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Letters to the Editor - Dec. 3

December 03, 2012

Colleges should teach a course in common sense

To the editor:

I’d like to thank Daniel Moeller of Rohrersville for his letter to the editor (Nov. 26) in which he states, “on average, the voters who voted for Obama were better educated than the voters who voted for Romney.”

He says it is what common sense dictated. Apparently, he arrived at this conclusion from an online analysis from the Statistical Abstract of the United States. I believe we all know that statistics can be skewed in any way the analyst wants to skew them, and I also believe Moller has just insulted all the voters in this country who do not have a college degree and voted for Mitt Romney, including myself.

Years ago, a highly educated acquaintance of mine who held several degrees, told me, “Higher education will be the ruination of this country.” Now, he was a very smart guy, but I poo-pooed him when he made that comment. Well, now I’m wondering if he was on to something.

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Having worked at a college, I have seen first-hand the lack of common sense and have often wondered why colleges don’t offer such a course, but then where would they find anyone to teach it? 
 
Pat Keyser
Hagerstown




At Christmas, strive to bring joy into another’s life

To the editor:

Some would say the word faith is used too much; others would say it is not used enough. My experience is that faith is real. When all else in your life (family, friends, money) cannot pull you out of tough spots, faith is there.

Twenty-nine years ago, I was diagnosed with a lifetime illness. I was only 32 at the time. Although there have been some tough times, by and large, I have led a productive and satisfying life. My faith has grown stronger over the years. The other factor that has played a role is that I have tried to surround myself with other people who have faith.

I feel it is important to have a personal relationship with God. Most people who have a relationship with God talk to Him in a similiar fashion as they would talk to another person. When I lay my head on the pillow at night, I ask for guidance and strength for many I know.

In a world of economic resession, wars, famine and family discord, it is sometimes difficult to see the hand of God. All these situations are not new. They exsisted in the days of the Bible. The concept to hold on to is that the bad gets the publicity while the good of every day goes unnoticed.

In this time of Christmas, see what you can do on a personal level to bring joy into another person’s life.

Meredith Fouche
Sharpsburg

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