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Letters to the Editor 9/5

September 06, 2000

Letters to the Editor 9/5



Society going down the tubes



To the editor:

I thought that I'd heard it all until I read in the Washington Times paper, a story about an 8-year-old little girl, who wanted to sing the song in a talent show. It was the North Port Boys and Girls Day Camp talent show, and the little girl practiced the song that she wanted to sing for a week. When it came time to sing her song, the "leaders" (if that is what you want to call them) would not allow her to sing the song. They said that it might offend another child's religion.

What's the name of this song you ask? "Kum ba Yah"! What idiot came up with that idea? And why didn't they say anything when this little girl started practicing the song? They waited a week before saying anything. And by the time they did say something, it was too late to practice another song. What a coward! He can only pick on 8-year-old little girls, I'd like him to try and tell me that once! I'm not a little girl. I'm 6'4" - 300 pound former Marine who loves for someone like that to try that.

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That's just a sample of how our society has gone down the tubes. Nobody will tell you the truth anymore. Look at our president! He wouldn't know the truth if it bit him. I find that very puzzling, coming from a person who is supposed to be educated. Readers of "A voyage to the Houyhnhnms'" in Gullivers Travels were told of the Houyhnhnms, and that they were so rational that the concept of lying was almost unintelligible. They reasoned that "the use of speech was to make us understand one another, and to receive information and facts. If anyone told the thing that was not (a lie), these ends were defeated.

Humans, unlike Houyhnhnms, harbor a disparate array of tendencies and impulses that do not harmonize with reason. Humans need time and practice to become people of integrity and goodwill. It seems to me that politicians, most not all, have a lot of trouble in this area. Bill Bennett says in "The Book of Virtues," that lying is an easy tool of concealment. Our current batch of political hopefuls are a prime example. With the possible exception of George W. Bush. At least he's trying to speak the truth, as evidence with the ad he had pulled from the TV. It was not truthful and he knew it, so he made his people pull the ad.

The prophet Jeremiah sought, or looked through the streets of Jerusalem, for one person who acted justly and sought the truth. Wouldn't he have a rough time in today's world? As the Philosopher Immauel Kant said "honesty is better than all policy". There is all the difference in the world between taking the condition of ones self seriously and just taking pains not to get caught.

Today we want to change the meanings of many words just so we can do what we want and not feel guilty. What we fail to consider is, that no matter how many times we change the meanings of our words, a rose is still a rose. Abortion is still murder, and perverted sexual acts are still unacceptable in Gods eyes. No matter what we say, God's opinion doesn't change. And in the end, that's all that matters.

People in today's society are afraid to offend someone. You should really be afraid of offending God! After all, he's the only one who can make a difference in your life, both here and in eternity. He's the one I want to please.

James Bailey

Hagerstown

Correction



In a letter to the editor from Washington County school board candidate Russell Williams which appeared on August 27, a phrase was accidentally deleted. The correctly worded paragraph should read as follows:

"I analyzed the eighth-grade MSPAP subtest scores with data provided by the Board of Education. In two-thirds of the cases the eighth-grade MSPAP subtest scores are down from some previous higher level. In one-fourth of the cases they are down by more than 10 points. This is a long way from the stated goal of an increase of at least three points per year. I pointed out that in the Hancock Middle/High School every one of the six MSPAP subtest scores is down by more than nine points."

Also, in an editorial in the August 25 Herald-Mail, the name of Ed Forrest, a Washington County school board candidate, was inadvertently omitted.

The Herald-Mail regrets the errors.

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