Letters to the editor

September 26, 2004

True Christians, consider the facts

To the editor:

Before Christians cast a vote for George W. Bush based on his abortion stance, I urge them to think about the kind of Christian walk Jesus calls us to.

During his ministry on Earth, Jesus didn't urge his followers to pass restrictive laws or pack the courts with like-minded judges. Instead he reached out with love and changed the hearts, minds and lives of everyone he met.

Rather than putting legal, safe abortion out of reach, shouldn't we Christians work to change hearts and meet needs so that fewer women will consider abortion?


Before you enter the voting booth on Nov. 2, please take time to educate yourself on all the issues before our country and then literally ask yourself what would Jesus do.

· Would Jesus vote for tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans?

· Would Jesus aid those in need?

· Would Jesus want us to be good stewards of the Earth's resources?

· Would Jesus send our sons and daughters into a needless war in Iraq?

I have no doubt that history will harshly judge George W. Bush. The question before us is how history will judge us, the voters of 2004.

Will we put our country back on the right track with John Kerry and John Edwards, or allow ourselves to be led farther from true Christian ideals with another term for George W. Bush?

Christine Ford
Gerrardstown, W.Va.

Community Foundation endorses United Way

To the editor:

In my travels around the county as the executive director of the Community Foundation of Washington County Md. Inc., I am often asked, "Isn't the foundation just another United Way?" Since this is the start of the United Way campaign, I feel it is a good time to answer this question and explain why our county needs both organizations.

There are two major differences between our organizations. The first involves the type of giving. The United Way emphasizes giving from discretionary income, the money left over after all of the bills have been paid each month. This is especially effective through payroll deductions.

The Community Foundation emphasizes giving with appreciated assets like stock or real property, where the gift needs to be planned and there are usually significant tax considerations involved.

The second difference is that the United Way emphasizes the current needs of the nonprofit community. Their goal is to help their member organizations meet current operational needs by funding specific programs. The Community Foundation emphasizes future needs. We strive to help donors create permanent endowment funds that will help community nonprofits meet future financial needs and create a legacy for the donor.

Most individuals have a checking account to pay for current bills and a savings account to pay for future needs. The United Way serves as the checking account for Washington County and the Community Foundation serves as the savings account.

In fact, the United Way of Washington County has an endowment fund with the Community Foundation to help it prepare for its own future needs.

I urge all of the citizens of Washington County to support the United Way campaign to help improve the quality of life in our communities.

Brad Sell
Executive Director

Community Foundation of Washington County Md. Inc.

Void the fillings

To the editor:

High fives to this newspaper for reporting information about the dental industry and silver amalgam restorations in the teeth.

I have been noticing repeatedly the dental industry keeps saying the vapor released from these mercury fillings should not be a health issue. I believe this is reported to avoid the more serious damage done to the health of the person from the contraction and expansion of the fillings in the teeth. Hot and cold beverages or foods will have an effect on the fillings.

Over time, they break down, resulting in further damage to the structure of the tooth. Also, the mercury migrates into the roots of teeth and further into the lympathic system, where the mercury is carried further into the bones and soft tissue. Betsy Manning has written several books over the years on the data regarding silver amalgam fillings. In her book are the scientific studies and reports collected in one neat reference source. I met Betsy Manning in San Francisco in November 1985. I do not currently know if she is still living in San Francisco.

My personal association with dental restorations made with material unsuitable for the human body resulted in multiple sclerosis and a very close call with life threatening heart irregularities. Now, almost 20 years later, following full teeth extraction, I can say I am in excellent health at age 70. Seven years were required to rebuild my body into this state of good health.

Keep up your reporting on the silver amalgam issue. This issue must be continually addressed until the public learns to say "no" more.

Rita Holgers
Lombard, Ill.

Store hurts, not helps, W.Va. reputation

To the editor:

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