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Letters to the Editor 5/16

May 16, 2000

Karate kids need your help

To the editor:

Jung Sim Do Korean Karate, located at 18045 W. Oak Ridge Drive in Hagerstown, is in need of your support. We have an exciting opportunity to represent our local community in the Battle of Atlanta.

Our students and team members are asking you to consider sponsoring them to attend The Battle of Atlanta, a competition that is also called Karate's True Tournament of Champions, in September of 2000. Our students and team members have worked very hard in order to be a part of this exciting event. We have sold candy bars and cookie dough, and held other fund-raising events to offset the costs.

This event involves travel and accommodation expenses, as well as registration fees that are beyond the means of our students. Our students range in age from 7 to 18 years and attend regular classes at Jung Sim Do Karate. They are encouraged to do well academically and practice extensively at home. They are local children from your community, who are not motivated by drugs or violence, but instead, by a program that makes them mentally and physically strong and able to make the right decisions when it comes to difficult situations.

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Karate's roots are in discipline, personal sacrifice for others, maturity, community involvement and fitness of the mind and body. Our students and team members are directed to be The Best of The Best, in all that they do.

Most of our students have participated in karate at Jung Sim Do for several years, and the opportunity to participate in this event would really be the chance of a lifetime. The agenda at this event is packed with special opportunities and appearances by famous personalities involved in karate.

We greatly appreciated your making a financial contribution toward our efforts to attend. Our students are ready to accept the challenge, and with your help they can succeed. All contributions will go directly toward registration or travel expenses for this event. The students and families at Jung Sim Do will receive printed flyers acknowledging your financial support and promoting your company. This will allow the students to feel that their efforts were recognized within their community by businesses and personal donations from people like you.

A follow-up letter will be sent to all sponsors to let you know how we did in Atlanta and to thank you for the donation. You are giving the children a wonderful chance, and the families at Jung Sim Do are grateful for your assistance.

Please make all donations payable to Jung Sim Do Korean Karate.

Master Jackie Holman

Jung Sim Do Korean Karate

President did seek forgiveness

To the editor:

David Woods wrote to disagree with a letter I wrote in late 1998. He said President Clinton has never truly repented of the behavior that sparked the Lewinsky scandal, has never asked the American public to forgive him, and therefore deserves no one's forgiveness.

I probably could find a speech where the president did express remorse and ask for the nation's forgiveness. I recommend instead a book entitled "From the Eye of the Storm" written about a year ago by Rev. J. Philip Wogaman, pastor of the church the Clintons (and I) attend. He speaks at great length about repentance, forgiveness, morality, love and emotional healing. Pastor Wogaman is a wise, caring and gifted preacher and teacher. I thank God for leading the Clintons to this church and this pastor in 1993.

Wogaman writes, "Should President Clinton be forgiven for such misbehavior? We have all sinned and fallen short and are all in need of forgiveness. Forgiveness draws us toward a higher level of spiritual existence, a rediscovery of love as the center of moral life. Particular punishments must be in the service of love, not a replacement of love with an ethic of condemnation or vindictiveness. God is the source of our own forgiveness and of the power to forgive."

President Clinton never asked me to forgive him. But on the day before he gave his grand jury testimony and made his publicly televised confession he came to church obviously seeking some re-assurance. He knew he had put the love and support of millions of friends to a severe test. I could tell that my opinion of the president was important to him. I silently forgave him because he needed it and because I wanted to. It was the right thing to do, and a very personal decision for which I owe no one any further explanation.

Following Pastor Wogaman's example, I try to be discreet about what I have seen or heard, yet open and unapologetic about what I believe. Many past occupants of the White House claimed to be Christians, but few if any were regular churchgoers. Church attendance is important, not just for worship and spiritual growth, but also to have loving fellowship with other believers. I can think of no one who needs this fellowship more than the President of the United States.

Ruth Brown

Washington, D.C.

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