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Voice of the People

Nov. 25, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

Highlanders football deserves more support

As a Huntington High alumni, I was very excited to attend a playoff game since I hadn't been to one since I was in high school. However, what I saw when I was there disappointed me.

Despite the valiant attempt of several mothers, the crowd was completely dead; even the cheerleaders were doing very little to pep up the crowd and the student section. This should be an exciting time for the Highlanders and the city of Huntington since the football team has done extremely well this year.

When I was in school there, it was completely different. The student section was the loudest, the cheerleaders actually cheered instead of talking and goofing off the whole game, and the stands were full of support. I don't know what has happened on the hill and in this community, but the lack of support was appalling.

It's hard for a team to get hyped up for a big game, a playoff game at that, if they look in the stands only to see no one cheering them on. They played a great game despite losing and deserved way better support than what they received.

I hope in the future this changes and the students, cheerleaders and community can get behind their team.

Beth Bartlett-Torlone

Huntington

Election results change America

On Nov. 6, 2012, a country died. The country called itself United States of America. It had been considered the greatest nation in the history of the world. Why and how did it die?

Some say the following reasons are the cause: The death of representative government; the election of a Marxist president; the destruction of the coal industry; the influx of Communists in the country; the Federal Reserve; the dumbing down of our education system; the illegal immigration problems; the obsessive spending and involvement in foreign affairs; the promotion and practices of multiculturalism; the influx of radical Muslims; the militant unions such as SEIU; membership in the United Nations; the war against small business and entrepreneurs; the continued rise of welfare and dependency programs.

This once great country known as the "Land of the free" and the "Home of the brave" can no longer claim those credentials. When honor is lost, there is nothing left. America, may you rest in peace. We will pray for your resurrection!

Don Mega

Barboursville

Letter writer gets history wrong

A letter writer got history wrong.

If you can quote me where and when Thomas Jefferson "said" he was an atheist, I'll consider the possibility, as any intelligent adult should. I think that because he espoused separation of church and state, you "assumed" he was an atheist ... and we all know what happens when we assume.

One of my favorite quotes is from Thomas Jefferson and the Jefferson memorial: "Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?"

Indeed, you would be hard pressed to read the quotes of Thomas Jefferson and still believe he was an atheist. Assumptions can be dangerous, eh? Or do we often quote in an effort to deliberately mislead people? Or is it just to enable the comfort of believing what we want to believe despite the true evidence?

Also, you said the first six presidents included a deist, two Unitarians, an atheist and an agnostic. You failed to tell us about the sixth? You managed to count to two or three presidents who didn't believe in God. Not very compelling.

James Hall

Huntington

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