Readers Write 4/25

With Colson, tragedy turned into a triumph

Regarding “Nixon aide founded renowned ministry” (News, April 22), the world lost a statesman and cultural reformer recently. The obituary (unfortunately) got only part of the story.

Chuck Colson was the “hatchet man” of the Nixon administration. While he would spend months in prison, they would be redemptive and transformative.

But, to focus on the Nixon era alone misses “the rest of the story.”

He would write several books, with royalties going to ministry through Prison Fellowship.

The related Angel Tree program provided Christmas to tens of thousands of prisoners’ families yearly.

Through the Centurions Program, he mentored scores of leaders of all ages. His 1993 award of the Templeton Prize was donated to assist in the lives of prisoners, their families and prison reform.

Time magazine listed him as one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America.

I knew Chuck personally for more than 15 years. He proved a person can change and tragedy can become triumph.

Now that is change you can believe in!

Bob Reccord, Alpharetta

Election too critical to be left to the dogs

Are the two presidential campaigns really serious when they make a big deal out of one candidate allowing his dog to ride on top of a car and the other eating dog meat as a child?

Do they really think we are so stupid that we would allow a “dog story” to sway our votes?

I like dogs but I believe there are issues more important than dogs which should influence the November election.

I’m more concerned that the federal government continues to infringe upon my rights as guaranteed by the Constitution. I’m not interested in a government that wants to provide for my every need in a means it determines adequate. I don’t want “social justice.” I want government to get out of my way and give me the opportunity to succeed (or flop) all on my own.

If this is the best they can come up with, both campaigns have gone to the dogs.

F.M. Ashmore, McDonough

Politicians, media ought to get a real job

I am a loyal Democrat but I am disgusted with the shameless folderol being spread by politicians (and the media) in trying desperately to make a story out of a perfectly innocent remark.

When Hilary Rosen observed that Ann Romney had never “worked a day in her life,” she was using an expression that Americans use every day in myriad ways — such as, “Honey, you’re going to be late for work” or “Where do you work?”

The word “work” has become a useful euphemism, and politicians and the media ought to stop twisting obvious expressions — or get a real job.

Richard Jones, Dallas