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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.

John Leopold’s Campaign Is Deja Vu All Over Again

Dear Bay Weekly:
Your article on John Leopold’s run for county executive [“The Early Bird Gets the Vote,” Vol. XII, No. 28: July 8) was amusing, because it is deja vu all over again. He may be canvassing door-to-door, and he may have deposited $200,000 of his own money into his campaign account, but don’t believe him until the rubber hits the road.

What do I mean? John Leopold has been talking about running for county executive for 20 years, and not once has he ever actually jumped in the water. In 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002 he spoke of running. In 1990, he even talked openly about switching parties to run as a Democrat. But at no time has Del. Leopold summoned the courage to file for county executive.

When push comes to shove for the 2006 election, John Leopold will prove that the only things important to this career politician are himself and political expediency. In 2006, John Leopold again will not run for county executive. He doesn’t have it in him.
—Dick Dexter, Crofton

Our Bridge Doesn’t Connect to the Future

Dear Bay Weekly:
A recent trip to Baltimore reminded me of many things.

I saw, as we moved through traffic, people that I recognized as Eastern Shore residents headed west on U.S. 50. I knew, for certain, some choose to live on the shore and work in Annapolis, Baltimore or Washington.

I looked, as we passed the west end of the span, at all the equipment, barges and other things needed to complete resurfacing.

I marveled at this beautiful span, roadway and artery and remembered the first time I’d crossed the Bay, one foggy night in 1965 when it was a two-lane bridge, still one of the world’s biggest wonders.

No longer, I thought. This is a major commuter path. An artery that leads from the quiet life of the shore to the hustle and bustle of metro Annapolis, D.C. and Baltimore.

How will we mix the needs of residents, commuters and tourists in the future? All must be accommodated. Our economic
vitality depends on that.

The future is here. To plan for these needs will be difficult, but plan we must.

Another span and high-speed ferry service are absolute needs for the future. To delay planning and development will only cost us more in the long run.

I hope I live long enough to see them come to pass.
—David Bonar, Dover, Delaware

101 Ways Works in Michigan

Dear Bay Weekly:
Thanks for the 101 Things to Do. Collect Old Barns, Way 33, was up my alley, as was Way 61, as our church is making use of the labyrinth in its congregational care program.
—Elizabeth Weir, Birch Point at Sioux Ste. Marie, Michigan

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