Letters to the Editor 1/28

January 30, 2002

Letters to the Editor 1/28

On redistricting, we must embrace change for kids' sake

To the editor:

As the current Student Representative on the Washington County Board of Education, I have been able to be a part of the study and consideration of redistricting issues facing the county this year.

Although I do not have a vote on the Board, I have the opportunity to provide input into decisions and I am able to make comments to the Board and the public on issues affecting education in our county.

For the Jan. 15 business meeting that followed the board's work session on redistricting, I wrote the following comments to be shared with the Board and the public.


As a student, I believe it is fair for me to say that the majority of students in our county are very comfortable with redistricting.

Students are open to change for the most part when it comes down to where we will be receiving quality education. I urge all students, and more so their parents, to accept redistricting decisions with open arms. I believe that the only way for students to be comfortable with change is by seeing their parents embrace it fully.

While you may not agree with each redistricting decision, please show respect by embracing every change.

Redistricting can be a very emotional process for students, parents, teachers, and other staff members throughout the system.

From sitting in on the board's meetings, I assure you that each member is carefully considering every possible situation. I can also testify that every decision that is made is done so in the interest of students across the county.

Again I would like to ask parents to set the example for their children and support the redistricting decisions made by the Board of Education that diligently works to improve the quality of education for every student in Washington County.

Alaina J. Rowe
Student Representative
Washington County Board of Education

Sunday hunting no sin, according to holy scriptures

To the editor:

As a regular reader of the letters to the editorial page, I was taken aback by "animals deserve a Sunday break" on Monday, Jan. 7, by Randy A. Breeden of Williamsport. He described what seemed to be a scenario of fear and terror, that the animal world experiences, especially during hunting season, as he took speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr. to task over his favorite Sunday hunting. Personally, I think Monday through Saturday should be enough time to hunt, though really this is not my main concern.

Though not a hunter myself, I see nothing wrong with killing deer or other animals legally. I do not think it's right to deliberately torture any of the animal kingdom, but, on the other hand, if an animal, like a lion or a bear was attacking me, I would most certainly kill it so as to save my own life.

Mr. Breeden, could it be that you deem animal life to be as valuable as human life? Is it more important to save the life of an animal or to save the life of that baby in the womb? You seem to be accusing those who hunt and kill deer or other animals as being condemned by God himself. Like those who are obsessed with liberal ideas contrary to God's word, I'm afraid that your values are messed up.

Mr. Breeden, I don't know how much you have studied your Bible, but since you referred to God and Judgment Day, makes me think that obeying God is important to you. Both the animal rights people and some religions are forbidden to kill and eat certain, and in some organizations, all animals. But my Bible tells me I am allowed to eat the meat of many animals. Even in Old Testament days multitudes of animals were killed as commanded by God to ceremonially atone for the sins of God's people Israel. My dear sir, how can you condemn what God clearly does not condemn?

Fortunately, in all the miles I've driven, I haven't struck a deer, however, if that were to happen, I would not feel condemned. By the same token, if I were driving at an unreasonable speed that was unlawful, at the same time resulting in the loss of precious human life, I think I would have trouble living with myself, to say the least.

It's troubling to me when I see many folks so wrought up and vigorously defending issues that are so contrary to sensible, Biblical values taught in God's holy words.

Mr. Breeden, please try to see your error.

Edgar M. Foltz Jr.
Greencastle, Pa.

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