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Letters to the editor - 2/6/03

February 06, 2003

If asked, dog might prefer out of doors to underground



To the editor:


As an outside dog, I should like to challenge Dorothy Roush's contention that a dog is better off dead than living in the yard. No doubt house dogs have an easier life, but we all have to make the best of what we have and any dog will choose a restricted life over extinction.

Routh asserts that she alone understands dogs; Mr. Wingert, she claims, does not even begin to understand. Her understanding, however, seems to be based on nothing more than her personal opinion of what a dog should want. I doubt if she consulted any dogs to ascertain their views.

If she had consulted me, I would have pointed out that her argument applied to human society would result in mass euthanasia of the prison population.

Hound Dog

(aka R. Grassby)

Cearfoss




Bush's wild war scheme doomed to fail



To the editor:


Are we on the verge of World War III? With a rapidly deteriorating economy aggravated by his policies, President Bush can only ensure his re-election by becoming a wartime president.

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He will attack Iraq regardless of any evidence of weapons of mass destruction. Can anyone doubt that if a Muslim world schooled for generations to hate the great Satan unites in Jihad against us, other nations restrained hitherto only by fear will take the opportunity to realize their ambitions?

North Korea is already making the first move to regain South Korea. Pakistan thirsts for Kashmir, the Serbs for lost territories, and - most dangerously - China for Taiwan. As for our-so-called allies, who among them is not jealous and resentful of our power?

One country's breaking out against us will encourage others to follow suit. What will we do then? Bomb the whole world? TV watchers may be looking forward to a fun replay of American power in Iraq. We may get more than we bargained for when we stood by and let Bush unleash the dogs of war.

Jack Ross

Daytona Beach, Fla.

(Editor's note: This letter was submitted for Ross by Nancy Wilson of Keedsyville.)




We can't solve hidden problems



To the editor:


In regards to my recent letter, Andy Macomber wrote that I interpreted video games as a "training ground" for the real world. Unfortunately I said nothing of the sort. If I remember correctly, I said, "You can't shelter children from what has existed all along." The point of my letter was that video games, television shows and other forms of entertainment don't make people violent, but rather society and humanity does.

If anything, my message was that while sheltering your children may be wrapped in good intentions, it will harm them in the long run. There are much more horrible things in this world than pixilated "sprites," and one day each child we bring into this world will have to stand up, realize this, and take "action" as Macomber so eloquently put it.

Teach your children to understand the difference between reality and fantasy. Teach them the difference between good and evil, and you will have done your job as a parent. In conclusion, my point is no different than that which one takes to stop any type of problem. You must first "accept" that a problem exists, confront it, and then attack. To shelter your children from these horrors doesn't teach them to act, it teaches them to be timid, cowardly, and ignorant. Evil is brought on by ignorance, a misunderstanding if you will, of the world around you.

To confront a problem is better than hiding from one, and perhaps to tackle a problem requires the ability to know the difference between what is real and what is not.

Garrett Snyder

Smithsburg

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