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Letters to the Editor- Dec. 22

December 22, 2012

Killing of innocent children can’t be explained

To the editor:

At 89 years of age, this is among the worst unbelievable acts of evil that has happened in my lifetime. I’m a World War II veteran with terrible combat experiences, but this senseless killing of these innocent, beautiful small children just can’t be explained and just is so hard to accept.

I love our freedom in this country, but we need to look very hard at what can be done to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening again. We need to beef up security at schools for one thing, without question.

We need new laws now to prevent folks from buying assault guns like the one used in this tragedy.

This is so heartwrenching. We must do something to prevent this from happening again.

Jack Myers
Hagerstown


How far do Second Amendment rights go?

To the editor:
Does the Second Amendment supersede the Declaration of Independence’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? I think not.
 
Cynthia J. Shank
Hagerstown


Banner year for tourism should be applauded

To the editor:
Wow. What a year for Washington County and the tourism industry. I think everything that could go right did go right. I attended the recent meeting and was tremendously impressed by the success of the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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Lodging tax paid by all the visitors to our area is up over 10 percent from 2011. Hotel occupancy was up 10.7 percent and revenue increased. The CVB attended 30 trade shows to promote our area and worked with more than 140 groups, which helped generate more than 32,000 room nights. They sent out more than 80,000 visitor guides in response to requests. This number alone amazes me, and it was in response to advertising marketing and the efforts on the website. The redesigned website generated hundreds of thousands of hits, and all that was accomplished with a balanced budget and an efficient and low-cost administrative expense.

Mr. (Tom) Riford and his team should be congratulated. Well done.

I encourage everyone to visit the website at www.marylandmemories.org 

John Louderback
Hagerstown


Scientific evolution requires no allegiance to God

To the editor:
Quick, somebody call the ACLU. We have a violation of the law that calls for the separation of church and state set forth by the United States Supreme Court.

Our public schools and colleges are teaching the religion of scientific evolution. Any public school or college that teaches about the origin of life is a religion. Why? The origin of life determines what we believe about life itself. Do we have a moral code to live by? Do we believe in the dictates of our particular God, whom we believe brought us into existence?

The religion of scientific evolution teaches that accountability means you can eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow you die. I believe that this is the moral code of behavior for this religion, created by their god called Mystical Force, which is the religion of scientific evolution. Where did this god come from? Your guess is as good as mine.

I’m sure the ACLU will remedy this violation of the law quickly. After all, they don’t want any religion taught about any god in our public schools. This is the American way now — to protect our children from having to give allegiance to a God they don’t believe in. Amen. No wonder we have abortions and same-sex marriages — no accountability to their god called Mystical Force.

Charles Gower
Martinsburg, W.Va.

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