In the article about the new mosque in Phoenix, Mary Nutter said it is cultural whether a woman wears a headscarf, and that it is not "mandated" to be worn in public. The Quran says women and men should dress modestly. When a female relative of the prophet Mohammed asked what that meant, he replied that women should cover everything except their face and hands.

Cultural considerations influence how women cover in various countries. When shopping in the United Arab Emirates, I had trouble finding my friends, where women cover their entire bodies, including their faces. But in Malaysia, most Muslim women looked like tropical birds in beautiful dresses and scarves.

Even in countries with Sharia law, interpretation varies. Where the hijab is forbidden (Turkey and France), women find ways to cover if they want to. I wear a scarf — a constant reminder that I am a Muslim and that I am supposed to practice charity and justice. Its purpose is to create equality among women, so the emphasis is on character, not on appearance. There is such an emphasis on beauty and hair products. Just note the length of the aisle on your next visit to the store. — Mary Foster, Ashland

I noticed that my daughter was running to the bathroom a lot and complaining of being very thirsty. Since we have so much type 1 diabetes in the family, I was alert for these symptoms.

Her pediatrician sent us to the hospital to get a blood test for a definitive diagnosis. I kept thinking that, at some point, they would all realize that there was a big mistake and she really didn't have diabetes. I am still waiting.

When I asked my daughter, now 13, to tell me what it was like when she was diagnosed, she told me, "Millions of kids ask me what diabetes is. They think it's contagious. They thought I was going to die. One kid wanted my clothes." She is handling her condition with incredible responsibility and courage. One thing that keeps us going is the strong belief that there will be a cure for type 1 diabetes within five-10 years.

We need your help to send a strong message to the House of Representatives asking them to override President Bush's veto of the Fiscal Year 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill. For more information, call 1-888-DIABETES or visit www.diabetes.org/advocacy. — Carrie Prechtel, Talent

I thought the editorial in the Nov. 14 paper was well done. Opinions seem slow to change, if ever, but hopefully cooler heads will continue to prevail.

If teachers were permitted to carry concealed weapons, who would monitor all of this? Would taxpayers be willing to pay for the additional officers to be stationed at each entrance to each school to check for permits?

It seems to me the only time anyone would know if a person had a concealed weapon would be if it weren't concealed. And I believe the sheriff said it wasn't anyone's business anyway. The whole thing seems ludicrous. Nice article. — George Tipton, Medford

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