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Faith demands strength, belief in self
I did not see the Tom Allen article about faith Back Page, April 18, but Mark Forster's scathing assessment of God-fearing people Letters, April 25 was astounding. He is obviously quite an angry if not fearful man … like there's something wrong with believing in any source greater than himself.

It's a shame when an ego is so great that only by elevating one's self to such an important status as No.1, can that person be happy; like believing in God is inhibiting and controlling rather than totally liberating.

A true and lasting peace can never come from one's self, one's mate or parents or best friend, or favorite spiritual leader or icon, but rather from a totally uninhibited belief and commitment to the one and only God of the universe and the creator of everything.

In my opinion and in direct opposition to Mr. Forster's declaration, strong faith in God in today's post-Christian era, with such rampant ungodliness, takes extreme strength and tremendous self-esteem, as well as individuality and imagination … and the only path for human progress is God first!
Grahame Rees

Mammography is nothing to laugh at
I am a regular reader of Style Weekly — a supporter and even a promoter at times. Read it front to back — can't wait for Tuesday each week to read humorous and timely news about town.

However, I do believe the article "A Little Mammography Music, Please," Back Page, April 25, has done a huge disservice to the many women who are truly apprehensive about having a potentially life-saving mammogram.

The author writes of a horrifying experience in a cutesy way. I don't know where she endured this fiendish torture, as she would have us believe, but I'd sure be out looking for a different physician and a new facility, if that were so. I would also head for the State Board of Health to file a complaint!

MCV has done my routine mammogram for perhaps six years — in a gentle, compassionate, and professional manner, as do many other facilities in Richmond.
Martha Kier

Two cars, less turning
Thanks for the article about the upcoming track upgrade slated for Virginia Motorsports Park. I'm curious about why you chose a photo of stock cars at Richmond's Southside Speedway to accompany the piece.

For future reference, drag racers run only two cars at a time, and there's less turning.
Bill S. White III

Editor's note: That's right motorsports fans, we ran the wrong race track in Street Talk May 2. The story was about Virginia Motorsports Park, but we ran a file photo of — doh! — Southside Speedway. Our thanks to Mr. White and many other alert readers who caught us in this embarrassing mistake.



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