%2 http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/feed/letter-from-the-editor/all en Back on the Road Again http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/back-road-again <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Love them or hate them, school buses weave through the fabric of our experience</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Sandra Olivetti Martin </div> </div> </div> <p>One way or another, school buses take us all back to school.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;As well as ever-safer and more standardized transport, they&rsquo;re vehicles of cultural passage. Via the school bus, the freedom of childhood passes to the regimented life of schedules and hurry, bells and detentions. Mother lets go your hand and the motorized door opens to the wide world.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Little wonder school buses also travel our cultural byways as icons of rebellion.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/letter-editor/article/back-road-again" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/school_bus_stopping.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="46" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/back-road-again" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/back-road-again#comments Letter from the Editor Wed, 19 Aug 2015 18:22:30 +0000 bayweekly_master 29158 at http://www.bayweekly.com Our Dog Days … http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/our-dog-days-%E2%80%A6 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Husband Bill has his say on our shared dogs</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Sandra Olivetti Martin </div> </div> </div> <p>I&rsquo;ve given away most of my space in this week&rsquo;s Letter.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve had my say on the dogs you and I have shared,&rdquo; I said to my husband, Bay Weekly co-founder Bill Lambrecht. &ldquo;Now it&rsquo;s your turn.&rdquo;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Bill took the assignment, but his storytelling reflects his day job: 30 years of reporting on D.C. capitol doings.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Read on and you&rsquo;ll see why he titled his story Capitol Leaks.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/letter-editor/article/our-dog-days-%E2%80%A6" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/moe_by_sue_kullen_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="71" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-image-caption"> <div class="field-label">Image Caption:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Moe during his youth, between jobs bathing in the Bay. &lt;&lt;photo by Sue Kullen&gt;&gt; </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/our-dog-days-%E2%80%A6" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/our-dog-days-%E2%80%A6#comments Letter from the Editor Thu, 13 Aug 2015 17:11:16 +0000 bayweekly_master 29065 at http://www.bayweekly.com How Safe Are We on the Water? http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/how-safe-are-we-water <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>The other side of adventure is always danger</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Sandra Olivetti Martin </div> </div> </div> <p>Water has drawn our species back ever since we left its embrace.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;In Saharan cave drawings, ancestral swimmers frolic in weightlessness. On beaches and in pools, 21st century kids submerge with the same exhilaration.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/letter-editor/article/how-safe-are-we-water" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/water-safety-080615.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="64" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/how-safe-are-we-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/how-safe-are-we-water#comments Letter from the Editor Mon, 10 Aug 2015 21:28:24 +0000 bayweekly_master 28987 at http://www.bayweekly.com What’s Your Summer Adventure? http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/what%E2%80%99s-your-summer-adventure <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>It doesn&rsquo;t need to be the Appalachian Trail to push you forward</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Sandra Olivetti Martin </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you had your summer adventure yet?&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Kids are going to camp, families to the beach, couples on cruises, boaters daring the Great Loop, RVers traveling the highways, sisters reuniting for long road trips, roamers climbing mountains, paddlers kayaking unfamiliar passages, sightseers wandering &shy;exotic cities &hellip;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/letter-editor/article/what%E2%80%99s-your-summer-adventure" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/metz_crossing_river.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/what%E2%80%99s-your-summer-adventure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/what%E2%80%99s-your-summer-adventure#comments Letter from the Editor Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:20:39 +0000 bayweekly_master 28864 at http://www.bayweekly.com Who’s Your Ninja? http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/who%E2%80%99s-your-ninja <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Reflections on heroes and superheroes</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Sandra Olivetti Martin </div> </div> </div> <p>Mayhem at the Deale Library, I feared, on seeing the Batman logo on its window and remembering that stylized bat, projected by searchlight, was Gotham City&rsquo;s cry for the superhero&rsquo;s help.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;No, librarians explained. Anne Arundel and Calvert are among the Maryland libraries using the national theme Every Hero Has a Story to encourage kids to keep reading all summer long. Hence the bat logo and, hand-painted on the library door, the question Who&rsquo;s your hero?</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/letter-editor/article/who%E2%80%99s-your-ninja" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/reading_superhero.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="83" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/who%E2%80%99s-your-ninja" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/who%E2%80%99s-your-ninja#comments Letter from the Editor Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:27:52 +0000 bayweekly_master 28725 at http://www.bayweekly.com Midsummer http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/midsummer <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>The eating is good and local</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Sandra Olivetti Martin </div> </div> </div> <p>Plant a seed and it will grow. That&rsquo;s the truth of midsummer, especially this wet midsummer when Earth up here in our northern hemisphere is cloaked in vegetation. You&rsquo;ll remember it wasn&rsquo;t like this six months ago; sticks and Earth were bare. Now it&rsquo;s gangbusters.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;Corn grows rampant. Cucumbers and squash hang pendulous and beans in curtains on their vines. Canes break out with raspberries. Tomatoes swell and burst in the sun. Earth reverts to the Garden of Eden, where it&rsquo;s all yours for the picking.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/letter-editor/article/midsummer" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/buylocalchallenge-071615.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="78" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/midsummer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/midsummer#comments Letter from the Editor Thu, 16 Jul 2015 15:13:25 +0000 bayweekly_master 28604 at http://www.bayweekly.com Our America http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/our-america <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Who gets to march in our parade?</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Sandra Olivetti Martin </div> </div> </div> <p>Did you see America as your neighborhood&rsquo;s Fourth of July parade marched, rolled and roared by?<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;That&rsquo;s what we&rsquo;re looking for, don&rsquo;t you think, as we watch and wave from sidewalk and roadside.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;The parades of Chesapeake Country were fresh in my mind the afternoon of this July Fourth when my son Nathaniel called from St. Louis to report on the parade in his community, Webster Groves.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/letter-editor/article/our-america" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/annapolis-4th-of-july-parade-070915.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="77" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/our-america" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/our-america#comments Letter from the Editor Thu, 09 Jul 2015 14:48:24 +0000 bayweekly_master 28507 at http://www.bayweekly.com How We Celebrate Independence Day http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/how-we-celebrate-independence-day <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Beyond pomp, parade and fireworks to shared heritage</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Sandra Olivetti Martin </div> </div> </div> <p>Weather in Philadelphia in early July 1776, was hot and sticky, just as ours is 239 years later. Fifty-six suited, vested and stockinged men, some bewigged, were embroiled in a quarrelsome task: finding the words to declare independence from Mother England. Opinions, drafts and revisions flew. If the tall windows of Constitution Hall were open, as some paintings suggest, papers that made history rustled and declared their own independence.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attached-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/articles/letter-editor/article/how-we-celebrate-independence-day" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser imagecache-linked imagecache-lead-image-teaser_linked"><img src="http://www.bayweekly.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/lead-image-teaser/images/slider-tab-thumbs/signing-declaration-of-independence.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="66" class="imagecache imagecache-lead-image-teaser"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/how-we-celebrate-independence-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/how-we-celebrate-independence-day#comments Letter from the Editor Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:09:57 +0000 bayweekly_master 28426 at http://www.bayweekly.com On Father’s Day http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/father%E2%80%99s-day <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Let&rsquo;s give the guy a little respect</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Sandra Olivetti Martin </div> </div> </div> <p>Parenting is a job that leaves nobody satisfied. Children, like Freudians, lay the blame for all sorts of neuroses at their parents&rsquo; feet. Spouses bash one another for inherited faulty genes and difficult personalities. Parents censure with themselves, even &mdash;&nbsp;or maybe especially &mdash;&nbsp;those who&rsquo;ve read a book or two on the developing human body, mind and emotions and whose kids give behavioral testimony to their parental units&rsquo; having done a pretty good job. Try to compliment one of those, and you&rsquo;ll hear a litany of nitpicking should-haves.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/father%E2%80%99s-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/father%E2%80%99s-day#comments Letter from the Editor Thu, 18 Jun 2015 16:33:11 +0000 bayweekly_master 28327 at http://www.bayweekly.com New Fish in Our Ponds http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/new-fish-our-ponds <div class="field field-type-text field-field-tagline-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><em><strong>Wondering how we&rsquo;ll fare as leadership changes at DNR</strong></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-article-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Article Author:&nbsp;</div> Sandra Olivetti Martin </div> </div> </div> <p>A pre-visit look at Bay Weekly&rsquo;s Facebook post of a toothy snakehead had my visiting family afraid to go in the water.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;No need to worry, I assured them. We&rsquo;re reporting snakeheads in ponds, creeks, streams and rivers, not in the Chesapeake proper. On the other hand, visitors at the next-door Smiths waded with a pod of cownose rays. Then ensued a conversation about whether the first recorded encounter with a stingray was the fault of the stinger or of the stung, Captain John Smith.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-weekly-featured-article"> <div class="field-label">Weekly Featured Article:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yes </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/new-fish-our-ponds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bayweekly.com/articles/letter-editor/article/new-fish-our-ponds#comments Letter from the Editor Sat, 13 Jun 2015 22:53:16 +0000 bayweekly_master 28242 at http://www.bayweekly.com