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Letters to the Editor

September 15, 2010

Columnist Reg Henry offers liberal distraction



To the editor:

The column by Reg Henry in the Aug. 28 Herald-Mail ("It sounds dumb, but we all might be stupid," page A4) was nothing more than liberal mush and distraction.

First off, no one really cares if President Obama is a Muslim or not. What concerns me is he seems not to identify with the values, ideals and traditions of Americans. But one must admit it does seem odd that Obama, the leader of a party that has spent the last 60 years trying to break our bond to our religious heritage, discourage worship of our God and deny our right to openly celebrate our religion, is suddenly concerned about religious freedom.

Using Obama's membership in the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's church as proof that he is a Christian is laughable. No objective observer would ever confuse Wright's message of hate and racism with Christianity's message of hope, charity and salvation.

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Henry treats Nancy Pelosi as one's crazy aunt. Pelosi has pushed through legislation, such as the unwanted health care bill with all of its unconstitutionality and backroom deals, so that our economic recovery has been forever harmed. She has literally jeopardized our children's and grandchildren's future. She has pushed my country off the far-left cliff.

Hopefully, we will elect adults in November and restore some semblance of order back in our government.

George S. Sunday
Chambersburg, Pa.




Visible stand can make counterpoint



To the editor:

As some people might know, Westboro Baptist Church plans a demonstration at North Hagerstown High School on Oct. 5.

Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., is a hate group disguising itself as a Christian church. The members of this group target members of our gay community and a range of others with messages of hate. The outrageous demonstrations and protests of this "church" are both shocking and repulsive and have even included the funerals of our fallen soldiers.

The address of the church's main website indicates they are updating the site. However, one can still get their jam-packed "picket schedule" from that link. The site http://www.godhatesamerica.com will explain their mission.

A letter came home with students from North Hagerstown High School and Northern Middle School addressing this demonstration. Washington County Public Schools administration, out of concern for student safety, has requested no counterdemonstration be mounted outside North High. However, I feel certain if the Hagerstown Police Department can protect the First Amendment rights of the members of Westboro Baptist Church, they can do the same for peaceful citizens.

One can debate that the best citizen response might be silence. However, if motivated to do so, all people should be encouraged to take a visible stand against intolerance by participating fully in the democratic process.

Kelly Unger
Hagerstown

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