Printed letters, January 10, 2014
Regarding the Jan. 4 article, “Gloomy Americans see a downhill slide in next four decades,” I would like to offer another perspective on the current generation of young people.
My comments are based on 30 years’ experience as a teacher that includes Head Start and G.E.D. classes, as well as many semesters at the college/university level here at CMU and at Texas A&M University.
During the past year, I have taught courses at CMU that include a required general education class for first-year students and sophomores and an elective upper-level class for juniors and seniors. My observations are identical for both levels of students.
The students support one another and work extremely well in teams and groups when focusing on a common objective. Over the course of the semester, they have built camaraderie and a sense of community. They are creative and proficient with technology. In my classes, students give presentations at the ends of the semesters, and they are consistently lively and fun and smart and informative.
In the general education class, most of the guys decided, on their own, to dress up for the presentations, and in they came with suits, vests and ties, snappy shirts and jackets, even haircuts. Some students asked permission to invite family members.
They care about the world around them. Projects in both classes required interaction with nonprofits, governmental agencies and businesses in the community. One individual at a nonprofit organization profiled by several students commented to me, “It was very encouraging to talk to these students. They give me hope that the work I care so much about will be continued in some way.”
Like the quotes in the article from the Sentinel, I am writing about a small slice of contemporary society, but it is a very hopeful and encouraging slice.
Story on ship stuck in Arctic failed to mention mission
The Daily Sentinel’s Jan. 3 article titled, “Stuck ship’s passengers rescued,” omitted an important bit of information. It failed to say the mission was to find evidence of climate change, and it referred to the stranded people as “passengers,” “scientists” and even “tourists,” without a word about climate change or global warming.
I understand that the Associated Press supplied the article, not the Sentinel’s staff, but I wonder if the Sentinel is comfortable with the AP being in charge of the newspaper’s reputation for trustworthiness?
Of course, the Sentinel is not alone, since most newspapers and all the network morning and evening news shows have not mentioned that climate change had anything to do with the expedition.
The Environmental Protection Agency still acts as if warming is settled science, while companies are being driven out of business and workers are losing their jobs because “scientists” would rather rely on propaganda and on faulty computer models than look out their windows. It’s too bad that there is not more even-handed respectful discussion of this and most other important issues in the media.
GEORGE E. CORT
Penry’s commentary reflects an age-old rift
Josh Penry’s Sunday commentary on church dogma and love reflects an age-old rift between church people and Bible believers.
Church people take church doctrine or a leader’s belief as authority for what is right or wrong. Their beliefs change based on current church doctrines, their current leaders, their own beliefs or society’s morals.
Bible believers take the Bible as the authority for what they believe based on Bible teachings, including 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work,” and 2 Peter 1:20-21, “Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
Bible believers change their own beliefs to reflect Bible teachings. The purity of the message is of utmost importance.
The Bible warns of the consequences of changing the message. Galatians 1:8 says, “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned.” For a Bible believer to tell someone that what the Bible identifies as sin is OK would be very unloving.
If you believe that God is the creator and lover of your soul, then you have to believe that he is qualified to determine what is right and wrong for your life and society. He loves us and does not want to withhold any good thing from us.
Scriptures concerning homosexuality can be found in Leviticus 18:22, 20:13, Romans 1:26-27 and 1 Corinthians 6:9.