Letters to the editor
Posted: December 3, 2012
A change not pleasing
Times have changed drastically, and things in our culture are going downhill very quickly. Radio, music, television, and movies that are in our world have changed drastically from back in the day.
Television is using gay marriages in many shows, and divorce is happening more frequently. People are not staying with their husband or wife, but leave one relation to go to another. Many radio broadcasters are talking about sexual things and celebrity drama, and the worldwide crowd is listening.
Music today is very secular and often about sex, drugs, and getting high. The movies people watch are all about having sex, polygamy, drugs and alcohol, gay marriages, and divorce, and abortions are widely accepted by our culture.
This change that is occurring in our world today is not pleasing to me or God. People are not going down the right path, causing many debates over what is good and evil. The changes occurring in this culture are not good, and it is bringing our country into public shame.
People do not know what is ahead of them. When they realize it, they will be in a bad position, and it will be unchangeable.
Recalling those ‘Buick busters’
The story and picture of the bridge on Shepherds Mill Road, in Thursday’s Star, prompted me to offer a small insight into life in the ’30s. (Yes, dirt had been invented way back then. I know, ’cause we had plenty of it.)
Way back then, people said with some pride, there were no drunk drivers in Virginia. You see, a drunk driver usually came to a narrow, high-sided bridge (which was sometimes fondly referred to as a “Buick buster”) before he came to his house. When a driver, whiskey, a car, and a bridge came together, they quite often came together.
As a young child, I saw nine dead people sitting in their automobiles. Two (separate) against a bridge on Front Royal Road, six against the bridge over the Opequon on Millwood Pike, and one on Valley Avenue.
Since I mentioned Buick, I should say, I love Buicks. Even in the ’30s, a Buick Roadmaster had 120 on the speedometer, and they were real serious about that.
None of my family, even my brother Lawrence, who was a real fast driver, ever came to grief with any such, for we were United Brethren.
Vernon “Bill” Lichliter
YDC appreciates the sprucing up
The YDC would like to express its heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the Colonial Garden Club for its dedication and efforts in taking care of the grounds surrounding our Smith Activity Building and the Dave and Kathy Holliday annex. These wonderful people donated and planted beautiful flowers, grasses, shrubs, and mulch which really added a great facelift to our campus!
Our center is very fortunate to have such a caring group of gardeners and landscapers helping the youth of our community!
Regina M. O’Brien
Executive Director, YDC