Letters to the Editor - Dec. 14

December 13, 2010

Candidate thanks those who supported him

To the editor:

I learned more than I could have ever imagined this past election, from meeting the diverse people of Hagerstown to navigating our political process.

I would like to thank the nearly 4,000 people who came out and voted for me, all of the people who put up signs, who endorsed me and who donated to my campaign.

But I especially want to thank everyone for the encouragement that I received during and after the campaign, which helped to keep me motivated throughout the election. All of the comments regarding the closeness of the election and the questions I have received about my political aspirations helped me realize that this election was not a loss at all.


As for the questions on whether or not I will run again - I can only say that there is a lot of time before the next election, and I will only run again if I continue to get support from our community. Thank you again, Hagerstown.

Cort Meinelschmidt

Editor's note: Cort Meinelschmidt was the Republican candidate for the Subdistrict 2C seat in the Maryland House of Delegates that was won by incumbent Democrat John P. Donoghue.

Carols don't tell real reason for the season

To the editor:

'Tis the season to spend money you don't have and buy gifts that aren't needed for people who don't care. Listen to the carols and you will hear themes that are either materialistic, seasonal, pagan or Christian.

"My Favorite Things," "The Twelve Days of Christmas," "Nuttin' for Christmas" and "All I Want for Christmas" speak of selfishness and materialism. "Winter Wonderland," "White Christmas," "Jingle Bells," "Frosty the Snowman," "Deck the Halls," "A Holly Jolly Christmas," "Let it Snow" and "Suzy Snowflake" speak of the winter season.

"Here Comes Santa Claus," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas" and "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" speak of the pagan aspect of the holiday.

"Away in a Manger," "The First Noel," Good Christian Men, Rejoice" and "Joy to the World" speak of a Christian holy day.

Christ's birth date is not recorded nor are we commanded to observe it, but his coming has changed the lives of millions of people. The drunk has become sober. The liar has become honest. The thief has returned that which was stolen.

Many people want to remove Christ from Christmas, yet his coming has changed the world. Even our calendar is dated from his birth.

The Year of our Lord is now known as the Common Era. 'Tis the season to let Jesus Christ be our Lord.

Ben Haldeman
Greencastle, Pa.

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