It was refreshing to read the in-depth article ("John Beckett's twin callings") in the September issue. As a Christian and business owner, I want to commend both Small Business News and John Ettorre for their efforts in writing such a positive and newsworthy piece.
It's nice to read about a successful Christian business owner, like John Beckett, who is not afraid to practice what he preaches. In spite of the fact that John Beckett is the owner of R.W. Beckett Corp., he hasn't lost sight of who is the "ultimate CEO" of the company.
Lisa Miller, owner
Rejoice Communications, Mentor
I'd like to both commend you and thank you.
But first, perhaps I should introduce myself. My name is Catherine Beckett. I'm John Beckett's youngest daughter (and one of his greatest admirers). Though I'm an economist by training, I was thrilled to take some time off from my Ph.D. work in order to accept my father's recent invitation to work with him for a season. I suppose I am now his "right hand man" when it comes to "Loving Monday" (John Beckett's book published this year by InterVarsity Press).
I commend you and your staff for the excellent piece of reporting on my father, his business and "Loving Monday". You know my bias, so perhaps my praise doesn't carry much weight. But reading John Ettorre's piece inspired me to write to you. I've seen a host of articles on my father over the years, and a number of reviews and commentaries on "Loving Monday" of late, many of them written by people who agree with everything my father says and does-who approach the subject matter from the same vantage point.
Still, in my humble opinion, I'd say that John Ettorre's piece is, by far, the most honest, unbiased, well-researched and written of the lot. His reporting is the "truest" to my father and his work.
I also want to relay my appreciation for your honest letter from the editor (When an editor thinks too much, page 4). The here-is-the-story-you-decide approach articulated in your editorial stands in sharp contrast to that of much of the media today, where strong biases are scantly clad but rarely admitted, where "reporting" is a euphemism for proselytizing to one's own views and "news" is whatever fits one's agenda. Perhaps one reason you and my father have come to respect one another is that you both approach your beliefs and work in a similar way: You tell it like you see it, and let the hearer decide. God did it the same way. He never rammed a belief in Himself down the throat of anyone. Instead, He presented the facts and gave us free will.
Thank you for your demonstrated integrity in your work and respect for the individual.
A not-so-costly education
I found the article, "Going the Distance," in the September issue to be interesting, but it left the erroneous impression that distance learning is a very capital-intensive activity. Our company uses state of the art technology, provides all the hardware, software, maintenance and even converts course or lesson materials to the appropriate formats for distribution on the Web. And we do it for way less than the salary of a typical computer staff person.
Any company or individual with Internet access can access learning materials using only a Web browser. Expensive? Hardly!
Joel S. Keller
D&K Education Online, Amherst
Not just another company car
The ultimate company car article (September) was interesting. But I wonder how many readers, like me, have no idea what a Hummer is. It would have been nice to know who makes it, and maybe even a picture.
Editors note: We're glad to be of service. The Humvee was created in 1979 by AM General Corp. in response to a competition for the development of a High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle to meet the U.S. Army's highest standards. Finally, in 1992, after producing 100,000 vehicles for the U.S. military and its allies, AM General made them available to the general public and renamed the civilian version the Hummer.