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Dec. 25, 2012 @ 10:27 PM

Christianity is under attack today

Once again, Milt Hankins evidently doesn't have a clue what he writes about ANYTHING. To say that Christianity isn't under attack, evidently he hasn't been to school, read the paper, watched the news or anything else. They have taken prayer out of school, rewrote history to Darwin's theory of evolution, and we live by the Ten Commandments which are our laws, but he denies them. His statement about Islam under attack in America is so blatantly false I don't know where he lives, or what tree he fell from. He says he is a retired minister, well from what congregation? The church of untruth, for he doesn't know the Bible that true Christians read from? He is like the Democratic Party, which took three votes just to insert the word "God" in its platform, and then the nays were louder than the yeas.

To say that Islam is under attack in America means he doesn't know about Islam, as they have more rights in America than the Christians do. They can say anything about our religion, but in their own countries (57 states, according to our president) we as Christians who believe in Jesus Christ are killed. These are facts

Homer Campbell

Ironton, Ohio

Board should keep its focus on kids

In an empty and confusing statement, Gayle Manchin explains that she voted to fire Dr. Jorea Marple as state education superintendent to prove that she (Manchin) was serious about complying with the education audit. But everything I have read about Marple's abrupt dismissal emphasizes her effectiveness, which calls into question the motives, ethics and competence of the people who voted to fire her.

Now the state school board seeks to hire a new candidate via nationwide search, and they are asking the Legislature to change requirements for the position, stating current expectations, a master's degree in education administration and experience in a public school, are "too limiting." The board also plans to allocate $70,000-$100,000 to hire a firm that will conduct a nationwide search to replace the very well-qualified, proven administrator who previously held the seat. In light of these proposals, I have absolutely no confidence that the individuals who comprise this board are interested in or competent enough to oversee education policy in this state.

I hope the Legislature maintains the current standards for the superintendent, and that the West Virginia Supreme Court rights this injustice. I also hope that when the board members' terms are up, they are replaced with people whose ties are to the children of this state, not to political and economic interests.

Kimberly White

Barboursville

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