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December 20, 2006

Editor's note: The Morning Herald does not 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 thoroughly agree with the caller in Monday's Mail Call who said it doesn't matter if its Republicans or Democrats in office. Either way, we as a nation are doomed. These high-rolling, special-interest-concerned, lobbyist-bribe-taking politicians have got to go. They have no concern for the average blue-collar worker. We need one of these poor independent candidates to be placed in office and start all over from scratch. It's a wonder how the American people can keep falling for the same old tired promises from the Dems and Reps. As far as I'm concerned they all lie like a rug."

"To the caller 'Tri-State' who criticized Crossroads Church for its ad in the Herald Mail 'Got Church for Xmas?,' Please let me assure you we would never take Christ out of Christmas. We know God has blessed our church in many ways. During the last five years, 101 people have been baptized by their faith in Christ and many others have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior. In the last three months, we've had the privilege of showing and sharing Jesus to hundreds of children and adults in the Tri-State area through community projects, food drives, nursing home ministries, and children home projects (see our Web site: www.CrossroadsHagerstown.com for more details.). While your letter/call sounded angry, please let me say that when we use the phrase 'Xmas,' it literally means 'Christmas.' The 'X' in 'Xmas' has been a Christian symbol for almost 2,000 years - the 'X' stands for Greek letter 'chi' and has always represented Christ in 'Xmas.' That's how the word was created. I hesitate to use this forum because of its potential to show Christians fighting Christians and dishonoring God. The Bible is very clear about the penalty for Christians who bring dissension and discord. However, your charge was very serious, and I want to encourage you. Before judging and condemning our hearts for Christ, how about joining us in living and showing Jesus to the rest of the world ... the Jesus found in 'Merry Xmas,' 'Happy Holidays,' and most of all: 'I love you.'"

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"The Boonsboro Town Council seems to have their own agenda for annexation, regardless of what the residents want. Most of us want Boonsboro to remain quiet and not overdeveloped with traffic congestion. No one wants our town to be a tourist attraction with globs of people creating traffic jams on our single-lane roads. The Boonsboro Town Council says they can do a good job on controlling new development, what a joke. We see how they managed it before in Crestview by letting the so- called 'bypass or collector road' go straight through a residential neighborhood. A road like this should go around or next to a neighborhood, not through it. They allowed new townhomes in Fletchers Grove to be built in the backyards of residents on Alt U.S. 40. How can this be called the management of new development? Let the residents vote for what they want; don't do it in closed meetings. Don't claim not to have funds for the water treatment plant, and then spend money for a new park that no one asked for."

- Boonsboro

"I'd like to know where you can send your poems at to be published, where's the address somewhere at. I'll be looking for it in the paper."

- Hagerstown

"I attended the Boonsboro Annexation meeting. I predict Boonsboro will have a Wal-Mart within 10 years."

- Rohrersville

"I am a single female, grown up in Hagerstown, have lived here my whole life and have my family here. I have to protect myself - I think I'm protecting myself - I carry a hammer and a baseball bat in my vehicle. It's a shame that we have to drive through town like that, scared to death in Hagerstown, which used to be a family-oriented town. It's not gonna stop the bullets that are coming from the criminals. Most of the criminals produced are migrating here from New York and other states. We need the weapons. Citizens need to be able to legally carry weapons to protect themselves. I definitely support the gun law."

- Hagerstown

"I'm wondering if a lot of these big churches aren't jumping in to help the needy and the shut-ins because they're paying their minister too much that they can't afford to buy food for the shut-ins."

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