Hopes and fears for the new millennium

January 01, 2000

"My hopes for the new millennium are that we could bring God and family back to our daily living. May we lay down our violence for peace and love. And thanks to all the people who have a hand in helping us get through this Y2K. God bless you all. Happy New Year." Juanita Klein, 49, Hagerstown.

"I hope the millennium brings us love and happiness and peace." Joseph Contrer, 48, Hagerstown.

"My hopes and concerns are for my daughter, Jessica Cline. I am concerned for her safety as the world becomes ever more complicated and dangerous. My hopes are that she has the advantage of obtaining a quality education that includes college with a Ph.D. and a professional career to follow. My hopes and concerns are, can I, as a father, provide the same opportunities, if not more, that my parents provided for me in the last millennium." Jeff Cline, 43, Williamsport.


"My hope and dream for the new millennium is that people everywhere would focus more on what brings us together. That is, that which we all share in common, rather than on those things which separate us from one another." Mark Mooney, 44, pastor of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Smithsburg.

"My wish for the coming year is that we would have a great revival in our nation this year and that our nation would get back on the right path toward the way that we should be living." Jim Shiffler, 72.

"My wish is that more people will put God in their lives and that parents take care of their children and teach them well to stop a lot of the violence that is going on. Only parents and their love can help this society. That is what I strive to do with my three children." Laura Minsk, 38, Boonsboro.

"I hope the new millennium will have a lot more emphasis on Christian values and morality." Dave Murphy, 63, Hagerstown

"I hope things will be better than last year." Richard Davis, 70, Hagerstown.

"I hope that people will try to be kinder to one another. Life's too short." Bill Hall, 22, Hagerstown.

"I hope to forge ahead with my education." Kim Mozick, 36, Boonsboro.

"Terrorism is a concern. Over-reliance on computers. We've heard a lot about Y2K, which doesn't seem like it's going to be much. But the over-

reliance on computers seems kind of overwhelming. Personally (I hope) that our planet would find a way to solve some of our problems and manage increasing population." Chris Baer, 29, Hagerstown.

"That the country would turn around on morality. Our country was founded on a set of morals, and it seems like we've gotten away from that I work a lot with kids, and I think we're going to see it a lot more in the next generation." Ron White, 42, Funkstown.

"I would say that there wouldn't be any loss of life due to terrorist attacks because of the millennium. Just wish it wasn't so cutthroat out here. We've got people who work full-time jobs, can't afford to take care of their kids properly. Minimum wage is much too low. We need to communicate with one another better as far as ethnically." Robert Buchanan, 29, Bunker Hill, W.Va.

"I just want to hit the lottery again." Millie Perry, 39 Hagerstown.

"All I'm worried about is my uncle. He's got cancer." Marshall Miller, 25, Hagerstown.

"I hope to become closer to God and to have a better year than last. I hope mankind learns to live and love one another." Omar Farrell, 52, Martinsburg, W.Va.

"That we'll last another 1,000 years. I don't see why not. We survived 2,000 years." Harry Weisenburg, 41, Martinsburg, W.Va.

"Peace on this earth and people learning to get along with each other no matter what their races, religion or creeds are. We can do it if we try." Barbara Catrow 60, Martinsburg, W.Va.

"I'd like to see world peace but I know that's an improbability. (Yeltsin resigning will) probably stir up some more problems. ... My concern is things seem to be getting worse each year though they say crime is down. The drug problem continues to grow. I have three grandchildren now and that's a big concern." Larry Horn, 52, Chambersburg, Pa.

"I kind of feel the world is so rapidly becoming so complex. ... It used to be a high school education was the standard. Or even a bachelor's degree. Now you need to have a master's. And the computer age - I haven't really gotten into computers and I hate to have to." Denny Rosenberry, 48, Chambersburg, Pa.

"I want to be rich," Jessica Shuck, 17, Greencastle, Pa.

"I hope for a lot of peace for all countries." John Hawthorne, 51, Hagerstown.

"Flying cars. I see it happening in the next 100 years. We will also be getting clean cars. Too many people, that's my big thing." Ken Jewell, 21, Waynesboro, Pa.

"My hope is that there be more jobs for people, more cures for diseases and illnesses than today. I really look forward to the new millennium being more peaceful. I want peace more than anything." Robert N. Evans, 50, Martinsburg, W. Va.

"I just hope things are for the best. I want a better job as time goes on." Rosyln Robinson, 29, Hagerstown.

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