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Letters to the Editor

February 03, 2000

Turn to the clergy

To the editor:

In defense of his indiscretions, our President once stated "It all depends on what 'is' is."

In view of our present moral morass and contrasted to our once practiced morality, it is high time to take a serious look at what "once was" and what "now is" in our culture.

For we of the generation raised before 1963 can recall how morality was instilled in us through the family, the church and the school. A few of us fell by the wayside but our nation was basically of a strong moral culture.

Enter an atheist and an accommodating Supreme Court and all that was honorable, decent and upright was banned from the public arena in just one fell swoop. The Supreme Court continues to chip away at the principles that our forefathers built into our Constitution.

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Any attempt to enumerate the evils permeating our society would only add to the gloom and doom of a once vibrant society.

We look to the military to protect our freedom from foreign enemies: Internal enemies must be dealt with by we the people.

In taking a serious look at what is needed to regain a moral culture, it is evident that the leadership must come from the clergy: That pillar of morality that we turn to in time of trouble and sorrow.

From all indications there is just such person beginning to emerge as a leader with the courage to direct attention to the court that initiated our national downfall.

I would direct attention to D. James Kennedy of the Coral Ridge Ministries of Florida. His program is carried Sundays on channel 7 - 8:30 a.m. and channel 25 at 11 o'clock.

David E. Culler

Boonsboro

A nation that never was

To the editor:

Adam E. Paul is somewhat vague about the origin of this country. It was not "founded by caucasian Americans."

When those early Caucasians arrived they were confronted by powerful Indian tribes. They got around this dilemma by making, and ultimately breaking, over 800 solemn "peace" treaties with the Indian nations.

By the early 1860s they had stolen and consolidated nearly all lands east of the Mississippi.

After the Civil War, technological advances made it possible to overwhelm the Indians once and for all. This task was accomplished by the caucasians and their black allies the "Buffalo Soldiers," by the late nineteenth century.

This country was "founded" by all Americans, both black and white.

White men! Do not insult your former black brothers-in-arms by waving that so-called "Confederate" flag in their faces. You owe them better than that. From the Revolution, to the Persian Gulf, they earned the right to your respect.

Incidentally, the Confederacy, and by extension, its flag, is a myth. Name one country that established diplomatic relations and exchanged Ambassadors with the "Confederate States of America."

This quasi-nation, after a valiant four year struggle, died before birth.

In spite of all those volumes, written by those learned Caucasians, I give you the truth of history. How can one have a flag to represent a country that never was?

Richard Anderson

Martinsburg, W.Va.

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