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Articles by Sandra Olivetti Martin

U.S. EPA says Stop spoiling the Chesapeake on junk food!

If pollutants were calories, our Chesapeake would be obese, short of breath and diabetic.

So it’s good news that the Environmental Protection Agency’s new plan to require other states to follow Maryland’s lead in counting — and limiting — the junk they’re feeding the Chesapeake.

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If they want to win

 

Bay Weekly Primary Primer helped you get to know the candidates crowding this year’s race to the general election. Even more important, it helped you cast your vote. Or would-be vote, if you were locked out of primary voting because of your political independence or residence.

That’s what you’ve told me, by letter, phone, email and in person. 

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The new era begins now

In a decade or two, we might be hearing this conversation:

You know, fat oysters like that one you’re eating used to be hunted in the wild, like the buffalo.

Really?

Like cowboys, Chesapeake watermen rode out on low-rise boats, even in the worst weather in the middle of winter, and scraped oysters from the bottom of Chesapeake Bay.

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Or weep when you see who you’ve hired

It’s downright terrifying how much control we give away on Election Day.

Scarier still is how few of us bother with these decisions. 

What we’re really doing when we go out to vote is hiring people for a job with vast responsibility over our public and private lives.

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It’s back to work we go

A holiday is always welcome, no matter when it falls.

But many of them seem to fall as randomly as the leaves that will soon illustrate for us the meaning of deciduous.

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Maryland’s Most Humane Lawmakers

The Maryland General Assembly is a pretty animal-friendly place, according to the Maryland Humane Scorecard released this month.

Across both houses, 117 of 188 members scored 75 percent or higher; only 12 legislators scored less than 50 percent.

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Despite embarrassment, indignity and mess, animals are our family

The animals in our lives can get us in trouble.

There’s a story circulating through the Bay Weekly office, and possible beyond, about Nipper’s appearance at a family picnic. It wasn’t Nipper’s family picnic.

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A new website takes the sting out of your summer by predicting jellyfish migration patterns

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water — it is.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has created a website that forecasts the location of sea nettles throughout the Chesapeake and its tributaries.

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So don’t quit trying to have too much fun

On Tuesday, August 24, school resumes in both Anne Arundel and Calvert counties, and it’s back to work for not only those tens of thousands of students but also for principals, teachers, counselors, librarians, cafeteria workers, custodians and school bus drivers.

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Bay Weekly’s new and improved online edition gives you a voice

I’m writing these words on a screen, and it’s more likely than ever that’s where you’ll be reading them. Not that newspaper readers have abandoned print pages in their run to e-journalism. Millions are still print readers: 385 million people buy a newspaper each week, meaning we print-makers have, conservatively, one billion weekly readers. Count me among them. ...