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Volume xviii, Issue 29 ~ July 22 - July 28, 2010

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Tears to My Eyes

Dear Bay Weekly:

What a beautiful story “Hearing Hope in the Melody” [July 15]. The musicians Carolyn Surrick, Sue Richards and Ginger Hildebrand deserve special recognition for their devotion to the wounded GI’s. Reading their story brought a tear to my tired old GI eyes (Vietnam).

Thank you for sharing. This article should be printed by the national media.

Also, Diana Beechener did a great job telling their story. Job well done, Bay Weekly.

–Jerry Mainer, Gambrills

Beechener Hits
Right Notes

Dear Bay Weekly:

Thank you sooooo much for Diana Beechener’s article in July 15’s paper on our playing for wounded warriors. “Hearing Hope in the Melody” is truly a lovely article and says so much — beautifully. Congratulations! It’s really, truly great.

–Carolyn Surrick, Crownsville

Editor’s note: Ensemble Galilei viola da gamba player Surrick is the organizer of the trio’s weekly performances at Walter Reed Medical Center’s Mologne House.

Bring on Political Signs, Season

Dear Bay Weekly:

Thanks for the heads up about the coming electoral season in your Letter from the Editor, “Signs of the Times” [July 15]. I’ve enjoyed the dueling yard signs in my neighborhood over the years during election time, both as spectator and participant.

In my days of working for Alaskan politicians, trinket giveaways were also part of campaigning. Sewing kits, playing cards, key chains and berry buckets — all sporting the candidates’ names, of course. In my home for years, the bright yellow rubber grip used to open jars was referred to simply by the candidate’s name emblazoned across the mitt.

Bring on the political season and yard signs! It’s an “American right” as you remind us. Follow local laws about display of signs, and let the dueling begin.

–M.L. Faunce, Churchton

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