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Letters to the editor - 12/31

December 31, 2003

Children require responsible parents



To the editor:

It is only with time and reflection one realizes how fragile our newborns are when we bring them home from the hospital. The first year of life children need constant care. Attention needs to be given to what children eat and drink, how they are dressed and how they are bathed.

Children also need to be touched, cuddled and given a sense of family.

I know there are many experts on child-rearing who are more versed in giving advice than I am. I would encourage all individuals planning on having a child to go to the library and check out books on child-rearing.

Meredith Fouche

Funkstown




The freedom to say 'Christmas'



To the editor:

While driving alone to my in-laws on Christmas day, I decided to sing some Christmas carols. I was having a good time, when it suddenly occurred to me that I had learned some of those traditional Christmas carols in public school.

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You know, songs like: "Hark, The Herald Angels Sing" and "Joy To The World." In fact, and this is a biggy, I even learned the Lord's Prayer in public school. That's right! The principal or a teacher or some member of the administration would say it every morning over the intercom or in class and the students would recite it with them, aloud.

You see, in spite of what we are led to believe, it is not against the law or the Constitution of our great nation to celebrate a religious holiday in public - including public schools. And that holiday can and should include the traditional Christian celebration of Christmas.

The word Christmas comes from two words: Christ and mass. It is a mass held to celebrate the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. It does not say ...mass (insert word/god of your choice here), it says Christ mass.

However, in the Dec. 22 edition of The Herald-Mail on page A-12 was an article about how the public schools celebrate Christmas - or as they like to call it, "Winter Break." It says, "Teachers try to emphasize to their students that it's better to give than to receive." I agree and, believe it or not, this teaching is biblical. But we don't tell them about God's ultimate gift of his son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who died to pay the sin debt of all mankind.

The article also says, "But the school systems also are careful not to call the season Christmas." Why? That's what it is! In other words, we don't have to teach our children the complete truth? Just tell them what we want them to know. Sounds a lot like revisionist history to me.

And finally the article also says, "A student might create art with a religious symbol drawn upon it but our teachers don't encourage it." Sorry to hear that! Once again, I repeat it is not illegal to celebrate religious holidays in the public arena as long as it is inclusive.

It is your constitutional right to say "Merry Christmas" in the public arena, including schools.

Richard A. Hull

Hagerstown




Creating more distance from kids



To the editor:

It is truly a shame when our society is in such a shambles that we as adults can no longer enjoy the company of children.

No, I'm not saying that it's acceptable for adults and children to share a bed or indulge in sexual activities - that is absurd - however, in times past, a grade school girls used to fancy teddy bears and Barbie dolls. Now it seems that's been traded for miniskirts and body piercings.

I believe it to be truly sad that these children are being denied the opportunity to be just that - children. It's equally sad that to share time with our children brings the risk of being labeled a deviate, or worse, a sexual predator.

It seems scary to me what will become of our children as they grow older without this opportunity being fulfilled. Who of us knows if Michael is or isn't doing wrong, besides him and God?

No, he's not my role model and it's not exactly a secret that he's a little more than slightly eccentric, but are we in this country to be presumed innocent until proven otherwise, or not?

What if the man just truly enjoys sharing his time and wealth with the kids? We are just ripping them off all the more. Think about it. Where are we heading with our civilized world?

Red Bryner

Falling Waters, W.Va.




No slap for puppy killer



To the editor:

In response to the article posted on Dec. 4, I was very shocked about the 18-year-old man who killed puppies. It doesn't make any sense how a person can be so cruel.

And how can a judge let an 18-year-old back on the street after killing puppies and two adult dogs? I don't think that giving him 100 hours of community service and a curfew is going to atone for the crime that he committed.

How can they send him to his maternal grandmother, the way he killed puppies?

Dogs are part of life, and this was an injustice. It is not as much about sending someone to prison, because no matter what, the damage is done. It is about how people react and act with no sense.

Angela Cerpas

Baltimore, Md.




Too lenient



To the editor:

Malvo should have gotten the same verdict as the other guy. Both are guilty of many murders.

Lucky for us here in Hagerstown that he was caught the day that he was. We were next.

Maurice L. Watson

Hagerstown

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