"I'm calling to congratulate Boonsboro High School on their 'We the People' team victory over St. Maria Goretti."
"I'm reading in the morning paper where it says defense secretary Gates says failure in Iraq would haunt the U.S. The war in Iraq is haunting the U.S. We don't have to worry about the failure. It's already happened."
"In reference to people practicing their own type of religion, I feel these people can practice any religion they want, but I feel and believe that there's only one God, Lord Jesus, who created everything. Also, in reference to the letter by Victoria Ross that I read over the weekend, I feel kind of sorry for her, but she has her own beliefs, as well as we all have ours. I feel if there wasn't a God, who created the world and everything in it? People only have to look around themselves to see His creation. I feel that we're all put on this earth for a purpose, and one of the purposes is for us to look out for each other, (no matter) what race we are. After all, we all are human beings and we all have feelings."
- Greencastle, Pa.
"I think I've figured a way the government could let the people have better choices who they want to be president. I think they should pick their candidates that they want to run for us, then they should hold a pre-election to see if we want those candidates to run for us. If we don't decide that we want those candidates, then they should find new candidates. This should start about two years before the election starts, before the presidency. That way, by the time the election gets there, we'll all have who we want. I think it'd be much better, because they know they have to answer to the people. That would be a great way to have the elections run."
"I'd like to congratulate The Herald-Mail, especially The Morning Herald, on Dec. 19, A10 and A11, about putting the death toll of the Iraqi conflict up on there, and the Afghan conflict. It's a good reminder for everybody to count our blessings that all these poor servicemen and women are giving their lives to protect us. Good job, and thank you very much for remembering the vets."
"At the hearing last night on the Boonsboro annexation, one councilman said he would vote the way citizens wanted him to. We did not want the annexation, so I'm waiting to see how he votes."
"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."
"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."