Letters to the Editor

Vol. 8, No. 22
June 1-7, 2000
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Looking for Crabs

Dear Bay Weekly:

Several years ago you ran an article that I think was titled “Two Dozen Places to Eat a Dozen Crabs.” This was great and I used it to plan summer outings for quite a while. Unfortunately I did not have a subscription to your fine publication, and now much of that information is outdated. I wondered if you had run a more recent version of this since then. If so how can I get a copy of it?

Thanks so much!

—Justina L. Gooden, [email protected]

Editor’s reply: You’re in luck. This week’s issue is all about crabs, including a Dock of the Bay story about the “Crabbiest Man on the Bay,” Whitey Schmidt. His Chesapeake Bay Official Crab Eater’s Guide is out of print, but you’ll find where to reach him by phone and e-mail for other sources.

‘Gotcha Cameras’

Dear Bay Weekly:

Just wanted to say I agreed with your editorial. The new red-light cameras (May 18-24: “‘Gotcha Cameras’ Could Have You Seeing Red”) struck a chord in my house. It seems like more “Big Brother” with the government spying on innocent people and taking our pictures.

Why is it that the people who work the hardest have to put up with the most?

Now, as your article notes, if we are accused of going through a red light, even if it was justified, we’ll be sending our money to another company [Lockheed Martin] that takes the pictures. I hope somebody will have the guts to challenge whether it’s legal.

—Rob Cook, Prince Frederick

Worried About Water Quality

Dear Bay Weekly:

In the past, you have written about water pollution, and it seems that you ought to be doing more articles. I have been a boater for over two decades, and this spring I have noticed some of the foulest, darkest water I can remember. Is it just me, or is the Chesapeake Bay not as clean as people like to think it is?

—E. R. Harmon. Arlington, Va.

Editor’s note: Bay Weekly columnist C.D. Dollar reports that the Bay is experiencing “mahogany tides caused by unusually high concentrations of Prorocentrum minimum, a common Bay alga that contains reddish pigments.” He says that from the Potomac to the Magothy, we are seeing one of the most concentrated blooms in the past 20 years. This natural condition apparently is made worse by the farm fertilizers and lawn chemicals washed into the Bay by heavy spring rains.

The Ties that Bind

Dear Bay Weekly:

I want to thank the community for allowing me to be a part of the lives of so many wonderful people and their pets. During the past 20 years, I have had the privilege of working in a profession that I love. As a veterinarian, I have laughed at the antics of my patients and cried when I lost one. I have seen families grow up, children go away to school and their pets grow older.

We are blessed with this special human-animal bond, and our pets give us opportunity to love and be loved. Since our pets do not live as long as we do, we have the chance to repeat the cycle again, giving us the chance to do it better the second or third time.

I have truly been blessed, and I want each of you to know how important you and your pets have been to me. As I now retire, I will continue to work with those special four-footed friends, and I will remember and miss each one of you.
Thank you again for your trust. It has been a privilege.

—Era J. Moorer,
Chesapeake Animal Clinic, Owings

Editor’s note: Moorer, who you read about in these pages last week, is new president of the Chesapeake Animal Welfare League.

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Bay Weekly