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letters 3/11

March 11, 2002

Play the lottery; support the elderly


To the editor:

We have a need for all citizens to do their civic and Christian duty to help those who require assistance in whatever manner they are able, no matter how seemingly insignificant it may appear. To purchase, as often as can be afforded, Pennsylvania lottery tickets is one small way to help a growing population of disabled elderly in the state. A percentage of the revenue generated by ticket sales goes to help subsidize disabled elderly patients in need of the assistant nursing aide care that they require in order to remain and function adequately in their homes and in the nursing homes.

Many military and non-military clients are in need of nursing assistant aide care in the state, particularly in economically depressed and rural areas, such as Fulton and Franklin counties respectively. There have been a growing number of patients needing care and not able to afford it due to recent changes in federal and state subsidies. In addition there has been a significant decrease in participation among the Franklin County residents playing the weekly lottery, resulting in reduced revenue.

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The state is considering cutting the important nursing assistant aide funding that is the difference between a disabled elderly person remaining in their home or in quality nursing home care and having to go into an institutional care settings that are struggling themselves with trained staff and nursing shortages.

Please help our elderly so the Area Aging Agency can continue its superb work in helping those elderly who need financial help in home aide care and nursing home aide care to maintain their quality of life in the face of debilitating circumstances. Buy a lottery ticket so the state won't cut funding subsidies!

Lottery tickets can be purchased at all convenience stores.

God bless you.

Elyse Hasty, R.N.

Waynesboro, Pa.

Believe it, even if you can't see it


To the editor:

In reading the letters to the editor written by William Pigg of Hagerstown, I sense that he is an intellectual man who needs to see proof of the existence of God before he could ever believe. This is much in the way that many people think, for to them, if it cannot be discovered with the senses (touch, sight, hearing, smell, etc.), it must not exist. We would all agree that the sun rises and sets each day, as we have witnessed this with our own eyes.

But to the blind, is there any such thing as a sunrise and sunset? Or to the deaf, since they can not hear a bird sing does this mean to them that the birds sit silent within the trees? The argument that can

be posed to these statements is that it is left up to the witness of those who can see and hear to tell those who can't see about the sunrise or those who can't hear about a bird's song.

But does this mean that the blind and deaf will accept the words of those witnesses? No, since they themselves have not experienced these things with their senses. Therefore, they must believe only by faith that these things exist. In the same way, those who have come to experience God, through his son Jesus, are witnesses to the fact of his existence.

But to those who are blinded by their own intellect and reasoning and deaf toward the hearing of what the scriptures tell us, God does not exist because they have not personally experienced him.

Mr. Pigg, there are many things that neither you nor I have ever experienced with our own senses. But this does not mean that they are not real.

I also find it interesting that an intelligent man such as Pigg would be so offended by a God that he believes does not exist, to the point that he has lashed out in such a way against those who believe he does.

In all reality, what Pigg is doing is proving the existence of God and the truths of the Bible by his being offended by them. For if something does not really exist, how can it be an offense? Only that which is real can cause someone to be offended and lash out against it in the way that Pigg has done.

Pastor Robert D. Welty

Boonsboro Bible Church

Boonsboro

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