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Letter from the Editor

You’ve certainly had one. Beyond that, what do you know?
      Who’s your daddy?       That fascinating question gets 16 answers in this week’s paper. Fourteen of that number are readers and writers who accepted my challenge to capture their father’s character at an indelible moment in time. Their character sketches in this week’s feature, Dad in the Moment, not only introduce their dads but also each relationship of father and child.

What Will You Do To Protect Us?

       Summer doesn’t end the responsibilities of good citizenship. Our late spring deluges remind us that water continues to run downhill, with enough power to carry away a tree or a car plus all our human detritus, from misapplied fertilizer to carelessly sipped straws.

There’s so much good to do and see during Chesapeake summer

       Sports bettors have some odds worth their while in the race between the tortoise and the hare, for it may tip in unexpected ways. The race between either species and vehicular traffic is no contest. The car, truck or bus always wins.

From a time of war to a time of peace

       To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.         Whether you hear the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes in those words, the twangy, rising voice of Pete Seeger or the harmonies of The Byrds, they’re likely to touch your heart. As the calendar turns to the last day in May, we find ourselves at a time with two purposes. First, Memorial Day. Then, sweet summer.

All that and more this issue in Bay Weekly

       As the year turns, here we are in stepping-out season, when the young among us leave their nests. You can take that as a metaphor or as fact.         Generations of baby songbirds are already fledging, accounting for the increased volume of birdsong filling the air. Listen, and you’ll hear it.

Take a pledge to break a bad plastics habit

      Taking the straw is a hard habit to break. I’m all for it morally and intellectually. Then opportunity arises, and the serious business of what to order to drink and eat pushes my resolve into the pale of forgetfulness. With the arrival of my drink — even water — plus straw, I remember — but by then it’s too late. One more straw among tens of thousands — maybe even millions — into today’s waste stream, much of which flows downstream into our oceans.

Blooming May invites us into nature

     About May Baskets, I am full of opinions.

That’s a drive sweeping Chesapeake Country

      In the pantheon of nature religions, Chesapeake Bay would be a god. This big Bay gives this place its weather. Its rivers and creeks infiltrate the land, giving it shape and culture.        God Chesapeake nourishes thousands of species, maybe more, that make their lives in the water. It draws flocks of species of the air, and migrations of species of the land.

1,271 is this week’s magic number

       We’ve done this 1,271 times.        That’s the clearest measure I can give of what we’ve achieved in the 25 years since our first paper, then called New Bay Times, hit the streets on Thursday, April 22, 1993, the 23rd Earth Day.

How government works for us in Maryland

       It’s easy to be cynical about government.