Letters to the Editor - Aug. 17

August 17, 2012

Church celebration fed the body and soul

To the editor:

What is going on in this world? Are you like me, you just want a place to get away from it all sometimes? Just remember God is still in control.

We were recently invited to the 140th anniversary celebration at Sharpsburg Bible Church, the church with the blue cross and only active church not on Main Street. An old-fashioned Bible-believing church full of love. Over the years they have had two other buildings, and some people have attended all three, being brought as babies.

The altar was decorated just beautifully with red, white and blue artificial flower arrangements using flags and Civil War hats from both sides. I love the way this church always remembers our military in their prayers. They have two young men serving.

The Rev. Gene Renner has been pastor there since 1977, his message was easy to understand with a bit of humor thrown in. He advised us to ask ourselves “What am I doing for God?” And he invited “anyone who wasn’t sure they were going to Heaven when they die” not to wait to accept Christ. 

After service, everyone was encouraged to stay for a meal, which didn’t take much encouragement. Churches always seem to have the best cooks, and this one is no exception! Homemade chicken gravy smelled and tasted just like my mom’s. We were well fed physically and spiritually that day.

Stop by and visit some Sunday, you’ll be glad you did. Fill yourself with God to help get you through the week. 

Darlene Hoffman

Colorado shooting could have ended differently

To the editor:

In Aurora, Colo., recently, a lone gunman, apparently intent on killing as many as possible, opened fire on a peaceful gathering of people who, moments before, had no notion of the terror they soon would face.

Have you heard this story? You might not have because the alleged shooter to whom I refer is not James Holmes. It is Kiarron Parker.

Parker, an ex-convict, sped into the parking lot of New Destiny Center church on a Sunday in April of this year, crashed into another car, then fired at the people who came to his aid. 

A church member — legally authorized to carry a concealed handgun — shot and killed the assailant. The death toll was two.

In Holmes’ case, there were 12 dead and 58 injured. So why was the body count so different in these two shootings?

Here is why. No one in Holmes’ alleged field of fire was able to shoot back. You see, guns are not allowed in the Century 16 movie complex in Aurora’s Town Center.

There are those who fervently want America to outlaw guns, effectively leaving decent, law-abiding citizens defenseless against those who wish them harm.

To those who earnestly believe that outlawing guns will end gun violence, let me ask this question. Did the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which outlawed the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors,” put an end to drinking in America?

While you are thinking of the answer to that question, I am going to go make myself a single-malt scotch and water. Can I get you anything while I am up?

G.F. Miller

Youths to be commended for treatment of animals

To the editor:

Berkeley County can be proud of its younger generation and how they treat companion animals. On Sunday, Aug. 5, a number of young people participated in the pet competition program at the youth fair. Dogs were put through their paces, showing how well they walk on a leash, performing tricks they were taught and competing in four other events. 

We need to support young people who show care and compassion for animals in their midst. Animal Advocates of West Virginia ( applauds these youngsters and invites them and their families to join us in protecting animals and promoting the humane care and treatment of them through education and advocacy.

Ginnie R. Maurer
Animal Advocates of West Virginia
Falling Waters, W.Va.

Senseless violence is the price we pay for a free society

To the editor:

Gun possession is legal in Colorado. In spite of this, the Aurora Theater banned patrons from entering with their licensed and legal concealed weapons. It seems obvious to me that if even one moviegoer that night had been armed with their privately owned and licensed pistol, the massacre could have been halted in its tracks. Gun “control” in that theater, on that night, aided the criminal and hampered the victims by creating a “target-rich environment” that could not fight back.

Gun control proponent Dianne Feinstein offered her wisdom by stating that those who might have had concealed weapons with them that night would have caused a “bloodbath” and many people would have been shot in the “crossfire.” Huh?  Did I hear that right? Excuse me, Ms. Feinstein, but you missed something. It WAS a bloodbath. And it happened precisely because only the killer was armed, and dozens were killed and wounded because there was no “crossfire.”

The price we pay for having a free society in which an individual has the right and the capacity to protect himself or herself against hostile attacks is the occasional eruption of senseless violence. It is a tradeoff that we make, much like we do in our mass use of the automobile, wherein reckless drivers kill many more people during the course of a year than do guns, in spite of all the licensing and testing and regulation that legal driving requires.

Merl E. Rinehart

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