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Letters to the Editor 4/21

April 20, 2001

Letters to the Editor 4/21

Retire Dale's Number 3

To the editor:

The nation and the world lost a great sports star on Sunday, Feb. 18. The loss of Dale Earnhart will not be filled by another individual for a long time. You see, just as heroes are only born once in a great while, the same holds true of sports stars.

Dale Earnhart was no hero, but he was a star. He became the Johnny Unitas of NASCAR. Dale did for NASCAR what Johnny Unitas did for pro football many years ago. NASCAR needs to do one thing very soon. That is retire "Number 3."

Johnny Unitas earned my respect while I was still in school, five years before I entered the military. Over the past few years Dale Earnhart also earned my respect. Let's hope that NASCAR does not treat Dale Earnhart as the NFL has treated Johnny Unitas.


These are two of the few individuals I respect for the way they conducted themselves, both on and off the field/track. Let's hope that NASCAR takes the proper steps necessary to prevent this type of tragedy. Let's hope NASCAR grows from the legacy left by Dale Earnhart. Johnny Unitas is still alive, maybe the NFL will learn from this tragedy. What an opportunity they have missed over the years.

Gene Stone


Shouting isn't necessary

To the editor:

With most any topic that deals with God there are so many references in the Bible that describe him as a God of love. The most mentioned is about God and his love for his people.

God by nature is supposed to be merciful, compassionate and above all concerned about his creation.

God created the whole universe in perfection, so I assume he meantit to be the same for all the creatures of the earth. Why is it then that he allowed sin to intervene and be imposed upon anything that was sinless in "his beginning?"

Why did he "test" Adam and Eve if not to create the potential of "wrongdoing"?

Why is it then that he allowed this transgression that led to everyone being born in sin? The birth of a child is considered a gift from God, yet that birth is born in sin.

That doesn't sound like the character of a God in whom love is supposed to be present. Being born in sin makes everyone destined to suffering. To have someone sentenced to punishment doesn't sound like something that should come from a God of love. He certainly wouldn't want to derive pleasure in torture.

And another thing. Those fire- and-brimstone preachers want you to accept their religion or you're going to burn forever in hell.

Shouting hellfire is not way to get people attracted to a God who is supposed to be a God of love.

Preachers with their pulpit- pounding, foot-stomping and Bible-waving while harping about burning in hell, turn me off, because that does not build faith in people. What they really preach is fear and anxiety, fear of the flames of hell, a fear that renders people to be less sensitive to any ability to awaken the spiritual sensitivity needed to be "born again."

Arthur P. Keifer


Kids need help

To the editor:

Although we read about the large extent of drug use, alcohol use, and sexual experimentation by young people in the paper daily,

I think to some extent we have become oblivious.

Some hold the opinion that young people should be allowed to sow their wild oats thereby precluding them from doing so later in life. I disagree. I believe especially in regards to sexual experimentation these experiences will impact them their entire lives.

I do not begin to believe I have any solutions to these problems, but I do believe these problems are impacting our society economically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually to a serious degree. I believe all of us are affected by this behavior.

I am not here to indict young people because I believe the majority of young people are upstanding contributors to society; merely to recognize the problem.

I am aware of some things in place that can help. One of those is becoming a mentor to a teen who needs emotional support. If you think you could be a mentor most middle and high schools have programs in place. Contact a principal of any school.

There is a tendency to believe all of these young people with problems come from dysfunctional families. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am very concerned about the long term effects on our society these problems will have.

I believe our youth are crying out for help and as adults we need to answer their cry.

Enough said.

Meredith Fouche


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