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December 16, 2005

Editor's note: The Morning Herald doesn't endorse any of these anonymous opinions. We encourage readers to put their names with their opinions through letters to the editor that appear each day on page A4.




"I was amazed to read yet another letter from a person saying they are Christian and then being so hateful in demanding that if liberals move to Washington County then they need to leave 'liberalism in Montgomery County.' Why is it OK to deride people who have a different view? Isn't one of the main ideas of Christianity 'Love thy neighbor as thyself?' Can't liberals live in Washington County? Is there some law prohibiting this? I really wonder how folks are able to call themselves Christians who have such a hateful attitude toward anyone different than themselves. Do you really think that all liberals are bad people who don't believe in God or our country or even Christmas?"

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"I think the restaurant industry has seriously underestimated the number of us who do NOT patronize their establishments due to the cigarette smoke pollution. As a nonsmoker, I am always amazed that restaurants situate their bar/smoking area in the middle of the building and then try to create a 'nonsmoking' area on its perimeter. Having no ashtrays on a table does not make it 'nonsmoking.' Only a smoke-free building makes it a 'nonsmoking' table."

- Boonsboro




"I am a Democrat, but I share a lot of Christian values with Republicans. I am not a liberal. I don't understand why this country has gone from majority rule to minority rule. We need to get back to what our country was founded on, with majority rule, so that we can be a strong, Christian-based country. I challenge everyone to try to buy one American-made item every week. Then if we buy American-made cars, our economy can become stronger instead of our dollars being shipped overseas."

- Washington County




"I saw on the news over the weekend that only 25 percent of soldiers actually vote. I'm opposed to the war in Iraq. I thought the purpose of our military was to protect and defend the U.S., not to change the world and invade a country on the other side of the world."




"I was a patient at Washington County Hospital for six weeks and at Julia Manor for three weeks. I want to thank everyone on the third, sixth and seventh floors of the hospital and on the second floor at Julia Manor. Everyone was wonderful."

- Clear Spring




"Bush needs to spend less time in front of a camera and more time doing what he's supposed to do."

- Hagerstown




"I think it's really ridiculous that when something tragic happens, your paper, along with other papers, puts it right on the front page of the paper. I guess that's what sells papers, something tragic such as a fire or an automobile accident. You must have sold a lot of papers, especially Monday's, because I couldn't find The Herald-Mail paper anywhere in Greencastle."

- Greencastle, Pa.




"This is in response to the Fairfield, Pa., caller's comment in the Monday, Dec. 12, paper regarding Jesus' message of love and acceptance. Jesus' message was 'Love the sinner, hate the sin.' Acceptance has nothing to do with that."




"The federal government is sitting back, letting the oil companies make things harder for the poor people. If I were a politician or in Congress or the Senate, I'd freeze the gas prices. It's a shame that U.S. taxpayers have to put up with the prices bouncing up and down. Politicians should have nothing to do with stock in oil companies."

- Hagerstown




"This is for all the caring parents of school-age children. This holiday season, if you decide to get your child's teacher a gift, ask the homeroom mother to collect $2 from each child to provide the teacher with a gift certificate to a nice restaurant. I would imagine that she has enough dollar store trinkets."

- Hancock




"A caller said that President Roosevelt declared war on Japan. He actually declared war on Germany, and Germany did not attack us. Your comparison is completely off base. You know what they say: It's better to look like a fool than to open your mouth and prove it."

- Hagerstown




"Dec. 25 is not Jesus' birthday, it's the date picked by the Catholic Church to celebrate Jesus' birth in order to wean people off of the pagan holiday of winter solstice. If you'll check your calendar this year, you'll see that Dec. 25 this year is also the first day of Kwanzaa and Hanukkah. So actually, 'Happy Holidays' is a very correct term."

- Hagerstown




"This is to the person who said that they believe in the Almighty, and that I should, too. Well, I believe that the moon is made out of green cheese, and you should, too. How shallow some people can be."

- Hagerstown




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