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Feb. 03, 2013 @ 11:20 PM

Principal was right to lead prayer

In regard to the article on stopping the principal from saying prayer in the school:

The principal doesn't push religion on anyone nor was he trying to lead anyone to God! He was simply asking in prayer for the safety, the teaching and the learning of everyone within the school. Also in his prayer he thanked God for each student and each staff member in his school. Oh yes, I forgot to mention, in his prayer he asked for guidance.

I would just like to know why is it so terrible to ask from a higher being for a little extra help and guidance for over 500 small children and your staff? There have been so many shootings in schools everywhere and many parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and community members have major concerns.

He was only doing what he felt was the right thing to do at that time. I myself am thankful for being included in his prayer. Thanks, Mr. O'Neal!

Marsha Brumfield

Huntington

Will change lower military standards?

The announcement by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta that women in the military will be allowed to serve in combat positions, provided they can meet the rigorous standards that male soldiers must meet, was followed by the assurance that, in no case, will military standards be lowered in order to allow women to qualify. But that assurance was seemingly undermined by the statement of Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, that the military will need to review and possibly revise standards for combat jobs.

Undoubtedly, some women soldiers will be able to meet the rigorous standards now in place, but most will not. Those few who qualify will necessarily be assigned to otherwise all-male combat units. This will inexorably lead to a charge by women's advocacy groups that combat units contain a disproportionately small number of qualified women. It is feared that the military, pressured to do the politically correct thing, will then quietly lower the standards, allowing more women to join combat units.

Will combat readiness be compromised? The proof will come when military units whose readiness is judged by the standard of political correctness go into battle.

Lawrence L. Pauley

Huntington

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