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letters 11/1

October 31, 2000

Letters to the Editor 11/1



Adventists have no association with ad



To the editor:

The ad that appeared in The Herald-Mail on Oct. 20 by the "Sweetwater Seventh-day Adventist Association" has no association with the Seventh-day Adventist Church - as their own disclaimer obliquely states - even though they use a similar name. The ad was not paid for by any church in this area.

These ads have appeared all over the country. In almost every instance the church has written a disclaimer, but they keep cropping up like gnats in various parts of the country.

At the risk of sounding trite, some close friends and relatives are Roman Catholics. Though we disagree and often have lively religious discussions, they are always done in a spirit of concord and mutual respect.

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The Seventh-day Adventist Church is at the forefront in promoting religious liberty and would vehemently oppose any attempts to thwart the peaceful religious expression of anyone.

Pastor William McCall

Willow Brook Seventh-day Adventist Church




Ad didn't show much love



To the editor:

In Friday, Oct. 30's edition, The Seventh-day Adventist Church had an advertisement that said "Earths Final Warning." If I may be so brazen, I would suggest that these well-intended Biblical scholars study the passage of scripture, Revelation 22:18:

"For I testify unto everyman that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book."

Repeatedly throughout the Bible, different apostles and different prophets have declared no man, not even Jesus Christ, the sacrificial lamb, the living son of God, knew the full mystery of God, and when and how his final judgment would come.

I am not saying whether your final warning is wrong or right. I am only suggesting that limited knowledge has always been a dangerous thing, as you have declared throughout your advertisement.

Personally, I try to abide by the only thing I know for certain; Jesus Christ's commandment, "Thou shalt love thy Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy mind."

This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Do you folks love thy neighbor as thyself?

Scott Kline

Smithsburg

(Editor's note: The Herald-Mail apologizes for any offense the ad may have caused, and has donated $2,000 to the Community Free Clinic.)




What's the charge?



To the editor:

I am interested in finding out what law, ordinance or regulation says that a customer cannot eat Burger King food in the parking lot of Burger King on the Dual Highway in Hagerstown. What authority has been granted to the police department to allow them to decide who should be allowed to be a patron and for what period of time?

What authorizes them to tell people to leave the parking lot even though the customer shows them that they have food?

I can understand a business owner filing a complaint against customers for loitering, loud stereos, fighting or in some other fashion creating a public nuisance, but for a police officer to profile and harass certain customers (who have food in their hands) for no apparent reason seems to go beyond the responsibility of the Hagerstown Police. It seems like common sense to me that if the officer were to state that the person is violating "something," then the patron would be more inclined to comply and avoid a repeat incident.

If I am wrong I will gladly inform my kids what they did wrong and explain to them that they are violating a city ordinance or breaking a law. I will do my best to ensure that they are not part of the problem. On the other hand if there is no basis for this harassment, someone should re-evaluate the placement and practices of a busy police department.

If this practice of chasing off customers is at the request of a business, I'm sure people would like to know what businesses have requested this service from the police department so folks could patronize businesses that welcome consumers instead. Maybe you could even publish that list. I'm sure that those parking lots would empty out, and the police would be freed up to perform other duties.

I'm not a cruiser (I don't think), but if I get chased out of a parking lot while I'm eating, I want to know what the charge is.

Hal Newcomer

Greencastle, Pa.

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