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letters 6/16

June 15, 2000

Many thanks

To the editor:

I am writing to report the success of the basket bingo for the Shirley B. Robison Memorial Fund that was held Sunday, April 2. We had a sold out audience that was dedicated to supporting a good cause. The proceeds from this fund-raiser go to improving the quality of life for local cancer patients and their families who are struggling financially due to the adverse affects of cancer. Without the support of a lot of dedicated family, friends, and local businesses, we could not have claimed that success. We would like to publically thank the following:

Family and friends of Shirley B. Robison, staff and volunteers of the John Marsh Cancer Center; Linda Oakley, basket consultant; Alice's Country Cottage; Dawn John's and Vicky Yates, co-chairperson of the event; Twigg Cycles, Barb and Randy Leatherman; Andrew and Diane Serafini; Myerly and Lowe; Judi Dominguez; Janice Mose; James Aleshire; Tanner's Creek Canvas; Connie Manger; Jewel Collins; Tri-State Fellowship; Dr. Michael Stowell and Denise Keller.

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Also, Dr. Richard Oakley; Dawn Johns; Shelby Alter; K&K Engraving; The Grill at Park Circle; Diane Rhoton; Anne Carden; Ruth Weber; Vicky and David Yates; Jean Homes; Jeannie Miller; RK Electric; Farmer's Jewelry; Kathryn Magaha; Carol Eck; John Marsh Cancer Center Employees; Ryan Wibberley; Hydro-Glass Inc., Julie Hammond, Nancy Bradfield, Jim and Deb Robison; George Ferraiuolo and Luella Himes; Dr. and Mrs. Al Smith; daughters of Shirley Robison; Sagittarius Hair Designs, Sanders' Cookie Jar; Mary Lou Howden; Susan Sager-Mason; Bonnie Beachley, and Washington County Health Services, Inc.

Jessie Kretzer

Director

Shirley B. Robison Memorial Fund

Hate the sin

To the editor:

I am writing in regard to a recent letter regarding the "perceived lack of acceptance by gays." Websters dictionary describes intolerance as this: a : unwilling to grant equal freedom of expression; b : unwilling to grant or share social, political, or professional rights.

I am so weary of this word being used by the gay community. You bet we don't want to give you equal time to espouse your lifestyle. We don't want you to teach our children that your lifestyle is an acceptable alternative. I don't want to have to explain to my children why "Heather Has Two Mommies." Yes, we don't want to grant you political platforms to espouse your cause.

An intimate, loving, sexual relationship was designed by God for a man and a woman. Man to man, woman to woman, is unnatural. It is perverse. Up until recently, it was even illegal, and in some areas it still is. Homosexuals would like to shift the blame of their lack of acceptance by others to those who don't believe in their lifestyle.

My father was an alcoholic for many years. We loved him throughout, but did not like what he did - it is called love the sinner, hate the sin. It is clear in the Bible that God considers homosexuality perverse and sinful. But one who calls himself Christian and then espouses hatred of a person who choses this lifestyle sins himself. If Sen. Alex Mooney said that he hates homosexuals based on the Bible, then he is sadly mistaken. But I fear that his statements were, as is often the case, taken out of context.

J. Marie Malpas

Smithsburg

Support for school art

To the editor:

I want to thank the community for showing such great support for Northern Middle School's art program and for coming out for our Family Art Night. More than 225 students, their siblings, parents and grandparents showed up March 21 to view our student art show, participate in our many hands-on art workshops and share our art awards ceremony.

More than 50 ceramic pieces were created that night, along with countless collages, animation drawings and Japanese brush paintings. Many also heard a lovely mini-concert by five of our student musicians.

I would like to also thank all the members of the NMS Art Club for their hard work before and during our evening of creativity. Also thanks to Mrs. Hunt's classes who made cookies and a special thanks to the parents who helped, especially with the clean up.

You all certainly demonstrated the power of art and how it can bring families together.

Priscilla Rall

Art teacher

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