Letters to the Editor

February 14, 2000

Good old days were not so great

To the editor:

Regarding the David Culler letter, Feb. 4, "Turn to the Clergy," he beseeches us to reverse the hands of time to that epoch of "strong moral culture." The season when men and women were enslaved against their will and not afforded due process on account of a their melanous appearance.

When women could not vote or be in command of their reproductive system. When childhood poverty and disease were the norm, causing life expectancy to be significantly lower than today.

It is distressing when an individual has to look to a leader (clergy) to invoke virtues that she/he is lacking. To this end the cleric has failed.


Christianity had it's time and is now destined to take it's place in history along with the depraved mythologies of yore.

Science and the supremacy of reason should dictate our lifestyle and ethical outlook. Mankind can only then free herself/himself from these pious thoughts and creeds. Supplication was never banned from the public arena nor should it be. But it cannot be state-sponsored. The education system must be thoroughly secular and available to all. To this end morals can never be revealed by others, but assigned to ourselves as we realize our community.

William E. Pigg


Take on a mission

To the editor:

Take a minute to absorb this fact. Most of us are so busy that we miss some of the beautiful opportunities that are around us each day. Take for example, the Hagerstown Union Rescue Mission.

I wasn't asked to write this letter, nor am I a staff member of the Mission. My motive is to bring awareness to a beautiful opportunity that awaits those who'll make the time to get involved.

As a pastor, I'm aware that there are many Christians in this area.

When I use the title "Christian" I don't mean simply "religious" people, but true followers of Jesus Christ.

We who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ must understand that to be his follower does not involve simple religious rutuals and the belief of creeds. Those who follow Christ must do so in example. If Jesus were walking the streets of Hagerstown, I believe you'd find him spending a lot of time at the Rescue Mission. Are you his follower?

While we fulfill our religious duties to appease our consciences and while we spend our money on more toys and trinkets, the Mission sits there on Prospect Street crying out for your prayers, support and Christian involvement. I'm not suggesting that the Mission is the only way to serve the Lord, but it is one way.

This morning I sat around the table with four men from the Mission. We talked, we laughed, we cried and we had a Bible study. Not all of the Mission men want to be in their present state. Some are crying out for help. Some have been neglected by fathers. Some have been rejected by the church. Many are looking for godly men who will take just an hour a week to offer Christian mentoring.

I offer this challenge to godly men who are interested in making a difference: Who are you impacting for the Lord? Can you spare 60 minutes to sit across the table with another man in need of a brother or father figure?

Has God blessed you financially? How can you be a blessing to this solid, Bible-based ministry that is making a difference?

Think about it. Don't pass this off as "just another letter to the editor." What can you do? I dare you to get involved. Call the director of the Mission, Mr. Shank, and let him know how you can help.

After he gets back up off the floor from falling over, ask him how you can be a blessing to this powerful outreach that is making a difference.

John R. Miller, Jr.

Pastor, Faith Christian Fellowship


Why is diesel fuel cost on the rise?

To the editor:

Diesel fuel prices are outrageous! Have you given any thought to researching the why and wherefore of the reasons that are dictating the recent price increases?

It has moved up on a daily basis of 10 to 25 cents. These kinds of price increases in the past would have some justifiable reason, i.e. hard winter, gulf war, oil tanker ran aground etc. Would it be newsworthy to look into this? Is it true it is just in the northeast? Don't we need an explanation any more for this gouging to go on? It comes out to some pretty big deal if you start to do the math of paying 40-90 cents a gallon on a couple thousand gallons. Who's lining their pockets here?

James D. Martin, Pres.

Trailer Enterprises Inc.


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