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Letter from the Editor

The Case for Oyster Sanctuaries

As you’ll see down the page in Your Say, reader Fred Millhiser continues the discussion opened by my Editor’s Letter of June 22 — “Gov. Hogan: Champion of the Chesapeake? With the title comes accountability”.     I quoted the governor as sharing watermen’s conviction that “rotational harvesting” is good for oyster sanctuaries as well as their own interest.

Read on to find out

Seek and you shall find is the journalist’s creed.      So I was anticipating a full mailbox after I asked in the paper of June 15 for your help in identifying my grandfather’s car.     You came through.     First, on the afternoon of the very day Bay Weekly was delivered throughout Anne Arundel and Calvert counties, was William Hopkins.

With the title comes accountability

As Gov. Larry Hogan revs up his reelection machine, he is burnishing his credentials. In the two weeks since Bay Weekly’s Father’s Day interview in his office, he’s been buddying up with fellow Republicans, “delivering on his promise to transform transit in Baltimore” and carefully styling himself an environmental, and particularly a Chesapeake, champion.

How much — or how little — do we know about the man behind the role?

Who was this man I know as my father? His coincidence with that term is a big deal to me.     To him, fatherhood was one of a long life’s many roles.     In the 36 years before I was born, he was son, grandson, nephew, brother, student, rail-rider, card player, bartender, shore patrolman in the Navy, husband and, as I am now discovering, many things it was not my business to know.     I shared my half-century with him with people dearer and occupations more pressing.

In Bay Weekly’s annual Summer Guide, you’ll find 101 Ways to fill yours with fun

It’s getting to feel a lot like summer.          Days are long as the sun sidles north. At 14 hours and about 52 minutes of daylight, we’re rushing toward the longest days of this year, June 20 and 21, when the sun is with us 14 hours 56 minutes 18 seconds. With all that sun time, skies are blue and clouds shape-changing puffballs — except when thunderstorms clatter through and drench our plans. The vegetable kingdom is in riot, encompassing earth in green. Food is growing in our gardens and swelling in our orchards.

With your help

Has the world ever looked more beautiful? Probably, in some pristine past, but in the eye of this beholder, these late days of spring sparkle with perfection — and when the sun doesn’t come out they give us moody skies reflected in shady green.     Who doesn’t want to be out in times like this?

Honor the holy day. Then celebrate the holiday.

Memorial Day is both a holiday and a holy day.     On the far side of war, it’s the holiday beginning summer’s season of outdoor living, welcomed with barbecues, crab feasts and pool openings. I’m eager to plunge into that season this week or next, weather permitting. Imagining you are too, all of us here are preparing Bay Weekly’s indispensible Summer Guide to tuck inside your June 8 paper.

On these, you did your part

A couple of recent stories have given us just the response we like to hear: You loved them.     Every Wednesday afternoon, we wash our hands of the next day’s paper, just as I’m doing today on the paper of May 18, 2017 — which happens to be one of which we’re all proud.     When our work is done, yours begins. For newspapering is a partnership among those who make it — writers, editors, photographers, designers, ad reps, advertisers — and those who read it. We and You.

Or, if it’s too late, about her (in which case you can skip the flowers and candy, or enjoy them yourself)

In due to Anna Jarvis, who lobbied for a day to thank our mothers and give women a share of the limelight trained on men, I can think of a couple of good things to say about Mother’s Day.     First, it’s broad enough to include us all, for while all of us are not mothers, we all do have mothers.

Camp lets ’em play like Tom Sawyer or ­Preston Hartge

With Kid Summer beginning June 8, now’s getting to be the time to figure out what the kids will do without the routine of school. Just in time comes our Last-Minute Camp Guide, laying out lots and lots of ways your kids can have more fun this summer than is likely on your agenda. I read about these camps with such desire that I’d almost be a kid again to get to go to camp. Except that for kids, most everybody is the boss of you, while we grown-ups are free — or so it appears to them.