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People have wish for peace

December 30, 2002|by ANDREW SCHOTZ and CANDICE BOSELY

andrews@herald-mail.com

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

TRI-STATE - If swords were beaten into ploughshares next year and spears into pruning hooks, that would suit several Tri-State residents surveyed Saturday while they shopped.

The question posed to each person was: "If you could have one wish granted in 2003, what would it be?"

With war against Iraq a looming possibility, the topic was on many minds in Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Outside Kmart in Waynesboro, Pa., answers were:

"World peace." - Sandy Beaumont, 49, of Waynesboro.

"Peace - if everybody could just get along." - Dorothy Fawks, 48, of Waynesboro.

"Peace in the world." - Scott Pryor, 34, of Smithsburg.

"World peace." - Evelyn Reiter, 65, of Smithsburg.

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"Peace." - Paul Rock, 77, of Waynesboro.

Tommy Shuffler, 49, of Waynesboro, replied, "Happiness."

Tina Sellers, 35, of Waynesboro said, "Health and happiness for the family."

Some shoppers coming and going at Wal-Mart in Hagerstown had similar thoughts.

"No war anywhere in the world," said Raymond Wolfe, 68, of Hagerstown. "We don't need it."

"Complete peace," said Michael Miller, 39, of Sharpsburg.

"No war," said Bob Hoffman, 41, of Hagerstown. Referring to the possibility of an attack on Iraq, he added, "If they've got to do it, they've got to do it, but I hope it's quick."

"Peace," said Beverly Thomas, 61, of Hagerstown. After a minute of thought, she added, "And lots of money."

Robin Bradley, 37, of Hagerstown, said he'd wish for "a safe year for myself and my family."

Bradley moved to Hagerstown about a week ago. He said he had been stationed in Germany for three years and was just assigned to Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md.

Brad Downey of Williamsport wished for "continued good health."

Robert Startzman, 38, of Hagerstown, said he'd like "a better juvenile justice system for the state of Maryland."

"I wish that my mom would soon retire so she could enjoy the rest of her life," said Karen Scott, 40, of Greencastle, Pa. She said her mother works as a nurse's aide.

Shoppers at the Martinsburg (W.Va.) Mall had a variety of wishes for 2003 ready.

"Total peace," said Leslie Mason, 56, of Ranson, W.Va. "People are just fighting constantly. This is ridiculous."

Mason said she has a police scanner in her house and often hears of arguments or even physical fights between family members. That prompted her not just to wish for peace for those overseas, but for those in the community, too.

"I'm lucky I guess. My kids and I have a great relationship," Mason said before repeating the question to her hearing-impaired daughter, who stood next to her.

Carrying her infant son, Hunter, Mason's daughter, 32-year-old Kathy Muse of Kearneysville, W.Va., wanted something more tangible than peace.

She wanted money.

"(I'd like to be able to) pay off my debt," Muse said.

Tammy Siford, 22, of Martinsburg, is hoping for some marital bliss.

"Probably get married and have kids. At least one (child)," she said, adding she'd love to have a girl.

Around the corner in the mall, Breana Napolitano put enough change into a replica fire engine for her daughter to enjoy the ride. But 3-year-old Savannah quickly decided it was not the fire engine she wanted and hopped off midway through.

Her mother, a secondary education major at Shepherd College, dreams of having her own home.

"I'm a college student. I'm 27 and I still live at home with my parents," she said.

Lounging on a bench by the now-empty Santa area, 20-year-old Ronnie Murphy mulled over the question for a moment.

"Anything?" he asked.

He then pondered a bit longer.

"I want to be rich in 2003," he finally said.

"Money makes the world go around," said Murphy, who formerly played for Martinsburg High School's football team and still hopes to earn a spot on West Virginia University's team - despite the Mountaineers' loss in the Continental Tire Bowl on Saturday.

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