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Letter from the Editor

Common sense and caution help, but they may not be enough

The last thing we wanted to read was Bay Weekly’s ­October 3 story “On a Rock and a Hard Place: The Last Place in the World You Want to Take Your Boat.” Those nightmare memories didn’t need refreshing.     That’s the kind of lament I’ve heard over the past week from people who know all too well the shock and painful aftermath of a hard landing.     Those jetties aren’t lighted. You can’t see them at night. Why didn’t you write about that?

Who’d miss the greatest show in town?

Like carnivals and county fairs, the U.S. Boat Shows bring a welcome return of familiar pleasures.     So I’m not going to look back at old editor’s letters as I write this week because no doubt I’ve said the same things before.     That’s because I go to the Boat Shows for the same thrills every year.     I anticipate the makeover of Annapolis with the kind of profound appreciation of novelty and abundance Thomas Wolfe recalled in Circus at Dawn, one of my lifelong favorite short stories.

And avoid Stormwater Dumb Era

How high is your enthusiasm for celebrating Septic­Smart Week?     I’ve been celebrating since Monday, when Septic­Smart Week began, because a septic system upgrade is a fix-up chore on my done list.     My done list is short. Not for want of trying. The got-to-do list at the Martin-Lambrecht household keeps us jumping.

Let’s raise the stakes on voting

Annapolis voters — all 4,277 of them — have decided who gets to run for mayor of our capital city.     Democrat Josh Cohen, the current mayor, will run against Republican Mike Pantelides in November.     Cohen won the right to run again by beating Democratic challenger Bevin Buchheister 1,774 to 1,332.     Pantelides won the right to move on to November by beating two competitors. Republican voters gave him 765 votes to Bob O’Shea’s 365 and Frank Bradley’s 41.

No cheers for citizens who complain about the work they won’t do

If you want to get into politics, Annapolis sounds like the place to start.     Thanks, Dr. Donna Chambers, for pointing out the corollary of this week’s feature stories on the Primary election upcoming in Annapolis: Stakes Are High, Players Few and Who Wants to Run City Hall?     Move on in, newcomers. The field is wide open.     For the nine elected jobs of running our capital city, only nine people are opposed in September 17’s primary.

What’s not to love about autumn?

Which will it be, regret the past or dive into the future?     Turn to Free Will Astrology on page 20, and you’ll read Rob Brezsny’s borrowed counsel to “embrace your regrets. Listen to their stories. Hold them to your heart when you want to remember the price you paid to become who you truly are.”     There’s a truth there, and maybe that’s one of the considerations I’ll delve into should I be sleepless at three o’clock in the morning.

Back to work has a whole new meaning in 21st century America

School’s back in session, Labor Day’s upon us, and we’re up for new challenges.     But just how much do we have to give?     I’m already leaning in, as Sheryl Sandberg advises. At Bay Weekly, it’s shoulder to the wheel and nose to the grindstone. My job doesn’t leave me much time to lollygag on Facebook, where Sandberg made her mark and millions.

Where to find the charity of interspecies connections

Not every human is an animal lover. Slip Mahoney, the subject of one of this week’s dog stories, drove quite a few people to the other side. But he also wiggled into quite a few hearts, even some outside his immediate family. One dog sitter called him Nurse Slip, crediting him with seeing her through an illness compounded by a broken heart.

A dozen kids add the now to our then

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear … Memory does see the past through rose-colored glasses. Looking down all the years to my own school days, I remember anticipation as it shivered through me before school started.

A sweet ending to Maryland Buy Local

You ate all your locally raised vegetables, fruits, eggs and meat every day during Maryland Buy Local Week.     Now you can have dessert.     Naturally, it’s Maryland made, from the farmer to the chef to you.     At Governor Martin O’Malley’s sixth annual Buy Local Cookout, the sweetest thing on the menu was Chef Douglas Wetzel’s Gertrude’s Charolettetown Farm Ricotta Doughnuts with Peach Caramel Sauce.