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Letters to the editor

December 29, 2004

Keep trauma center open


To the editor:

The Herald-Mail recently reported that Washington County Hospital's trauma center might close if the high- risk specialty doctors are not granted significant relief from the burden of high malpractice insurance premiums.

The Pennsylvania experience with the closure of trauma centers has been frightening. Chester County reportedly had six neurosurgeons in 1999, and the last full-time neurosurgeon left the county in 2002 when his annual premiums escalated to $383,000. The loss of high-risk specialists forced the closure of Brandywine Trauma Center in 2002.

Recently, The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa., reported that a 17-year-old boy died because the trauma center had closed. He suffered head trauma in a car accident and neurosurgical services were not available for two hours.

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I would urge that the lawyers, legislators and physicians work together to keep the local trauma center open so as not to jeopardize the lives of area trauma victims.

Thomas Bonekemper
Quakertown, Pa.




The dark side of Mormonism


To the editor:

I read with interest the letter to the editor on Dec. 9 from Larry Kump. As a former resident of Wyoming, I am very familiar with Mormonism. When their missionaries came to my door, I did what most people don't do - I did my own research. You won't get the complete picture of Mormonism from its missionaries.

Mormons complain, as Kump did, that people are "deluded by prejudice and misinformation." Sorry, Mr. Kump. People know more about the truth of the Latter-day Saints (LDS) than you think.

Kump said that Daniel's prophecy "spoke of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." Sorry, Mr. Kump. There is nothing in the Bible about the LDS. There is plenty about deceivers and it isn't a pretty picture.

Kump talks about the church continuing to progress until it has "filled the whole earth." Yes, I believe that one day, we will see the whole earth filled by Christianity but since Mormons are not Christians, the earth won't be filled by them.

I can hear Kump now. "Wait a minute. We are Christians. After all, we have the name Jesus Christ in the title of our church." Sorry, Mr. Kump. Having that name in the title of your organization doesn't make you a Christian. Mr. Kump, why don't you tell the community about your "exalted man" Jesus?

Most people are appalled at the concept of polygamy. Why don't you tell us, Mr. Kump, what the LDS really think of polygamy and what it feels is the future of that evil practice.

Mr. Kump ended his letter with a phone number where you can get more information. I would like to end my letter with a Web site address where you can get a Christian perspective: www.irr.org/mit.

Michael Naylor
Cascade




Hate the sin, but ...


To the editor:

God is love, yet the scriptures inform us that homosexual acts are an abomination to him. Does that mean God hates the homosexual? No. He hates the sinful act. Is it not possible for a Christian to hate sin, but love the sinner?

The Psalmist said, "Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way." He did not say he hated everyone, or anyone, who was doing wrong, but he hated the false way. We are told in Psalms, "Ye that love the Lord, hate evil."

Jesus did teach us to love one another, even our enemies, but he did not teach us to love sin. I have those who are very dear to me, and I love them, but I do not love the way they are living. I honestly believe they know I love them, and they also know I do not approve of their wrong ways.

Because you oppose the wrong things people are doing, whatever the wrong may be, does not mean you hate them. In reality, it would not be true, genuine love if you put your approval on their sinful ways.

The Bible declares, "Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." James is not saying a Christian cannot have an unsaved person as a friend. He is saying that you cannot put your approval upon sinful, evil acts, for to do so makes you an enemy of God.

A person cannot be a true Christian and hate anyone.

Alvin A. Craig
Hagerstown




Nation must fall to its knees


To the editor:

Thank God - literally - for the letter from Ecile Shaw in the Tuesday, Nov. 30 newspapers.

She not only captured the essense of the 2004 election, but she also "exposed" the candidates for what they really are as human beings and what the consequences would be if each were elected.

If more people were as open minded and willing to look realistically at political issues and the people behind them as she is, this country would not be so "split" as it is. People would vote their minds and hearts, not their party lines.

We are indeed blessed with a deeply spiritual and godly president and many people whose only agenda was that we get a good leader had their prayers answered.

Yes, God will continue to bless America if people fall to their knees, not to their "traditional or personal- agenda-laden" political parties.

Harold Edward Wills
Hagerstown

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