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Letters to the Editor

We welcome your opinions and letters — with name and address. 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 [email protected].

Why I Read Bay Weekly
Dear Bay Weekly:
Your March 4–10 issue (Vol. XII, No 10) was outstanding! I enjoyed the profile of League of Conservation Voters’ Susan Brown, Bill Burton’s comments about the history of shad and the story about the dreaded proposed black bear hunt. I fired off my comments to the Black Bear Project as soon as I finished reading the article, as I hope others will, about what a bad idea the hunt is. Maybe if the Department of Natural Resources continues to have ideas like that, they shouldn’t get any more funding.

Stories about environmental issues and profiles of outstanding local individuals doing constructive things are why I read Bay Weekly. The stories were well written and presented solutions and information hard to find anywhere else. I hope you continue to have the courage and independence to publish more stories like this in the future.

—Barbara Schneider, Millersville

Outfaxing the Faxers
Dear Bay Weekly:
I just read with a small chuckle Bill Burton’s column about unwanted faxes [Vol. XII, No 17, April 22].

I used to receive unwanted faxes at the rate of about three or four a week. I kept track of the 800 numbers that showed up at the bottom of each page, and after calling the numbers a few times to try to take my number off the list, just as Bill did, I realized that the same people were answering the phones. Although the services and numbers were all different, the solicitor was the same company.

I forwarded the faxes to the state Attorney General’s office, as it is my understanding that sending unsolicited faxes is a misdemeanor. Unfortunately I received no response from the AG’s office.

Then I started calling the 800 numbers over and over again from my fax machine, while I was working at my computer. It took very little effort to keep hitting the redial button, and as they were 800 numbers, it cost me nothing. It did, however, cost that solicitor mightily, as they are charged for every 800 call that they receive — not to mention the time it took their phone answerers to give their opening spiel — as I hung up and dialed again.

It took about three weeks (probably until they received their 800 number phone bill with my fax number showing up repeatedly) but all the faxes stopped, and I have not received one in over two months.

—Steve Wilke, Dunkirk

P.S. Fax number withheld by request!

Unitarian Church Concerts Raise $6k
Dear Bay Weekly:
Thanks for your support in listing our events in 8 Days a Week. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis’ last concert in the Music for Peace and Justice series raised $6,000. We sold 100 tickets at the door. Bay Weekly was a real contributor to that success, and all proceeds help Annapolis human service organizations.

—Sydnia Jocobs, Severna Park

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