Letters to the Editor - Dec. 13

December 13, 2012

An unborn child is not an ‘option’ or ‘obstacle’

To the editor:

Those who cry out in support of abortion will say that it is the woman’s moral right to choose. However, when we hear of a house that burns down and three out of four of the family die, those same people will say, “What kind of a moral God could take three lives like that?” — making the inference that God is immoral in his decision of who lives and dies.

Yet, when a woman who supports “choice” gets to play God with another person’s life in her womb, she has no problem in choosing who lives and who doesn’t. We must understand that when a woman aborts a child, she does not become unpregnant, but rather the mother of a dead child. American society is too willing to sacrifice morals to preserve convenience. An unborn child should not be considered as an option or an obstacle on the road of convenience.

I’m afraid that our selfishness has perverted our vision, destroyed our morals and has moved us beyond the banks of rational reasoning. To prove my point, we need to look no further than the following scenario. Scientists look diligently on Mars for any sign of life. If they found a single-cell organism there, they would exclaim they have found life. However, these same people can’t acknowledge that a child in the womb fits the same criteria.

Pray for America! 

Reuben Egolf
Greencastle, Pa.

Politicians should answer questions about stadium

To the editor:

It seems our politicians have tunnel vision and can see only a new stadium as a means to resurrect the downtown.

I’ve never heard or read answers to these questions which I submit to all interested parties: How many government officials of any level have visited other cities which have resurrected their downtowns without a stadium? If no such cities can be found, does that mean resurrection is a futile endeavor? Can you name five or more activities, other than baseball, that might fill the bleachers?

The money spent on soil samples could have been used for travel to explore alternatives to a stadium.

Vance L. Creech

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year

To the editor:

Christmas. Some want that word tossed aside, forgotten, but we can’t do that. It is sacred and divine. It should flow out our front door, fly out our windows, ring through valleys and echo through mountaintops.

Praise, thanksgiving and worship should flow from our hearts. Christ, the greatest gift ever given to man. As we look upon the manger scene and that precious little baby, let us look a little beyond and see standing in the heavens a man with hair to his shoulders wearing a long robe and sandals. With outstretched arms calling, “Come ye who labor and are heavy leaden and I will give you rest.”

He came, suffered the greatest agony and pain known, and died so we could have life everlasting. Dare we ignore this? No, no, we are grateful and thankful for Christmas. Dear Jesus, we will not toss you aside, but we will run to you, tears flowing, confess our sins and receive forgiveness and a home in heaven.

Christmas is everlasting. The most wonderful time of the year. Take it in and enjoy. It is, without a doubt, the perfect gift.

Frances Moats

Warden deserves credit for safer institution

To the editor:

For the past three years, Roxbury Correctional Institution has become a safer environment for inmates and staff. This is in large part due to the visionary approach by Warden Gregg L. Hershberger, reaching out to self-help groups and encouraging them to be positively active in their environment. This approach has led to the safest year in recent Roxbury history.

One group has been the Life for Lifers, comprised of parole-eligible lifers, with current board members Robert Stewart, Wyman Ushry and myself, who have moved group members to get on board with Warden Hershberger’s philosophy by actively helping resolve problems before escalating. One shining moment was when Lifer James Scott came to the rescue of a teacher who was being assaulted nearly two years ago.

Another problem area was the athletic department, which in years past had problems during recreation periods, specifically concerning organized sports. Under the direction of Athletic Director Brian Coulter, Lifers Robert Stewart and myself have utilized years of experience to alleviate controversial behavioral situations to help ensure a safer playing environment, acting as league commissioners for softball, basketball, volleyball and football.

One of the rewards from Warden Hershberger to the population was the lowering of the partitions in the visiting room.

Mr. Hershberger’s management style might not be viewed favorably among some of the correctional staff, but the results speak for themselves. Encouraging lifers to take a more integral part, to help create a safer environment for everyone, should be viewed as a win-win situation.

Lifers are now being utilized in the orientation of newly arriving inmates in an effort to steer them away from the pitfalls of prison life. Encouraging and rewarding positive behavior is working at Roxbury. The proof is in the pudding.

Theodore Wiener, No. 153-037
Roxbury Correctional Institution

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