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We’ve Met Often

Back to back appeared the stories of David Burleson (“Wake Up From the Nightmare,” Cover Story, September 16) and Adam Jacobs (“Voyage With Mother on Piggyback,” Feature Story), two young men who are seeking but not finding. I meditate on these two horrific parables of postmodernity. I recall my 61 years as a soldier and teacher. I have met David and Adam thousands of times. There was only one word I could give them. It was “God.”

Name Withheld

Compelling Tiny Type

This piece was so compelling (“Wake Up From the Nightmare,” Cover Story, September 16). I actually read it via my Facebook app on my iPhone — and it wasn’t a short story — but I couldn’t stop reading it. Bravo to the author for sharing it.

Laura Byrd
via Facebook

Best Wishes For The Decade

What a sad story (“Wake Up From the Nightmare,” Cover Story, September 16). I hope those young men have a better decade. It gives me inspiration to be a better dad!

Billy Wear
via Facebook

Bad, Bad Mother

I enjoyed the cover story “Wake Up From the Nightmare” (September 16) but thought the artwork unfortunately depicted a sheriff’s deputy as the “bad guy.” I thought the story had something to do with law enforcement abuses until I read it. The artwork was depicting a deputy having to do an unfortunate job in a situation resulting from the author’s mother’s drug addiction. The mother was the real “bad guy” in this story, not the sheriff’s deputy.

James Loomis
via email

Agent Guilty

In the September 16 Reader, there’s an article on page 2 by Nathaniel Uy about some people who are having trouble with a home because they bought a house that didn’t have permits on an addition (“Home Is Where the Variance Is,” “City Lights”). I feel the agent was remiss in not stipulating in the offer that the seller produce the permits for the add-on.

Downtown Charlie

Not Our Name

The Reader included our company in an article (“Food When You Want It,” Restaurant Review, September 16), which we appreciate; however, our company name was incorrect throughout the article. San Diego Restaurant Connection is the actual name of our company, and the article refers to us as San Diego Food Connection.

Dustin Hansen
via email

Baffled By Theme

I’m calling regarding the crossword puzzle in the issue of September 16. I’m able to complete the puzzle, but I’m completely baffled as to the theme. It just doesn’t seem to make any sense to me. The theme of the puzzle appears in 63 across, which says, “Occurrence in 17-, 26- and 48- Across,” and that answer is “changeofaddress.” And those other three answers are “tearsonFeingold,” and the next one is “nipstreedObama,” and the third one is “oarmyBloomberg.” And I can’t for the life of me figure out how any of those three can be construed as being a change of address.

So I’d appreciate it if any reader who did this puzzle and was able to figure out that theme could correspond with the letters section and explain how that makes any sense.

Ray McMurtry
Chula Vista

Shame On You!

I’m just inquiring about why there was no “Film Festivals” in the Reader — a listing of movies at venues besides the commercial movie houses. And I just wanted to express my displeasure at not having that. I would appreciate your putting it in in the future.

Carol Herriman
San Diego

The “Film Festivals” section was cut last week because of space restrictions. — Editor

Calvin And The Hebrews

I wholeheartedly endorse the point letter-writer John Pertle made (September 16) that a true understanding of the Bible can only be gained if we accept the Word as it was originally written without trying to make it fit into any kind of preconceived doctrine.

However, if John Calvin’s excuse for having his detractors murdered was a passage from Leviticus, then he evidently did not understand Hebrews chapter 8, which said that the old Jewish law had been superseded by the new covenant under Christ.

This was Paul’s primary theme throughout the Book of Romans. Salvation cannot come from obedience to Jewish law (the works of the law) but from God’s new covenant (the faith of Jesus Christ).

Paul’s observance of Jewish traditions in Acts chapter 21 was not a sin, a failure, nor “legalism.” He was not doing these things to gain salvation.

Paul was showing the Jews in Jerusalem that he had not turned his back on his Jewish heritage and that being a Jew did not preclude him from believing in and obeying Christ.

In a similar way, we can participate in our family traditions of Christmas gift-giving and tree-decorating and still recognize that Christmas is not a required religious observance ordained anywhere in the Bible.

So how do we obey Christ under His new covenant? In Acts chapter 9, Jesus told Paul to go into the city of Damascus and he would be told what he must do. In chapter 22, we find that Ananias then told Paul to “arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”

Jim Crooks

No Mind Poison

I’m just calling about Taz Taylor’s response (Letters, September 16) to the September 9 cover story (“They Should Not Display Their Beauty”), saying that it was bad timing because it was two days before September 11. I totally disagree with that, and I don’t understand where she’s coming from. If anything, it was perfect timing because it shed light on a lifestyle, and two days before the anniversary of something bad, it gave a little bit of understanding. So I think she’s crazy and she’s frickin’ ridiculous.

And as for Cesar Cota calling the Qur’an mind poison, my brother-in-law is full-on Mexican, and he used to have a drug problem, a drinking problem, they used to call him “deadly” because that’s what he was to himself and people around him, was deadly. He met his girlfriend, who is now his fiancée, and she’s Muslim, but she was born and raised here, and he converted to Muslim and he reads the Qur’an and he lives by it. But he does not try to throw his religion on me, and we do not throw our religion on him, and it does him good. It’s good for him.

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