A Nov. 1 news story discussed a bishop's letter placed in church bulletins for Catholic worshipers in Green Bay, Wis., urging them to vote primarily based on a candidate's opposition to abortion. The Post needed only to have looked across the river to Arlington for such activities.
My husband and I, both practicing Catholics, were less than pleased to find a similar letter by Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde in our church bulletin last Sunday. The two-page, single-spaced letter asked that we "please pray . . . that the citizens of our nation will elect those leaders who will renew our communities . . . by enabling all citizens to restore the culture of life," referring primarily to abortion and stem cell research.
Many who find their spiritual home in the Catholic Church do not see eye to eye with our church on how to legislate key issues of life and death, no matter how we view those issues in the context of our own lives. I find it inappropriate for the bishop to use church literature to stick his nose in my voting booth.
KELLIE MEIMAN HOCK
For once this liberal Democrat agrees with Charles Krauthammer ["Using All of a Mandate," op-ed, Nov. 5]: "The sweetest victory of all was the dispatching of Tom Daschle."
Mr. Daschle set up this election defeat in 2002 by supporting quick approval of the Iraq war resolution so that Democrats could talk about the economy before the mid-term elections. Good riddance to someone who focused on political expedience when considering an important national security issue.
I grew up as a Roman Catholic, 10 miles from Attorney General John D. Ashcroft's hometown, so I know the power of cultural issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage. But many Democratic leaders based their foreign policy statements on short-term opportunism and Monday-morning quarterbacking, and that affected votes among my red-state friends and family.
George W. Bush won reelection, and the world still has problems. Can we all -- Americans and others -- get past the election and on to more important matters?
Now that the nation's chain of command is certain, let us reengage Iran, North Korea, stray weapons of mass destruction and Vladimir Putin's dictatorial machinations in Russia -- and Pervez Musharraf's in Pakistan as well.
And as a Nov. 4 front-page story ["Sudanese Troops Attack and Destroy Camp in Darfur; Refugees Fear Relocation Campaign"] attests, Darfur needs world attention and action.
A. BEN DEERING