Letters to the Editor

January 17, 2000

Why did ancients develop architecture instead of weapons?

To the editor:

It is well-recorded that the ancient Romans and of course the Egyptians were quite crafty in their building of things. The remarkable architecture such as the Pyramids and temples that still stand today are witness as to their skill after approximately 5,000 years.

It is apparent that they applied and designed their workmanship with an endeavor to finish with perfection and absolute correctness.

Should we have any reason to doubt that they built one of the greatest civilizations? It excites my curiosity as to why they had not advanced much beyond the caveman when their method of weaponry was spear and bow/arrow.

Arthur P. Keifer


A special way to educate

To the editor:

This year, National Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated from Jan. 31 to Feb. 4. The theme this year is "Catholic Schools - Lighting the Way to a New Century."


It is a time to reflect on the spiritual, academic, civic and personal value of Catholic school education where students are taught to know, love and serve God and are prepared to be responsible members of the community. It is also a time to acknowledge that this valuable education would not be possible without the support of our pastor, principal, teachers, parishioners, Home and School Association, community members, businesses and the civic and religious organizations in Franklin County.

We thank those who have donated state-of-the-art computer and science equipment, the people who made possible the well-stocked library, and the new playground, and the volunteers who give so generously of time. We thank families of many faiths who believe in Catholic school education and who get involved in school activities.

Corpus Christi School families and families of Corpus Christi graduates now attending Catholic High School express our gratitude to all who support Catholic school education. A special note of appreciation is extended to the staff of Trinity, Delone and Goretti High Schools for welcoming Corpus Christi graduates to continue their Catholic education through high school.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bishop and family

Mr. and Mrs. James Burkholder and family

A new bowl

To the editor:

I have a question. Is it just me, or are there far too many bowl games these days?

Right now I believe that almost every college in the United States can get into one kind of bowl or another. Ever since the major corporations have found how much money can be made off the colleges, bowl games have sprung up everywhere.

I have an idea for a new one. Bowl games are no longer as important as they once were. Because everyone can get into one and they no longer have to be a winning team, just a team is all it takes. Why not have the Toilet Bowl where the two worst teams can meet for the second best in a losing record of the year? At the end of the game, the winning team can flush the other team's emblem down the toilet. They can take great pride knowing they aren't the worst league that year.

I remember when there only used to be about four college bowl games, and they played really hard to get into a bowl game. There was a lot of pride in the colleges that made it. What next, is the NFL going to branch out in the name of the almighty dollar?

We now live in a nation of no pride, morals or self respect. Do we have to teach our children the same values?

John Worsham


Good Website

To the editor:

I am a resident of Chambersburg, Pa. I am writing to you from Hanau, Germany where I am a civilian worker with the Army on a three-year tour. I wanted to express to you my appreciation of your website. It is very professional, and keeps me in touch with the happenings in the Tri-State area.

There are many advantages of an overseas tour, but one disadvantage is news from home. I miss getting The Herald-Mail on a regular basis and it is time-consuming through the mail. Your website certainly provides the touch of home a lot of us crave here.

Timothy R. Heefner

104th Area Support Group

Hanau, Germany

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