Letters to the Editor 03-18-17

As a student about to begin a divinity program at Liberty University, I feel compelled to provide insight into the gun rights and Christianity debate that has transpired in recent editions of this paper.
I have found both sides to be lacking a certain degree of objectivity.
On March 6, Professor Stolick certainly made numerous strange claims in his guest column; he is viewing the New Testament through the lens of his own political agenda. However, one would be a fool to deny the gun craze that seems to have swept through the Christian right in America.
Fundamental Baptists won’t listen to rock music, yet will take wedding pictures with rifles; this, no doubt, is strange. But we must not let extremes dictate our views.
Jim Lowden (letter, March 11) wrote that Jesus did not come to bring peace, but a sword. Applying this statement to a gun-rights debate is erroneous at best; Jesus was foreseeing the tendency for his radical claims to divide families and was in no way referring to an actual sword or violence.
In fact, the Koine Greek term used, makhaira, while ambiguous, most probably refers to a small machete-like device used to separate a fish’s flesh from bone. Jesus was referencing his tendency to cause division among families.
This is not to say that Jesus was “anti-gun” or some sort of peace-loving hippy. The overarching theme of the Bible is that peace is better than war, but justice is better than peace.
We can use guns in dire need but must never use them to harm innocent individuals. The disciples took with them two swords for 12 people. Let this be our model.
Jesse Eckert

Ohio Northern University’s chapter of the Student Society of Health System Pharmacists is participating in National Poison Prevention Week, March 19-25 to highlight the dangers of poisonings and how to prevent them.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), poisoning is the leading cause of injury death in the United States. In 2014, poison centers managed 2.9 million cases, about 2.2 million of which were about people coming into contact with dangerous or potentially dangerous substances.
Despite the high volume of calls, poison centers treated 68 percent of cases at the exposure site, saving millions of dollars in medical expenses. America’s 55 poison centers provide free, expert information and treatment advice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, through the national Poison Help line — 1-800-222-1222. Calls are answered by specially trained nurses, toxicologists, pharmacists and physicians.
Unfortunately, children under the age of 6 are most likely to be involved in an accidental poisoning. It’s hard to believe that items found around the house are considered poisons — medications, beauty products, cleaning solutions, and even household plants can be poisonous if eaten.
However, there are many ways to keep kids safe from household poisons:
• Use childproof lids on medications
• Properly dispose of expired medications
• Store chemicals and cleaning products out of reach of children
For more information, please visit
Elaina Gollmar,
Melissa Ward


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