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Letters to the editor

August 23, 2008

Good ballplayers and good young men



To the editor:

I have read everything that has been written about the Federal Little League All Stars. They have truly accomplished an amazing run in baseball. However, there is so much more to these young men. As a recently retired teacher, I have had the pleasure to teach several of these young men and to witness the behavior of several others while at Northern Middle School. I would like to point out that as amazing as their abilities in baseball are, they are so much more.

These young men are amazing people. They are kind, personable and likable in so many ways. In the academic setting, the boys I had as students applied the same work ethic and attitude to their studies as they do to the skills of baseball. Their sense of quiet confidence and mutual respect has been seen in the classroom as well as on the field. I wanted to share these personal observations with those who follow these young men on the field of play.

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Long after the summer is over, this gifted group will continue to work, to strive and to succeed in the classroom and in any other endeavor they try. It is easy to see why they are so special. I have worked closely with many of their parents and, trust me; these wonderful support systems are the key. So cheer these baseball stars, but know that this is not the end of their stories. They will bring to the real world the same joy and success that they have given to our summer.

Thanks so much Federal All Stars for letting me share in your adventures on and off the field. Much success and joy always.

Sharrey Mitchell
Hagerstown




Higher power is in the discussion



To the editor:

Please allow me to comment on the article entitled "The big bang of fact collides with faith" that appeared in your Aug. 2 edition. For more than 20 years I have been an engineer at the U.S. DOE's Fermilab where we study the cosmos and where Stephen Hawking himself participates.

Less than 100 years ago, even Einstein believed that the universe was eternal, and was startled when Edwin Hubble at the Mt. Palomar observatory proved to him that it was expanding from an initial "Big Bang." The fact that the universe had a beginning meant that it must have a cause from a scientifically or philosophically legitimate perspective. Hawking's musings about the nature of time are just one of many attempts to come to grips with that fact. You come to understand a lot about life when you hear atheistic scientists say something like the more we learn the more pointless it all seems.

Claims that a "religious right" is choking the life out of open discussion not withstanding, I've seen God come more into legitimate scientific discussions as we have discovered that 95 percent of the universe is made of some mysterious form of dark matter and energy that we don't understand, and that reality may consist of more dimensions of time and space than we can perceive (M Theory). Some people misunderstand the Bible's view of the important role of evidence in faith (Romans 1:16-20). I personally put together a small document to help give a balanced view of what the Bible is really about that is free to the public at http://2008biblebrief.com/ for any who may be interested.

Steve Krstulovich
Palos Hills, Ill.




Welcome, Rev. Gregg



To the editor:

We at Christ's Reformed Church, 130 W. Franklin St., welcome the Rev. Gregg Meserole to replace our beloved Rev. Don Stevenson. His first sermon was delivered to us on Sunday, Aug. 10, and we couldn't have been more pleased.

Perhaps there are folks in Hagerstown and surrounding areas who are dissatisfied with their religious experiences, or you like to visit different churches. It would do your soul well to hear Rev. Gregg's message. He is a former pastor, as well as a Christian education teacher from Massachusetts. He has an excellent delivery of a Bible-based sermon, and yet mixes in contemporary stories, sprinkled with humor - an excellent combination to get the point across.

We also welcome a new musical director - Amy Rissle-Kouyeas. The tradition of excellent music in our church continues.

Please come and experience a "religious high," or just come for curiosity's sake, and experience a different, yet motivational service.

Sally Jones
Hagerstown




Holly Place could use that gift card



To the editor:

I am writing up a suggestion concerning the $5 prepaid credit card that might come to you as the result of sending back the directory with unpublished numbers to the one phone company.

If you discover that the card is not accepted at the places where you normally do business, or even if it is, please consider donating it to Holly Place. I've talked with someone there, and they would love to get these cards.

Holly Place is a refuge for the frailest and most fragile of our elderly. They can use all the help any of us can give them.

It's a, "There but for the grace of God go I, or my relatives" sort of thing.

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