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Letters to the Editor - April 5

April 05, 2012

Now is the time for Christians to be loud, proud


To the editor:

I would like to address a letter to the editor by Jeanne Jacobs (March 7).

Out of thousands of religions in the world, Jacobs picked Christianity. Indeed, these were religious people calling themselves Christians. The Bible tells us “we are known by our fruits” (Matthew 7:16).

What I really want to do is get to the heart of the letter. Jacobs says my “religion” should be kept private, I should keep it to myself. She says we can be ethical and know the right thing to do without the threat of hell.

But who sets the standard of right? Since we no longer want God to do it, then it must be left up to man. So now in Maryland, man says same-sex marriage is the right thing to do. They say it’s about rights, the right to be happy. So I would like to ask where does man step in and say no, you don’t have the right to happiness? Is it when a brother demands his right to be happy and marry his sister? Or maybe his brother? I ask who are we to deny their happiness? Jacobs says I’m being ridiculous, extreme really? The wheels are already in motion on this very subject in countries that allow same-sex marriage. The redefining of family hurts us all. The breakdown of family is the breakdown of this country.

Last, but most importantly, Jacobs asks for my silence. She accuses me of trying to force her to live like me. How have I forced anyone to live for Christ? It’s a choice, free will.

As I write this, hell is screaming as loud as it can and she asks for my silence.

So I encourage every Christian, now is the time, be loud, be proud, be heard because there is no truth in silence.


David Spade
Clear Spring




Student Non-Discrimination Act is a bad joke


To the editor:

Now that homosexuals have accomplished getting their way to have gay marriage in eight states, their main objective it seems is to override traditional marriage.

It matters not to me what they do in private, but that does not mean that I respect their ways. As long as they don’t flaunt themselves in public, I could care less.

However, there is a side to their agenda that I find downright disgusting. That is the infiltrating of Congress to have a plan to indoctrinate an entire generation of American children with pro-homosexual propaganda and to eliminate traditional values in the public school system in our country. This plan is named “Student Non-Discrimination Act” (HR 998 and S 555), which is a bad joke. They also want to have a Gay Bill of Rights and throw the Judeo-Christian values that this country was founded on down the drain.

I would rather that the term used were not marriage, but legal union. I trust that there were no payoffs or coercion to obtain their agenda here in Maryland and in the other seven states that allow so-called gay marriage. Otherwise, do what you want in your own privacy.

Their agenda also has a new group called “Freedom to Work,” claiming fairness in the workplace, but in reality mobilizing a passage of their Gay Bill of Rights.

I do, however, respect individuals to work and to perform as a dignified human being without any harrassment whatsoever.


R.E. Thiess
Hagerstown




Krauthammer off target with respect to oil prices


To the editor:

Charles Krauthammer’s editorial (March 18) is an excellent example of half truth (but is really less than that). The purpose of his column was to bash Obama, not to benefit the U.S. He bamboozles us with a shotgun blast of information, mostly distorted, and off target.

Krauthammer begins by saying that “presidents have no direct control over oil prices,” then goes on to contradict himself with an entire column on how Obama’s policies have caused recent increases. And Krauthammer’s solution? “Drill, baby, drill,” of course.

But there is growing consensus among energy experts that drilling would not lead to lower prices at the pump. For example, Tom Kloza, AAA’s chief oil analyst responsible for calculating gas prices, told CNN Money that it’s a “simplistic way of looking for a solution that doesn’t exist.”

Krauthammer describes the fallacy in his own argument. As he points out, currently the U.S. enjoys a production boom, yet prices are still rising. Strange how reduced demand and increased production resulting in more oil does not lower prices.

Another problem is that new oil wells drilled today will not produce for at least 10 years, and it will take 20 years to reach peak production. This cannot possibly reduce prices now.

Krauthammer ridicules conservation as a means of reducing foreign oil dependence. But conservation (buying more fuel-efficient cars, driving less, turning off lights) works today, reducing dependence and prices.

Finally, he extols the Canadian pipeline. But this is not the bargain it seems. Oil from Canadian tar sands is the most expensive in the world. And Canadian oil is still an import.


Larry Zaleski
Hagerstown

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