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Letters to the editor 2/17

February 17, 2003

Munson should step down



To the editor:


Seldom does one see such a blatant betrayal of a public trust as that demonstrated by Commissioner John C. Munson. This irresponsible put-down of public schools is intolerable. Every supporter of our public school system and every educator who has given dedicated service to this community should be revolted at such an irrational outburst.

Munson has disqualified himself from dealing with issues regarding public education. Since County Commissioners devote so much time and energy to matters relating to education, it is quite clear that only those who care about the quality and improvement of our schools should serve on that body.

There is nothing about public education deficiencies that cannot be fixed. As Commissioner Nipps noted, Munson was not elected to dismantle the school system, but rather to contribute to its improvement.

I was puzzled at the reluctance of those quoted to inform Commissioner Munson about the statis of public education in a democratic society. Fortunately Bernadatte Wagner hit the nail on the head directly. "It's a democratic principle that all children are entitled to a free public education. That's part of what it means to be an American." How is it possible that Munson could not be aware of our national history with its recognition of the vital role of public education?

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Such an emotional display of bad judgment could only have its origin in the mind of one driven by a malevolent ideology. John C. Munson is neither prepared nor equipped to serve as a County Commissioner. He should resign immediately.

Allan Powell

Hagerstown




A time to shine for the church



To the editor:


There's never been a greater time for the Church to be the Church. In these days of uncertainty, we Christians must take every opportunity to model what it means to be a people of faith, courage and hope.

Though Christianity has had its wolves in sheeps' clothing, there are still millions of us who have that inner passion and resolve to show others what God's love and forgiveness looks like.

One example of this was our recent prayer meeting where approximately 200 Bible-believing, born-again Christ-honoring disciples of Christ gathered for praise and prayer for a real revival to come to this area.

It was an awesome sight to see this group of non-ecumenical Christians united on a solid biblical foundation for the sole purpose of praying for the Lord to heal our nation and bring revival to the church.

Yes, though these times are troubled by terrorism and the threat of war, we will not be moved. We are steadfast and confident that God is on the throne and every Christian should seize the opportunity to display an anchored soul of hope and blessed assurance.

Light shines brighter in the dark!

John Miller

Pastor

Faith Christian Fellowship

Williamsport




All gifts are appreciated



To the editor:


Samuel DeLee asks how "a person could feel so good about spending a few hours volunteering at a homeless shelter...and never ever once asking a homeless person to have a good dinner with them" at their home.

As a volunteer, I felt good breaking through the barrier of a collective group called the homeless to meet the individuals. Perhaps it wasn't dinner I offered, but rather a smile, a kind word, a blessing and a prayer.

After my work at the shelter, I would tell others of the many kind and gracious individuals I met. Perhaps those listening to me, would "get out of (their) comfort zone," and revisit their own biases. It wasn't dinner, but this was my gift to those who saw it.

Arleen Shuster

Hagerstown

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