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A Merry Christmas wish for Herald-Mail readers

December 21, 2000

A Merry Christmas wish for Herald-Mail readers



On Monday, Dec. 25, The Herald-Mail will not publish, so that our employees can spend the Christmas holiday with their friends and families. We hope our readers will do the same, and use at least part of the day to reflect on something besides national news and local politics.

These things are important, to be sure, but just as important are the things we share every day with our readers - the births, the graduations, the marriages and all the milestones that fill the lives of those in this area. We could not do these things without readers' help, and we appreciate the trust they show by sharing their most personal moments with us, and their confidence that we'll get the details right.

Putting out a newspaper is a partnership between a newspaper staff and its readers. Every day people call us with tips, questions and constructive criticism that leads to good news stories and a better publication in general.

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The bits of information that people share are more useful than most people realize. Our reporters cannot be everywhere at once, and without help from people who are on the scene when something newsworthy occurs, the paper wouldn't do nearly as good a job. Sometimes the help comes from people who risk a great deal - their jobs, in some cases - to share information. They don't do it for personal gain, but because they believe that something has happened, or is about to happen, that the public needs to know about. We appreciate their courage.

Much of the information we've received this month concerns the efforts of others to help those who are less fortunate. Thanks for allowing us to share that good news with all our readers.

But we would ask readers to remember, as Hagerstown HotSpots Coordinator Carolyn Brooks said in a recent letter, that those who are needy at Christmastime will probably be in need come February as well.

Please also remember that there are those who are needy in a different way. They're the people who live alone, perhaps because their children are grown and have moved away. A short visit or even a note would remind them that the Christmas spirit is about a lot more than toys and tots.

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