Letters to the Editor - May 13

May 13, 2013

What if media coverage were 100 percent liberal?

To the editor:

What would the newspaper and television coverage of the political scene be like if instead of being just 90 percent with the liberal slant, it was 100 percent?

There would no longer be a place for programming like you find on Fox News. You would believe that our president had already been crowned king. The country would be portrayed as in a state of constant crisis requiring the intervention of Washington. The Wolf Blitzers of CNN would lament about why there is the need for a law to prevent white rubber ducks from being in children’s bathtubs because it is a racial affront. Chris Matthews of MSNBC would give full coverage to the suspicion that his shiver down his liberal leg was the works of the tea party. And the lack of today’s economic activity and 8 percent unemployment would be traced to the Newt Gingrich Congress of 1996. Yes, there would be a subscribing public to all this “breaking news.”

The American public has become so accustomed to the desecration of the conservative thought that they believe that opposing gay marriage is tantamount to criminal intent. And opposition to free “morning after” pills is against the civil rights of those sleepovers of swingers. Conservatism has been portrayed by the media as nothing less than the “radical right-wing nut cases,” and should be ignored as representing the real public. They have been fed a long line of untruths just to make their anti-Christian stance acceptable to the growing secular America.

Progressive rhetoric leaves the lips of Democrats, who try to tell you that taxation and regulation is the answer to everything. In my opinion, they have lost sight of the principles that made America great.

Ned A. Garrett

Gen. Robert E. Lee understood the value of prayer

To the editor:

Maybe the “silence” Bill Kohler finds so satisfying (Page B1, May 8) is because more people are occupied today with prayer than with shouting about the Jason Collins issue. If they are not, maybe this letter will help get them started. You see, Collins, our president, his wife and even some of our own church leaders would have America walk through the “wide gate” where the road is broad, but leads to destruction.” (Matthew 7:13-14). That is why I urge us to pray.

The type of prayer, intercessory prayer, is “a Christian’s mightiest weapon.” That comes from a quote spoken April 8, 1864 by Gen. Robert E. Lee, who also said, “the greatest contribution our people can make in this critical hour is to take time to pray — to really pray.”

Lee urged, “Let there be prayer at sunup, at noonday, at sundown, at midnight — all through the day.” (The Catholic churches in our area have joined to make that happen in a chapel next to St. Maria Goretti High School.) If other Christian churches are doing this, too, please make it known so others can join.

Lee urged his men to pray for themselves, that they might not lose the word “concern” out of their Christian vocabulary. He also told his soldiers to pray for the nation. (St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Williamsport prays The Patriotic Rosary every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. In that prayer, each state is prayed for individually, and every soul in that state. The prayer also includes praying for the president, the Supreme Court,  Congress, and state and local leaders. Five patriotic songs are sung throughout the prayer. All are welcomed for prayer and song.)

Lee asked his soldiers, and I ask those willing to pray, please “pray for our children, our youth, our aged, our pastors, our homes, as well as our churches. And finally pray for those who have never known Jesus Christ and his redeeming love.”

“Let prayer be our passion. Let prayer be our practice,” Lee said.

Patricia A. Patterson
Falling Waters, W.Va.

Jeffrey Evans is best choice in Pa. judge race

To the editor:

On May 21, voters in Franklin and Fulton counties, will have the opportunity to cast their ballots in the primary election for the next Judge of the Court of Common Pleas. I am asking that you join me in voting for Jeffrey S. Evans.

Jeff is hands down the most experienced of the three candidates. He has been a practicing attorney in Waynesboro for 23 years. That’s more experience practicing law than the other two candidates combined — experience that includes all types of criminal, civil, domestic relations, real estate, corporate and municipal cases.

Prior to opening his own law firm in 2002, Jeff was a managing partner in the firm of Toms and Evans. Jeff knows what it takes to own and successfully operate a small business. He also serves as solicitor to a number of local municipalities and boards. That’s the real-world, well-rounded and courtroom-tested experience that we deserve from our judges. His domestic relations work has earned him national and international acclaim for his involvement in the Kalli Atteya child abduction case. 

Jeff believes deeply in the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the rule of law. He does not believe in judicial activism. Quite simply, he believes that legislating is best left to Congress and the General Assembly. Jeff is deeply committed to his family and local community. In addition to being a devoted husband and father of two, Jeff is active in Boy Scouts, youth baseball and his church, where he serves on the council. 

Because of these reasons, I am casting my ballot for Jeffrey S. Evans on May 21. Please join me in doing the same. Jeff will appear on both the Republican and Democratic ballots.  For more information, visit  

David B. Mackley
Waynesboro, Pa.

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