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Letter from the Editor

Variations on the same old story

      I don’t burn my socks (yuck!). But I’d washed them (with much of the rest of winter’s heavy wear) and was walking out stocking-less to meet warm spring in thin-soled shoes. When I opened the door, April’s wind twirled paper through the entry hall and drove me back upstairs for a warm raincoat.

The editor’s hale and farewell

     When Our Delegate, Mike Busch, won election as speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, Bay Weekly paid him an office visit to ask him to peer into the future. On January 3, 2003, the day before his 56th birthday, the new speaker Busch had pretty well finished unpacking boxes as he moved into his new digs. And elegant digs they are, I wrote.

He’ll always remind me of when …

      When I heard that my old friend Mike Busch passed away the day before the General Assembly ended, I thought of my mother, who died when she was 94. She and Mike were close — they used to meet and chat in Graul’s most Sundays — and they could both smell BS a mile away. Mom used to say that Mike and my godfather, former Republican governor Ted McKeldin, were the only two politicians she ever trusted. My mother was a very good judge of character.

How medical marijuana got to be a legal Bay Weekly story 

     Are you a little shocked to find yourself reading a big story on medical cannabis in Bay Weekly? The spectrum on this topic flashes with opinions like a pinball machine when a high-scoring game’s in progress. So in case you’re uncomfortable, let me tell you what I’m thinking.       In the first place, aren’t you a little curious? 
Or find experts who’ll do that and two dozen more chores and projects for you
     Paper in hand, reading these words, who are you?      Computer at hand, writing them, I’m my business self. To drive to my office in Annapolis, I don’t have to gird myself as staunchly as my husband Bill Lambrecht, Bay Weekly’s editorial analyst, who has to put on his “Washington face” before his harrowing daily commute. (It looks a little like the contortion he wears to show me how he terrified opponents as a high school football player.)


Time to salute spring, celebrate Maryland Day

     In Daylight Saving Time’s second week, my internal clock is catching up. In the morning, I can rise lazily with the sun just after 7 o’clock. But morning by morning I’ll be rising earlier as sunrise accelerates minute by minute. Those folks on the Eastern Shore whose job is releasing the sun are working faster every morning. We’ve gained 17 minutes of early light since setting our clocks ahead.

Nowadays they’re the talk of the town

     When you live in Chesapeake Country, oysters are your neighbors.      You can’t help running into them. Oyster culture is woven into the fabric of our lives. That’s true in both senses of the word. 

Imagine how long they’ll be when the kids are

out of school — and read Camp Guide

The peculiarities of the American school year confine kids to a regime of classroom and

With all the usual in between

      Race in America is getting to be like the weather in that everybody’s talking about it. Bay Weekly is in on the discussion, with Black History Month coverage that has people talking. 
That may be the challenge of our times
       We’ve come a long way since the early 1990s, when I wondered whether we ought to bother with special stories for Black History Month. Shouldn’t we just integrate stories about black people into our regular coverage?