I am writing in reply to Dellmer Mouse’s letter
where he expresses his belief that the election
result is the final piece of the puzzle, signaling
the return of Jesus Christ and the fall of
all sinners. Mr. Mouse’s letter isn’t backed up
by any scientific fact or realistic historical
record, only his own personal interpretation of
a few lines of scripture. The lines quoted have
been interpreted, re-interpreted and twisted
over the years by a variety of people, warning
of an upcoming apocalypse.
Recently we have seen predictions of the
world’s end from religious leaders, one claiming
to have deciphered a code within the Bible
that told of the rapture. His prediction failed
not once, twice, not three times but more than
Does Mr. Mouse not realize that war, murder,
sickness, natural disasters and all associated
violence have been part of history since
the formation of this planet? The disasters we
face today often pale in comparison to prehistoric
changes that took place on planet Earth
some causing mass extinctions and bottle
necking human evolution. To then suggest
that President Obama’s re-election is a further
sign of impending doom is laughable.
He then cites the current state of Israel as a
sign of the end times. Israel has struggled as a
nation for many, many years. The geographic
location of Israel would lead anyone to believe
that they will struggle in the future as well,
unless an entire shift of thought in the Middle
East garnishes a less violent approach to
Instead of assuming that the world is ending
and certain people will be, “raptured” up into
the heavens a better approach is to focus on
what we can do to create a better world. Social
justice, living more in harmony with our natural
environment, investing in science and
technology, and acting out of tolerance
towards those whom are different than we are
— appear to me like a better approach than
simply throwing in the towel and waiting for
some imaginary ticket to the stars.
The world isn’t ending Mr. Mouse. Most of
the problems that you cited could easily be
solved by practicing compassion toward others,
treating the natural environment with
care and respect and realizing that no real
solution to any problem comes at the barrel of
I am writing in reply to Dellmer Mouse’s letter
It’s a secret
Could someone enlighten us about why not even the names of the two entities bidding on development of the Footer Dye Works building can be divulged?
A Times-News article about the bids included an explanation from a lawyer for the attorney general’s office about the need to keep the names and other information secret at this time. Despite that, the logic of not divulging at least a little more information escapes us.
What do we do about those who weren’t criminals after all?
Now that Maryland has become the 17th state to (finally) decriminalize possession of marijuana, one could say that the legislature and governor should be patted on the back for doing the right thing.
The first step
If all goes as planned, Frostburg State University will one day offer a doctorate in nursing, a physician’s assistant program and a new health sciences building on campus.
Translations differ, but the message is eternal
This letter is in response to a recent letter titled “One cannot compromise on God’s word” (April 13 Times-News). I had previously written a letter titled “Why are compromises so difficult to achieve” (April 7).
Closing the loopholes will help clear the regulatory waters
After a decade of uncertainty over Clean Water Act jurisdiction following Supreme Court challenges in 2001 and 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers announced a forthcoming administrative rule to close enforcement loopholes, restoring protections to 20 million acres of wetlands, more than half the nation’s streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans.
Remember where your freedom comes from before criticizing
The deal at Fort Hood could have been avoided if it was caught in time.
When you think a GI is not acting right, have him or her checked out before you put them back on duty and give them a weapon. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a serious and dangerous problem if it is not taken care of right away.
Where to look
Drive anywhere in Maryland and it seems there is one highway construction project after another. While it is good to see our roads and bridges being upgraded, it can be nerve-wracking for anyone traveling a long distance.
Midterm elections give chance to return to American values
A movement has been started by veterans of our armed forces to get out the vote in 2014. That includes Coast Guard and Merchant Marine personnel for those not familiar with the history of both and their sacrifice. This is no small special interest group, but many millions of Americans who can have an enormous impact on the outcome of the November election if they all respond.
We’ve never been big fans of speed cameras, primarily for two reasons. First, because the cameras are not always accurate, and secondly because many jurisdictions seem to create revenue by installing cameras and issuing high numbers of speeding tickets.
Group wants status quo on Sunday hunting
Many Maryland residents have grown very concerned about two legislative bills that are arriving on the desk of Gov. Martin O’Malley after being approved by both the Senate and House chambers this session. With the governor’s possible signature of these bills into law, hunting would be allowed on certain state lands on Sundays — a day in the past reserved for rest and non-hunters to enjoy public lands.
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