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Letters to the Editor 7/15

July 14, 2000

Letters to the Editor 7/15



Commandments make a return



To the editor:

The time may have come for Jeannette Rutledge to renew her efforts to get the Ten Commandments posted at the Washington County Courthouse.

The Associated Press is reporting that a state-sponsored display featuring the Ten Commandments was unveiled on July 1 in Indiana. It seems that while the courts have disallowed a lone posting of the Commandments on "state grounds" they have permitted them to be included in exhibitions with other historic documents.

The recently unveiled Orange County Indiana Courthouse display features the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, and the Ten Commandments side by side.

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State Rep. Jerry Denbo, who sponsored the legislation allowing the display said, "We wanted to set the tone for the rest of the nation."

And so they have. I hope Mrs. Rutledge will look into this happening.

Edward L. James

Hancock

Let people decide



To the editor:

As a veteran, I consider Wayne Smith's attack on Councilman Wally McClure, a personal slap in the face (Herald-Mail Opinion Page July 3). McClure has the intestinal fortitude (guts in plain language) that is rare in politicians today - to fight for the rights of the people.

We recently celebrated the birthday of our nation, a government based on one of the greatest and most profound documents ever forged by man - the U.S. Constitution. A segment of that document pertains to the rights of the citizens, among them the right to redress the government, be it local, state or federal, by referendum or vote.

I spent 3 1/2 years in the military service of this nation (World War II) to help preserve that right, the same right that McClure is fighting for. Let the people be heard. If a referendum vote approves the funding for a new stadium, so be it; if the people say "no," so be it. But let us decide, not the politicians, not the so-called business people, but the little guy whose money is involved. What are the critics afraid of? Why do they want to deny us our constitutional right to decide for ourselves?

John H. McCune

Hagerstown

Gersen deserves some credit



To the editor:

In the past two years there has been a lot of press about the increased S.A.T. scores and recognition of Blue Ribbon Schools in Washington County. This is a very good sign. From my observation it has been the trend to give Superintendent Herman Bartlett credit for these achievements. I will give him some credit. I believe S.A.T. scores are a culmination of 12 years of school. Students who attained these higher scores attended school for 10 years while Dr. Wayne Gersen was Superintendent of schools and two years under Dr. Bartlett. Also you do not become a Blue Ribbon School overnight; it takes years of work.

This is not an attempt to portray Dr. Gersen as a great Superintendent of Schools, but to place the recognition for improved performance where I feel if should be placed. Of course the teachers and students deserve most of the credit.

Meredith Fouche

Rohrersville

Let God in



To the editor:

Now that the Fourth of July, Independence Day, has come and gone for another year, I have been thinking about the founding of our great nation. I always thought that our nation was founded with a strong belief in God. I find it very ironic that in this day and age, God is not welcome in our schools, our places of employment, government buildings and many other public areas.

I am told that the reason is because it may "offend" some people. What I find "offensive" is the fact that the minority (and I do believe these people are in the minority) can dictate where God can be mentioned and discussed. We need to get back to what our forefathers intended for our nation. What happened to "freedom of speech"? Our great nation is a melting pot of many cultures and religions.

I do not want to suppress other cultures or religions from expressing their beliefs. I do resent the fact that we Christians are becoming "second class citizens" and are being denied the right to express our beliefs.

The foundation of our nation is slowly being chipped away. Our society is becoming more and more violent. If we don't let God back into our everyday lives, there is someone who would be glad to share our lives - Satan!

Susan Lopez

Hagerstown

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