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January 15, 2002
Letters to the Editor 1/15 Attending church isn't enough To the editor: According to the Bible, a Christian is a person who has admitted that he is a sinner and has trusted in the sinless life and sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus Christ to pay for those sins. This is certainly not the definition Mrs. Harold H. Jacobs used in her Jan. 10 letter. Apparently she believes the myth that America is a "Christian nation" and therefore anyone who lives in America and does not espouse another religion is a Christian.
November 15, 1999
Hell House is about love To the editor: This is in response to Tim Rowland's Hell House article. Rowland is correct in saying our message is a worthy one, however, he fails to get the big picture of what Hell House stands for. Hell House is a group of area churches, who were willing to drop denominational titles and theological differences, in the hopes of improving our community. These churches stand united in the belief of the truth of God's word. Romans 6:23 says that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
By GEORGE MICHAEL | December 23, 2011
My wife and I had the privilege of hearing a masterful presentation of Handel's “Messiah” last week at the Kennedy Center. The soloists were solid, the University of Maryland Concert Choir did a splendid job, the musicians from the National Symphony were excellent, as to be expected, and the enthusiastic standing ovation with two curtain calls at the end gave witness to the great impact of the performance. It made me wonder if Handel ever considered that we would still be listening to his masterpiece 270 years after it was first performed.
By TERRY MATTINGLY / Scripps Howard News Service | July 11, 2010
The Southern Baptist Convention has passed scores of blunt resolutions in recent decades urging America's leaders to reject the sexual revolution and defend marriage as the sacred union of one man and one woman. But something different happened during this summer's convention. In a jolting statement on the divorce crisis, leaders from America's largest non-Catholic flock looked in the mirror and decided that their own sins were just as bad as everyone else's sins. "Studies have indicated that conservative Protestants ... are divorcing at the same rate, if not at higher rates, than the general population," stated the resolution, which passed unanimously.
By TIM ROWLAND | April 12, 2009
Porn and prayer. What a conflicted week for the University of Maryland. First came porn. A campus showing of a Triple X movie was temporarily canceled after a Maryland state senator threatened to punish the state's flagship university by cutting school funding. Next came prayer. The University Senate, citing sensitivity issues, voted to eliminate the invocation from graduation ceremonies. So what if, like me, you are in favor of both? Does that make you a porn again Christian?
June 5, 2007
Thanks, Herald-Mail, for sending my son to national spelling bee To the editor: My son Damien was sponsored by The Herald-Mail Co. for the national spelling bee and I wanted to say a big "thank you" for the tremendous experience you gave us. Though it was Damien's knowledge of words that sent him to the Nationals, it was the sponsorship of The Herald Mail that made it possible. Not only did he get to compete with 285 other spellers, he also got to learn a little history of our Nation's Capital.
by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | December 15, 2006
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A "sin" tax on sales of beer, wine and liquor in West Virginia is one of several options being explored to help offset spiraling regional jail bills that Eastern Panhandle leaders said Thursday total more than $6 million each year for the tri-county region. "There's no doubt it's a huge burden on the county's budget," Jefferson County Commissioner Dale Manuel said. Jefferson County's annual bill for incarcerating people at Eastern Regional Jail in Martinsburg is more than $2 million.
by CANDICE BOSELY | September 1, 2004 INWOOD, W.VA. - Alecia Knupp loves West Virginia, especially its family values and rural character, but said she fears the state could continue to be fodder for stereotypical T-shirts if changes are not made. She gave as an example an adult store that opened recently next to Bunker Hill (W.Va.) Elementary School. It's no wonder, she said, that Abercrombie & Fitch sells a T-shirt that depicts two goofy-looking children sitting in a kiddie pool.
July 23, 2003
It was the end of a long day when I pulled my old pickup up to the pump at Sheetz on Potomac Avenue in Hagerstown. On the other side was an unattended car with the stereo on full blast, the thumping beat punctuated with a string of obscenities. It was the kind of thing that has made some evenings at Greenbrier State Park lake less than pleasant, as some visitors not satisfied with the sounds of nature have substituted amplified boom-box fare instead. And not gospel tunes, either.
by KEVIN CLAPP | June 9, 2002 A year ago, Brian White met with 30 men and women who were on the cusp of retirement. He talked to them about fitness and remaining active. Many questioned the need to keep fit. White, a health fitness instructor at City Hospital's Wellness Center in Martinsburg, W.Va., asked if they intended to slip into a sedentary lifestyle once life in the workaday world ended. Of the 30, one took up a fitness routine and stuck with it. The exchange represents yet another salvo in the ongoing war between fitness and obesity.
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