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June 23, 1997

Look back now to when America was a great nation

To the editor:

Can you look back and remember when America was the best? When we went to the aid of other countries when they were in distress? We fought their wars and gave our lives and gave them food to eat. We sacrificed and did without to get them on their feet.

America is deep in debt, trying to help the world to live. Every one wants to take but no one wants to give.

If we look at our money, we can see that it says, "In God we trust." I'm sure that if we trusted Him that he would care for us.


America he will bless again and make her strong and great, for when God is at the helm there are no mistakes. Let us pull together and work for the one above by doing this then you will know what it really is to love.

Charlotte J. Snyder


The turtle bill was bad biology

To the editor:

The Humane Society of the United States and its 4.7 million members and constituents, including the 91,000 who reside in Maryland, applaud Governor Parris Glendening's recent veto of H.B. 672, a bill that would have permitted the capture of snapping turtles by hook and line in duck production areas.

This bill was bad biology and bad law. It favored ducklings over snapping turtles and prey over predators, for no better reason than a desire of some duck hunters to see the ducklings mature into ducks they could kill themselves.

It would have consigned untold numbers of snapping turtles to a lingering, painful and unnecessary death.

Though possessed of a personality no one would characterize as pleasant or good-natured, snapping turtles have survived and prospered for millions of years. They deserve our respect and, yes, compassion. Governor Glendening's veto helps to ensure that they get it.

Susan Hagood

Wildlife Issues Specialist

The Humane Society of the United States

What talents have been lost to nation due to this outrage?

To the editor:

Millions of gifts and talents that would have enriched our lives now lie silent and dead in clinics, hospitals, doctor's offices and trash dumpsters.

Symphonies to thrill our hearts and exquisite paintings to delight our eyes remain unheard and unseen.

A cure for cancer and AIDS may have been carelessly thrown away-along with the precious little body who housed the potential.

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Congressman Bob Wise (DWV) voted to continue a gruesome abortion procedure that would kill a baby up the day it is full-term by stabbing it in the back of the head and sucking out its brains with a suction machine.

Sen. Rockefeller and Rep. Wise and the Clinton Gore administration have written letters telling you that their decision was to "save the woman's health and lives." This is not true.

Dr. Joseph Cook of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology declares the partial-Birth Abortion is riskier for the mother than any other type of abortion for the following reasons:

The opening of the cervix for a prolonged time involves greater risk of infection. The uterus is in danger of tearing. Doctors abandoned dangerous breech deliveries years ago.

Denise Bonecutter

Point Pleasant, W.Va.

Open your Bible and read the truth about homosexuals

To the editor:

This is in response to a letter from V. Kann in Hagerstown. First of all I want to say that the day I close my Bible and rely on my eyes for "self-fulfillment" will be the moment I die. The problem with the world is that people are doing just that (closing their Bibles.) I did not want Kann's letter to be the last word on that issue.

Opening their Bible is what more and more people should be doing, including you, V. Kann! I myself do not condone "hatred" of any kind.

If you had your Bible open and actually read it, you would know that the comment you made was incorrect. In the Bible, the Book of Romans, chapter 9, verse 13, its reads:

"As it is written, Jacob I have lover, but Esau have I hated."

Also in the Book of Jeremiah, in chapter 31, verse 3, it reads:

"The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, "Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee."

If you had your Bible open and read and studied your Bible, you would know that if the Lord loves you with an everlasting love, (then) the Lord will hate you with an everlasting hate.

And finally, if your Bible is open, turn to the Book of Leviticus in Chapter 18. Let me know when you get to Verse 22. That's all I have to say about that.

John Howard

Greencastle, Pa

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