We all know how the story starts ...
Down in Who-ville
Liked Christmas a lot...
But the Grinch,
Who lived just North of Who-ville,
And we know how it ends ...
“And he puzzled three hours, ‘till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
‘Maybe Christmas,’ he thought, ‘doesn’t come from a store.
‘Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!’”
The Grinch realizes that even without food and decorations and presents, the Whos still came together, held hands and sang on Christmas morning, despite his best efforts to take the holiday away.
Though the much-loved story, first published by Dr. Seuss in 1957, never once mentions Christ or his birth within its pages, it’s critical of the commercialization of Christmas and all but smacks you in the face with its moral about Christmas needing to be a celebration of the arrival of the Messiah.
The good doctor even admitted that he based the Grinch on himself after looking in the mirror one Dec. 26 and not liking what he saw. He wrote it, he said, to “rediscover something about Christmas I’d obviously lost.”
These days, maybe you could say the Grinch is still alive and well and trying to steal Christmas away ... In Texas rather than Whoville.
A new Texas law maintains that people may now — without fear of sparking a lawsuit — say “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah” or “Happy holidays” at school and display religious and secular symbols like Christmas trees, menorahs and Nativity scenes in public places as long as more than one religion and a secular symbol are included.
Conservative activists say it protects Christmas and strengthens First Amendment rights of children. Liberal ones say it isn’t necessary and it’s a way to introduce Protestant religious themes in the classroom.
One elementary school seems to have misinterpreted it. Instead of including more than one representation of Christmas, a “Winter Party” seems to have been planned to include none so as not to offend anyone. The rules of the party were: no Christmas trees, no use of red or green, no use of items that could stain carpets and no references to religious holidays, including Christmas.
Talk about national attention. Another shot fired in the War on Christmas? Is there even a war? We took that question to our readers, who log on to www.timeswv.com to vote in our online poll.
Last week we asked, “A Texas law has rattled many who claim there is a ‘war on Christmas’ and that schools, stores, companies are trying to wipe away the true meaning. How do you feel?”
And here’s what you had to say:
• Christmas is everywhere. If there’s a war, it isn’t a successful one — 10.68 percent.
• Religious observations and symbols of Christmas are personal and something that rules and laws can’t take away — 40.78 percent.
• Of course there’s a war! If I hear “happy holidays” one more time ... — 48.54 percent.
Merry Christmas, y’all. This week, let’s talk about the gifts we wish we could give.
Log on. Vote. Email me or respond online.
We all know how the story starts ...
State must convince parents, schools about benefits of Common Core
It’s always nice to have a little bit of background information before diving into something new.
So we have to agree with West Virginia Board of Education president Gayle Manchin when she says the state should have done a better job of explaining Common Core standards when they were first introduced.
Those standards, part of a national educational initiative that sets learning goals designed to prepare students in kindergarten through 12th grade for college and career, will be fully implemented in every West Virginia school district next month.
Time is now for Tomblin to support King Coal Highway
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is asking Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to add the King Coal Highway project to West Virginia’s six-year highway improvement plan. It is a logical request, and one that Tomblin should act promptly on.
United effort to keep NASA in Fairmont is essential project
The high-technology sector is obviously vital to the economy of North Central West Virginia.
That’s why a strong, united effort to keep the NASA Independent Verification and Validation Program in Fairmont is absolutely essential.
COLUMN: Calling all readers: Be heard
I love to talk to readers.
I love to hear concerns they have about stories we’ve written, things they think should be included in the newspaper and things they think shouldn’t be.
Korean War veterans are deserving of a memorial
NEEDED: A total of $10,000 for the Korean War Memorial this year.
And a good man has been placed in charge of the funding. Charlie Reese, former president of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce, is now director of the Marion County Development Office. His task was to make a recommendation as to what steps are necessary to keep the project moving.
Roll up your sleeves, give blood and you can save lives
It takes up to 100 units of blood to save the life of someone who sustains life-threatening injuries in a vehicle accident.
We’re hoping that the number of people who come to Fairmont Senior High School on Friday for and American Red Cross blood drive will exceed that amount.
Vehicles and motorcycles must share the road safely
The days are long. The weather is superb. There’s plenty of leisure time in these lazy days of summer.
It’s the perfect time to take a long motorcycle ride.
It’s also the perfect opportunity for us to take the time to remind not only riders but drivers of the need to share the road. And we feel compelled to mention it because just within the month of July, there have been two motorcycle-versus-car accidents within the City of Fairmont alone — one with severe injuries sustained by the motorcyclist and the other with less serious injury.
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Distracted driving: It isn’t worth fine or a life
Today marks the day that police agencies from six states are joining forces to crack down on one thing — distracted driving.
And they will focus on that traffic violation for a solid week, with the stepped-up effort to curb distracted driving wrapping up on Saturday, July 26.
COLUMN: Are we people watchers or people judgers?
Let me tell you about my little friend Robby. Well, actually, it’s more about his family and especially his mom. I didn’t get her name. I heard Robby’s name quite a bit, though, during a trip home from Birmingham, Alabama.
I noticed the family in the Birmingham airport immediately. They were just the kind of family you’d notice.
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