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Letters to the Editor - Dec. 24

December 23, 2012

Parents must be responsible for their children

To the editor:

After the latest tragic shooting, I have read with interest how everyone is saying the government is to blame or the NRA is to blame. The blame game has been going on for generations. I believe it is time to state the truth.

Parents, you are responsibe for your children. From the moment they are born, it is your job to teach your son or daughter right from wrong. It is your job to teach them to take responsibility for their actions. It is your job to help guide them through the problems they will encounter and to respect others. It is an awsome job, but it is one you took on when you decided to have them.

Do you know their friends? Do you know the families of their friends? Have you kept the lines of communication open with your children?

If you answered no to any of these questions, who are you blaming? This is not a job for a coward. It is time to step up to the role of parenting. Their lives may depend on it.

Linda Carpenter
Waynesboro, Pa.


Library says thanks to fundraiser participants

To the editor:

The Shepherdstown Public Library would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the discussion participants, donors and sponsors who participated in the fundraising event “The One You Feed.”

The library and the Jefferson County Development Authority hosted the Dec. 5 evening, featuring “The One You Feed,” a book self-published by Victoria Horton. The book was the object of discussion by Ms. Horton and eight young people from the community. The purpose of the book is to provide an opportunity to help restore the relationship and connectedness among generations. Each conversation is centered on a human character trait or emotion, such as regret, attitude, courage, disappointment, faith, loyalty and trust. A short story provides the setting for the open-ended, follow-up questions, each of which is followed by a few of the most cogent quotes ever produced by humankind.

For the fundraiser, which raised over $4,000, Ms. Horton donated 75 books; the Bavarian Inn provided wine and a beautiful spread of appetizers; and Chef Scott Anderson from Shepherd University offered a stunning variety of Wisconsin cheeses. The book is available for purchase at the library.

Hali Taylor, director
Shepherdstown Public Library

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