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Letter from the Editor

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.

Find a couple dozen ways in this week’s paper 

      The older I get, the more interested I get in history. You too?       Perhaps history seems more relevant the more you’re part of it.       Some of joining history is accidental. Things keep happening on your watch, even if you’re not watching very closely, that sweep you up.

Bay Weekly’s annual Home & Garden Guide to all of us itching to get things done

      Spring 2018 has made us play a waiting game.       It’s had gardeners looking out our windows at all that demands being done — rather than being out there raking leaves and pulling weeds. It’s had anglers pushing their snooze buttons in hopes that another hour — or another morning — will use up all the energy in the wind. It’s even forced the flowers to hold their blooms tight.