Bill Burtons Year in Review
Bill Burton is no mugwump. From politicians to watermen to waterfowl to foul play, he calls em as he sees em. Heres a review of who he called villain in 2001 and who hero.
Baltimore and Maryland were not only shamelessly aggressive in Art Modells heist of the Cleveland Browns but anted up hundreds of millions of bucks needed for so many other things hereabouts, including Chesapeake Bay restoration projects, to build them a purple stadium.
No. 5, Feb. 1
Parents who would blanch at offering their kids a puff from a cigarette, day after day treat them (and themselves) to fast foods loaded with fat and salt.
No. 7, Feb. 15
Had television been around on April 19, 1775, today we might all be watching BBCs higher grade of telly programming, seeing we could have lost the Revolution because the minutemen and their families of Lexington, being glued to their screens, wouldnt have heard the silversmith ride by with his warning the British are coming.
No. 17, April 26
History repeats itself. When shad numbers declined to precipitous levels 20 years ago, netters stalled moratorium efforts with talk of many fish unaccounted for here n there. They did the same when a striped bass shutdown was originally suggested a year later. Now we all know the closing of the two fisheries worked. Rock have more than recovered, and shad are finally getting there.
Methinks the crab situation is as bad or worse. Continued resistance by watermen to any crabbing curtailments puts the entire fishery at great risk.
No. 20, May 17.
Marylands Fuel Monopoly Law
See how government works. A is tinkering with B for what it tells us is for the best interest of X. So those with big thirsty fuel tanks can no longer go on bargain hunts when the gauge on the instrument panel reads close to E, as in empty. Now we see who the scoundrels are.
No. 37, Sept. 13
Bill Lambrecht, co-founder of Bay Weekly, has taken a complicated subject and broken it down to what we can understand. His is a story of arrogance versus ignorance: the arrogance of those who say plant it to farmers and eat it to us; ignorance on our part because we dont know much about genetic engineering.
Do we realize that when scientists play games with genes they change seeds, which changes crops, which in turn changes what we eat. If we are what we eat, doesnt this change us? Theres no way of knowing at this point.
No. 39, Sept. 27.
Had the guv instead of picking a fight with his predecessor William Donald Schaefer, now our independent state comptroller and no patsy to the Glendening regime just turned the water back on so at least the birds could drink and bathe, he might not be in hot water. Nor would his deputy chief of staff, one Jennifer Crawford, who is obviously his heart throb of the moment.
No. 37:, Sept. 13
Grandstanding Politicians Continued
Its a small world indeed. The Muslims of Afghanistan have had their Osama bin Laden and the Taliban, and we have our Doug Duncan and his tribe of county councilmen. Its decreed the Muslims cant smoke or watch television even within their homes, and now the rulers hereabouts would deny us the opportunity to smoke. Of course theyd allow us to stay glued to the imbecilic tube
No. 48, Nov. 29
His Beloved Cat Frieda
Frieda, words come slowly on this computer as out of habit I glance down to see the white ball of fur or hear the contented purr. Frieda Lawrence Burton, you are missed and the house is the solemnest.
No. 2, Jan. 11
Once again this year, its probably too late now to drill with a half-inch bit three-inch deep holes into the adult two red and one silver maples for sap this year. Though the winter has been cold, their sap is already flowing. Life is renewed. And there are so many other things to do to prepare the lawn, feeders and houses for the birds that will soon arrive.
No. 8, Feb. 22
Like a cat, rhubarb is self-maintaining once it takes hold and starts growing. In rural New England, the pie plant is frequently not far from the kitchen door.
No. 18, May 3
Wild and Backyard Life
Changes come with spring, yet some things remain the same. As usual of late, I continue to feed all the feathered visitors and will throughout the summer. The bill for the feed will, I figure, come close to $200 between now and winter, but its money well spent. A yard full of birds is priceless.
No. 19, May 10
The College of Hard Knocks
For what its worth, this old man has some advice for graduates. Enjoy, but keep on learning whether you go on to another school or join the work force.
No. 23, June 7.
People Who Do Their Jobs
The Kitzmillers of Noahs Ark
The predicament of Velvet and Ted Kitzmiller is of ultimate concern among those with a passion for wildlife, especially injured, sick and orphaned wildlife. The citizenry is aroused, but as yet its unclear what can be done. When your household numbers 150 displaced wild creatures, where are you going to go when your lease expires?
No. 25, June 21.
Maryland Watermans Associations Larry Simns
I have watched the Rock Hall fisherman grow into his job and witnessed his mastery in gaining concessions for the watermen he represents. I observed his transformation from a brash and aggressive young firebrand to a statesman in fisheries circles.
The way I see it, Simns learned that anyone can holler and scream, anyone can dissent and demand, anyone can create turmoil and threaten. To be effective over the long haul, one must have the facts, know how to utilize and present them effectively within the system. Larry Simns has done just that.
No. 30, July 26
Can you, as a fellow creature of comfort and taste, name one drink that rouses temptation when consumed at room temperature?
What good is a tepid beverage in summer when mind and body demand chilly refreshment? Conversely, of what value is a lukewarm drink when one is shivering with the cold?
No. 26, June 28.
His New Cat
2E has settled in, becoming a member of the family. Like a goddess, she reigns in this household.
No. 41, Oct. 11
I like leaves whether on the limb or on the lawn. I like to hear the rustle of leaves, to walk through them and listen. In a round-about way, leaves give me another great pleasure as November winds into early December: the sight of a gray squirrel making its winter home within a glob of sticks and dried leaves high in a tree.
No. 46, Nov. 15
Grandmother Burtons Ginger Cookies
Keep all the neckties. sweaters, power drills and such. Like Cookie Monster, me want cookie. As long as I can remember, Ive munched on Grandmother Burtons smiley-face cookies at Christmas.
No. 50, Dec. 13