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December 22, 2006

"To those people who don't believe there is a war on Christmas, please read The Morning Herald for Dec. 20 on Page A9 about Christmas displays. My problem is not with displaying items from other religions, it is when they arbitrarily remove Christian symbols of Christmas from public places. There is nothing wrong with displaying symbols of all religions on public property, including Christian symbols. Many of these public officials have a misguided idea about the separation of church and state which causes these problems in the first place. As for the controversy over saying 'Happy Holidays' or 'Merry Christmas,' I don't care which expression a person uses, but it is wrong for a company or business to tell its employees not to say 'Merry Christmas.' So Merry Christmas to everyone and to all a good night."

- Martinsburg, W.Va.




To the person worried about picking up germs and viruses when shaking hands at church: You probably won't find a church willing to give up handshaking but don't worry. Cold and flu viruses do not enter the body through the skin. If you give your hands a good washing, with soap and water, before touching your nose or eyes you can remove the viruses before they cause any harm. Most people do seem to have an aversion to using soap and water on their hands but it takes very little time and is well worth the effort."

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- Hagerstown




"I want to congratulate Rodney and Kwavin for making the honor roll for the second marking period. I am very proud of the both of you. Keep up the good work, Mrs. Compton."




"In response to the article Dec. 13 with the suspect trying to elude the police and they grabbed a hold of his jacket, what are the police supposed to do? It doesn't matter what race, what gender. The police were doing their job. If it would have been another race, would you have been as against this? I think the police department has a terrible, tough job to do. I feel sorry for the police. They're doing a very good job. Leave them be."

- Hagerstown




"Glowsticks at a Christmas Eve service? We use glowsticks on Halloween. Give me an old-fashioned Christmas Eve candlelight service any day."

- Smithsburg




"Just leaving Boonsboro, going towards Middletown on Alt. 40, on the left side, there is a dump site. There's smashed cars, dug-up trees, all kinds of junk, debris all over somebody's property. Whoever's property that is should be fined at least $500 per day by the county. I have no idea why nobody is complaining about this and doing anything about it."

- Boonsboro




"Would someone please call in a good and easy recipe for baked corn? Thank you."

- Hagerstown




"This is to the person in Hagerstown last Friday: Thank you so much for stealing my wife's paycheck of $700 out of my car. We saved all year for that for our Christmas for our three children, and now we won't have any Christmas at all for them, so I hope you could sleep good at night with your conscience. I appreciate it very much that you stole it right in broad daylight from the 7-Eleven on Dual Highway. So I hope you have a Merry Christmas with it. I know who it was, in a little red car."

- Martinsburg, W.Va.




"I've heard many comments today, all against the meeting that went on down in Boonsboro concerning the annexation. I applaud the people who went. This just shows you, small town politics are as crooked as big town politics. Every one of these people that are in charge of this town got in there by saying they were keeping a small town. Whoops - we're no longer a small town anyway. I stick by my guns and refuse to go along with this. This just shows you they open up their arms and say to the developers 'Come on in, y'all come.' So just remember that."

- Boonsboro




"Teresa and Tina would like to congratulate their sister Debbie on the engagement to Walter. She's marrying a wonderful man. May their life be happy together."

- Hagerstown




"Next time that the Redskins are on TV, go down to Buck's Tavern. He has a little dog that really enjoys the Redskins. He sits there and watches them just like he knew what was going on. If they get a field goal, he runs around and jumps, turns circles, has a big time. I asked Buck what he does when they get a touchdown. Buck didn't know; he said he's only had him for three years."

- Hagerstown




"In reference to all the vandalism of Christmas ornaments out in people's yards, perhaps erecting a solstice barn and other environmentally earth-friendly decorations would be less tempting for vandalism."

- Smithsburg




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