Just Ignore Book

Methinks Mr. Costa chooses to be offended [On the Beat, “A Bible in Every Hotel Room—or Not,”]. He chooses his companion; why not be happy with that? I find it hard to believe the bed is a problem. My husband books our rooms and he simply asks for a double with one bed. No one asks him who will sleep in it. It could be another man, his wife, someone else’s wife, or his best friend’s daughter. The only question is, “Do you want one key or two?”

However, as with Mr. Costa, sometimes the room turns out to have two beds. We simply choose our preferred sleeping arrangement and turn out the light. Just because you have them, you don’t have to use them.

Yes, most often there is a Bible in the room, at least I think there is. I haven’t checked every one. Here again we have a choice. Our choice is simply to let it be. Someone else may open it and find a passage that changes their lives. We don’t know. It is not our choice.

In some hotels there is also a Book of Mormon. Same choice. Leave it be, or possibly explore what makes another culture tick.

Our choice is to let the books stay where they are, rearrange the furniture, pour liquid over ice, and search for a good movie. I recommend this.—Lorelei Snyder, S.B.

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