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Letters to the editor

November 26, 2006

Political activism gets churches into hot water



To the editor:

The Rev. Ted Haggard's dizzying fall from grace has been much in the news of late. I first saw the now-disgraced evangelical leader in a January 2006 BBC documentary, "The Root of All Evil," hosted by atheist Richard Dawkins.

It was clear to me then that Haggard's "Christianity" fell far short of the ideal. That raises a question. Why did the National Council of Evangelicals elect a man so obviously flawed to be their president?

Part of the answer may lie in the fact that the evangelical movement is, itself, deeply flawed. One of its more evident faults is its infatuation with political activism as the solution for society's ills. That flaw is plain to see in such men as James Dobson, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, John Hagee, Ralph Reed and, of course, Haggard, himself.

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For the most part, evangelicals are good people and it is truly unfortunate that much of what they hear from evangelical pulpits bears faint resemblance to authentic Christianity.

G. F. Miller
Hagerstown




Once again, columnists wrong about school trades education



To the editor:

So I see that, per Tim Rowland, William Staley suffers from outdated educational vision, with welding being particularly pass.

As I recall, Staley advocates for the entire spectrum of trades in our schools. As I also recall, while some 40-ish percent of Washington County high school graduates attempt higher education, only about 25 percent actually obtain a college degree

Before Messrs. Rowland and Maginnis pursue their headlong rush to make us all Right Thinkers once again, maybe they should start at the opposite end of the alphabet:

Assembly, skilled; Computer-Aided Design; Engineering Technology. Unless, of course, their vision of paradise is a chorus of haloed adolescents filling heavenly catalogue orders or activating celestial credit cards.

Marilyn Janus
Hagerstown




You asked for what you received



To the editor:

Well, the Democrats have won, but have you realized what this means?

1. Higher taxes

2. Liberal standards such as gay marriage, abortion for 10- and 11-year olds without parental consent.

3. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has voted against homeland security, wiretapping to catch terrorists, impeaching your commander in chief, and every leftist liberal idea they can think of.

I hope and pray that the terrorist attacks that the Bush administration kept in check for five years will not strike.

Good luck, you Bush-bashers. Now let's see your plan.

Jane Burkner
Hagerstown




Thanks to those who advance our community



To the editor:

Many years ago, specifically in 1835 and 1840, a French writer visiting our young nation, published two volumes of "Democracy in America." Alexis de Tocqueville's study of American society and politics included an observance that was very unique to that day. He wrote:

"I must say that I have seen Americans make great and real sacrifices to the public welfare; and have noticed a hundred instances in which they hardly ever failed to lend faithful support to one another."

In 1984, The United Way initiated the Tocqueville Society, which honors annual donors of $10,000 or more. Its design to deepen the understanding and commitment of service to others also heightens awareness for the growing needs within communities everywhere.

We wish to thank and honor this elite group, of which three reside in Washington County. We also challenge anyone with the capacity to become a member to call

The United Way office at 301-739-8200 to learn the benefits of joining. Beyond the personal gratification, consider the difference you can make in more than 50,000 lives in Washington County - our own families, friends, and neighbors. This is the heart of America. Recognized and admired 170 years ago, these ideals continue to set us apart.

Obviously, we do not expect to attract more than a few new de Tocqueville givers. We need and cherish each and every contribution.

But we also know there are several generous individuals and families within our community who have been blessed with the means to give at this level. Many of these blessings have come from the fruits of businesses that are supported by the same community we are asking them to support.

Thanks to all who give in any way, for the name defines itself - The United Way.

2006 Campaign Committee

Cynthia Perini, John Roney, Tom Newcomer, John Barr, Jack Castle, Noel Williams, Mike Zampelli and Gary Wright

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