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A Christmas message

December 24, 1998

The Herald-Mail will not publish tomorrow so that our employees can enjoy the Christmas holiday with their families. We hope our readers will do the same, and for a single day, reflect on something other than world news, or local politics.

That might not be easy; the days when it was possible to ignore events overseas (or even in Hagerstown's City Hall) for weeks at a time are long gone. Sometimes, unfortunately, it seems that we have come to the point where we have more knowledge about events than ever before, and less power to affect them.

Fortunately, there are many good people out there who keep trying. Despite the back-fence wisdom on the subject, most elected officials are not crooks or charlatans. Many sacrifice most or all of their personal lives to do their best for the citizens, with seldom a "thank you" for their trouble.

And then there are our readers, who don't just accept our product passively, but actively share their suggestions and constructive criticism. They also invest a great deal of trust in us, sharing the triumphs and tragedies of their personal lives with our reporters, editorial assistants and editors, counting on us to get the details right.

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And finally, there are our employees, from the clerks who answer the phones to the editors and salespeople who fill the paper with an informative mix of news and advertising - a job that's done surprisingly well despite the fact that all of the ingredients are new every day.

Their reward? Readers' continued attention and the belief that through their efforts, they've helped to make this community a better place to live.

On behalf of them and all who help put together The Herald-Mail newspapers, we share a holiday wish written many years ago by the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

"The wrong shall fail, the right prevail, with peace on earth, good will toward men."

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