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Letters to the Editor

November 18, 1999

Breast feeding saves lives

To the editor:

I consider myself to be a breastfeeding advocate. I will be having a conversation with someone about say, world hunger, and I'll add, "Did you know that by breastfeeding..." It's true. Breastfeeding can help to ease world hunger especially in areas of the world where feeding artificial baby milk can literally cost the family close to their yearly income.

Really the conversation could be about just about anything like breast or ovarian cancer, obesity, Crohn's Disease, leukemia (read page C 5 of The Daily Mail on October 22) and I could add how breastfeeding helps to reduce the risk of one of these things.

No, breastfeeding doesn't prevent everything but breastfeeding does make a difference in many ways. I could fill a few pages with the many benefits, but what I really want to point out is that we need to help families be informed. Women can bottle feed until the cows come home (no pun intended), but they at least should know what the risks are.

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We don't fail to warn mothers that smoking is dangerous to their health and their children's health or that they must put their children in child safety restraints, but yet when it comes to breast or bottle we don't tell them just how much of a difference their really is! I keep hearing that "we" don't want to make women feel guilty for their choices, and the truth is guilt comes from within when someone knows that they made the wrong choice before they made it. I am not trying to make women feel guilty, I am trying to help them make an informed decision, one based on all the facts.

We don't fail to tell parents that for their child's safety they should wear bike helmets, yet we keep them in the dark about the life-long and life-saving benefits of breastfeeding. And yes, I meant life-saving!

Thank you Lifestyle for including the AP release on the study of breast feeding and leukemia. And the next time you hear me spouting what breastfeeding can do for you, your baby and the world, remember I have nothing to gain by you breastfeeding; I am not on commission.

Lori Hall

Hagerstown

Hell Housefuss

To the editor:

Now I'm really confused. The number of articles you have printed about this Hell House has me really puzzled.

Now being in prison for the past 27 years may help me to see the picture from a different view point. I haven't seen the Hell House and don't think the warden would like the idea of me borrowing his car for the visit. But then again, you don't have to stand in a fire to know it's hot.

Now I do agree with what Tim Rowland, columnist, said about the moral decay, or hubris as he put it. We do have a good sense of right and wrong, we just no longer care about either. We can blame it on culture, T.V., secular teaching, diet and anything else we feel like blaming it on. But the truth is, we have only ourselves to blame.

Hell House may not be the answer to the world's problems, but from what I see and have read about it, it sure has caused a lot of people to get uptight. Maybe it hit too close to home?

Now I know you can't scare people into being Christians, or any other faith for that matter. That type of faith is not real and never works. People have to want to change before a change will take place. Fear will only change the weak and more fear will change them again. So you can scare them in and out of just about anything.

Like Tim Rowland said, "Their frustration is understandable; traditional methods haven't worked. They see a need to shock, since lesser measures have failed." He's also right about using the money and time in other ways, but I don't think they would have gotten this much attention.

Now the article written by Jim Davies, Care Pastor, Faith Chapel, should not have been written. Now don't get me wrong, I agree with a lot of what he had to say. But the Hell House was meant to offend the sinners and give them reason to change. He should not try to defend what the Hell House is about. Once you start to defend your actions, you lose sight of the reason for said actions. Doubt is the major cause of failure. So when you start a project like the Hell House, let it do its job, and let others agree or disagree with it.

John Worsham

Hagerstown

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