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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

January 10, 1993

Let It Be Written, Let It Be Read

Remember when the headline bellowed "God is Dead"?

It was the mid '60s and Beatle John Lennon had made an off-the-wall comment to the press that the Beatles' fame had gotten so great that they were more popular than God. Citizens everywhere were appalled by Lennon's comment and the newspapers' interpretation that Lennon suggested there is no God.

Yet, in 1962, we, the people of the United States, which was founded on freedom of religion, allowed the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in favor of atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair's quest for the removal of prayer in public schools.

Embarking into the year 1993, we take Rights v. Religion a step further.

Is it not enough that children in public schools cannot offer a collective thanks to the Lord and that all references to God have been stricken from public school ceremonies, such as graduations? Is it not enough that some schools systems, in fear of lawsuits, have ordered that Christmas parties shall be referred to as holiday parties? . . .

In support of Republican Sen. Larry Haines' legislative bills to halt the re-writing of our history so as to eliminate religious references let this be offered:

The first thing the Communists did in Russia after the revolution was to forbid religious references in any manner. Christmas was to be known as the Winter Holiday. There was to be no public reference to God. No comfort was offered to those Russians who attended worship as they were forced to stand during a service.

Now, it seems, we, the people of the United States, are standing idle as our government continues to take away one of our most precious freedoms. In the same manner in which the Pharaoh of Egypt strickened the name of Moses from the tongues of his subjects, textbook authors have begun to banish references to God.

In his year's long research of the circumstances, Senator Haines has found an overwhelming number of high school texts which have left out this important piece of America's heritage. For instance, Senator Haines says, one book entirely omits George Washington's reference to God in his farewell address . . .

Let's not do as the Egyptian Pharaoh did when he strickened Moses' name from his land. Instead, let it be written and let it be read.

Carmen Amedori

Westminster

Preserving Roots

This letter to the editor is written by a concerned Carroll countian. I must make it clear that the following statements are my own, not representing those of the Genealogical Society, the Historical Society or the library. The sentiments are from someone who hopes there is a chance that this community can come to the aid of the library, which will cut many Carroll County family histories and cemetery records from its shelves.

The retention of all of the resource materials at the Westminster Library's Genealogy Room is a benefit to the community. According to the National Genealogical Society, tracing of family history is "the second most popular hobby in the United States, out-ranked only by coin and stamp collecting." Since Carroll is so rich in history, no wonder we have so many researchers. . . .

Yes, these are very tough economic times we have in the county. But Carroll County's historical researchers, family history researchers, and the many visitors to this county will have to continue supporting those resources, if they are to be kept. The board asked the genealogical community to help the library by providing more volunteers who will staff the Davis Room and that the Carroll County Genealogical Society assist this role, both in a supervisory and economic role.

We need the community to say yes, we want to keep the Davis Room (Family History) and yes, we can find more help to assist the room. If you research in the Davis Room, we must get your signature in the visitors' book when you use the room (to gain a numerical representation of interest in genealogy for the community). If you can volunteer a few hours a week to keep the room open, please complete the volunteer application form found at the information desk at any branch of the county library. We must now staff the room 60 hours per week, instead of the 24.5 hours that was previously supplied by excellent and knowledgeable volunteers.

It was inspiring to see members of the genealogical community at the public meeting trying to save something that is so valuable to this community and to this county. I wish to thank all the concerned persons who wrote letters, sent faxes, signed the petitions and spoke to the board. I also want to say how much I appreciated the appearance of Mayor Benjamin Brown and Commissioners Elmer Lippy and Donald Dell at the recent meeting of the library Board of Trustees. The coverage given by the press was very thorough. All of these efforts showed the dedication of many citizens to this county. I believe that the library board now has a better idea of the importance of family history to many of us. . . .

Karen Dattilio

Westminster

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