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Letters to the Editor- April 4

April 03, 2013

Mayor needs to bone up on history

To the editor:

Mayor David Gysbert’s insensitive and irresponsible remark about clearing out old buildings and lamenting that we don’t have a war to do the job suggests he must not know that war not only clears out old buildings (see the fire bombing of Dresden during World War II), but also kills anyone living in those buildings. He says this to German teenagers who are from the most pacifist country on the planet.
But Mayor Gysberts, who happens to be the mayor of a city with a long tradition of history and the importance of history to its citizens, almost reminds me of Rip Van Winkle, who slept for 20 years and was surprised when he woke up that the country had changed. Maybe the mayor should visit the Miller House for an update.

Ronald L. Ballard
Hagerstown


Board of Education should move downtown

To the editor:

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Seems like a no-brainer to have the Washington County Board of Education move downtown. One would assume that the board would respect the fact that the city and county are partners. Hagerstown is the county seat, isn’t it? Most of the county’s administrative offices are downtown. Certainly downtown businesses would thrive on all the potential additional revenue generated by the move. I am sure the city can make the numbers work for the BOE.
The board is negotiating for a location out of town and ready to feed the coffers of an out-of-area property owner. Whatever the cost difference may be, I feel quite confident both sides could sit down and work out an agreeable solution to both sides.

Jim Colombo
Hagerstown


As our owner, God calls the shots

To the editor:

When you own something, whether a car, a house or a business, you have the right to do with it as you choose. You can change the color of the car, remodel the home and run the business your way. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
Well, what if there really is an almighty creator, God, who made it clear in his word, the Bible, that the world and everything in it was made for him and by him; he owns it all. And as the owner, he decided how it was to be run. He set forth many do’s and dont’s so that his people would know how best to function in an orderly society, and how to behave with one another so as to live in harmony. 
Commanding them to “be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth,” he gave instructions on how to interact with each other so the needs of both the man and woman could be met. He established the sanctity of the family unit: husband, wife and children, with the man as the protector/provider and the wife the nurturer, in an environment for children to embrace the unique qualities of both parents. As their maker, he knew their individual strengths and weaknesses and how they could complement each other. He encouraged them to give him first place and he would guide and provide what they needed to live happy, productive lives.
But, like the misuse of any invention, deviating from the original design only causes dysfunction. When man put himself in place of God, rejecting his ways and making his own rules, he created disharmony and despair. God’s warnings for disobedience went unheeded, bringing his wrath and judgment upon the people.
Turning from his righteous ways, they were unable to find happiness and fulfillment in the sad world they’d created. Knowing they could not save themselves, he provided the only way of escape. But only a few would recognize their desperate need and come to him. The rest remain in disbelief and rebellion, sealing their own fate. His grace is offered to all, but many reject the only way to life. He is the rightful owner and will exercise his rights and none can hinder him.
                           
D. L. Staggers
Hagerstown


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