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Letters to the Editor - July 28

July 28, 2013

America is ‘a house divided’

To the editor:

Can America survive the war within? Talk about a divided country. Have Americans ever been so polarized in just about every area as they are today? And it’s not just differences of opinion where we agree to disagree. The militancy grows more aggressive every day with every issue. The Democrats vehemently oppose the Republicans; the minorities, the whites; the union members, the nonunions; the atheists, the Christians; the Progressives, the tea party; and on and on it goes. 

Jesus said that “a house divided against itself cannot stand.”  And take a look at how rapidly the structure of our nation is deteriorating. 

The attitudes of people are so hostile toward their neighbors, their elected representatives, even some family members, that they have no patience for anyone who disagrees with their point of view. The disparity prevents important decisions being made within the governing bodies for the general good of the majority of the people. Even within the top levels of leadership in our country, there are serious issues that promote distrust.  Where does that leave the citizens when the actions of their leaders work to weaken the foundations of the nation?

With the efforts of a powerful minority to remove religion, or at least the Christian religion, from the public arena, the ability of the Word of God to tame the primal attitudes of restless souls is lost and the true nature of man governs his actions. 

That which was the law of the land is altered to accommodate the desires of a few to the detriment of many. The foundations that have been strong for decades are crumbling under the weight of immoral practices, and America — land of the free and home of the brave — is that no longer. The tyranny of the unjust is eroding the moral strength of our nation, causing division that will ultimately bring about its collapse. Only a changed heart in man can alter the direction of our country.  But without God, that change is not possible.

D.L. Staggers
Hagerstown


Blindness group thanks those who supported fundraisers

To the editor:

On behalf of the Curing Retinal Blindness Foundation, our family would like to thank those in the community who have supported our recent fundraising efforts. The inaugural Dining in the Dark and Knock Blindness Out of the Park events were tremendously successful due to the overwhelming support of event sponsors, volunteers, participants, friends and family.  The events were fun and unique, and helped to raise funds for research. Each event also raised awareness about blindness, living with blindness and blind athletics.

Our foundation is working closely with top researchers, doctors and scientists on retinal gene replacement therapy.  Scientific knowledge and research technologies are advancing at a remarkable rate, and the challenge is generating the revenue to leverage them into treatments and cures. That is the ultimate goal of our foundation, to raise the revenue needed. Additionally, not only is this knowledge going to help the children of our organization, it is also poised to help those with numerous other eye conditions including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and more.

It lifts our family’s spirits to have such great community support and involvement with us on this journey, and it is truly appreciated.

Melissa Russ and family
Waynesboro, Pa.

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