Letters to the Editor - Dec. 26

December 25, 2012

Donations to heritage project will be tripled

To the editor:

During this season of giving, we are humbled by an offer from a supporter to triple donations given by others to support the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership.

This remarkably generous and kind donor wishes to remain anonymous, but wrote to us: “The Journey is a National Treasure. No doubt about it. It has exceeded every dream that I, as a donor, ever dreamed of. I know these are difficult economic times for many donors. To that effect, I would like to offer a challenge because without sufficient funds, we will have to cut back, and there is not one effort I see curtailing! So for every dollar a person is able to give, I will give two more. Two for one. I hope this gives incentive for people to reach deep into their pockets and give even more than they might have.”

Donations help students develop an appreciation for the past and responsibility for the future through our nationally award-winning “Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student” service learning program and our Extreme Journey summer camp. The support also underwrites the Living Legacy Project, a bold initiative that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War by planting or dedicating a tree for each of the 620,000 soldiers who died during one of the most defining periods in American history. 

In addition to our educational programs that civically engage students in our shared heritage, we work everyday to create programs to support and sustain our historic Main Street businesses and working landscapes; we work everyday to improve the quality of life for every citizen as we honor those who gave their lives to give us our country. If, by chance, you were considering a gift to support these programs, we would be thrilled to see your gift tripled in size through this remarkable act of kindness. Then your gift of $10 will become $30; your gift of $100 will immediately become $300; your gift of $1,000 will become $3,000; and so on. We truly appreciate and value the support of all our partners and donors who allow us to continue this important work.

Cate Magennis Wyatt, president
Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership

We must be true to the principles of our faith

To the editor:

None of us would have a fullness of liberties and blessings without the “American Excellence” we especially enjoy as citizens of the United States of America.

However, as our world changes all around us, there are fewer folks who believe in faith-based justice, compassion and respect for human dignity. Further, the continued erosion of family and faith even has prompted some lost souls to join gangs for the counterfeit feeling of belonging to something that will give them purpose, security and a sense of belonging.

Far too many of us do not understand or even believe that our founding fathers knew that religion always should be a foundational principle of our beliefs and behavior. These fathers of our liberty knew that morality does not exist without faith. They testified that faith was and is an essential ingredient of good governance and human happiness.

George Washington, in his farewell address, warned us that, “... Reason and experience both forbids us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. ... It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring to popular government.”

Regarding our individual rights and liberty, Harold B. Lee, former president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, taught that, “... we seek to build the individual and we must not mistake the scaffolding of the soul.”

All of us should and must seek out and be true to the principles of our faith. We must dare to be different from those who lack faith (and hope).

During this Christmas holiday season and especially throughout our lives, let us be bold in our testimony of Jesus Christ as the central focus of ourselves and our patrimony.

Merry Christmas!

Del. Larry D. Kump, R-Berkeley/Morgan
Falling Waters, W.Va.

We must model honesty and integrity for our children

To the editor:

In response to Murray Deutchman’s letter of Dec. 10 (“Does the word ‘nothing’ come to mind?”), I wish to thank Murray for expressing what most of us have probably been feeling for a long while.

“What can we as citizens do about the ‘state’ of world affairs?” “Nothing” is what most of us answer and honestly believe. Murray then listed what seems to be the most frightening and current world problems: Iran’s plans for a nuclear bomb, the Israeli and  Palestinian conflicts, the possibility of chemical weapons in Syria, the impending fiscal cliff in our own country, and the list goes on ...

Can we do nothing to create peace on earth? Solving problems of this magnitude and believing that peace is ever possible is understandably not the collective belief in today’s world. And yet, we sing and pray for “Peace On Earth,” especially during the Christmas season.

Remember the hymn, “Let There Be Peace On Earth?” The refrain is “and let it begin with me.” The prayer in this hymn is to create  peace within: peace at home, as a parent, in business, in public service, in the classroom, on the football field, in Congress, in communications with one another, and the list goes on. Are we, as parents, ministers, teachers, congressmen and women, businessmen and women, doctors and people around the world, modeling honesty, integrity and peace for our children? We can start with that ... and make the choice for peace on earth. Doing “nothing” is also a choice. Where does that leave our children?

Sharon Berbert
Hustontown, Pa.

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