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Letters to the Editor 8/16

August 15, 2000

Letters to the Editor 8/16



Bradley Palmer is doing well



To the editor:

My name is Rodney Palmer. I'm sure you remember Bradley Palmer, the Bester student with leukemia.

To update, Bradley will finish his maintenance chemotherapy on Oct. 22. This will be one day after his 12th birthday. He is still in remission and doing well.

Bradley will undergo surgery at Hopkins on the October 29 to have his infusaport removed from his chest area and will have a bone-marrow aspiration and a lower lumbar (spinal-tap) performed to determine if there are any active leukemia cells in his system. The doctors say there is no reason to believe there is any leukemia and all indications say he will be fine.

If he stays in remission for two years beyond this December, he will be considered cured.

Bradley will continue regular blood testing and checkups with his doctors at Hopkins for many years to come.

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Bradley just started middle school at E. Russell Hicks and has joined the band and is really enjoying the 6th grade. On Oct. 2, Bradley will be walking with a team of 18 family members and friends in the Light the Night Leukemia Walk at the Antietam National Battlefield to raise money for the Leukemia Society.

I would also like to thank Bob Maginnis, and The Herald-Mail, for all that was done to let readers know all about Bradley and his/our time of crisis.

Thanks for your support to Bester elementary and their efforts to help Brad.

You and your readers will hold a special place in our hearts forever. Please send our most heartfelt thanks to all those who wrote to Bradley and our family. Also, a special thanks to the staff of Bester Elementary and the friends, neighbors and family who were involved. I will save all those cards and well wishes and prayers and pass them on to Bradley now and as he gets older. This will help him remember that people do care and that he had a special place in their hearts.

Rodney Palmer

Hagerstown




Christians should support Bush



To the editor:

I would like to encourage all Christians in the Tri-State area to make sure they take the time to vote in November. As a group, Christians have historically been poor voters. Over the past decade we have seen prayer in school become a thing of the past.

It has gotten to the point were students can't even pray before sporting events in some areas of the country.

The liberal Democrats in our government have led this push for years. Al Gore would have you believe that the growing economy is a result of Clinton/Gore policies. Anyone who has followed their eight years knows that the economy has grown more because of the stock market and Alan Greenspan than because of any Clinton/Gore policies.

The moral decay in our schools and in our country, however, is a direct result of liberals trying to put God in a box and not in our lives. The liberal media will be distorting a lot of the facts about Al Gore in the next few months. The bottom line for Christians is simple: Gore will be for abortion and for more restrictions on the use of God's name in our schools.

In a day when we are hearing about school shootings on a regular basis, I think that the government needs to look at the root of the problem instead of blaming guns for these shootings.

So when you go into the voting booth in November, ask yourself one question.

Do I think Al Gore will restore dignity and honor to the White House?

Bill Stryker Jr.

Hagerstown




Kansas GOP comes to its senses



To the editor:

How refreshing to see common sense and reason prevail. The Aug. 1 Republican primary in the state of Kansas has proven to be a beacon of hope.

Three creationist school board members were given the left foot of fellowship, and now it appears that evolution will be restored to the classroom. Only the credulous could believe in a 6,000- to 10,000-year-old earth.

Only the gullible could entertain the flood of Noah as an explanation for the fossil record. Only the ridiculous could ingest and pass these fables on as fact. What experiments and models do creationists present to the scientific world? What medical breakthroughs have Dr. Morris and the Institute for Creation Research achieved? What archeological finds have they presented to substantiate their lofty claims?

Darwinian Evolution is still the only plausible explanation for the "Origins of Man." Creation science (which is no science at all) is just another fundamentalist ploy to proselytize our nation's youth. Thankfully the moderates of the GOP in Kansas saw through this sham and took science class back from the religious zealots.

William E. Pigg

Hagerstown

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