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Letters to the Editor

August 25, 2010

Properly placed faith makes a difference



To the editor:

What a difference faith makes. Properly placed faith, that is.

Everyone has faith in something or someone - faith that you will wake up in the morning, that your car will start, that your job will remain, that your good works or contribution of wealth will get you to heaven. But it's the object of faith that matters.

Funerals are a good measure of the faith of the departed. True, it's a time of sadness and grief at the loss of a spouse, a parent or a friend, but for those whose faith is securely placed in the only person who ever promised redemption and forgiveness in return for simple, childlike faith in His substitutionery death and resurrection, it is a time of rejoicing.

In the Bible, faith is defined as "being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." It is not a blind leap into the unknown, for by faith in the truth of Scripture, one has the assurance that what is promised to the believer will come to pass.

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John Nevin Cook, rescued from death at birth, believed the promise, as did his family and many friends. And at age 84, John's faith became sight. Are Jean, his wife of 62 years, and his family mourning their loss? Of course, but they believe by faith that his suffering is over and that they will one day be reunited with him. So John's funeral was not with tears of sorrow, but rather songs of joy, just as he would have wanted.

Well done, John, for a faithful life well-lived.

Donna Staggers
Hagerstown




14th Amendment should not be amended



To the editor:

The measure of a democracy is its ability to become more inclusive and nativistic. I am opposed to amending the 14th Amendment to make our democracy more restrictive.

One of the principal benefit of the 14th Amendment was to extend the rights guaranteed to citizens by the Bill of Rights not only with respect to the federal government, but to the state and local government as well.

Those civil liberties were further expanded by the voting rights of the 15th Amendment, the 19th Amendment (women's suffrage) and the 26th Amendment (minimum voting age lowered to 18).

In the current debate, what we forget is that the 14th Amendment provides for due process to all people, not just citizens.

While it is true that the 14th Amendment came out of the issue of providing for civil liberties for blacks - both former slaves and free citizens deprived of rights - the debate went further.

About the ridiculous fear that the "invasion" of Chinese workers would allow China to annex California, it was noted that children born to such workers were citizens.

Today's arguments to amend sound very much like the arguments against 150 years ago. I support the principles of inclusion.

Stephen D. Harris
Waynesboro, Pa.

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