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Letters to the Editor - May 5

May 05, 2012

Park superintendent thanks volunteers


To the editor:

On Saturday, March 31, 2012, Antietam National Battlefield participated in the Civil War Preservation Trust’s Park Day. This annual event is a call for volunteers to take part in a variety of conservation and preservation work projects at Civil War sites across the country.

This year, 104 volunteers from far and near came to the battlefield and took part in a variety of projects across the landscape. Volunteers cleared trash from roadsides and fields, removed cedar trees in order to improve the historic scene, planted tree seedlings, removed invasive vegetation and planted native wild flowers.

All of these projects share the common thread of restoring both the natural and cultural components of this hallowed landscape to its historic appearance, as well as improving the site for all park visitors to enjoy. Volunteers came from 14 towns in Maryland, as well as 13 towns from the states of Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and Ohio. Additionally, two high school exchange students from Pakistan and one from Turkmenistan also participated. Despite the threat of rainy weather, these volunteers came out in great numbers to show their support, and that spirit is deeply appreciated.

Their cumulative efforts have made a very visible improvement to the battlefield and their enthusiasm and perseverance are to be applauded. To all the volunteers, please come back and admire your work — often. Thank you for a job well done.


Susan Trail, superintendent
Antietam National Battlefield




Letter writer identifies sixth, seventh senses


To the editor:

A recent letter writer states that God created man with the standard equipment of five common senses that we call sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell. The writer forgot to mention the sixth sense, a spiritual thing called thinking. Since thoughts are invisible, or spiritual things we cannot see, they are the things of the spirit that by obedience to what we think cause us to be motivated into action. Spiritual things are stored in our soul, commonly referred to as our brain, housed in a house of bone called the skull.

The word brain cannot be found in the Bible. Thus did God make a man minus a brain with a soul or a living soul minus a brain?

It is logical to establish a scientific fact that all living creatures having the standard equipment of a head — be it an insect, fish, fowl, beast or man — have a brain, and these are all living souls that have the power to think and can reach a quick and rapid decision to attempt to attack, hide or sit still.

The seventh sense is talking or the means to communicate sounds with the mouth. The writer says we can verify what God says or what he said in Genesis 1:1.

A witness is defined as a person present or on the scene when a happening occurred or took place. Since God’s name is Jehovah, then this person who was present and on the scene when these acts of creation were seen, heard and recorded for later consumption would be called Jehovah’s witness.

Thus, Jehovah God would have had to create his one and only witness to see, with his eyes, the garden and the birth of the sun, and hear, with one of his five senses, the talking snake and write out his memoirs for future consumption on a tablet before the birth of paper.


Jim Thompson
Chambersburg, Pa.

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