Letters to the Editor, Oct. 13, 2013

October 13, 2013

Closing special needs school


My son Johnny is 4-years-old and he has ADHD and PDD. I’m addressing this matter because Logan County Schools advertises on TV and in the paper that no child is left behind; if that’s true why did they shut the special needs school down at Peach Creek?

I just recently found out about it… these kids need help! I’m concerned about my child’s education and his future! I have been taking him to speech therapy and tutoring in Charleston once a week… he needs one on one, he’s working well with the one on one.

I am doing my best as a parent to get him the help he needs! I have also been to BOE office and got told twice that the superintendent was in meetings; they also took down my phone number but I still haven’t received a phone call from them.

I know that there are other children that have special needs. I don’t understand why they shutdown the special needs school at Peach Creek? That is something that is needed!

These kids that have special needs going to a regular public school are getting bullied and made fun of and nothing is being done about. Why?

I think I speak for all parents when I say that a child’s education and safety come first! Something needs to be done about all this.

Thank you,

Michelle Sutherland



Pass it; then read it


Our government is currently experiencing a form of a shutdown but in my opinion it’s more of a slow down. I believe there is a simple solution to all the madness and bickering that is going on in Washington, D.C. between the Democrats and Republicans.

I suggest they resolve the matter, the Democrat way: The Republican controlled Congress should draft a budget to their liking. They send it to the Democrat controlled Senate and they approve it without reading it. They then send it to President Barack Obama and he signs it into law without reading it as well. After it is passed, the Senate Democrats and the president will then be able to find out what’s in it.

This is how business is usually conducted by the Democrats. Remember how so many Democrat representatives voted for the Obama Health Care Bill without reading all 27,000 pages. They openly admitted that it was necessary to pass the legislation first, so they and their constituents could see what was in it.

Doug Bokosky

Fountain Valley, California


Re: Jesus is Missing


We are so blessed to live in the greatest nation in the world where there is freedom of religion for all, and religious persecution is practically nonexistent. However, our Founding Fathers certainly never expected that that freedom would be abused by a major political party hijacking a major religion, perverting the tenets of that religion to serve their own interests, and then forcing that corrupted religion on the whole nation through legislation. But, that’s exactly what the Republican Party is doing, and they’re doing it for the most contemptible reason; for the love of money.

The Republican Party, through the Fox News Network, has corrupted Christianity by convincing Christians to abandon Jesus and put themselves back under the Old Covenant. The Republican Party claims that republicans have a moral duty to pass laws against sins, and Christians have a moral responsibility to vote for republicans, or else, God will judge our nation for its sinfulness and deliver our nation into captivity. However, Jesus is missing from that claim because it comes directly from the wrathful, punishing God of the Old Covenant, and except for the prophecies of His coming, Jesus is not in the Old Covenant.

There are eight covenants in the Holy Bible. Seven of those covenants are older, apply exclusively to the Jewish people, and are collectively referred to as the Old Covenant. The eighth and final covenant is the New Covenant of better promises of Jesus Christ (Heb.8:8). However, because there is nothing in the New Covenant that the Republican Party can use to stir the fear, anger, and hatred of Christians to motivate them to vote for republicans, the republicans have resorted to using the Old Covenant.

But Christians, particularly gentile Christians, have never had any access to God through the Old Covenant. Even accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior does not give the Old Covenant any retroactive authority over Christians because, as far as Christians are concerned, the Old Covenant is waxed old and is vanished away (Heb. 8:13). Jesus established His own covenant for Christians to follow because Jesus said that no man can come to God the Father except by Him (John 14:6). Christians who allow themselves to be manipulated and exploited by the Republican Party are setting themselves up for a “sorer punishment” (Heb. 10:29).

Jesus Christ came into the world during the rule of the Roman Empire. Certainly, He could have easily taken control of that Empire, or He could have given His followers control, but Jesus obviously intended that Christians should be a peculiar people (Tit. 2:14), living peaceably among all men (Rom. 12:18), obeying the laws of the nation in which they live (1 Pet. 2:13-14), and accepting persecution for His sake and for a great reward in Heaven (Mat. 5:10-12). Even if a particular nation is sinful, the salvation of those Christians living in that nation is not affected because the New Covenant makes salvation individual and personal (Phi. 2:12). Even the Old Covenant prophesied that a new covenant was coming under which sons would no longer suffer for the actions of their fathers, and every man would die for his own iniquity (Jer. 31:29-31).

Jesus established His New Covenant to give all people the opportunity to come to Him willingly, with a contrite spirit and a loving heart. He reserved the punishing of sinners unto Himself at the day of judgment (2Pet.2:9). He certainly never suggested that He would punish sinners in this life to force moral behavior because sinners still have the opportunity to come to Him as long as they are still drawing breath, like the thief on the cross (Luke 23:43). The notion that Jesus would deliver a nation into captivity for its sinfulness is contrary to just about everything that Jesus said.

They occasionally pay lip-service to Jesus, but nearly every work, every policy, and every attitude of the Republican Party is without Jesus and/or is actively contrary to Jesus. Jesus is not in the Republican Party’s constant threats of economic disaster for the sake of the rich, or in their disdain for the poor, or in their fight against extending health insurance to the working poor, or in their loud and vicious expressing of hatred toward the leader of our great nation, or in their dedication to killing labor unions and keeping the minimum wage below a living wage, etc., etc.

The Republican Party’s “Stand Your Ground” law is the epitome of republican attitude toward Jesus. Jesus said to resist not evil and to turn the other cheek (Mat. 5:39). For Christians, a premeditated intent to stand your ground and fight back is sacrilegious.

Because the Fox News Network is the “mouth-piece” of the Republican Party, Christ-like attitude has steadily decreased while an atmosphere of violence has steadily increased since its television debut. Jesus Christ is not in the Fox News Network’s hyped-up “War on Christmas”. The New Covenant says that all men who serve God will be persecuted (2Tim. 3:12), and there are still nations in the world where Christians still suffer real pain and even death for their Lord and Savior. How weak and insecure in their faith must some American Christians be to allow their anger to be kindled toward war over such a petty persecution as being greeted with a “Happy Holidays” instead of a “Merry Christmas”.

The Republican Party is well known for its love affair with money, and because the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Tim. 6:10), that fact alone should be enough for Christians to shun the Republican Party. But now, the Republican Party has expressed their love of money in what must be the penultimate blasphemy; a blasphemy so profane that it has to be next to the ultimate blasphemy (Mat. 12:31).

In all their self-righteous vainglory, the Republican Party, through the U.S. Supreme Court, has created a new people in their own image and likeness; a people whose only reason for existing is money. During the 2012 election, the Republican Nominee for President of the United States smugly bragged, “Corporations are people too, my friend”.

About the scribes and Pharisees of biblical days, Jesus said, “For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of Heaven” (Mat. 5:20). What the scribes and Pharisees did against Jesus Christ nearly two thousand years ago is exactly what the Republican Party is doing against Him right now.

Far too many Christians have an attitude that is more in tune with Saul than with Paul. The different covenants were established for different people, different purposes, and contain different promises. Obeying the New Covenant of Jesus Christ is not optional for Christians, and the elements of the different covenants are not interchangeable.


Russell Marcum


P.S. Get the Republican Party out of the Church and restore Jesus Christ to His rightful glory.