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December 29, 2006

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




"Now that Christmas is officially over, people can go back to their self-centered ways again. I just love it how a lot of people go all out during this time of the year, just to pretend that they really care for one another. I feel if people can't care for one another during the whole year, then why bother just a couple times out of the year. A lot of people have lost the true meaning of holidays such as Christmas. I think it's really stupid and ridiculous for them to go out shopping and everything. That's not what Christmas is all about. It just shows their true colors when they go out shopping. People can have a nice Christmas without going in debt shopping. That's why a lot of the children nowadays are spoiled, because they expect a lot of things."

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- Greencastle, Pa.




"On Friday this past week, I was shopping at Martin's grocery store on Pennsylvania Avenue. It was pouring down rain, and in my haste to get my groceries to my car, put them in the car and put the shopping cart away and get back in the car, when I got home I realized that I had left my pocketbook in the shopping cart. Some very great, honest person took my pocketbook into the store. I went back to the store and they had it there for me. It's so good to know that there are some good, honest people still left in this world. Thank you so much. I am eternally grateful."

- Hagerstown




"Happy New Year to the Mail Callers, and also to the one that prints it up. You do such a good job."

- Boonsboro




"The movie 'Rocky' was the first movie my wife and I went to see after we began dating, almost 30 years ago, and we're getting ready to go see 'Rocky Balboa,' the sixth installment in that series tonight. We will have traveled many, many roads and many, many years to get to this point, to see a movie that I understand is almost as good as the original. It'll bring back so many memories, and I'm so looking forward to it."




"This prayer was said at Christmastime every year on the radio during World War II. American prayer: 'Our Father who art in Heaven, thou art given us birth, lend us thy flaming sword, oh Lord, to fight thy battle on earth. As we walk through the peril of darkness, lend us thy holy light that shines in the heavenly mansion. Guide our path in the night and lend thy shield and thy armor to the gallant boys over there. They are my children, Father, and this is thy country's prayer, that soon may the forces of evil fall at last on their knees, with the flag of thy kingdom of Heaven flying high in the breeze. Then sons will return to their mothers and men to the wives, and then this earth will be like Heaven, peaceful and bright. Amen.'"

- Hagerstown




"Attention, Steelers bandwagon: If you hurry, you can still get Ravens gear at the Valley Mall. Also, Ravens fans, you should be able to get pretty good seats at the Colonial on Sundays now. Happy New Year."

- Sharpsburg




"If I mention the store names, I don't think this would make the paper but this has happened to me in many stores and more so while holiday shopping. Advertised sale items many times are not properly charged at checkout; you are charged the original price. I have caught some and have not caught some but if you think you are buying something on sale, well you better check the register tape. I am sure some is unintentional but not all and the stores are taking advantage. I found mischarged items at three stores this past week, a discount store, a grocery store and a drug store. It's your money they are after."

- Waynesboro, Pa.




"To all of you people who are saying 'yes' to developers: Maybe I'll be proved wrong, but the developers are self-serving. My hippie blood left over from the '60s screams 'foul' every time a 4,000-square-foot palace goes up, because in this day of rising prices and dwindling oil supply, we need affordable, 1,500-square-foot, super-insulated structures that will cost almost nothing to heat and cool. Personally, I believe in 10 years all those palaces will stand empty - a rotting blight on the rural landscape, a testament to our foolishness."

- Waynesboro, Pa.




"I'd like to thank the council and mayor of Williamsport and the citizens for a lovely display at the park again this year. It was outstanding and greatly appreciated."

- Williamsport




"I see according to The Daily Mail that President Bush signed a bill to have the secretary of the U.S. Army remove Russell Wayne Wagner's remains from Arlington National Cemetery. We needed to get this done. Mr. Wagner was nothing but a cold-blooded killer, and he doesn't need to be in Arlington National Cemetery where national heroes are buried."

- Clear Spring




"Just remember, if we never attacked Iraq, we would never have found out that they didn't have any WMDs."

- Hagerstown




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