Letters to the Editor

 Vol. 10, No. 6

February 7 - 13, 2002

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Eagerly Seeking Eel

Dear Bay Weekly:
Wanted to thank you for sending your reporter to Solomons to cover the Chesapeake Biological Lab’s “Savor the Bay” dinner at DiGiovanni’s last week [“Eek! That’s Eel”: Vol. 10, No. 5, Jan. 31-Feb. 6] and tell you we hope that you include southern Calvert County in your paper more often.

I haven’t eaten eel and I’m not sure it’s on the menu any more, but my husband and I are eager after reading Bay Weekly to try the cooking (even the eel and especially the soups) of Italian-born chef Anna Maria and intend to do so this weekend or next. We love most Bay food and, truth be told, we get a little weary of the same old things.

— Meg Collins, Prince Frederick

Speaking up for Burton’s Freedom of Speech

Dear Bay Weekly:
I am another person very much interested in information and opinions on environmental issues and natural resources, and I am grateful for a local newspaper that covers local topics. And I enjoy Bill Burton’s writing tremendously.

I read Bay Weekly on a regular basis, but I admit to skipping some articles, including an occasional Burton column. Not everything interests me. Nonetheless, I take if for granted that what does not interest me will be of interest to someone else and still has value.

My guess is that one of the things that allows Mr. Burton to churn out his weekly articles is his freedom from having to write within burdensome editorial policy constrictions. And for me, natural resources extends to and includes grandmothers, grandmothers’ cookies, friends, pet kitties …

I think you get the message.

— Diana L. Smith, Adelina

Editor’s note: Once again this year, Bill Burton’s subjects have been a focus of debate in Letters.

Still Authoritative After All These Years

Dear Bay Weekly:
Regarding the end of your editorial “Security’s Costs Need Weighing, Too” [Vol. X, No. 4, Jan. 24-30], quoting Ben Franklin — “Those who are willing to trade civil liberties for temporary security deserve neither” — I thought you might enjoy the following words of David Comins:

“People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.”

Incidentally, I heard the same Franklin line used to conclude a debate on the topic of civil liberties on Boston Public.

— Kevin Kohler, Arnold

Treasuring the Bay by Kayak

Dear Bay Weekly:
I read with interest your 2000 story about the trip involving the Key School traveling the Bay [Vol. 8, No. 25]. I am the pastor on Smith Island and am able to enjoy the scenery, including some from my kayak. In 1994, I made a solo trip from just inside the New York State line down the Susquehanna, into the Bay, and down to the South River.

The Bay is a great resource that we need to preserve for many generations. The young people who made this trip will have a treasure in their hearts and minds that they will try to keep available to their children and beyond.


— Pastor Rick Edmund, Smith Island

Editor’s note: For more good reading, visit Bay Weekly archives back through 1998.

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