O THE SHAME!
Your article about junk mail and rural carriers ["Love Letters," Feb. 14] hit close to home. I am a rural carrier. While I hate getting junk mail at home, I realize how much my job depends on it. As a citizen and a mail customer, I love the idea of a Do Not Mail registry. As a rural carrier, I hope it dies a quick death. You can add me to a very long list of people who are ambivalent about what they do for a living. I guess what I could say is that there are ways (some of which were mentioned) to eliminate most junk mail from your life, which I and many of my customers practice; and these make any government program unnecessary. Is this how people become conservatives?! By the way, the cartoon carrier accompanying the article is NOT a rural carrier. We do not wear uniforms.
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Nina Shapiro's article ["The Voice of God," Feb. 14] could not be more off when describing the person of Randy Rowland. Shapiro depicts an egomaniac with the manners of a diva; an arrogant and capricious man with an inflated self, leading a church of naive young adults. This is not who Randy Rowland is. Randy incarnates what he preaches in a way I've never seen other pastors do. He is honest, humble, and open. He has a great charisma, no question about it, but I've never seen Rowland using it as a tool of power, as many megachurch pastors often do.
I'm curious as to why Shapiro didn't describe the stories of many lonely people in Greenwood, ranging from business to homeless people and victims of cancer, who have found a community of support in Sanctuary and the Green Bean Coffeehouse. Shapiro shows a total incomprehension of theological concepts, the context in which Randy Rowland moves, and the great outcomes of the work of his team in the community.
Shapiro a Christian?
I really liked "Voice of God." I don't know if Nina Shapiro is a Christian or not, but either way I thought that it was a very evenhanded article that didn't gush support for or mercilessly mock Christianity/Randy Rowland. It's rare to find someone who can just tell a story and leave their soapbox out of it (especially in a religious article bordered by "Pussy Wax" and "Love Zone" ads). Good work.
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