Letters to the Editor 1/22

January 24, 2002

Letters to the Editor 1/22

In celebration of
Martin Luther King

To the editor:

As many celebrate a national holiday on Monday, Jan. 21, let us remember and honor Dr. Martintn Luther King Jr. The Martinsburg VA Medical Center joins the nation in remembering Dr. King and observing this American tradition. Monday was a national holiday, and it is a people's holiday.

It is a day of interracial and intercultural cooperation and sharing, and it is the young people of all races and religious who hold the keys to the fulfillment of Dr. King's dream.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is not only for celebration and remembrance, education and tribute, but above all, a day of service. On a daily basis the VA Medical Center, its employees and volunteers, carry on Dr. King's legacy of serving and helping others. Our veterans and their families are our priority, and the people who serve them are our most treasured resources.


The King holiday honors the life and contributions of America's greatest champion of racial justice and equality, the leader who not only dreamed of a color-blind society, but led a movement that achieved historic reforms to help make it a reality. We can indeed achieve the Beloved Community of Dr. King's dream, and we can pledge to serve humanity and carry forward his legacy into the 21st century.

George M. Moore Jr.

Medical Center Director

Martinsburg, W.Va.

Who are you to decide
who is a good mother?

To the editor:

This letter is in response to "Photo sent mixed message."

This article was to announce the first birth of 2002, not a story regarding teenage pregnancy. Who are you to judge anyone? Do you know her personal situation?

I personally know the mother who was pictured on the front page on the Jan. 2 Daily Mail. She is a very responsible and caring mother who supports her children both financially and emotionally without government assistance.

She is a better mom to her children than most 30-year-old married moms. A unwed mom does not mean a bad mom. There are many easy ways out for teenage mothers today. However, she chose the responsible way, which has forced her to mature drastically over a short period of time.

She did this because she loves her 3-year-old daughter and now her newborn son. Just because Michah was born to an unweb mom does not make him any less worthy of having his picture on the front page of the newspaper.

Vickie Durr


Wake up, Charley,
to the PLO's plan

To the editor:

Christmas in Bethlehem for Arafat is the ultimate in hypocrisy. The PLO has converted a Greek Orthodox monastery next to the Church of the Nativity into Arafat's official residence in Bethlehem.

They have seized control of the Church of the Nativity and have placed restrictions on the Greek Orthodox, the Armenian, the Latin and The Franciscan Order in East Jerusalem.

Moslem sermons blare during Christian sermons in Bethlehem including the April 2000 Pope's address which had to be recessed until the purposely amplified Moslem sermon was concluded.

Christian cemeteries, churches, convents and monasteries have been desecrated.

The Christian population was 60 percent (a majority) in 1990. It is now 20 percent.

In 1995 Palestinian Christians opposed Israel's transfer of Bethlehem to the PLO fearing the result. The governor of Bethlehem is now a Moslem appointed by Arafat.

At Palestinian Authority rallies one can hear chants of "After we do away with the Saturday people we will take care of the Sunday people."

Wake up, Charley Reese.

Leo Reisberg


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