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Saved, Not Abandoned
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But a point of clarification is needed for a paragraph from the December 17 issue, which stated, “Moses’s mother abandoned him when he was a baby.” Though these words draw attention and set up the paragraph nicely, clarity and truth should stand first.

Although Merriam-Webster allows the use of “abandon” to mean “to give up to the control or influence of another person or agent,” the most common understanding is Webster’s: “to withdraw protection, support, or help from.” That is what makes the line an attention-getter.

Moses’s mother made a special leak-proof vessel for the baby. She had Moses’s sister place the baby in the water when and where the princess would be and stay to make certain her brother was picked up. Moses’s sister then offered to have a woman nurse the baby for the princess, enabling Moses’s mother to care for her son and be paid a wage for it. It is important to understand, too, that this was under a decree from the pharaoh that all male Hebrew children be murdered at birth.

Those who oppose Europe’s “baby boxes” perhaps have never had to pick up a discarded, deceased infant from the streets. I pray such a task is never required of them, for the baby’s sake.

The Reverend Ross Riggs
Louisville, Ohio


The Medal You Don’t Want
Years ago, I had the honor of listening to a talk from a hero awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Vietnam. One statement he made has always stuck with me — no one “wins” the Medal of Honor. People are awarded the Medal of Honor for courageous actions performed in combat. Unfortunately, a caption that accompanies a photo of David French’s review of Into the Fire (“The Best of Marines,” December 3) calls Dakota Meyer a “Medal of Honor winner.”

“Winner” implies competition and at least one loser. I believe Corporal Meyer would agree that while he was awarded the Medal of Honor in recognition of his courageous actions, he did not win anything during the Battle of Ganjgal, and indeed suffered a greater loss than most people will ever know.

John Ekstrand
San Antonio, Texas


In “Against the Tide” (December 3), Jay Nordlinger described the Witherspoon Institute as “an elegant little conservative speck on the Princeton University campus” — moreover, a speck that is “tolerated” by that university. Actually, the tolerated elegant little conservative speck is the James Madison Program. The Witherspoon Institute is located just off campus, and is completely independent (while still elegant, little, and conservative).

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