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Letters to the Editor - Feb. 24

February 24, 2013

Arts aren’t the answer to ills of this world

To the editor:

I heard a local activities director on the news last week say that “the arts are the making of a community.” No offense to anyone, but I beg to differ with him. And in thus doing, may I ask him to consider the following questions, please:

Have they stopped the bickering amongst the leaders at City Hall? Have they stopped the possible showing of favoritism among the leaders as well? Have they stopped the acts of lying, stealing, cheating, conniving, scheming, gambling, and people abusing their bodies with booze and tobacco products?

Have they stopped the crime and the drug problems in this town? Have they stopped the worldliness from saturating our local churches? Have they stopped the ungodly personal lifestyles of the leaders who are supposed to be setting right examples for all of us? Have they stopped the pregnancy and the abortion rates? Have they stopped those who show disrespect to others?

It would take someone of a godly intent to admit that these social activities in the past, and in the present, have done very little, if anything, to eradicate the situations talked about in the questions. They just keep them covered over until the next time.

Man’s thoughts and ways have been the ruination of this country since the beginning of time, and it will only get worse as more and more people of all ages are getting more wrapped up in man’s wisdom, and the foolishness of this world than they are in the Lord, His will for their lives and in the word of God. We are doing nothing but inviting the wrath of God down upon us.

Nancy Martin
Hancock


BOE should not move to downtown Hagerstown

To the editor:

I’m a 71-year-old country fellow who was never considered the sharpest knife in the drawer. But, I don’t think that I have to be a genius to figure out very quickly that moving the Board of Education offices to downtown Hagerstown is not a good idea.

My common sense alone tells me this would definitely be a wrong move. Common sense should also be telling our elected city officials the same thing.

I strongly believe that BOE employees should be objecting to any consideration to relocating their jobs to downtown Hagers-town. Why should they be made the guinea pigs in another futile attempt at trying to revitalize the downtown area?

County and city taxpayers should be up in arms also over the tax dollars that will be wasted on meetings, discussions, advisory task forces, etc.

BOE employees are definitely entitled to a new building with new offices. But, just as the ball stadium needs to stay at its present location, so should the Board of Ed.

The idea of relocating the BOE downtown does not even merit consideration. Certainly our elected officials have more important things to care about. There’s a lot more to Hagerstown than the downtown.

George S. Coyle
Hagerstown


Statists have promoted gun ownership more than NRA

To the editor:

Liberals don’t like guns in the hands of free, law-abiding Americans. It runs counter to their command-and-control style of big government. By now, that should be obvious to everyone. It is something most gun owners have certainly figured out some time ago. Consider the following report from Guns and Ammo.

The writer makes the chilling observation, “I’ve never seen anything like it. This isn’t a society stocking up on certain guns because they fear they may be banned. This is a society preparing for war. Barack Obama, Dianne Feinstein and the rest of the Statists have done more to promote gun ownership than the NRA ever did.”

This triggers an insight. Something long ago, infringing on the rights and privileges on this nation’s citizens, backfired badly costing thousands of lives from poisoning and by so doing created opportunities for criminals in illegal sales, smuggling, extortion and protection. Our government ramped it up and focused many enforcement agencies to uphold the “amended laws.”

Yes, in January of 1920, the 18th Amendment (prohibition) was ushered in, and swept out 13 years later as an abject failure by the 21st Amendment. Is there a lesson for us today? Maybe that instituting a radical control on its citizens will cause more problems than any of our intuitive legislators could have imagined and bargained for.

Do you really think our elected representatives or the Commander in Chief are the anointed ones and have all the answers?

John Benisek
Williamsport

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