Letters to the Editor - Dec. 30

December 30, 2010

Holiday season is time to give gift from heart

To the editor:

The holiday season provides an opportunity to consider our tremendous blessings. Even before the recent economic difficulties, the overwhelming disparity of all citizens of our great country compared to the rest of the world was staggering. 

The mayor of Baltimore recently held a press conference with religious leaders from the city. She indicated that due to funding cuts, the government could no longer provide for those in need. Interestingly, Davy Crockett, while serving in Congress, came to the conclusion that charity was not a part of the Constitution, but the obligation of individual citizens.

We would like to ask the faith-based community of our area to come together and consider how we can show the love of Christ to our neighbors during these difficult times. We applaud the efforts of those involved in the Convoy of Hope, but call on our community to come together at this time of great need. Consider challenging your church to partner with the Rescue Mission, REACH or other agencies. 


Also consider United Way of Washington County, where your contribution goes to one of 26 local partner agencies and programs that serve the most basic and important needs in our community. United Way of Washington County urgently needs your help as they are at less than 60 percent of their goal this year. Your contribution goes to support programs and agencies such as the American Red Cross, Hospice and many other programs here in Washington County that give people in need a helping hand up. For more information, go to

Let us consider James 2:15-17: "Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,' but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." 

In the spirit of the holiday season, we are appealing to you to consider a gift from the heart.

Andrew A. Serafini

delegate, Subdistrict 2A

Tom Newcomer


Political cooperation needed to achieve goals

To the editor:

The progress of the nation demands concerted political cooperation in order to achieve goals for the greater good. 

Whenever you have a president of one party hamstrung in his policy progress by a Congress dominated by the other party, that is gridlock. It is caused mostly by personal egos. Such paralysis of federal progress in the name of mere partisanship should be patently illegal. One would think political egos could be tethered in the search for greater mutual cooperation for the betterment of our nation and people.

Abraham Lincoln (Republican) and John F. Kennedy (Democrat) both would be ashamed at the level of partisan paralysis and rancor seen today.

Joe Hammell

Waynesboro, Pa.

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