Letters to the Editor 7/29

July 28, 2000

Letters to the Editor 7/29

Best way to live

To the editor:

Thanks to Edward L. James of Hancock for calling to our attention the action taken by Orange County, Indiana, in displaying at its courthouse the Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence and the Ten Commandments, side-by-side! You are right, Mr. James, in saying that Indiana has set the tone for the rest of our nation!

Now it is time for Christians to get behind my friend Jenny Rutledge's renewed efforts to get the Ten Commandments displayed at the Washington County Courthouse! Let Washington County, Md., be next to stand up for Christ and be counted!

What evil or harm could possibly occur as a result of embracing anew the Ten Commandments? Even if one is an unbeliever, aspiring to obey the Ten Commandments is still the most responsible and best way to live!


Mrs. Phil I. Harr


Scout is missed

To the editor:

With the recent passing of Harry and Mary Salvatore a void has been left in the hearts of everyone who had the pleasure to know these two kind and caring people.

Anyone who had had anything to do with the Boy Scout movement in our area will certainly recognize the name of Harry Salvatore who was a dedicated Scouter for 50-plus years, Scoutmaster of Troop II for 29 years, assistant Scoutmaster for 14 years, a member of the Mason-Dixon Council Executive Board and a holder of adult Scouting's highest honor, the Silver Beaver Award. These are but a few of Harry's accomplishments.

Where his passing will be felt the most is at his beloved Camp Sinoquipe, where he spent countless hours in helping to maintain and improve the camp so that more boys could better enjoy the outdoors.

He was also an active member of Otterbein United Methodist Church and was recently awarded the prestigious "Cross and Palm Award," given nationally by the United Methodist Church for outstanding adult service.

It is with great sadness that we bid farewell to our Scoutmaster, our leader, and our friend.

John E. (Jack) Rudy

For the Troop Committee

Troop II B.S.A.


Great care

To the editor:

I would like to express my gratitude to the doctors and nurses at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va.

For more than two years, my husband Paul was treated professionally and with utmost care by Dr. Tim Bowers and Dr. C.D. Park and many other doctors at City Hospital.

Martinsburg should be very proud to have a hospital like City. The efficient operation of the oncology unit, headed by nurse Bernie Rainy, is above expectations, in my opinion, and that of others we had the pleasure of meeting. One couldn't have better care.

I also had a personal experience in City coronary unit. I can say in all honesty, on a scale of one to 10, City Hospital is a 10.

Marge Colley

Martinsburg, W.Va.

Eye on truth

To the editor:

In response to the article in June 14 by Knight Ridder's Bill Tammeus concerning the errors of religion, I must offer my humble opinion.

While I agree that denominations and people of all faiths have been guilty of distorting truth to promote their own agenda we must be careful not to "throw the baby out with the bathwater."

The article stated: "sometimes, religions are wrong." You are correct. Any religion that gets away from the truth of God is not a version of truth but a "perversion" of truth. The fallacies of church history are sometimes generated from power hungry clergy and/or uninformed zealots.

The calling of every Christian is to balance zeal with a knowledge of Holy Scripture.

Though Tammeus' article centered on the debate in the Southern Baptist circles regarding female clergy, (by the way, God is not a male chauvinist, he writes the rules and uses the male/ female positions of ministry to portray spiritual truths) he seemed to slightly discredit the views of the Church.

My point is not to stir up a bee's nest, but rather to point out the fact that truth is truth and error is error. It does matter what you believe.

God has revealed his truth through the person of Jesus Christ. God gave himself a face when he sent Jesus Christ. The Holy Bible, (though some claim it contains contradictions which are only misunderstandings of Biblical culture and interpretation), has been proven reliable and life-changing. It contains the truth.

Yes, sometimes religions are wrong. And yes, we should own up to our fallacies. But let's keep our eyes on Jesus Christ. He will never lead you wrong.

John Miller


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