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Letters to the Editor

May 14, 2010

Freedoms of religion, speech being repressed



To the editor:

I have just read the Constitution of the United States and nowhere does it even mention separation of church and state. Where do all our officials get their information?

Maybe just one of them should read the Constitution. The closest it comes is Article VI, Clause 3, which says, "No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to hold an office or public trust."

The first amendment says, "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise there of; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

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Who says that we can't sing Christmas carols at Christmas or say a blessing whenever we want to do it. Our freedom of religion and freedom of speech is being repressed because we might offend someone. I have yet to see a Muslim throw down a prayer rug in the middle of the sidewalk and face Mecca. If he does, I am not offended. I will just walk around him.

Mary Anne Smith
Waynesboro, Pa.




Be the best parent you can to your children



To the editor:

As our children grow, many times the emphasis is placed on their academic and athletic development. Often taking a back seat is their emotional and spiritual development. I believe all of these areas are critical to the development of a well-rounded individual.

I also believe children need to be taught compassion, understanding, fairness and the value of all life. As much as we have advanced technologically as a society, there is still disparity in our human-to-human contact. From my view, the true test of a person's worth is how he or she treats other people in their life.

I feel it is important for parents to regularly examine the influences in their children's lives. Admittedly, some of these influences are difficult to control, while others can be controlled to some extent. Parenting requires thoughtful, meaningful daily participation. In most cases, if you show love and discipline, your children will turn out to be good citizens. We all cannot turn out to be rocket scientists. We need janitors, plumbers, firefighters, police officers, and all the other hands-on occupations necessary for the functioning of society.

Make a commitment to be the best parent you can to your children and show them how to treat others to make them well-rounded individuals each and every day of their lives.

Meredith Fouche
Sharpsburg

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