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Letters to the Editor 1/17

January 17, 2002

Letters to the Editor 1/17

Letter about
parents was cold


To the editor:

This is in response to Pastor James Holler's letter "God didn't take." For him to tell the family of that precious little girl that she is not in heaven with God and Jesus, but lying in a cold grave waiting for the Second Coming of Jesus is cruel. If that is his belief, that is fine; but that is obviously not the belief of the little girl's family.

We lost our beloved only child at the age of 35 from cancer four months ago. The only thing that is sustaining us during this terrible time is the belief that she is whole, happy and living in the loving arms of God and Jesus in heaven.

To think anything else is abhorrent! Losing a child is the worst thing that could ever happen to anyone and you need all of the comfort you can find.

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I am certainly not an authority on the Bible, but I feel that everyone is entitled to his or her own belief and should not be ridiculed in the paper. I wonder how you feel that anyone could find peace from your letter.

Vickie Schleigh

Hagerstown

Next time
show compassion


To the editor:

I am writing in regards to the article in your paper on Jan. 9, 2002, regarding the death of Elwood Grimm. As I explained to the reporter of this article over the phone, I have read your newspapers for over 60 years, and the last paragraph of the article was the most inhumane I have ever seen in print.

We here in Washington County were aware of Grimm's faults, it was good news for your paper, and you reported it many, many times.

A paper that would print such an article has no compassion for a grieving family and his many friends. When I talked to your editor, who approved this article, according to the reporter, I was given the same excuse that Terry Headlee has in his article in our Sunday paper of Jan. 13. This is the most ridiculous excuse I have ever heard. I feel sure you were not flooded with calls to insist you print the last paragraph of the article.

As far as your apology goes, I think you are trying to save face, and you thought the article in Sunday's paper would change minds about your insensitive reporting. What you printed about Grimm is true, he served his time, and returned to our community the same loving and kind person he always was.

Your article stated that you are required to print both sides of a story. There were not two sides to this story. Grimm had died, and there was not another side to be told.

I trust in the future you will be more careful about what you print after someone has died, and show compassion for a grieving family and his many friends.

Before I close I should tell you that he had one of the largest viewings in your community. He was loved by everyone, because he was a person who helped the unfortunate, and who loved his family very much.

It is my prayer now that he is free from pain, knew nothing about your article, and that in the future you will show compassion when you begin to think about printing an article such as this.

Maryann Shank Hurd

Williamsport

Whose version
do we believe?


To the editor:

I enjoy reading the "letters" column but wonder about problems we might encounter if one of us had his/her way in how things are done. I ponder whether I want to live where all of us were bound by laws to make them think "the right way." Adolf Hitler tried it.

Take such a simple thing as the Lord's Prayer. I remember the dedication of a building in my hometown of Marion, Ind. The speaker, a Catholic priest, closed his remarks with "Now let us repeat the Lord's Prayer in unison." Wonderful idea! But a problem developed as soon as he had finished "deliver us from evil." He closed it there with an amen and remained silent as the majority kept saying, "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."

My teenage curiosity made me wonder if he had run out of breath. Years later I learned that he was possibly right. Few early biblical manuscripts have the longer ending. Luke 11:2-4 uses the shorter one. Should we choose either for an "official" prayer for all faiths to use? What about those who do not accept the New Testament?

And putting the Ten Commandments on the walls of every classroom and courtroom? Wonderful! But where do we divide the separate ones? We disagree on that. And are we sincere? Take the fourth one - the third one if you're a Catholic: Do we want to force everyone to keep Saturday as the weekly holy day? I don't, though I myself keep it. Many sincere Christians disagree with me. Would people who agree with me wish to throw bottles and insults at people driving cars on the Sabbath, as could happen in Israel? Or should we learn to get along with each other, not compromising on vital ideas but realizing that we must all live together?

Eugene Lincoln

Hagerstown

I believe it,
so case closed


To the editor:

I would like to respond to Mrs. Harold H. Jacobs' letter about Christians. Whoever said you knew what a Christian was, is wrong, very wrong.

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