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Letters to the Editor 3/15

March 14, 2001

Letters to the Editor 3/15



Culture could learn from church



To the editor:

Syndicated columnist Bill Tammeus told us at length why we should believe that sometimes it is religion and not culture that is wrong. I agree with his conclusion, but find the way he argues his case troubling. We get 1.5 columns of old news about Christian church mistakes followed by a celebration of Buddhist enlightenment.

The only positive reference to Christianity is a one sentence nod to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Then we get a wrap up in which we are told that Christians need to be more humble.

OK, I can go with the conclusion. But to paint Christians with such a broad negative brush tells only half of the story - were Christians so "reactionary, exclusive and regressive" when they advocated ending child labor? How about a fair wage? Church history is human history, so it is easy to throw stones securely from the sidelines.

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To tell only the negative half of the story may be convenient in making his point, but it hardly breeds tolerance or a gracious hearing. Christians are often portrayed in exactly this negative light by our self-proclaimed "tolerant" culture.

When articles like this are the norm and not the exception, I begin to wonder. Why is it that the only groups who are fair game today are white men (almost always presumed guilty of a whole raft of "isms") and Christians? If this article had instead focused on the evils of Hinduism (perhaps wife-burning?) instead of Christianity, I believe it would never be published.

Maybe our culture could learn something of tolerance from even a very human Christian church.

Travis Knoll

Pastor, St. Andrew's UMC

Hagerstown




Fair Lady a great show



To the editor:

I would like to congratulate the cast, orchestra, faculty, parents and students of North High in their presentation of My Fair Lady. The professional manner everyone demonstrated is a great credit to you, your school and this community.

Everyone involved should be very proud. In these difficult times it is refreshing to see students, faculty and parents working together as a team to produce such a positive accomplishment. I am proud of your achievements and wish you all continued success. Bravo! Bravo!

Doug Spickler

Hagerstown




Hendershot is a winner



To the editor:

I was so happy to read that Linn Hendershot is running for city council in Hagerstown. I have known Hendershot since a small child and he is such a joy to know.

I am now bedfast and Hendershot got together with my nephew Keith Kirk who is the owner of Kirk Ford in Hancock and with the help of my family and friends, and people who care, got me a handicapped van.

He is one person everyone should get to know. He is such a dedicated person. He goes after what is right and he gets the job done. He has the education and knowledge.

And if they elect Hendershot for council he has more willpower than anyone I know. Don't let his disability keep you from voting for him because he will make a difference for the city of Hagerstown. I am from Hancock and cannot vote, but please get out and vote for Hendershot. You won't be sorry.

Ruth Taylor

Hancock

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