Letters to the Editor - Aug. 26

August 26, 2012

Holly Place in need of public’s help

To the editor:

Thanks to our community’s wonderful support over the years, Holly Place is still providing care, comfort and love to its assisted-living residents, but we need to ask for your help again.

Holly Place is an assisted-living home that has been organized to serve those who cannot afford market-rate assisted living and have no other place to go. Some of our residents have nothing left except for their Social Security, which can be as little as $600 per month. Some have no family remaining or able to keep them safe. Holly Place cares for 15 of these folks 24 hours a day, all year long in a loving, clean safe home on South Potomac Street. 

Our cost to care for them is currently $3,700 per month. The difference between what it costs Holly Place to provide this care and what our residents can afford to pay is made up with donations from the community and diminishing government programs. As long as we continue this service, we will need your support. This effort represents the basic tenets of true charity.

Our board and staff can assure everyone who has ever donated that every dollar has gone to provide quality care and housing for our residents.  We are hoping that this letter will once again bring our mission and its needs to your attention and with your support will allow us to continue.

Doug Wright
Holly Place board president

Appeal of voter ID law likely in Pennsylvania

To the editor:

The decision to uphold the voter ID law marks an unfortunate page in Pennsylvania, particularly since our state Constitution wishes to ensure the people’s right to vote. The likely appeal by those involved in the case seems assured.

The Pennsylvania Democratic party will do all that it can to ensure that those who wish to register to vote and then to vote on election day will be supported and that we will use such resources and volunteer assistance to ensure that it happens.

In the meantime, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has an obligation to widely circulate the rules that all voters will face, both in applying for absentee ballots (and then having them counted) and what all voters should encounter when they go to the polls. The responsibility of the Commonwealth is clear since it has submitted various guidelines with regard to identification eligibility. The use of various governmental entitities to have that information available, not just the Department of Transportation, is critical.

So long as the voter ID law is upheld, it remains for citizens who value the rights of their fellow citizens to be able to register and to vote.

Stephen D. Harris, chairman
Franklin County Democratic Committee

Is same-sex marriage the same as divorce and remarriage ?

To the editor:

Same-sex marriage will be one of the ballot initiatives before Maryland voters on Nov. 6, and proponents and opponents of same-sex marriage are gearing up for what many expect to be a spirited battle for the hearts and minds of voters.

Evangelical churches exhibit a curious dichotomy on this issue. They want the state to prevent gays from marrying, yet, to my knowledge, have never asked the state to prevent divorced people from marrying.

That is especially peculiar when you consider that the biblical arguments against same-sex marriage are the same as the biblical arguments against divorce and remarriage.

Both, according to the Bible, are infractions of God’s moral code, both are contrary to the biblical pattern for marriage, and both are sufficiently grievous as to prevent a man or woman from entering what the Bible calls the Kingdom of God. 

Now you may not believe that the Bible has anything important to say — many don’t — but evangelical churches teach that it is the authoritative word of God. Thus, you would expect them to view divorce and remarriage the same way that the Bible views it. Oddly, they don’t. 

G.F. Miller

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