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Returning Your Call

December 21, 2007

Editor's note: Each Friday, Herald-Mail reporters and editors will answer some of the questions that are called in by readers to Mail Call. Consider this us returning your call.

Was God dropped from dollar coins?



Q. "The U.S. government has released new dollar coins. Is it true 'In God We Trust' is gone? If it is, we should boycott it. I'm getting fed up with this stuff." - Jefferson County, W.Va.

A. This is one of numerous urban legends circulating in cyberspace. On new presidential $1 coins, certain elements ? the year of minting, the mint mark and the mottos "E Pluribus Unum" and "In God We Trust" ? have been moved from the front or back to the side edges. Some George Washington and John Adams coins were created without the edge inscriptions, but that was a minting error. A good way to get the truth behind Internet rumors is at Web sites such as www.snopes.com, which debunks urban legends. The full answer to this one is at www.snopes.com/politics/religion/dollarcoin.asp

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Where are the senior menus?



Q. "I was wondering why the paper does not publish the senior menu anymore. It hasn't been in the paper for two weeks." - Hagerstown

A. Menus for lunches served weekdays at noon by the Washington County Commission on Aging appear each Monday in The Herald-Mail, usually on same page as the weather map. The most recent list was published on page C10 in the Monday, Dec. 17, paper. The menus can also be found online at www.herald-mail.com in the Community News section.

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