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Voice of the People

Feb. 22, 2013 @ 12:06 AM

Principal's prayer shows he cares

This letter is in response to an article in the Jan. 25 edition in which a parent objected to the principal in one of our elementary schools saying a prayer before school. She should be thankful for her children having a principal who cares for them and their safety. Come on lady, do your children not need prayer?

I think all of our kids need the prayers of others. Lord only knows, some are not getting it at home. A lot of the children at this school, as well as other schools in the county, are raising themselves and younger siblings, finding anything they can to fill their bellies, and trying to survive in a home where the parents are not capable of being parents. Some of our children are so tired and hungry they cannot do well in school. But that's OK, they don't need prayer.

Sorry parents, but the truth is the truth, and it may hurt. There are more parents and students in our schools who would appreciate a prayer to start the day than wouldn't. I don't think Mr. O'Neal was trying to force his religious beliefs on anyone. I'm sure he realizes there are different religions in his school, but he cares for the safety of all his children, not just Christians.

If you don't believe in the power of prayer, you have never had one answered nor seen the power of my God!

Thank you, Patrick O'Neal, for saying a prayer for your students. I for one, as well as 25 comments and 55 likes on Facebook, support you. Next time I guess you should include the parents who do not want prayer in your prayer. They sure do need it!

Myra Labus

Salt Rock

Electoral College works 93% of time

Milt Hankins is correct that, "several times in our history" a presidential candidate won the Electoral College but lost the popular vote. While specific elsewhere, Mr. Hankins left that particular part of his thesis a bit vague. It may have led some readers to believe that this system fails us on a regular basis. It is on that point I wish to expand.

In our history, the Electoral College has disagreed with the popular vote four times -- three of the instances occurring from 1824-1888. Two of the victims of this "unfair" system won four years later -- Presidents Jackson and Cleveland. We have no empirical way to know whether Presidents Tilden and Gore would have served better than Presidents Hayes and Bush. I am sure we all have our theories about the latter, though.

It feels good to say that the popular vote represents the true will of America. Other than the emotional appeal, how much better could it be? The Electoral College has agreed with "We the People" in 53 of 57 elections. There are few institutions in government with a 93 percent success rate, and it is the one Mr. Hankins wants to abolish?

Kyle Berry

Barboursville

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