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Letters to the Editor - Feb. 5

February 04, 2011

Bring God into your heart in 2011

To the editor:

The old year threw us a kiss goodbye and welcomed the new one. Celebrations were held and resolutions made. Some will be kept a week, a month or perhaps the whole year. 

We give a tremendous thank you to the past one for its many blessings. Of course, there were some negatives to throw away or give them a makeover for positive. Mental, physical and spiritual problems must be dealt with. Our suffering is beneficial because by his stripes, we are healed. 

There is an answer and a cure for everything. It takes one word — prayer. We are told "in all things give thanks and pray without ceasing." Prayer is the strongest weapon in the world, so needed in these troublesome times.

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Remember these words, "Greater is He that is within me than he that is in the world." God is over this world. He can be (if you so choose) in our hearts loving, encouraging, teaching, healing and forgiving. Making sure we receive an abundance of happiness. Cheer up, dear ones, He's alive. He's alive and well.

Frances Moats

 

Hagerstown

The mind is a terrible thing to waste

To the editor:

It was the depression years, and all folks were looking for work or at least a way to find food and heat for their families.

In our little one-room schoolhouse, our tiny little red-haired teacher came early to school to start the fire in the little pot-bellied stove. She taught 51 students in classes from grades one to eight. The older boys were bigger than the teacher. There was a paddle on a nail on the wall, but she never had to use it.

Parents disciplined children who were breaking rules.

We knew we were there to learn how to care for ourselves when we finally became adults.

Our day began with Pledge of Allegiance and 10 verses from the Bible. Our teachers were in church on Sundays.

We stayed with the 3 R's until we mastered them. Pop quizzes were wonderful teaching tools. Those quizzes showed each child where more study was needed. And I am sure that now as then, teachers were willing to help each one attain the subject matter.

I suggest that if we stopped trying to teach everything in early school years, no children would be left behind and all of them would learn to read and graduates would be able to make change from a $20 bill.

If a house has a foundation, it will probably stand alone. So it is with learning. If we teach the basics, the children will be able to build their careers and can work successfully.

The mind is a terrible thing to waste. Let's stop with the fun electronics and get on with the mind.

Ruby Poulin

 

Boonsboro

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