Letters to the Editor - March 31

March 31, 2012

This spring, let’s make Maryland greener

To the editor:

As citizens of an Appalachian state, we are lucky to be home to one of the largest varieties of tree species in the world. From New York to Alabama, there are more than 140 species of trees that make Appalachia the beautiful region of America that it is.

This spring, let’s honor this great heritage by making Maryland greener.

It’s no secret the environment is changing, but whether you believe in global warming or not, it is objectively true that trees improve air quality, water quality, property value and can increase money savings. In fact, a recent study in the United Kingdom found that “Nature ‘is worth billions’…” to the country, stating “The natural world is vital to our existence, providing us with essentials such as food, water and clean air — but also cultural and health benefits not always fully appreciated because we get them for free.”

With our state’s “Marylanders Plant Trees” program, we can all be involved in a wonderful goal to make Maryland even greener. Through the Marylanders Plant Trees program (, you can find the participating nurseries throughout Washington County, the recommended tree list and a coupon good for $25 off each tree you purchase. If you want to start small, become a member of the Arbor Day Foundation ( and get 10 free saplings. Or, if you don’t believe there is any room on your lot for a new tree, or you live in the city, please consider donating to a tree planting organization ( or, where $1 equals one tree.

Thank you, and cheers to a greener Maryland and future.

Matthew Wallace

Five senses offer proof that God created man

To the editor:

Who’s going to have the last word on this creation vs. evolution debate? As for me, my vote is on the side of those who believe God created.

I’ll tell you why. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Now, if we would stop there, the debate would be over. But you know what the next question is going to be. How do you know God did it?

I believe I have the answer. Please forgive my dogmatism. When God created man, He endowed him with five senses that we call common sense, because we all possess them. They are sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell.

Now, if God says He’s the creator of heaven and earth, let’s put our endowed senses to work. Oh, by the way, our only access to knowledge is through these five senses. If it weren’t for these five senses, there would not be any scientific knowledge or creation knowledge. Our five senses are the tools of logic.

Now can we verify what God says in Genesis 1:1? I can see heaven and earth with my eyes. I can hear the same with my ears. Furthermore, I can touch them with my hand. Then I can taste the fruit of the earth. And, last, I can smell the roses.

If there can be no verification outside of our endowed senses, what are we debating about? If you don’t believe what your five senses tell you, then what do you believe? I know — you believe what your imagination tells you. The origin of man is a mystery of the sea, where there is no verification.

Charlie Gower
Martinsburg, W.Va.

The Herald-Mail Articles