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Letters to the Editor - Nov. 27

November 27, 2011

People should be tolerant at family events

To the editor:

On Monday, my daughters and I attended the Christmas event at The Maryland Theatre. The performances were fabulous, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

I was lucky enough that both of my daughters (ages 5 and 6) behaved themselves, for the most part, but not all parents were as lucky. Throughout the show, there were some slightly unpleasant and, perhaps annoying, incidents. For example: kids screaming; adults talking loudly; and many clapping to a tune or song, which made it impossible to enjoy the rendering.

But I found it tolerable, especially since everything was supposed to be in the spirit of the holidays. There was a very unpleasant scene that unfolded in our vicinity at the end of the show that unfortunately dampened our enjoyment.

There was a family nearby with several children, some of whom were very young that were, on occasion, noisy and disruptive. When the show ended, an older couple shouted at the parents, “… and you are very bad parents.” I don’t know what prompted this, but I think that it was uncalled for. It upset me, my daughters — who unfortunately overheard it — and I am sure it upset the whole family that it was aimed at.

As a single mom of two young ones, I totally understand that sometimes kids misbehave and that not everyone has the same ideas as to what is the appropriate way to discipline a child. So I have learned tolerance, especially at family events such as this.

Especially with the holidays coming, I think it befits us to remember and understand that not all of us come from the same situation or circumstances in life, nor do we come from the same upbringing and culture. I think that we could use a little more tolerance and charity, and a little less judgment.

I have two mottos that I try to follow: “If you don’t have anything nice to say to someone, don’t say it” and “concentrate on the good.”

Happy Holidays to all.

Kostadinka Papeskov

Salvation comes only through Jesus Christ

To the editor:

The rattling of sabers in the Middle East is not going to end, regardless of any negotiations between the various parties. Threats of violence from Iran and all of its leaders point to an eventual outcome — death and destruction.

Muslims believe it was Ishmael whom Abraham was ready to sacrifice by order of Allah. But it was Isaac whom Abraham placed on the altar.

Muslims believe that the Israelites never were God’s chosen people. They believe Allah sent the prophet Mohammad to correct this lie created by Christians and Jews. Muslims say Ishmael and his Arab descendants were cheated out of their inheritance since he was Abraham’s first-born son. The Koran teaches that the people of the Bible falsified the original revelation and made themselves the heirs of God’s covenant.

To refute what the Muslims believe, Exodus 3:6 states, “I am the God of your father — the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. The God of the Bible, whose name is “I am,” is not the God of Ishmael, Esau, Mohammad and the Muslims. This issue is not just some irrelevant theological argument, but is the basis of one of the central issues that troubles our world today.

Millions of people of various religions and beliefs are sincere in what they believe, however, they are sincerely wrong. The Bible clearly states “you shall have no other gods before me.”

Many believe getting to heaven and eternal life is like climbing a mountain, that there are numerous pathways, but all attain the same goal. Nothing is further from the truth. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.” John 14:6

Those seeking eternal life can only find it in confessing your sins to Jesus Christ, the Son of God, asking His forgiveness, turning your life around and trusting in His saving grace.

Ned C. Weirich

Senior population makes center necessary

To the editor:

I cannot believe that any grown person (man or woman) would say (and have printed in the newspaper) what these people in Hagerstown did on page A3 on Friday, Nov. 11. Wow!

With the percentage of old people in this county, you need a senior citizens center even more than most places in the United States.

Moving here from California 10 years ago, I’m lost for company and activities just for seniors. In Orange County, Calif., I had access to five centers. One was a 12-acre elementary school. The teaching rooms were all set up. Parking at this facility was rerouted to a side street to help the flow of traffic.

The second one, a senior center in Huntington Beach, Calif., was an old barracks. It was off a major highway (California 101). It served lunch because the building already had a kitchen. Also, it held yearly competitions for bridge. It was a fun place to be in “current events class” with doctors, clerks, school teachers, all retired and ready to vent their opinions.

The city of Costa Mesa, Calif., built a new building near a bus stop a few blocks from the center of town with a large parking lot. This building had a lounge (living room) on entry — also had a counter for business or “sign in” for classes such as computer classes, woodcarving, quilting and other things to do. The kitchen had a part-time cook who served snacks and lunch (for a fee) in a “window bright” lunch room.

Fountain Valley, Calif., also used an old elementary school site for a senior center. The builder used the back portion of the site to build senior apartments.

It has been stated by the U.S. Census that we are a nation of old people.

Let’s get on with it! I’m tired of waiting.

Pat Shaw

Amid chaos, our hearts are still and quiet

To the editor:

Holiday time. Busy time. Time to put on our thinking caps. We are going to need them.

We want to take part in some of the worship and celebrations. Sharing is the key that opens the door into the living room of happiness. Time to lift and sort through stuff. Some will stay, some will go. So much for that vow — what is our heart condition? Are they thankful enough?

I know there are problems, serious ones, but our eyes see, our ears hear, our tongues talk (sometimes too much). Happiness dances around us and she is not selfish. Her hand is extended out to others, those who are sad and hurting because there is an empty chair at the table, a wardrobe of unused clothing, an empty bed, a voice and laughter silenced, tears, memories galore, but we have a comforter and reunion is coming.

Meanwhile, we have been taught to say, “it is well, it is well with my soul.” Tornadoes spin around us, but our heart is still and quiet, resting in the Savior’s everlasting peace.

Thank you, Jesus, for being so good.

Frances Moats

Can someone describe for me a tip jar?

To the editor:

Tip: A small sum of money given as an acknowledgment of services rendered; a gratuity.

A tip jar sometimes has a slot cut in its lid; sometimes the lid is not used. Money is put in the jar for the servers.

Please show a photo of the tip jars so exhaustively researched in your articles. Who creates them? What’s in them? Where are they located? Who collects the money? How does one learn when and what has been won or if anybody has won? Are they standardized and regulated by any responsible agency? What is required to own and operate a tip jar?

I’ve read all of the articles. Perhaps some of your other readers are as ignorant of this subject as I. It sounds like a system prone to theft and mismanagement.

Vance L. Creech

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