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Jesus Christ, Havre de grace, Maryland

Scavengers Support Groups

I was extremely gratified to read your, Ms. Rufus', paean to the scavengers' movement, "The Scavenger's Manifesto," [May 20, 2009].

The prevalent Amerikan culture revolving about instant-gratification and more-is-better is not only self-enslaving but is a base for pernicious exploitation of others no less than is that other "base," al-Qaida.

I would love to be participant in a live, local self-affirming organization of such scavengers, as well as a contributor to a similar Internet-based affinity group.  Any ideas?

Michael Sachs, Oakland

MLK Jr. High School Students Behavior

Dear Ms. Greeley,

I would like to bring to your attention an issue which has been concerning me for some time. I commute from North Berkeley to Oakland Monday through Friday and pass the intersection of Rose and Martin Luther King Jr. Way each day. Increasingly, I have noticed your students crossing this intersection on a red signal, East-West direction. Often it is simply a matter of them starting out on a yellow and holding up traffic, but last Tuesday I witnessed a student walk in front of moving traffic, between cars. I see this behavior at least twice a week and I am only around that intersection for less than one minute, so I hate to think how often this happens during the day.

I do not want to be the one to maim, injure or kill someone's child nor do I want to witness someone else do so, read about it or hear it has happened.. I do not have a solution, but it is my opinion that something must be done as it seems that such an occurrence is inevitable. I am copying the Berkeley Police Department, Traffic Division, the Councilmember for District 5 and the East Bay Express.Thanks you for your time and concern.

Peter Hale, Berkeley

What Do Catholics Mean by "The Virgin Birth"You mentioned that you had confused the Immaculate Conception with the virgin birth. I have yet to find anyone who does not, even Catholics. I suggest you explain the difference for your readers, that the baby was inside Mary's body and then, a miracle, it was outside. The baby did not come through the birth cannal, take her hyman, and she remained a true physical virgin.

Timothy Travis, King George, Virginia

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