn Wirdheim must know how the hare felt after losing to the tortoise." - The Editors, WORLD