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Letters to the editor 8/15

August 15, 2002

McClure ignores community members



To the editor:


Bobs Maginnis' column "What's in a name" was great. I believe his column really sums up what we need to do regarding the stadium issue. My concern regarding Wally McClure's letter to the editor is that even though he has his opinion regarding the stadium, he should still attend the Suns' game.

Here we have a part of the community that brings in revenue and entertainment and McClure is turning his back to a part of the community. Would we want McClure, a person who rejects a part of the community, as an elected official? Who else will he turn his back on?

I feel that the stadium issue has dragged on too long. It's time for the community to decide, through a referendum, the fate of minor league baseball in Hagerstown. Then, after the outcome of the votes, our government can do its part by serving their constituents' wishes.

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Does everyone want baseball in Hagerstown? Probably not.

But if the majority of the community wants baseball, then instead of debating whether a new stadium should be built, our government can work on how a new stadium can be built. I feel if the conditions are right, then we should do everything we can to keep baseball in Hagerstown.

McClure may want to visit other fine ballparks in Maryland and see how well Hagerstown compares to them. Maybe McClure will change his mind on how he feels about the conditions of the current ballpark.

Jason Showe

Hagerstown




Real Christians don't betray lambs



To the editor:


Your recent article about the sadness that young 4-H/FFA members feel when they sell their lambs and calves to slaughter (Lesson of the lambs, Aug. 8) brought to mind Proverbs 12:10: "A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel."

We do not "regard" (respect) the life of our animal when we sell him or her to be killed. And when we teach our children that "desensitization requires maturity," as one teenage exhibitor summed up the lesson of the Ag Expo, we are turning their tender mercies into cruelty.

Real maturity does not betray friendship for money, even when our friend, who trusts us with his life, has four legs and a wool coat.

Teaching children that their feelings of love and compassion must be suppressed if they are to grow into responsible adults diminishes what is best and truest in them.

Jesus was speaking of the same unselfish, innocent love that the sorrow of these children reveals when he said, "Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not: for of such is the Kingdom of God."

It is we adults who should be learning the true lesson of the lambs from the children. In the words of the prophet Isaiah, "They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain . . . and a little child shall lead them." If only we were wise enough to follow.

Norm Phelps

Funkstown




School needs prayer



To the editor:

I am writing in response to the concerns of prayer in school. This is a heart-felt letter, because I think of the many, many children who never get prayer at home. I feel that a few minutes at the start of each school day to give a prayer will not hurt anyone. A lot of children do not have anything to be thankful for but this start may help some of them a little bit. I think back to when I went to school, when we had prayer. I feel that it was good for us, for we are all equal in God's eyes.

I have been a school taxpayer for many years and I don't understand how any person could be against prayer in school. This does not take away from the education process, nor does it go against having good teachers. Our children are the future of this country and learning prayer and good morals will only benefit us as a society. How can prayer hurt? Are we afraid that this could do some good? If we thought more about other people and what we can do for each other, things might be a lot better.

Madalyn Martin Kuhlman

Waynesboro, Pa.

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