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August 10, 2010

We can make a difference for homeless



To the editor:

I am relatively isolated here in Morgan County, but I understand that at a certain super-store in Hagerstown, around sunset, the parking lot becomes a resting place of folk who are homeless, and often living in their vehicles.

Yes, I know that there is employment available, but please consider that it is hard to get a job when you do not have an address to give to a prospective employer. It is nearly impossible to feed your family without a job, let alone provide a home.

Consider also the types of employment available: Either highly skilled folks in specialized areas, or the oh-so-popular 20 hour work week at minimum wage. It seems like there can be no one brought so low that some greedy, self-centered soul will not kick them lower, and this is a very sad state of things indeed.

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We can help though. It doesn't have to be anything grand or glorious in scope. It's the small graces that mean so very much. When you are grocery shopping, notice your less fortunate neighbor.

Remember, fellow Christians, Jesus tells us who our neighbor is. Do this: Purchase an extra loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter, or a few pop-top cans of tuna.

Buy a couple of those pre-made hoagies one can always find near the deli. Put them in a bag - add a bottle or two of water, or some juice boxes. Take it to that homeless person and say, "Here is food, that you may eat." No laws are broken, no institutions are compromised and someone gets a little hope in the bargain.

Remember, we Christians are not allowed to behave as if God will not provide for us. Should your generosity produce a deficit, you needn't worry - God has the bill, and no one out-gives God!

No, you don't have to be a Christian in order to have compassion - but we Christians have the duty - yes, duty - of doing so. Don't forget, we aren't allowed to turn our heads and walk away. Walk the talk. It makes for a better world.

L.A. Funkhouser
Morgan County, W.Va.




The best thing to do is look and teach



To the editor:

In her Aug. 5 letter to the editor (Our choice should always be pro-kids), Kanika Wilkins objected to the downtown pro-life demonstration that featured photos of aborted children, claiming it caused a disturbing note to an otherwise idyllic trip to the library.

Somehow these pictures of the truth of what is going on a couple blocks away is a threat to the well being of her daughters and other children. If the children took notice and asked questions, then it was a perfect teaching moment to tell them that not far from the library, the beautiful park, Discovery Station and children's museum, people are choosing to kill babies.

And further, it is going on because "nice" people, judges and legislators don't want to look at what is going on in that building down the street. I guess it is supposed to be so much more pro-kid to evade the truth - easier to just ignore it and hope it can be kept out of sight and out of mind.

I can remember when it was "too upsetting" to look at the pictures of the lynching of "Negros" or some of those pictures from the death camps of World War II. And today we find it so easy not to think about the terror women and children in China face every day because of the forced one-child policy: Forced abortions, sterilization and infanticide (especially of girls). All the while, some of our smartest people will spend endless hours worrying about what China might do about the "value" of its currency.

The best thing every mother and daughter could do is take a long hard look at those pictures because they are the targets. They are the victims in this culture of death.

Richard Giovanoni
Hagerstown

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