Change of Heart & Mind
Recently I wrote saying that I would not be renewing my subscription because of your endorsement of Barack Obama. But he brought me to his side with his brilliant speech on race (and America), and I now think it would be almost sinful not to vote for him. So you were right, and I will be renewing my subscription after all. Thank you.
For Whom Would Jesus Vote?
West Lafayette, Ind.
I find it difficult to support a magazine that, while claiming to uphold certain values to which I subscribe, would exhibit such blatant disregard of fundamental English grammar as the headline “Who Would Jesus Vote For?” on Bob Moser’s March 24 piece on evangelicals. My mother taught for years in the East Bronx to get students to write correct English. I cannot disregard her memory by letting such blatant disrespect for our language to pass unnoticed.
Palm Bay, Fla.
I am a high school English teacher and am mildly amused yet slightly disturbed by the bad grammar on your cover. I tell my students to read your magazine not only for its content but also for its edifying vocabulary and writing style. But I also wish to thank you for keeping me informed over the years with your frankness, good writing and intellectual stimulation.
Jamaica Plain, Mass.
So good to read about how some evangelicals’ beliefs go beyond the stereotype of supporting Jerry Falwell and his kind. At first I misread the headline as “Who Would Vote for Jesus?” I foresaw a tragicomic article about how the neocon attack machine would go after Jesus for being soft on enemies (“Turn the other cheek”), even for speaking to them, or for bringing up “class war” (“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven”).
OSS–Of Swashbuckling Sages
Robert Dreyfuss, in “Hothead McCain” [March 24], describes the Office of Strategic Services, predecessor of the CIA, as a “rambunctious, often out-of-control World War II-era covert-ops team.” Led by the legendary “Wild Bill” Donovan, the OSS was a visionary, daring, innovative, unorthodox, effective intelligence organization. It abetted Allied victories in North Africa, Europe, Southeast Asia and elsewhere. Donovan recruited an array of “glorious amateurs,” as he called them, including Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Ralph Bunche, Arthur Goldberg, Julia Child, John Ford [and Nation puzzle setter Frank W. Lewis–Ed.]. Many OSS personnel–including my father–risked their lives volunteering for missions behind enemy lines.