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Vol. 8, No. 30
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Intern Mulligan Did a Great Job

Dear Bay Weekly:

Thank you so much for the article [“Gloria Keeps Sea Sisters in the Swim at Build-A-Boat Competition”] about our participation in the recent Build-A-Boat Challenge in Annapolis [No. 26, June 29-July 2]. The article was written in an entertaining and very informative manner, and I couldn’t help notice that the author, Amy Mulligan, is an intern! She is to be commended. She did a great job.

We are very proud of our Annapolis Sea Sisters for their involvement in this local event, and especially their decision to Row For A Cure. Thank you again for spotlighting them.

—Maria Russell, North Palm Beach, Fla.

Editor’s note: Russell is founder of Women Aboard, the Network for Women in Boating. Learn more at www.womenaboard.com.

Thanks from Coast Guard Auxiliary

Dear Bay Weekly:

Scott Dine’s feature article [“Welcome to Maryland Strange Sights, Good Company on Chesapeake Bay”: No. 26, June 29-July 2] concerning OPSAIL 2000 and the Coast Guard Auxiliary was excellent, and we who worked there appreciate what was written very much. Thank you.

—Poc. Dave Keyser, St. Leonard

Common Cause Calls for Accountability

Dear Bay Weekly:

I enjoyed the editorial, “A Nod to Leaders Who Lead” [No. 27: July 6-12] in which you laud Gov. Parris Glendening for stopping open Bay dumping at Site 104. As you recall, the Legislature almost stopped dumping at Site 104 back in April.

The House of Delegates voted overwhelmingly to stop the dumping and the Senate was considered likely to do the same, but the committee chair in the Senate (at Governor Glendening’s request) never allowed a vote on the bill in committee. While Maryland’s legislative committee system gives every bill a hearing, only those bills chosen by the committee chair are voted upon.

This is an unacceptable situation that thwarts the democratic process. Every bill should be voted upon.
Currently, important legislation affecting the Bay, smart growth, taxes, education and equal rights dies quietly in the bottom drawers of committee chairs — just like the Site 104 bill.

Common Cause of Maryland is trying to bring accountability back into the legislative process. Those supporting their efforts should contact Common Cause Maryland at 410/269-6888 or visit their website: www.commoncause.org.

Joan Turek, Harwood; Member, Common Cause Board of Directors

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