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Letters to the editor

August 15, 1997

Thrift lost

To the editor:

Your publication of July 15 carried an article expressing chagrin that the government, being only the taxpaying citizens, would not completely restore the canal each time the river floods. It is evident that individuals and any related lobbying groups care little about the existence of our nation; or, is it that they see only that which adjoins their abode or provides them money?

The canal represents much less than 1 percent of the sites for which the taxpayers provide funding. In Washington County alone, we have the Antietam and other battlefields, the Ferry Hill House, the "Old" Sharpsburg Rail Station, the Appalachian Trail, the military cemeteries, the wetlands and dozens of other taxpayer-maintained sites. Expand these to the entire nation and include the national, state, county and city parks: How much initial and repetitive money is required?

Just think a minute. The repair of flood damage at Harpers Ferry cost $21 million each flood and there have been two floods during the past 10 years. The waste of money on such projects exceeds that generated by the Washington County Commissioners.

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If these "historical" sites were the only expense of tax money, maybe we could survive. Unfortunately, others thirst for more and more money too. The only source of money is the taxpaying citizen.

Now it can be understood why the national debt is $6.5 trillion. The common sense, thrift and character of our Founders is considered old-fashioned. Optimism is the modern cry! Why not? "We'll be dead before the bills are due."

I would suggest that if the Chesapeake and Ohio lobby and other starry-eyed people want restoration, they should do it with their own money or labor. That's how it was done before the starry-eyed people got involved.

Joseph H. Walker,

Hagerstown

Jesus paid for sin

To the editor:

As I was reading the June 27 paper I came across the Mail Call section. I soon got the hint that some folks are having a hard time reading, and then understanding the word of God. These people are asking where is your Christianity when you boycott the Disney Corp.? They say that if the Southern Baptists would worry more about people's souls then their sex preferences we all would be better off.

Then I get Sunday's paper. In the NewsPlus section I read about a man who thinks that anyone who doesn't agree with him is of the "Flat Earth" mind set.

Southern Baptists have every right to boycott Disney or any other company that goes against what they believe. Homosexuality is not an accepted lifestyle to them. They are not going to support any company or corporation that does that, including Disney!

As to Michael Keach's claim that the Bible has ignorance in it, I would submit that it's more like ignorance of it. The Bible is a spiritual book and has to be read with a spiritual mind. It's true that in the Old Testament you may find in Leviticus or Deuteronomy reference to the law that God gave to Moses and the punishment that God wanted to be given for those offenses.

If you were to read the rest of the story you would find that the punishment has already been given to someone else. Jesus Christ has already paid the price on the cross. What you fail to understand is that sin is still sin but the punishment of death has already been given. That's the good news. Jesus Christ has already been put to death for our sins and I am including myself in that statement.

Just that fact alone makes the Bible the most relevant book in history, and of all time.

James L. Bailey

Hagerstown

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