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Letters to the Editor - June 19

June 19, 2011

Pastafarians offer third theory about creation of man

To the editor:

It was with great disappointment that Harold Camping's prediction of the Rapture did not transpire on May 21, because that would have resolved the issues in the ongoing flurry of letters to the editor concerning evolution and intelligent design.

It appears that we will have to wait until Oct. 21 for Camping's new prediction of the Rapture, which provides ample time for the continued fleecing of the gullible. Seriously, how much of a refund do you think Camping is giving back to those who gave everything to his church?

Nevertheless, since intelligent design has yet to be proven, it is in the interest of debate that I raise the issue of at least a third theory about the creation of man.

That alternative is Pastafarianism. From their website (www.venganza.org): "We believe that the Flying Spaghetti Monster created the world much as it exists today, but for reasons unknown made it appear that the universe is billions of years old (instead of thousands) and that life evolved into its current state (rather than created in its current form). Every time a researcher carries out an experiment that appears to confirm one of these "scientific theories" supporting an old earth and evolution we can be sure that the FSM is there, modifying the data with his Noodly Appendage. We don't know why He does this but we believe He does, that is our Faith."

To this date, nobody has been able to scientifically disprove the existence of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, while it must be acknowledged that there is a preponderance of peer-reviewed, fact-based articles advocating evolution and a paucity, if any, of such evidence supporting intelligent design. Is it not best to teach/educate our children to be free and critical thinkers able to analyze evidence and come to their own logical conclusions rather than, for example, blindly follow what others say?

In conclusion, no matter which theory one might lean toward, the next time you sit down to a spaghetti and meatball dinner, remember to look at your plate and contemplate this: He boiled for your sins.

Carbo Diem!

Ernst Arnold
Hagerstown



President Obama's comedy routines aren't funny

To the editor:

It has come to my attention while watching the latest news conference with President Obama that a valuable piece of equipment is missing. This item would be a laugh track, common to many of the sitcoms presented on television. It would prove to be a welcome companion for his teleprompter.

Even as the president jokes about the questionable status of the shovel-ready projects that squandered millions in taxpayer revenues last year, the anxiety, pain and apprehension that millions of Americans feel — faced with a failing and declining economy — is not comic material. His callous remarks show an ever-increasing disconnect between Washington and the American public.  

Obama, who presented himself as a great uniter, has now demonstrated that the common ground on which he unites the country will be unemployment and deficit bank accounts.

The supporters of the president have said he is working tirelessly to create jobs and address the anemic economy he readily attributes to the previous administration. It is interesting how this tireless work includes so much golf, a trip to Ireland to find his roots (he is obviously full of blarney) and a visit to Puerto Rico to say "Hi" and take in the sunshine.

These demands have forced Vice President Joe Biden to represent the White House in dealings with Congress on the budget, the federal debt limits and decreasing economic numbers. The president's priorities are seemingly with his entertainment and not with the country.

Hopefully, the next election will replace this Ted Mack Amateur Hour we currently have with an administration willing and able to confront the many problems and issues of the day. The country is in need of real leadership and not the false hope and change rhetoric that swayed the uniformed masses.

James Wyrick
Chambersburg, Pa.



Dr. Comstock was a friend to inmates

To the editor:

I thoroughly enjoyed the June 2  Herald-Mail article, "Newly opened research center honors George Comstock," and loved seeing the picture of Dr. Comstock's widow, "Energetic Emma Lou," who was also one of my favorite MCI-H Alternatives to Violence Program (AVP) coordinators.

Dr. Comstock did indeed dedicate his life to public health, and it didn't end at prison gates. In the 1990s and 2000s, when he was in his 80s and many peers his age were in their dotage on rockers, Dr. Comstock and his wife would engage the whole community, as well as many of his Johns Hopkins peers, to come to MCI-H annually and provide health fairs for prisoners, where we were frequently diagnosed with ailments for which the prison medical contractors did not screen.

The Community Correctional Services Committee (CCSC) and Dr. Comstock had doctors, physician assistants, nurses and other medical professionals visit MCI-H with screening tests for diabetes; eye pressure; thyroid, saliva glands and mouth cancer; and other signs of medical problems. Other CCSC volunteers would set up stations with vision tests and informational brochures; and there was always one booth where Dr. Comstock himself, usually, would answer any medical question from any prisoner.

Martha Comstock described her father as "a very modest man. He never liked to take credit." However, she was just as modest in describing her father, who was so humble he was charismatic. Dr. Comstock was one of the last of the "old school" doctors. Upon meeting him, you immediately felt at ease, as if you'd known him all your life and that you could tell him anything about any medical concern, or reveal any secret.

It was a genuine blessing to know our affable Doc Comstock. His gigantic contributions to public health are sorely missed, and no words can adequately express the gratitude I know several prisoners felt when various Comstock-CCSC health fair diagnoses helped save their lives.

Douglas Scott Arey
JCI No. 130196 EA-111
Jessup, Md.



Evolutionists are taking the easy way out

To the editor:

On June 3, 2011, G.F. Miller wrote an excellent letter in responding to Allan Powell's recent column.

Miller made an excellent point in relating the mumbling of Charlie Brown's teacher in the response to another lamebrained evolution theory.

Evolution theories are for those who do not believe in a God who can create a world, so they take the easy way out in believing that in billions upon billions of years, the world would somehow come together.

It takes far more faith to believe that a thing "just happens" in evolution than it does to believe that God can speak things to happen.

When I think of evolution theories, I marvel at the education of truth that those evolutionist intellectuals have waiting for them. Just a few examples are:

That God is really alive; that His justice is perfect; that heaven and hell are for eternity; and that creation is the truth and evolution is an elaborate myth.

The Bible says in Psalm 14:1, "And the fool says in his heart that there is no God." Amen.

Steve Fehlauer
Hagerstown

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