Letters to the Editor
We welcome your letters and opinions. We will edit when necessary. Include your name, address and phone number for verification. Mail them to Bay Weekly, P.O. Box 358, Deale, MD 20751 E-mail them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Got the Chesapeake Homesick Blues
Dear Bay Weekly:
Im an Annapolitan living in Ohio for two years, and I miss Annapolis and Chesapeake Bay more than well, you could imagine. Its beautiful here and the people are very friendly. But no place is as beautiful as Chesapeake Bay.
Reading through an old copy of Bay Weekly, I realized how much I also miss you all, especially Rob Brezsnys Free Will Astrology and Chuck Shepherds News of the Weird.
I hope to be coming back home soon, but its going to be a couple of months. Until then, reading Bay Weekly would let me show all my new friends what Ive talked to them about.
How can I get you to mail me a weekly copy? I would be willing to pay any cost for postage, handling, ink, paper. Sorry, I cant cover any retirement plans. But Ill do whatever to keep Annapolis in my existence.
Craig Byers, Newark, Ohio
Editors reply: Craig misses the paper thats Always Free to Chesapeake citizens for the picking up. Bay Weekly is also free to on-line readers at www.bayweekly.com. But if you want your copy to come by mail, $40 covers postage, handling, ink, paper for one year. Order subscriptions for homesick friends by phone (410/867-0304), mail (P.O. Box 358, Deale, MD 20751), or on-line (email@example.com).
Whats Wrong with Our Oysters Is Wrong with Our Bay
Dear Bay Weekly:
Our native oysters are sick because of terrible water quality. The oyster cant swim. It has to stay in its habitat and take whatever comes its way. Fish can get up and swim out of the dead zone, but our oysters have to take whatever.
If water quality were up to speed, our oysters would have immune resources to overcome MSX and dermo. But because our oysters live in a slop bucket, its hard to build that resistance.
They are the benchmark that will tell us when weve got something going right. If we cant clean the Bay up to save our own native species, we dont deserve oysters. Thats the way I feel.
The bottom line is water quality. If we ever get the water anywhere near where it used to be, this very resilient estuary would come back on its own.
Bernie Fowler, Prince Frederick
Editors note: Fowler spent 12 years in the Maryland Senate as an advocate of the Bay. His Sneaker Index is a famous, if impressionistic, yardstick of Bay health.
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