Real definition of wasted vote
Again, The Herald has shown its stupidity. In a recent editorial about Ralph Nader, The Herald asked the question: Why waste a vote on such a candidate? Now I will ask a question of The Herald editorial board: Why don't you people take a long walk on a short pier? The only wasted vote is the vote that is not cast.
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Christians in Iraq are persecuted
On the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War, Christians in Iraq are one of several minority groups suffering because of the war. Last week, Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Mosul was found buried in a shallow grave a couple of weeks after he was kidnapped and held for ransom. His driver and two guards also were killed in that attack.
There have been many other kidnappings and violent acts against Christians and church property in Iraq. The motivation for these attacks may be either religious, to drive away ethnic minorities, or economic, to extort ransom from powerless neighbors.
In January, two churches in Kirkuk, four in Baghdad, and three Chaldean and Assyrian churches in Mosul were bombed, some for the second or third time. Last June the Archbishop's secretary and three companions were shot dead in the same church. A Syrian Orthodox priest who had been kidnapped in Mosul in 2006 was brutally murdered.
An elder of the Presbyterian Church in Mosul was kidnapped and killed in December 2006. His family took refuge in Jordan and is waiting for long-delayed U.S. visas.
Five years ago the Christian population was estimated to be 800,000 to one million. Perhaps half of the Iraqi Christian families have been displaced: the majority to Syria, fewer to Jordan, and some to "safer" areas in northern Iraq.
Iraqi Christians request our prayers as we observe Holy Week and Easter. Presbyterians invite the ecumenical community to join with Iraqi Christians in prayers daily at noon until security and peace return to their country, remembering to include the U.S. military and civilians stationed in Iraq.
Providence Presbytery Mission Committee
School visit was reassuring
All of us have heard that our schools lack discipline and the education of our children is lacking. Some people like me, who finished high school more than 50 years ago, who have no children now in school and no grandchildren in the area, have little information to dispute what we hear.
Dr. Rion Rutledge and I share a hobby in retirement and enjoy working on and driving our five model A Fords. Recently, we were invited to talk to four classes of fifth-graders at Ebinport School about our cars and the times in which they were built, 1929-1931. The classes were studying the Great Depression under the guidance of Mrs. Keeling and Mrs. Pittelko.
What we found was contrary to the depressing reports of our education system. The school was secure, having limited access. The teachers were in control of their students as they walked quietly down the halls in single file, stopping at each intersection for instruction from their teacher to proceed. The students had great enthusiasm, yet were polite and inquisitive about the cars and times. It was a very good experience for us, and I think they enjoyed the learning experience also.
The classes sent us a thank-you note folder filled with student's art work depicting our cars and individual statements of appreciation for our being there. We were impressed with the creativeness of the students' work.
As a high school student, I drove a school bus to Ebinport, and, a few years later, my dad taught there. My fond memories of the school have been enhanced by our recent visit. My confidence in our school system is firm. Great job!