The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 19, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013


Writers should cover more local games

Here we go again.

Please, The Register-Herald sports writers, there are more schools playing sports in your reporting area than Woodrow Wilson and Shady Spring.

On Jan. 3, you had good write-ups for Woodrow and Shady Spring basketball games, but there was another basketball game — Liberty and Pikeview — both in your reporting area and played in the same tournament that Shady Spring played in. For some reason your newspaper didn’t bother to report on this game even though you had a sportswriter at the ball game.

I won’t comment on which ball game was matched up better but I will comment on the better balanced team. Shady Spring had one player (Connor) that scored over 20 points (25) — Liberty had three players that scored over 20 points — Lyons (24), Cook (25), and McGee (25). Liberty and Pikeview (AA matchups) vs. Shady Spring (AAA) and Independence (AA) matchup.

Liberty and Pikeview subscribers are as worthy to get the same coverage as the other schools. We pay the same for your paper as the others do.

I played basketball in the late ’50s and early ’60s and Mr. George Springer was the sports editor and he didn’t have computers, and modern equipment that you have today. He had to use set type (one letter at a time) and he was able to give every school good coverage the day after the ball games were played.

I was able to watch the Shady tournament games and I know what the games were about, but others did not get to see the games and expected to read about them in your paper.

Please, we support and love our kids at Liberty High School and will accept no less of The Register-Herald.

Arnold R. Sizemore


Belief in God does make difference

Secular philosophers encourage us to avoid “godly fear,” because it may be psyche-damaging. Richard Dawkins said on Dec. 4, 2012, “a deeply held belief (in a place called Hell) might cause a child more long-lasting mental trauma than the temporary embarrassment of mild physical abuse.”

Does the fear of God’s wrath hurt or help a society? In other words, would the fear of God tend to prevent events like the one at Sandy Hook or encourage them?

Maybe the best way to answer this question is to look at what Richard Dawkins’ “no-god world view” offers our society.

Dawkins says life is by chance and has no real meaning.

So, if you believe the universe originated in an explosion by chance, what if that explosion never occurred? In his view, the universe is doomed to die anyway, so in the end it makes no difference whether the universe ever existed or not.

The same, of course, is true of the human race. The human race will eventually cease to exist, so it makes no ultimate difference whether it ever did exist. Mankind is no more significant than mosquitos. Why not kill whomever we want? In the end, it does not matter.

The activities in life also become meaningless. The long hours spent in school, our jobs and our interests, in the final analysis, are utterly meaningless. Who is going to know or even care if you came up with a cure for cancer, if the human race is not even here in a million years? Who will know that the universe was even there at all?

It seems to me that such a world view invites others into a life of hopelessness and despair with no reason to live or follow moral values. It seems to me that belief in God and His laws does matter.

Jim Hale

Director of Communications

The Christian Resource Center