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Letters to the Editor - Feb. 10

February 10, 2011

WWII vet’s memoirs had me in tears

To the editor:


This letter is about Lester Hart’s story of the memoirs written by his brother, Harold Hart, who survived the infamous Bataan Death March and other acts of brutality as a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II.

This account had me in tears as I read the story. I’ve lived 68 years and still break down about war stories that are told. Thank you for your sharing of this remarkable story.
 
Edward B. Jenkins
Hagerstown


We choose to accept God or to reject Him


To the editor:


My parents took me to the Methodist Church and put me on the cradle roll when I was 1 year old. I say I was introduced to Jesus then, but of course this was symbolic and I really accepted Jesus when joining church at the age of 12. However, I think it was important because I believe the holy spirit has been with me my entire life.

I’m just an ordinary human being like everyone, but chose to live by faith in God. I think we are all born equal and God gives us a choice. We can accept Him or reject Him.

Maybe you are of a different faith, and I respect you because we both believe there is a higher authority. You can choose to be an atheist. It’s your choice, and I can co-exist with you. But, of course, I strongly disagree with you.

To be intelligent is desirable and important, but to attain wisdom is most important. Wisdom is accumulated learning, and as a result, we remain sensible and humble. For example, Gen. Douglas MacArthur was a great general, but his arrogance and know-it-all attitude were his downfall.

Where do we learn to love, to forgive and to be charitable? I don’t think we learn this from Socrates or Einstein. There is a spirit world, I believe, a good spirit and a bad spirit. I’ve chosen the holy spirit to live with me and to help me to try to be a better person. This is why my faith is so vital and important to me.

My spiritual friend Jesus is with me all the time, everywhere, to sustain and comfort me and guide me through life.

Jack Myers
Hagerstown



Mary Smithers will be missed by many

To the editor:


Mary A. (Schmidt) Smithers, the only woman supervisor at Mack Trucks Inc. for 42 years, passed away Jan. 11, 2011, at Meritus Medical Center.

Mary was an avid fisherwoman who taught many men how to fish and herself caught many much larger than herself. The Florida Keys was her second home.

Mary was very community minded, working and volunteering with such organizations as the Red Cross. She was always there to lend a helping hand, but did not want any recognition.

Mary suffered many setbacks in her desire to walk. She had three major operations within four months and the last month of her life was spent at Coffman Nursing Home, Pennsylvania Avenue, Hagerstown, Md.

Words cannot express the gratitude and appreciation for the staff who cared for Mary during her stay there. Everyone involved at Coffman Nursing Home is an angel.

Her room was almost like being at home. If our time here on earth is measured by friends and not by years, Mary is over a million years old.

She will be missed but never forgotten by many.

Rosemary J. Martz
Hagerstown

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