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I would like to address your Dec. 30, 2009 edition of YES! Weekly. The editorial states that the first decade of the 21 st century is ending. I have to disagree. Unfortunately many people have the misunderstanding that the year 2000 was the beginning of the 21 st century when in fact it was the end of the 20 th century. 2001 started the new century. This misconception is carried on in a number of articles in your paper as well as in other media outlets throughout the country. This of course has been an issue that has been around a long time.

On another subject you have in past issues used words that in some articles would not be used in the public forum. This is another sad situation that shows a lack of vocabulary and/or lack of respect and common decency. I would suggest that either you get a dictionary and thesaurus or give Miss Manners a call. Otherwise… keep up the good work.

Sincerely yours, William “Bill” Webster, Greensboro

HEAVENLY HATIN’ ON HAITI?

Recently Pat Robertson made the claim that God brought this terrible earthquake on the nation of Haiti as a result of a pack they made with the Devil some years earlier. No doubt many evangelicals believe that God also responded this way to the sin city of New Orleans when Hurricane

Katrina landed with such great destruction a few years ago.

While we never doubt that God is displeased with sin, and that all sin will one day be judged, it is a very debatable whether God uses hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes or any other natural catastrophes to punish people and nations. The Bible tells us that God is very patient with us (Romans 15:5) and that it is not His desire that any of us should experience death unless we have repented and are ready for Heaven (2 Peter 3:9).

So-what about hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, blizzards or even auto accidents, cancers or other diseases? God has chosen to let us live in a dangerous world in order to keep our immortality before us. Just like no atheists die in foxholes, so when we all experience pain and suffering it is a constant reminder that we will not live forever but will be somewhere forever. It is a reminder that Someone exists besides us.

Pain and suffering on earth is a reminder that knowing Christ is the most important thing in the world, and that one day every Christian will live forever in Heaven where pain and suffering will be gone forever.

Rev. Sid Stewart, Trinity

Just wanted to say I attended the event and thought your article in the latest YES! Weekly was wonderful. I am a member of a local union here in Greensboro and thought it was great for you to cover this story. Thank you!

When I saw your name at the top of the article I hope you don’t mind me taking the opportunity to ask how you choose what stories you cover. I was in the process of going to try to see if someone there at YES! Weekly would want to cover an event. The Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A Legacy of Building Peace exhibit. It will be held Sunday, Jan. 31st @ The Elliot Center @ UNCG. We will have a keynote speaker, Lawrence Carter, of Martin Luther King Chapel @ Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. who will also be presenting a Community Builders Award, etc. If interested please let me know, I can present you with more information.

Thanks again for the great article! Debbie Matyga, Greensboro

A HIGH POINT

In the Be There section on Dec. 30 thanks so much for mentioning the High Point Museum and our current exhibit, High Point’s Furniture Heritage. It is a semi-permanent exhibit and did not come down at the end of the year. It will not be coming down for several years. Thanks.

Teresa Loflin, High Point Loflin is community relations director of the High Point Museum.

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