Letters to the Editor - June 21, 2013
Mother Nature also has a say
Regarding the News-Register article on May 21, “Floodplain issue resolved,” I’m reassured that Yamhill County is in good graces with FEMA, now that the map lines have been redrawn to move the South Yamhill River floodway.
Now, if only we could be sure that Mother Nature is on board with this administrative solution to a geographic reality.
Some at Hillside don’t object
Regarding the article in the News-Register’s June 14 edition, “Hillside residents object to sports facilities:”
The residents who provided the information for the article do not speak for all Hillside residents. There are others, including myself, who do not object to the Nazarene Church on the Hill’s construction of a sports facility on their property.
God’s word calls it a sin
Does the word of God not mean anything to ministers these days? I found it shocking to read that the First Baptist minister, Rev. Harrop, would condone same-sex marriage. This is totally against God’s word, which makes it “not possible.”
It doesn’t matter which sin someone is doing — if it’s a sin according to the word of God, then you shouldn’t be doing it. When churches start to go with the flow of society, it is going against the Bible. The world becomes immoral, which is what we are living in now.
Christians are not against those who are homosexuals; they are against the lifestyle. Yes, God loves everyone, but he doesn’t love some of our choices. God calls homosexuality a sin in very clear terms, so it isn’t logical that He “made” someone that way.
Lifestyles are a choice we make, no matter who we choose for a partner. God’s word tells us about the use of money, respect and how to live a moral life. The Bible is the only book you need to succeed. He is very clear about the consequences if we ignore his teachings.
If young people see ministers going against the word of God, what chance do they have of learning his word? If you think God will not judge you in the end, then it is clear you have not read His word.
Churches need to welcome sinners into their churches and preach against sin, not condone and bless it. God gave us free will. What we do with it will determine whether we have eternal life or not.
So why hasn’t the paper been slammed with letters about this article? Because the “silent” Christians are too afraid of what someone will think about them. Believe His word and don’t worry about it.
It amazes me that ideas of homeschooling still include the false assumption these students lack social skills (Readers’ Forum, June 14, “Public schools more diverse”).
I speak from experience, having raised three children who attended and graduated from public schools. I’ve also worked in two McMinnville district elementary schools and have homeschooled the last eight years.
Homeschoolers have often spent countless hours volunteering, tending 4-H animals and attending meetings, babysitting for local organizations that meet during the day, interacting with Linfield students and music professors, and generally meeting and working with people one wouldn’t necessarily meet at recess or in the cafeteria.
They’re on robotic Lego teams, soccer and baseball teams, participate in youth symphonies, ballet performances, Gallery Theater productions, have part-time jobs, and often attend cooperatives of learning where they work with adults and children from all walks of life.
Children can, and do, learn social skills in a variety of environments outside a traditional classroom.
I believe Mr. Mason may have a change of opinion regarding socialization if he actually met the Cooksey children, who are articulate, intelligent, personable and funny. They reflect the very best of the homeschool community.
Socialization occurs at home
Mr. Mason’s letter (Readers’ Forum, June 14) contained several false assumptions.
One definition of socialization is being placed under control of government. But most consider it as having the skills to interact with a variety of people in a variety of circumstances. Public schools provide little variety in either.
Because of our flexible schedules, homeschoolers receive better socialization than your average public school student.
The letter writer assumed that homeschooling parents fear that ideas and practices will contaminate their children. Actually, homeschooling parents teach awareness of other religions, races, etc., and how to analyze them. We discuss why people hold their views and why we hold our views. Virtues we develop early, without peer pressure, will stand when tested.
Most work is done individually, not in groups. You have a boss and coworkers, but tasks are mostly individual or with the public. We have already started in the business world. My sister is a substitute for a receptionist; my brother, my sister and I have all started our own businesses. We also have worked with migrant workers on farms. People skills, once learned, are useful for dealing with anyone.
He also erroneously assumed that homeschoolers receive only intergenerational socialization. We interact with a variety of people daily. We interact with deliverymen, repairmen and salesmen that come to our door. We all interact at grocery stores, barbershops, repair shops, banks, restaurants, etc. We have volunteered at the soup kitchen and with Meals on Wheels, and we visit retirement homes.
We have traveled to 17 states and seven countries, gone on three cruises and visited many state and national parks. In all these ways, we receive extensive socialization with many people of different races, ethnicities, national origins, religions and sexual preferences. The proof is in the pudding.
P.J. Morrissey, age 13
Appalled at sanctifying sin
I’m writing about the article on gay marriage (News-Register, June 7, “At the altar, one journey ends and another begins”). As a Christian, I believe in God’s word. God gave us his word to follow as a moral guide.
People will always sin — all of us. Jesus gave us his church for a refuge from wordly sin — a great forgiveness, if we ask.
I was appalled at this article. I wonder where we shall go if the churches themselves are proclaiming a blessing on the sin itself.