Letters to the editor

November 08, 2003

Room for the Savior

To the editor:

I hope your readers, especially those with deeply held Christian beliefs, took note of the AP story in the Wednesday, Oct 1 paper, page A7. It told of the meeting of the "Prayer panel" made up of state senators who are meeting to "resolve a flap over prayer in the General Assembly."

The story goes on to say that "Senate prayer became an issue in the last session of the General Assembly after a spate of prayers that invoked the name of Jesus." Can you imagine that?

There are actually elected senators and others who are offended by and object to Christians mentioning the name of Jesus in their prayers.


Christians and Christian clergy have only been doing this for hundreds of years in America but suddenly, in the Maryland Senate, it has become objectionable for some. I do hope that Christians across the state will let their elected official know that they are deeply offended by that notion.

Let me remind readers of something the late Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court once said: "I believe no one can read the history of our country without realizing that the Good Book (Bible) and the spirit of the savior (Jesus Christ) have from the beginning been our guiding geniuses. . . Whether we look to the first Charter of Virginia. . . or to the Charter of New England. . . or to the Charter of Massachusetts Bay. . . or to the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut. . . the same objective is present: a Christian land governed by Christian principles. . . . I believe the entire Bill of Rights came into being because of the knowledge our forefathers had of the Bible and their belief in it. . . I like to believe we are living today in the spirit of the Christian religion. I like to believe that as long as we do so, no great harm can come to our country." In light of the above, how can it possibly be improper to mention the savior, Jesus Christ, in prayer for this state or nation?

Edward L. James

Save a pet

To the editor:

Across the United States, animal shelters are filled with millions of cats and dogs, kittens and puppies in need of loving, permanent homes. These are beautiful, healthy animals that have been cast away by previous guardians who were not prepared to make a life-long commitment to them.

Many face certain death because of the serious problem of dog and cat overpopulation. Each day, shelters receive more and more animals, and the caring shelter personnel, who tend to these wonderful animals, must kill them to make room for the new arrivals.

There are two main ways to end this vicious cycle of pet overpopulation and death. The most important is spaying and neutering all dogs and cats. Spaying and neutering not only helps control overpopulation, but also provides many health benefits to your pets.

Beside spaying and neutering, if you are ready to make a lifetime commitment to a cat or dog, please visit your local shelter and save a life by adopting a pet.

Ann K. Morris
Martinsburg, W.Va.

IQ is a mouse

To the editor:

In a recent (Sept. 27, 2003) column Charley Reese refers to IQ as "the elephant at the education tea party." He then alludes to the "fact" that some students do better than others in IQ tests.

What's the big deal? All students are not the same height, the same color, nor do they spring from the same environment.

IQ is not an absolute reality, it is the end result of reification. "Reification" is a million-dollar word that means: "To treat an abstract as if it were an absolute reality."

We assume:

1. IQ is an entity and we assign to "it" a numerical value.

2. We also assume its residence is inside the human brain. Neither of these assumptions is based on hard scientific fact.

IQ was created in the early years of the 20th century by American racists.

The original intent was (and still is) to justify America's treatment of blacks and American Indians. IQ tests were used to bolster theories of white intellectual superiority.

The truth is, at birth, there is no intelligence "quotient" residing inside our headswe know virtually nothing. We all acquire knowledge the same way - synaptogenisis. Synaptogenisis is the learning mechanism - our brains become "hard-wired" by environmental stimuli.

When viewed from its true perspective, the IQ "elephant" is really a mouse.

Richard Anderson
Martinsburg, W.Va.

Thanks, Janet

To the editor:

"Our Town" reporter Janet Heim has done it again.

She isn't just an excellent reporter, she comes up with some absolutely wonderful photographs.

Her Sept. 23 story on Margaret Rhoads, the director of volunteers at the Humane Society of Washington County, was a winner on all counts.

One of the most beautiful things about Margaret Rhoads is her gorgeous smile, and Heims captured it perfectly.

But Margaret Rhoads is also known for her "charming English accent" and Heims also made sure to highlight that attribute.

In fact, the only thing Heims failed to capture was that Rhoads has adopted more pets than those two dogs and three cats in her "family" - as she has also adopted the prisoners at the Maryland Correctional Institution, coming in for years as an Alternatives to Violence volunteer facilitator with the Community Correctional Services Committee.

I'm certain Rhoads was too modest to mention that, but I for one was always glad she adopted us, since it was a wonderful gift to see that big smile come through the prison grilles.

Douglas Scott Arey
ECI 130196 6D-15B
Westover, Md.

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