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Letters to the Editor

December 30, 2008

Sarcastic writing turns readers off



To the editor:

Much commentary on the news today seems to have become a contest as to who can throw out the most jabs, instead of presenting the facts without injecting sarcasm. Mary Sanchez makes some good points in her recent column, "No, Virginia, Christmas has not been outlawed," but does so with too many digs at Christians who want to protect their rights and their future rights, in America. (A nation founded on Judeo/Christian beliefs.)

She may want Christians to "lighten up" and not "work themselves into a lather" so there may be less "Christian jingoism," but such comments only substantiate what most Christians are already upset about and it is not only at the Christmas season.

When Christians kept too quiet and stayed out of politics, we saw many of our rights removed. My own father, Martin Buxbaum, was a writer and was attacked on many occasions by the late Madalyn Murray O'Hair for the statements he made about prayer. One angry woman was able to remove prayer from our schools and should be our lesson for being too passive in politics.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once stated these timeless words of wisdom. "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." For many, their faith matters and they will not keep silent about it. As with prayer in schools, intolerance leads the way to its removal. This is not "Christian jingoism" Ms. Sanchez, but merely the facts.

Kate Prado
Hagerstown




Thanks to all who helped with Christmas dinner



To the editor:

I want to thank everyone who worked so hard and donated so much to make this year's Salvation Army Christmas dinner the biggest ever. After checking our tickets and counting the meals we delivered to shut-ins and others, we actually served close to 650 people Christmas day.

What we do would not be possible without all the help and supplies from the Salvation Army. We provide a little food, but the majority of what is served comes from the Army's pantry. It was very much appreciated, considering how donations are down just at a time when their services are needed now more than ever.

I would like to thank the many people who donated presents, wrapping paper, extra food and even desserts, I couldn't begin to name them all.

A thank-you also goes to local area florists: Green Arbor in Waynesboro and in Chambersburg, Plasterer's, Snokes and Fusting's for once again donating greenery, flowers and poinsettias.

As to the volunteers who come in early Christmas day to help cook, wrap presents, decorate the tables, deliver meals and serve meals in the Salvation Army Lunch Room, what can I say? They give so much of themselves, proving that the Christmas spirit of giving is certainly alive and well in Franklin County, Pa.

Volunteerism in today's economy is important to keep the wheels of society moving and our volunteers certainly provided the extra "grease" to keep everything on track and moving smoothly.

Thank you so much to everyone who did so much to make Christmas day so special this year.

Lynne Newman
chairman
Salvation Army
Christmas dinner
Chambersburg, Pa.




Cheney must be held to account



To the editor:

Vice President Dick Cheney has had possibly the most destructive impact on American life of any single individual in history! He has been instrumental in the deaths of American, Iranian, and Afghani people, as well as the systematic destruction of the U.S. Constitution.

He must be held accountable for his role in these crimes to better enable the restoration of law and order to our government!

Keith Godwin
Hagerstown




No self-pardons



To the editor:

Do not allow President George W, Bush or any president to pardon themselves. That would allow for any immoral/illegal actions they personally did or mandated to go unaccounted for.

Wrong! Did I say wrong? Also take into account any actions by the president's vice president or cabinet members. They can be tried and found guilty or not guilty like all other Americans. Thank you for your consideration.

Barbara Tindall
Maugansville

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