Letters to the Editor - July 3

July 03, 2011

Leaders of Educators’ House project say thanks

To the editor:

We would like to thank hundreds of educators across Washington County for their support of the Habitat for Humanity Educators’ House. As every educator knows, home environment and stability play an important part in children’s readiness to learn when they go to school. So it is a natural fit that Washington County Public Schools educators have partnered with Habitat Women Build to build a house for a local family. This house is being built for a woman who is a Head Start educator and her three children who attend Washington County Public Schools. The family has been blessed to be surrounded by the love and support of hundreds of fellow educators.

More than $45,000 has been raised to build the Educators’ House. More than 300 educators at 23 schools have contributed to the house. Many educators have swung hammers to physically raise the house from foundation to its current stage of hanging drywall. We are so grateful to everyone who has had a hand in helping with this house and family.  

While much has been accomplished, we still need $20,000 to complete the house. We are asking the public to help with this effort while also honoring educators who have made an impact in their lives. To make a general donation or to honor an educator, donations may be sent to Habitat for Humanity, 100 Charles St., Hagerstown, MD 21740. Include the name of the current or past educator to be honored and where they served. Include their address if you would like a card sent to them. The educators will be honored publicly.

Educators who have been honored so far are Rebecca Ann Bloom, Emily Burger, Sandra Caroscio, Frederick R. Cialli, Shirlianne Grubb Cialli, Donald Corsette, Edith B. Downey, Vernon Downey, Johnnie Pearl Gibson, Sandy Grove, William Kercheval, Rebecca Leverett, David Magee, Loren McArthur, Tracy McKenzie, Madeline Noll, Kate Powell, Gwendolyn E. Roulette, Mrs. Stouffer and Gary D. Wachter.

Thank you.

Kathy Stiles and Darlene Teach
Educators and project co-chairs

Difference in Republicans and Democrats is obvious

To the editor:

Someone once asked me the difference between Republicans and Democrats. I told him Republicans cater to the rich and Democrats help the poor. I thought that was the easiest way to explain it without going into too much detail. He told me I was stupid and turned and walked away.

That same friend called me the other day and said, “Rodney do you believe this?” I asked, “What?” “Have you heard what’s happening in Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin and now New Jersey?” my friend asked.

“The Republican governors have just killed state and public workers’ chances to keep their American dream alive,” he said. “They have no power to bargain for health care and raises.”

He explained how they want to blame the debt of these states on police, firefighters and teachers. They want to do this to the middle class, but refuse to raise taxes on the filthy rich or big corporations, he said.

“They couldn’t care less if these families make it or not. I’m a Republican and I just don’t understand it,” he said.

Finally, after he was done, I took a deep breath and said, “See, I told you so.”

Rodney A. Guessford

God’s design for marriage is a man and a woman

To the editor:

Same-sex marriage in 2011 is a creation of man, who wants to make it the law of the land. Embarrassment has no voice or part to those who endorse this anti-God plan.

Who would have ever thought man would rather love another man rather than a woman, and women would rather love another woman than a man. This certainly is not the order of God’s obvious plan for a man and a woman in 2011.

How will the human race survive if marriage is not between a man and a woman? God’s plan is so obvious, even a child understands. It takes one daddy and one mommy to make a child and perpetrate God’s plan.

Now I sincerely hope we’ll soon understand that the only hope for the human race is found in marriage between a man and a woman. This is God’s design for marriage still in 2011.

Charles Gower
Martinsburg, W.Va.

Letter’s conclusion was jab at Christians

To the editor:

Ernst Arnold’s July 15 letter regarding the Flying Spaghetti Monster analogy was yawningly tolerable until he ended with: “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.”

I am a believer in special creation and have a deep respect for science.  Faith and science can exist in a happy marriage. However, my reason for writing is to express my opinion that Arnold’s “conclusion” was unnecessary and added little or nothing to his point.

What is it about a man dying on a cross as a loving sacrifice for others that draws forth such a comment? If Mr. Arnold wants to contemplate his spaghetti and make analogies about it being boiled for sins, who cares? But inserting a subtle jab at those of us who contemplate a man who actually did die for others was, in my opinion, tasteless and uncalled for.  In conclusion, the next time you see a cross, remember to contemplate this: He died for your sins.

John R. Miller Jr.

Who will stand up for prison system’s lifers?

To the editor:

In 1975, I was an inmate at the Maryland Penitentiary in Baltimore. I was also a student in a legal class listening to a guest speaker give his judicial confessional/testimonial.

During the question-and-answer session after his speech, I asked the judge if he had ever had second thoughts about giving too much time to criminals.

The judge looked me dead in my eyes and said, “Yes. Many times.” I then asked, “Did you ever do anything about it? To rectify the situation?” He quickly turned to the professor and asked him, “Who is that guy?”

The professor told him that he had no idea. Wow! It was like, how dare me, a convicted criminal, question the actions of a prominent judge.

What’s the point of this recollection? Well, today it’s like I’m still back in the ’70s asking this question, “Why am I still locked up when I should have been paroled years ago?”

And why, may I ask? Because of the present “life means life” principle, there are hundreds of lifers languishing within the halls of Maryland’s prisons with the aspect of never getting to see the inside of their homes again.

It seems that no one wants to stand up and accept responsibility for doing the right thing — releasing some of the most-deserving souls.

It all reminds me of a famous statement by Pastor Martin Niemoller, which is usually presented as follows:

“First they came for the communists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

“Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out for me.”

Pastor Niemoller’s statement is well-known, frequently quoted and is a popular model for describing political apathy.

Ralph Ruark, No. 125977
Western Correctional Institution

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