July 7 2010 12:00 AM

What is old?

A member of North Presbyterian Church, commenting on the church’s recent merger with Westminster Presbyterian Church, stated, “We knew our music was for older people.” Did she, by any chance, mean “TRADITIONAL” music? I am 47 years old and I prefer traditional church music to contemporary music. I didn’t know that made me an “old” person.

If traditional music is “…for older people,” then perhaps our children are too young to listen to a symphony playing Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” or John Phillip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes” while watching the fireworks on the Fourth of July. Those aren’t church songs, but they are traditional. Young people can learn to like traditional music, if they are exposed to it properly.

Rev. Timothy Chon stated that “…most churches choose to die because they won’t give up their identity (“A revival,” 6/30/10).” But North Presbyterian Church did apparently try to “change their identity” by making one service more modern. It didn’t work.

I do hope that the new Epicenter of Worship Church has someone to play the pipe organ in the old North Presbyterian building. People of all ages need to hear it.

—Amy Krycinski Grand Ledge

Who needs ‘em?

City Pulse-"A newspaper for the rest of us."

I liked your article about the police (“The Please Department," 6/30/10) because I'm one of "The rest of us."

Think how wonderful the world would be without them. No cops, no jails, no prisons.

The following advantages of living a life of crime should make it worthwhile for anyone;

1. Don't stay in school. Noboby's going to ask for your diploma while robbing a bank.

2. Flexible hours. You can party all night and sleep til noon.

3. No child support payments and no taxes because noone can prove your income.

4. You wont need health insurance.

That's what emergency rooms are for.

5. And if people get hurt or killed, newspapers like City Pulse will blame the victim, not you.

P.S. My daughter and my grandson are area cops. But it's not my fault.

—Judy Hood Bath

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