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Letters to the editor

November 15, 2003

Please help family of this brave soldier


To the editor:

As many of you may know, US Army SSGT Christopher Cutchall, of Mercersburg, Pa., was killed last month while serving on active duty in Iraq.

He left behind a wife and two small children. I never met Chris, but I grieve for him every bit as much, if not more, than I do for the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center because he made a conscious decision to enlist in the U.S. Army to defend me, my family, and every one of us from all enemies, both foreign and domestic.

The victims of the 9/11 attack (excluding the firemen, police, and other rescuers, of course), as tragic as their murders were, did not make that same decision.

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They were going about their everyday lives trying to make a living and were in the wrong place at the wrong time, but they were not heroes like Chris and all of the other service people who willingly risk their lives for us every day.

Despite this paradox, the families of the 9/11 victims were compensated by the government to the tune of $1 million to $4 million dollars per victim and the families of our killed and wounded servicemen get next to nothing.

Who do we owe the greater debt to? I say that we owe the greater debt to Chris' family and to the families of our other lost servicemen (and women).

It may not be the government's responsibility to compensate our slain soldiers' families but I call on the citizens of Washington and Franklin counties to rise to the occasion and show that we'll make a statement and support our own. I strongly urge everyone with the means to do so to contribute to the Cindy Cutchall/Son Memorial Fund.

Send your donations to Chambersburg Hospital Employees Credit Union, 414 Phoenix Drive, Chambersburg, PA, 17201 (account No. 2882). I did. I hope that you will to.

Michael J. Saylor
Hagerstown




Does paper have any rules for letter writers?

To the editor:

This letter is in reference to the letter you printed on Nov. 1 from Faisal Husseini. Does The Herald-Mail have any rules to what they will publish in the Letters to the Editor?

Most importantly, I think it should be a rule that it should be written in English so I can understand what the letter writer is saying. This letter had foreign words (Arabic?) in nearly every sentence, so maybe was written for Muslims to read.

But what is it saying? Is it a call to war? That was the message I thought was being conveyed. Would you print a letter with many Russian words, for example? Or I could pick any other language.

I do know what it means for Sharia to become the law of the land. That is exactly what is happening in some African countries where the Muslims have become the majority in government.

In Sudan it means to starve, enslave, or kill anyone who doesn't become a Muslim, and the Sudanese Christians have suffered terribly the last 10 to 20 years, yet our government and most others in the world have pretended not to notice.

During the cold war the communists were responsible for most of the persecution of Christians. Now since the fall of communism, it has become the Muslims. However, whenever the Christian Church endures severe persecution, Christianity only becomes stronger.

The Muslim goal is to get rid of all Christians and Jews and they are sending "missionaries" to United States to accomplish that. Our eyes need to be opened to what is really their goal.

Yes, many of them say that they are peaceful, but it is the militant ones that we have to deal with. If they are willing to bomb their own brothers in Saudi Arabia, what do they wish to do to you or me?

Joanne Priest
Hagerstown




Muslim community ought to disavow writer's message


To the editor:
Enemies from within:

"Brothers and sisters in Islam with the Zionist-Crusader invasion of our sacred homelands, we must choose where we stand. Are we Muslim or Kafir? A Muslims allegiance must be to the Umma and not any nation...........We must not recognize any authority at all besides Allah...........We must not support Bush's war in any way.........It is the duty incumbent on every Muslim to struggle towards the aim of making every people Muslim, and the whole world Islamic, so that the banner of Islam can flutter over the earth, and the call of the Muzzin can resound in all the corners of the world: Allahu Akbar!"

Faisal Husseini
Hagerstown.

The above was printed in a letter to the editor and appeared in The Herald-Mail on Saturday, Nov 1. Where you see a string of periods I have left out parts of the letter to save space. The missing text, however, would not change the meaning or intent of the quoted portions.

The exhortations of the writer are clear. And so, I feel I must share this letter with you and once again warn you. I find no fault in Husseini's religious fervor. He is currently a resident of America and enjoys religious freedom.

Since he openly admits to not supporting any nation then we assume that he is not a citizen, because to become a citizen one must take an oath of citizenship, which is as follows:

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