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Letter from the Editor

Introducing Mary Ann Jung; Remembering Valerie Lester

In this week’s packed paper, you’ll read about Mary Ann Jung, a woman of many faces. I won’t say introduce, because you’ve likely already met her. Actress Jung impersonates her history-making women far and wide. You might have seen her — and them — live in festivals, schools, libraries, museums, senior centers, conferences as well as in in-between stops at, say, the grocery or mall. Next week, she introduces a new character, Irish Pirate Queen Captain Grace O’ Malley at a Chatauqua event at Severn Library.

Beyond nostalgia, these icons remind us of ­Poseidon’s power

 

     Traditions — if you’re going to keep them — need renewing for each new generation, sometimes sooner. But how often do you want to read another lighthouse story?      So when Thomas Point Lighthouse beckoned University of Maryland journalism student Brad Dress, our summer intern, had to make a case to me to get his story.

Keep in mind what we celebrate — and why

 

      Bursting in a fog of smoke and a cacophony of shrieks and thunder, Fourth of July fireworks must shiver the viscera of anybody — combatant or unlucky civilian — who’s felt the real clamor of war. Since the Chinese invented gunpowder in the ninth century, the world has been roiled, ruled and ruined by its fulminant power. 

Join us in the big tent that’s marriage 

 

      Marriage is a big tent with room for everybody who wants in.        That’s one of our time’s great changes in law and custom. It’s so new, and so big a break from past values, that it can make you stop and think — once you get over your surprise — how powerfully important marriage is to many, many people. 

A record in words and pictures

 

     What, besides 50 percent of our DNA, do our fathers give us?      That’s the question we explore in words and pictures in this week’s Father’s Day edition of Bay Weekly. 

You’re needed to help heal Maryland’s river 

 

     What are we going to do about it?      That’s the question we can’t help asking ourselves if we look a little deeper into the 2018 Chesapeake Bay Report Card issued by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.      “The Chesapeake Bay score remains a C, though it decreased from 54 percent to 46 percent,” you read in staff writer Kathy Knotts’ Bay Weekly story last week.

Summer hits Chesapeake Country

 

     In terms of good timing, Bay Weekly’s annual Summer Guide, 101 Ways to Have Fun, is going to prove its value to you right out of the gate. Our 40 pages of fun hit the streets last Thursday in time for summer’s Memorial Day kickoff. The first week of June runs nose and nose with the first week of December as Chesapeake Country’s busiest and most fun-filled.
Memorial Day reminds us to delight in being alive
     We cannot enter summer through Memorial Day’s gateway without reflections that ought to make life and its pleasures dearer. Life ended in its sweet springtime for most of the 41,892,128 men and women lost in U.S. Military Service during Wartime between 1775 and 1991. To that U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs figure, add 6,915 more lives lost in our Global War on Terrorism since 2001. 

How to manage too much 

     You need more than one T to explain the Homo sapiens distinction. We make not only Tools but also Toys, Trinkets and Technology.      Animals make tools and maybe toys. As crows and their raven cousins seem to enjoy some leisure time, I wouldn’t doubt that they make entertaining toys as well as useful tools. But piling invention on invention sky high is not a habit that even the smartest birds and apes seem to have acquired. 

 

You be the judge 

      My mother would tell you that I picked the wrong lookalike holiday. Her line to me was that “you are the spitting image of Gene Martin” — my father.       Elsa Olivetti Martin might have been right. Nonetheless, my father was not a person any little girl wanted to look like.