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July 26, 2011

Religion should be concerned with raising people up

To the editor:

In response to the July 22 letter “Chirstians must cry out,” I would suggest that being a sinner has never prevented people from doing good.

Those who read the Bible discover that the prophets are not involved in sorting out the tea leaves to discern the end time.  Most, in fact, are describing how God judges those who do not care for the least among them. Worship of God without love of neighbor is deadly worship.

To the assertion from the reader that God will make provision, the prophets make it clear that it is both the nation and its people that are to make that provision.  

Read on and one will discover that Jesus had a parable about the sheep and goats — and it is the goats that ignore others and therefore do not do good to him.

Religion, and for that matter secularity, are at the best when they are concerned with raising people up, rather than seeking ways to deprive or diminish others. They fail when they promote a mean spirit toward others, a violation of the Golden Rule, whether by individuals or a nation.

Stephen Harris
Waynesboro, Pa.

Maybe both sides are correct

To the editor:

Why do we fight with ourselves over the profoundly basic question of how we all got to be where and who we are? The argument could as well be defined as: How did man get to be man?

The evolutionists say “it” did it all by itself. And who’s to say “it” didn’t?

The creationists say that God did it. And who’s to say he didn’t?

Look at the creation story according to Scripture:

The first day: God creates light (read, the Big Bang).

The second day: God creates a firmament (read, the universe).

The third day: God commands the waters below to gather in one place, and dry land to appear, and commanded that the earth bring forth grass, plants and fruit-bearing trees (read, isn’t that how it happened?)

The fourth day: God creates lights in the firmament to separate light from darkness and to mark days, seasons and years (read, the sun, the moon and the stars, which the ancient astrologers followed religiously).

The fifth day: God commanded the sea to “teem with living creatures,” and birds to fly across the heavens (read, wasn’t that how it went?)

The sixth day: God commanded the land to bring forth living creatures.  He creates humanity in His image and likeness.  (read:  Wasn’t that the way it was?)

The seventh day: God looked at it all, and said it was good.  And he rested (read, God decided he wasn’t needed anymore, so he went out to lunch — and never came back.)

If you substitute eons for days, the creationists are not far off on how everything actually happened. They got the events and the sequence pretty much right. Not bad for a primitive bedouin tribe, almost 4,000 years ago, with no written language and a basic vocabulary of fewer than 1,000 words.

I think we’re all right, in whatever we choose to believe, because none of us really knows what the truth of the matter is.  So why do we insist on fighting about it?

How about if we just follow the principle of the separation of church and state, and teach evolutionism in the schools, and creationism in the churches. That way the children get both sides of the story, and they can decide for themselves. Who knows, maybe they’ll decide both sides are right.

John Cable

Give all veterans a proper welcome home

To the editor:

Please accept this letter in appreciation of and acknowledgment of Anne P. Wright’s letter of July 16. Let’s encourage all veterans and apologize to Vietnam veterans while we can.

Sadly, we now lose 300 Vietnam veterans a day, seven days a week. What is even worse is the mean age is around 62. Agent Orange is simply very bad stuff, and to one who has never donned a military uniform, the average citizen does not understand the scope and difficulties these veterans have experienced. This is especially true with our dwindling Vietnam veteran population.

The absence of a proper welcome home has soured many of them. Folks would be surprised at the growing homeless population. They feel society and other things of life have let them down and they have lost hope.

Switching gears for a moment, Vietnam veterans and all veterans will be recognized on Sept. 11 at the Allegany Fairgrounds in Cumberland, Md., during Operation Shining Hope.

This event will memorialize the atrocities of Sept. 11, 2001, and pay tribute to the victims’ families. Chaplain Paul Demers, who was summoned to Ground Zero, will be the speaker. County music hall of fame singer Maria Rose will sing “Why don’t we put the re-unite back into the USA.” She wrote this now popular song following Sept. 11, 2001.

Hagerstown’s own Autumn Avilia will sing the National Anthem and “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood. A graduate of Frostburg State University, she is popular and well-respected and appreciated for her spectacular voice quality.

The featured speaker will be 1st Lt. Clebe McClary, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired). He was a recon patrol leader in Vietnam who has undergone 37 major surgeries. He can be visited at As part of his talk, he will recognize and welcome home Vietnam veterans. Coming from Lt. McClary, these Vietnam veterans will, for some, finally believe they are being welcomed home for real.

The fairground gates open at 6 a.m. and the ceremony will begin at 9 a.m.

Lt. Col. Vic Ryan Jr. USMC (Ret.)
Joint Task Force Commander
Operation Shining Hope
Cumberland, Md.

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