Volume XI, Issue 41 ~ October 9-15, 2003

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Letters to the Editor

Thanks for Getting Bay Weekly out on Time

Dear Bay Weekly:
After the storm, when all was said and done, it was Bay Weekly I longed to read. We had been out of power for six days, our radio was on the blink, and we had no idea how the neighborhood survived, what the local news was. Last Thursday I walked to the post office and there it was, my old friend.

Thanks for getting Bay Weekly out on time. It made a big difference in the life of this one reader. Way to go!

— Carolyn Stearns, Deale

Power Companies: Profits vs. Public Trust

Dear Bay Weekly:
I commend Bay Weekly for laying out the facts and doing some superb research on the issue of the recent power outages.

As a single mother, with a special needs child, it was all I could do to keep my family from going nuts and dealing with the frustration, disruptive logistics and added expenses of going without power for five days. After going through all of that, I could hardly get my arms around the broader issues that created the hardships we endured.

Bay Weekly put a finger right on the crux of the issue: the business model of corporate greed eclipsing the mission of public service via providing a necessary public utility.

In this day and age, it hardly seems possible that so many people dealt with so much hardship because some big, rich company cannot figure out how to prevent trees from falling on power lines.

I say BG&E needs to put plans into action, bury lines, trim back trees and do their job in keeping that public trust and serving the needs of our communities.

— Leda Rose Yatabe, Beltsville

A Deep Breath of Fresh Air
Dear Bay Weekly:
I’m at University of Maryland, in my senior year. I am currently taking an editorial writing class (in which I’ve determined to limit my stories to environmental Bay-related topics) and a “complex story writing” class.

I’ve been reading your paper (along with my required Washington Post and Baltimore Sun), and I have to say that reading Bay Weekly is like taking in a deep breath of fresh air. I really enjoyed this week’s cover story on wilderness survival [“Nature’s Survival Challenge: Vol. XI, No 41: Oct. 2]. Very nicely done story, and so interesting. I didn’t know such a camp existed.

— Sarah Williams, College Park

Editor’s note: Sarah ended her fall 2002 Bay Weekly internship with the feature story for Vol. XI, No 1: “Walking in a Winter Wonderland,” on enjoying the outdoors, and the benefits of exercise, in winter.

Tickled Pink
Dear Bay Weekly:
Oh happy day! We are tickled pink to be voted The Best Gallery by Bay Weekly readers two years in a row.

Thank you once again for doing so much to keep the focus on the good and make dreams come true, Best of the Bay Best Newspaper: Bay Weekly!

— Nancy and Jeff Collery: Main Street Gallery, Prince Frederick

We welcome your letters and opinions. We will edit when necessary. Include your name, address and phone number for verification. Mail them to Bay Weekly, P.O. Box 358, Deale, MD 20751 • E-mail them to us at [email protected].



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