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July 13, 2002

Questions about our independence

To the editor:

What does Independence Day mean to you? Do you think about the many people who lost their lives to gain our independence? Or what it was they fought so hard to gain independence from?

As I asked myself these questions, I found myself somewhat perplexed at the recent ploys to extract God from our Pledge of Allegiance. History may well have taught us that our forefathers fought to gain independence because they could no longer cope with the state of the church and government, which used their power to do as they pleased, so to speak. We've all heard the stories of how they overcame severe adversities and how many didn't survive the long voyages across the ocean. One they arrived here they faced even more hardships and many succumbed to the new climate and trials they encountered.

One thing is very clear in my mind: these people wanted religious freedom, not freedom from religion. They were people of God and trusted him.


Sure they didn't agree on every detail of how God should be worshipped but they believed God was going to provide a better way. This is what gave them the courage to overcome the hardships that were placed in front of them.

They established colonies and thought that they had achieved the freedom so dearly sought. Then lo and behold, the mother country tried to enforce the same persecution that they were giving their last breath to escape. They rebelled, once again giving up their lives so that future generations would have not just a better life, but independence.

The very wise men who established this country believed that "In God We Trust" would play an important role in the governing of America.

These men of God wrote the Constitution, that would procure our freedom. They trusted God and were not let down. Our country prospered at an overwhelming rate and freedom was obtained by all men. Then came the unbelief of those who claim God had nothing to do with any of the miraculous things that this country has achieved. And although they would lead us right back into the depths of religious persecution and political scandal, they were determined to take God out of America.

They fought to take prayer and the Ten Commandments out of our schools and they succeeded, but at what cost? What was really gained?

Our youth today are more lost than ever before. They have no sense of guidance or direction and we have more violence and destruction in our schools than any other nation, not to mention the divorce rate and single parent families. So what did we learn from this terrible mistake?

It is my opinion that if we as a country must wake up and realize the harder we fight to take God out of our country the more we destroy it and the farther we fall back into the past. Do we think it was easy to fight our way out the first time?

Do we believe that as a nation we have the strength or courage to fight our way out again? Do we even want to? Why are we not more focused on the homeless and starvation? I think we need to seriously ponder these questions and consider just what independence and this country mean to us!

James R. Clark

MCI #262336


Swartz singing same old song

To the editor:

I see in The Herald-Mail that County Commissioner Paul Swartz is singing his old song again, backing the proposal to build a new stadium for the Hagerstown Suns. We went through this not too long ago with the previous owner of the Suns. Now we have a new owner of the Suns who is a new player in this fiasco.

Commissioner Swartz says that the Suns are an economic boon to Hagerstown and Washington County. If so, let Commissioner Swartz and the new owner solicit the local motels and restaurants and other businesses that are going to be helped so much by this enterprise to underwrite this worthy cause.

If this is such a good deal they should have no problem standing outside the old stadium and selling stock to the enormous crowds that presently support the team. Along with this money and all that they receive from a very eager business community, they should have enough to build a large stadium with private funds. I do not think a new stadium will increase attendance by any substantial number.

I have not expressed my opinion on this matter previously, but feel compelled to speak out now for a good portion of the citizens of Washington County, especially the old folks on fixed incomes. It is hard enough to get along, buying food, medicine and paying taxes that are already too high.

What part of "No County Taxes For A New Stadium" do you not understand, Mr. Swartz?

Ray A. Horst


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