Thursday, August 17, 2017

Letters to the Editor

Monday, March 30, 2015

Dear Editor,

I am sorry, but I really must address the letter from my friend Mr. Joseph L. Koperna (Times News, Saturday March 21, "The plain truth about the Resurrection."

First, thank you, Joe, (if I may call you that) for your futile attempt to analyze the topic. However, I have a problem with six-dollar words since I was raised on a $1.98 vocabulary.

You see, that is the problem with folks today. Christianity is so simple, people say, "There's got to be more to it than that, especially in our technological age of today." (Hey ... I used a six-dollar word!)

Monday, March 30, 2015

Joseph, I used your letter, "The plain truth about the Resurrection," to the editor of the Times News on March 21 for our adult Sunday school discussion on March 22.

We too, cringe at the thought of all the damage inflicted throughout history by wars fought in the name of a religion. We strive for the same things we think you value peace and love for our neighbors.

We feel that Jesus did not want "religion," which he considers man-made. Our faith is thought to be offered to each of us freely, and more through the heart than the brain.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Dear Times News,

It may seem a little unusual for the pastor of one church to praise the congregation of another, but I cannot keep silent about the exceptional work being done at Zion United Church of Christ in Lehighton. They are doing many good things. But my recent experience with the Zion Opera Workshop was so outstanding, it deserves special mention and celebration.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Dear Editor:

As a concerned resident and taxpayer of Lansford I am making an appeal to all residents.

The Events Committee, which has three main volunteers, is trying its best to change Lansford to a positive community.

Due to lack of volunteers, event participation and financial support, they cannot have as many programs as they want.

So far, the committee has put on the following events: Halloween Party, Christmas in the Park, Breakfast with Santa, and Music in the Park. All the events are free to the children.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Dear Editor,

The action of a man who volunteers to die for his fellow creatures is universally regarded as noble. The extra claim not to have "really" died makes the whole sacrifice tricky and meretricious. (Thus, those who say Christ died for my sins; when he did not really "die" at all are making a statement that is false in its own terms.) Having no reliable or consistent witnesses to certify such an extraordinary claim, we are finally entitled to say that we have a right, if not an obligation, to respect ourselves enough to disbelieve the whole thing.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Is spring around the corner?

Nope, she's knocking at the door

With our list to clean the windows

And wash and wax the floor.

We must also check for cobwebs

In the corners of the wall

The spiders have been busy

Since they moved inside last fall.

Time to rid the house of clutter

Can't believe how much we've stored.

In our zeal to save for "later"

Seems that we've gone overboard.

Are there closets "overflowing"

With stuff from who knows when?

Should it go or should we keep it

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Old Man Winter is finally starting to loosen his grip on the area. It seemed like the neverending winter! Maybe it's my age, but I'm really looking forward to some warmer weather.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Dear Editor,

The president has been criticizing our country. His critics claim this proves that the president doesn't love America.

What does it mean to love one's country or church or school or friend?

This much is clear: It doesn't mean never criticizing these institutions and the people who control them. If that's a true test of love, a smaller and smaller share of Americans would pass.

Criticizing our institutions to help make them better and stronger is preferable to blind devotion.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Dear Editor,

Na Strovia is a toast from Russia meaning good luck.

We would be well-advised to know the language. Our nation has been moving in the direction of the communist countries for over a century. We have slipped and tripped through several socialist-leaning administrations.

There have been those who took state land and made it federal why? Along came "one world" Wilson, then the totally ineffective Hoover who was followed by the "king" FDR, who wanted to stack the Supreme Court by increasing its number from nine judges to 12.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Dear Editor,

Let it snow! If we don't hear these three words for another decade, it won't be any too soon. Holy Jupiter! (also called Jove). In ancient Rome, he was considered God of the heavens and weather. In modern society, if Jupiter was still in power, we'd wonder what's his problem? The snowflakes won't quit! It's an ultra-stubborn, hellish winter!

Everyone I talk to has had their appetite soured against snow and frigid weather. No wonder birds fly south for winter; they're smarter than people.