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January 15, 2002

Letters to the Editor 1/15



Attending church isn't enough



To the editor:

According to the Bible, a Christian is a person who has admitted that he is a sinner and has trusted in the sinless life and sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus Christ to pay for those sins. This is certainly not the definition Mrs. Harold H. Jacobs used in her Jan. 10 letter.

Apparently she believes the myth that America is a "Christian nation" and therefore anyone who lives in America and does not espouse another religion is a Christian. That is the only way child murderers or extortioners can be called "good Christians."

Simply because someone joins or attends a church, or lives in America or tries to live by the Ten Commandments that does not mean he/she is a Christian. Many people think attending an occassional church service makes everything right between them and God, but they have never trusted Jesus as their personal savior and committed their life to him.

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Many people live in America but they never attend a church, never read the Bible and care nothing for what God or his word says they should do. Many, like Jacobs, care nothing about God and his son but think the Ten Commandments are an excellent code of conduct. The Bible teaches that only those who are born again by trusting in Jesus Christ as their personal savior are Christians.

Those of us who have made that decision are not perfect. All of us sin. Most of us do not sin to the magnitude of Jimmy Swaggart, or Jim and Tammy Bakker, but we all sin and we realize we must confess our sin and repent of it and renew fellowship with Jesus. If a Christian sins by drinking, using illegal drugs, etc. he/she confesses that sin and turns back to the Lord Jesus. Rehabilitation centers which stress acknowledgement of and responsibility to God have much higher rates of success than those that rely on self-control and free will.

William R. Campbell

Hagerstown




Morgan has right idea



To the editor:

Many in the community are wondering why Superintendent of Schools Betty Morgan favors consolidation of Conococheague and Maugansville elementaries when the Blue Ribbon Redistricting Committee voted 57 percent to 43 percent to renovate the schools. I feel strongly Dr. Morgan believes the educational program of these students populations will be improved when they are housed in a new facility. Additionally, the price tag to consolidate is $11.2 million and the price to renovate the two schools is $14.2 million.

I have had the opportunity to hear Morgan speak a number of times during her employment the last six months and believe she is a person who always places the education of the students in the system as her number one priority.

I feel the community needs to examine Morgan's professional record before rushing to judgment on this one issue.

Washington County has been consolidating public schools for at least 70 years. Within three miles of my house are two one-room buildings, a four-room building and a six-room building that all have been used as Washington County schools. Almost all current Washington County school districts are a result of consolidation. The number of residents in Washington County that have attended schools that have been consolidated is large.

As one citizen and taxpayer I believe Morgan is making the right decision educationally for the students of Washington County. I feel she should be commended for her conviction to do the right thing.

Meredith Fouche

Rohrersville




Keep hatred to yourself



To the editor:

Edward L. James does not like Cas Taylor. Not withstanding, he does not have the right to spread hate and discontent in such a mean-spirited manner.

Basic fairness is being circumvented by such action.

M.L.Watson

Hagerstown

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