Letters to the editor

December 24, 2004

A front page of good news

To the editor:

Did you see the front page of The Morning Herald on Monday, Dec. 20? Every single story on the front page had a positive message.

Did the editor plan it that way or did it just happen? Either way, I thought it was great. I am a cynical person and so are a lot of my friends. News always seems to be bad.

I read the newspaper every day. I watch the newscasts on CNN, CBS and NBC. Most of the time, the lead stories are about war, death and destruction.


Our thanks to E. Marie McCafferty, Rebecca Baer and Debbie Roberts for making ornaments for the White House.

It was great to see the Rev. Norman Ford doing religious paintings to celebrate his God.

I especially liked the story about Ruth Monroe. She has certainly made herself known to the children of the Jonathan Street community. Wouldn't it be great to live in a neighborhood with Ruth Monroe?

Finally, Christmas will be better for the children of Greencastle, Pa., because of the work of Michael and Barbara Bock. Even the little side notes refering the reader to other stories in the paper were positive. One had to go to page A9 before encountering any of the negative stuff.

To the staff of The Morning Herald: If you planned this, thank you. I would now like for you to work another miracle. Have an empty obituary page from now until after Christmas.

James C. Haught

Poverty cannot be tolerated

To the editor:

According to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, one of every six children in the United States lives in poverty. This is a sobering statistic. I believe something is wrong with our priorities if we allow this condition to exist.

I believe this possibly demonstrates what I feel is an alarming trend in America. I believe we have evolved into a country of haves and have-nots. I recognize there are many organizations and individuals working to counteract poverty. However, many more people need to get involved.

Many people are very giving during the holidays and this allows the less fortunate to have blessings they would be unable to have. However, poverty exists 365 days a year and I feel we all need to examine our priorities and see if there are ways we can make a commitment to make a dent in poverty.

Meredith Fouche

Spelling bee for seniors

To the editor:

The Herald-Mail has been a proud sponsor of the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee. As you know, the age limit for the National Spelling Bee is 15.

However, there is an opportunity for spellers to compete nationally when they are a little bit older.

The National Senior Spelling Bee celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The National Senior Spelling Bee is open to anyone 50 and older.

Last year, the Senior Spelling Bee was won by a former contestant at the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee. Jeff Kirsch of Madison, Wis., competed in the early 1960s. He had thought back often to his competitions, and when he discovered the Senior Spelling Bee he was thrilled, and eagerly came to Cheyenne, Wyo., to participate. His first place victory was icing on the cake.

We would like to extend an invitation to your readers to participate in the National Senior Spelling Bee. It takes place June 25, 2005, in Cheyenne. The National Senior Spelling Bee has a Web site at

We do not seek any donations or sponsorships. All we are asking is your help in getting the word out about the National Senior Spelling Bee. We would be happy to provide any additional information the public might want.

The Rev. Robert Miskimen
Dave Lerner
Cheyenne, Wyo.

Comments were unwarranted

To the editor:

I was taken aback by remarks in two letters in the op-ed section Dec. 7 by Lawrence Angle Sr. of Hagerstown and Richard Clark of Falling Waters, W.Va. - "A big tent for reformed regressives" by Angle, and "No longer a peaceful nation" by Clark.

The negative attitude of both writers was appalling in my judgment. Both of you are disenchanted with the Bush administration's election victory and have made extremely critical accusation against positions he's taken concerning the decadent morals of folks who have been determined, with much success unfortunately, to destroy what remains of morality in our country by liberal and Godless activists affecting legalization of all sorts of immorality.

It's been legal to murder the unborn since 1973 and many are deluded into thinking it's OK. About a year ago, same-sex marriage became legal in Massachusetts, and thus immorality is greatly emboldened. What a sad commentary.

President Bush has been demonized concerning his war against terror and the conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Yes, the president did not fully understand the scope of things, due partly to inept intelligence and President Clinton's failure to upgrade the intelligence community. Some of the accusations against our president are ludicrous as far as I am concerned.

To call him a warmonger or a terrorist is totally inexcusable, and those guilty of such accusations should be ashamed. This element that was so hateful and bitter toward the president and conservatives before the election is so wrong. The Michael Moore types are a disgrace to our nation.

I believe, when it's all said and done Mr. Angle and Mr. Clark, President Bush will have been one of the best. He and many of us are indeed compassionate conservative Americans and we care.

Edgar M. Foltz Jr.
Greencastle, Pa.

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