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Letters to the Editor 9/9

September 08, 2000

Letters to the Editor 9/9



Doing God's work



To the editor:

I want to thank each and everyone who helped me with the Walnut Street Christian Festival. The festival was very successful because of the people who helped.

I would like to thank: Christian Light Bookstore, Evangel Baptist Church andnd all of the young people who sang and gave out tracts. Also, Gateway Ministries Church of God, Food Lion, Joyce Bolyard and her sons, REACH volunteer Pete and his family, Lola, McDonald's, Brian Leiter, Chuka and Flook's and St. Mary's Catholic Church, especially for the kindness of letting us use their parking lot.

God wants each and everyone of us to work together, helping each other as needed. Some people were helped because we as Christians joined together and did the Lord's work. God sent his only begotten Son who had no sin, into this wicked world to die on the cross for our sins. Why? Because He loved us so much.

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So we as Christians, have a job to do and Saturday at the festival, I believe we were doing our job. We owe God, He gave us, and we need to give back.

The basis of salvation is whether we have believed in Jesus. But the basis for judgment is how we have lived. A successful relationship with God counts for eternity, and everything else is perishable.

James H. Twyman Jr.

Hagerstown




Ad was censored



To the editor:

Kudos to Phillip M. Snider of Martinsburg for his letter regarding liberals' support of partial birth abortion. I couldn't have said it any better, except to add another example of the liberal censorship on this issue.

Focus on the Family, a Christian ministry which covers a broad range of issues relevant to families, recently reported it was denied space in USA Today and The New York Times for an advertisement denouncing partial-birth abortion. The full-page ad contains an editorial cartoon depicting a baby's delivery. Upon delivery of all but his head, the child feels a sharp pain at the base of his skull and is snuffed out by the doctor. The final frame pictures the Supreme Court in all its wisdom saying "So, what's the problem?"

It's no surprise USA Today did not want to run this ad. Back on April 25, the paper's editorial topic was the Supreme Court case involving the legality of Nebraska's ban on partial birth abortion.

The editors mocked abortion opponents, saying that they dreamed up this "gruesome label" for the procedure and are using it as "a backdoor tactic...to persuade the court or the public that abortion should be banned."

USA Today said the ad was denied because the cartoon was too graphic. This statement is absurd considering that newspapers and TV news often show real photos and film clips more graphic than this cartoon.

Furthermore, The Washington Post did run the ad on August 11. Could the real reason be that the editors were afraid this simple black-and-white cartoon might have turned readers against the procedure? Just another example of how liberals are trying to limit free speech they happen to disagree with.

David A. Hadigian

Hagerstown




Bush's record better than Gore's



To the editor:

Democrats plan to use a TV ad that accuses Gov. Bush of neglecting the health care needs of poor children in Texas. This ad is the latest addition to the $30 million spent by the Democrats on ads that distort Gov. Bush's record in Texas.

For starters, the lawsuit cited in the ad was filed in 1993, for abuses during Ann Richards' term in office. In 1996, after Gov. Bush was elected, the state entered into an agreement to take 148 actions, and the state is appealing his decision on the remaining nine.

If Al Gore wants to complain about health care in Texas, then he ought to be complaining about the situation in America under his watch, because it's worse. Under Gov. Bush, the number of children participating in the Medicaid program that provides regular medical check-ups has grown. Texas currently has a 61 percent participation rate in this program, compared to just 54 percent nationally.

Texas leads the nation in Medicaid outreach efforts providing almost $15 million annually, which is the largest in the nation and exceeds all federal requirements. In 1999, Gov. Bush signed legislation creating the Texas Children's Health Insurance program to provide insurance for more than 423,000 Texas children. Texas has enrolled more than 17 percent of all eligible children, compared to 7 percent in California.

Al Gore is using the same Clinton/Gore approach that has kept them in office, by attacking their opponent with lies and distortion. Do we want to elect another president who cannot be trusted and continue with four more years of dishonest and partisan government? Al Gore indeed appears to be the risky schemer.

Jim Young

Hagerstown

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