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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 editor@bayweekly.com.

Strong up Front
Dear Bay Weekly:
What a great editorial — Tribes Plus Trash Spells Trouble for AA County — and Bay Reflection — Maureen Miller’s Lights of My Life — in Bay Weekly this week [Vol. XII, No. 18: April 22].

—Frank Fox, Mechanicsville

Making the Connection
Dear Bay Weekly:
Thanks for the wonderful piece “Scrimmages Against Poverty” [Vol. XII, No. 17: April 29]. Writer Lucy Oppenheim made exactly the connections between David K. Shipler’s book, The Working Poor: Invisible in America, and local economic conditions that I was hoping the audience would get! Nice work!

—Elizabeth P. Stewart: Research Historian, Maryland Commission on African American History and
Culture, Banneker-Douglass Museum

Headed for Electoral Disaster
Dear Bay Weekly:
The prediction of this reader is that we are headed for another electoral disaster in 2004. All indications at this time are that the ’04 contest will be decided by a razor-thin margin as in 2000. If this materializes, one of three things will happen in December ’04–January ’05:

  1. A loser will again win and be inaugurated.
  2. A winner will win (just barely) and be inaugurated.
  3. Neither candidate will get a majority of the electoral vote, thus throwing the election into the House of Representatives, which also has happened previously, in 1800. This is particularly a danger if Nader should receive some electoral votes.

There is one positive result that can emanate from the above scenarios. I am the only political writer to date who has advocated the elimination of the Electoral College by U.S. Supreme Court decision. It has been impossible to do it by Constitutional Amendment. (I was cosponsor of the only such amendment to ever be reported out of the House. This was in 1969 and was killed in the Senate.) See my article “Bush v. Gore: Does It Have a Future”: The Maryland Bar Journal, March/April 2002.

That positive result is that a lot more people will be consulting my article and political science experts taking similar positions.

—Bill D. Burlison, Odenton: Chairman, Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee

Help Support Troops
Dear Bay Weekly:
Deale Elks Lodge 2528 would like to recognize our troops overseas. If you have a family member or know of anyone in Southern Anne Arundel County who is overseas, please contact JR at 410-867-7328 or Karen Fulte at 410-867-2528.

—JR Hvizda, Deale

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