I am writing in response to John Foraker’s Nov. 15 letter, “No love for rock on Sunday.” My response to him is, yes, there are other like-minded people, and I say, amen and amen.
I, too, cannot understand why we have to do away with the very “Kings of Instruments,” the organ, the piano and the choir, in favor of guitars, bongos and tambourines, in order to entertain the younger generation — just to get them to attend church.
Do we attend in order to worship God or to be entertained by ear-splitting electronic noise, atonal music and waving of arms in the air?
Do these younger people really contribute to the life of the church or only attend for an hour on Sunday morning for the entertainment?
Why do we feel we must dumb down the worship service and God’s message instead of trying to raise the ideals of the younger generation?
Some of them may find they can have an appreciation for the traditional hymns as well as time-honored classical music. This “me generation” seems to be the only one for which the church finds this necessary, as I learned the music of my parents.
My children learned the music of their parents, as well as my grandchildren. Traditions, by their very nature, are worthy of being passed to each succeeding generation.
Yes, there are some churches that still honor the traditional music, and you are right.
Let the kids attend their ear-bleeding rock concerts on Saturday night, but worship God on Sunday morning.
Drilling risks contamination
I am writing in response to a Nov. 13 article on your website, “Report cites risks with drilling near Muskingum reservoirs.”
I am worried about the plans to lease public land for hydraulic fracturing in the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District. The recently completed report from hydrogeologist Paul Rubin should be taken as a warning for this project.
Rubin’s report discusses the possibility of toxic contamination related to proposed fracking near and beneath lakes, in this case Seneca Lake.
Water contamination is a serious issue that affects not only the citizens who rely on local water sources for drinking water, but also the local economy and the surrounding wildlife. The conservancy district’s plans for hydraulic fracturing near Seneca Lake impose serious health risks due to water contamination and pollution, as the report articulates.
It’s clear that the public interest is not served by pursuing the proposed plans. They should be abandoned; the risks are simply too great.
A moratorium should be imposed on hydraulic fracturing on all lands that could affect water quality in the district until the risks of water contamination are fully understood and any existing and proposed fracking activity is proved safe.
Rubin’s report is a great step toward achieving this understanding and suggests that the proposed fracking activity is, in fact, not safe.
For those people who are out of work and vehemently anti-union, feeling that the government is too powerful in regulating businesses and that the free market is the key to economic prosperity: There are at least 100 new openings for workers in the garment industry in Bangladesh. Please feel free to apply.
Mitt Romney talked to the rich and asked for their money.
President Obama talked to the poor and middle class and asked for their votes.