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Letters to the Editor - Jan. 19

January 19, 2013

Stein’s views were very thought-provoking

To the editor:

On CBS television on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, Ben Stein asked a lot of questions. Among them, he asked when we as a country began worshipping celebrities and stopped worshipping God? I know a lot of kids who go to church but spend many more hours a week playing violent video games. This is wrong. Several years ago, I read what is probably the definitive book on the Columbine shooters. They were very into playing violent video games.

Stein pointed out the removal of God from school has been a gradual erosion. The Ten Commandments say, among other things, we should not kill. This has not been taught for decades. The result is many do not think it is wrong. If they are not taught that this is wrong, how do we expect them to know it is wrong? The results show some families are doing a poor job.

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There is much discussion in politics as to how we are going to regulate guns. In my opinion, the discussion goes the wrong way. We need to teach things like the sanctity of life at all levels.

I am no expert, but a parent and citizen, and am very concerned about how life has been progressing for at least the last two decades. How many more incidents like the one in Newtown, Conn., will have to happen until we take Stein’s remarks as needed?

Meredith Fouche
Sharpsburg


We must work together to fund school resource officers
 
To the editor:

In the wake of almost every tragedy in the United States, we seem to take certain steps out of the gate, but soon our concerns fade away. Our lives are busy, and families are having difficult enough times just making ends meet. A few weeks after the shooting in Newtown, Conn., I realized that this tragedy was different for me. It is not going away.

I have circulated a bill in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives calling on colleagues to help secure funding for resource officers in our elementary schools. So many of Pennsylvania’s schools are facing nightmare budget cuts, and even though school district leaders need and want resource officers, they simply can’t find money in their current budgets.

As a parent, as well as a state official, I have listened to testimony ranging from parent groups and teachers to law enforcement and school district administration. The overwhelming concern is concentrated within securing our schools and protecting our children.

I have been inspired by my colleagues from Pennsylvania. In conversations and meetings concerning school security, I have forgotten what political party I am speaking with. Instead, I have shared and listened to stories about our children, our experiences as parents and the importance of having safe communities and schools.

In Pennsylvania, lawmakers expect a lot from the citizens who pay their salary, benefits and retirement.

The same goes for Washington. I believe we are living through that certain moment in time when lawmakers either pay heed to the concerns of our families or they turn their backs for good.

If you share our concerns, please sign the petition to fund school resource officers in our elementary schools at www.pahouse.com/Haggerty.

Kevin Haggerty, D-Lackawanna
Pennsylvania House of Representatives


Letter writer challenged to a public debate

To the editor:

I challenge four of letter writer Andrew Williams’ recent statements.

1. “Fox News still has trouble admitting Obama won.” How can so many say what Fox covers, yet never watch any of three channels — Fox 5, FX and FXN? The latter has news until 7 p.m., but changes to commentary at 8. Remarkably valid straight news that covers the world well with both liberal and conservative guest experts. I watched President Obama win with speed and clarity on FXN.

2. “Most Democrats are well read.” Can anyone watching so many TV channels and reading only two newspapers (and apparently no magazines) be “well read?” Perhaps “widely informed?” Does reading only the New York Times and the Washington Post provide complete information to all Democrats? Moreover, I’ll bet more Republicans read both papers than Democrats. 

3. “I wonder if all Mallard Fillmore cartoons are equally absurd?” How can this be the letter writer’s first such cartoon? The Herald-Mail has run Mallard Fillmore for at least a decade.

4. “I challenge the accuracy of what the New York Times publishes to other newspapers.” The Times gives enormous advantages in covering all news. Times headlines and front-page stories are universally liberal, progressive and democratic. Columnist Paul Krugman is cited by liberals and conservatives alike for single-minded views on virtually every topic.

So I challenge Mr. Williams to a public debate on the accuracy of Fox News versus the Post, the Times and MSNBC — if The Herald-Mail will provide a hall, a qualified arbiter and attempt to attract an audience. I can be ready within 30 days.

David L. Woods
Hedgesville, W.Va.

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