Perhaps, if you're a boomer like me, you remember a Simon & Garfunkel song in which Paul and Artie, left behind by a heartless paramour (or maybe two heartless paramours), pleaded "Why don't you write me?" I feel a bit like S&G, in that the articles in Whitworth Today rarely seem to generate much reader response. Since I have an opinion on everything, that's difficult for me to understand. But then, I rarely write letters to the editor no matter how strong my feelings, so perhaps this phenomenon isn't such a puzzler, after all.
In this issue, we're hoping to hit a number of topics that will elicit your written response.
"A Whitworth Story," illustrates how Whitworth's 2005-2010 strategic plan will enhance student experience. Which parts of the plan do you find most exciting? Which most concern you? Your responses to these questions will be both interesting to our readers and helpful to the college.
Kyle Orwig's stem-cell essay in "AfterWord" will challenge some of you. The online article of Whitworth professors Adrian Teo and Don Calbreath might fire up folks who agree
Maybe you believe that all roads lead to heaven. If so, the thesis of Jim Edwards' book is going to challenge your beliefs and, we hope, make you want to write about why you believe what you do. Or maybe you think Edwards is absolutely dead-on with his argument that Jesus is the only savior. Write us! Either way, we and other readers want to hear what you have to say. Since we can't kick around ideas in the dorms ‘til the wee hours of the morning, as many of us used to do, it would be great to see the W.T. "Letters" page become a forum for Whitworthians all over the world to exchange ideas.
It seems that, in our attempts to be compassionate, caring people, we sometimes subscribe to the idea that if one can't say something nice, it's best to say nothing at all. Well, I'm not inviting you to send us a burn-the-hair-off-their-ears screed that includes every gripe you've ever had against Whitworth, Academia, Christianity, and/or the good Lord himself. I'm asking you to respond truthfully and thoughtfully to the questions posed by our articles – good, serious questions about what it means to be a Christian, to be a citizen, to seek peace and reconciliation in the world, to seek truth in a society that seems to value it less and less.
Lively discourse and civil debate are not only intellect-honing, enlightening and life-affirming; they're fun, and they reflect Whitworth at its best. Maybe your letter will be the one that kicks off a great debate and elicits responses from Whitworthians all over the globe. There's only one way to find out. Write!
Terry Rayburn Mitchell, Editor
Whitworth Today Magazine
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