Volume 14, Issue 52 ~ December 28 - January 3, 2006

Letters to the Editor

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Thanks to School Guest Readers

Dear Bay Weekly:

I am writing to thank the many people who helped make the Wild About Reading celebration at Sunderland Elementary School a rousing success.

During our week, we had many guest readers and presenters to educate, inform and entertain our students: Deputy Mike Bomgardner; Ms. Toni Chapman; Ms. Cathey Feeney; Mrs. Mary Forringer; Mrs. Pat Hartley; Ms. Amy Koskey; Mrs. Christine Knode; Del. Sue Kullen; Ms. Kelly Lesperance; Mrs. Marsha Marlett; Sen. Mike Miller; Mr. Douglas Poole and the Snake Poole Experience; Mr. Jack Smith, Superintendent of Calvert County Public Schools; Dr. Alan Sturrock; Mrs. Cindy Truax; Mrs. Karen Vogel; and Ms. Pat Zalusky.

Without our guest readers, our program would not have been such a huge success.

—Jennifer Sturge. School Library Media Specialist

Recycling an Old Idea: Public Talk

Dear Bay Weekly:

America has long relied, in war and peace, on the people and values in its local communities. This has been true from its inception as a nation as well as in every challenge we have faced together. Looking at the faces and hometowns of our young men and women serving overseas, it is even more so today than ever before. 

As we face difficult new challenges in the world, it is perhaps time to look for new ideas for resolving world conflicts before they worsen and turn into new wars, at least some of which will require military involvement.

Consider a new form of international negotiation based on the wellspring of American democracy — the town meeting — in which all sides of an issue are presented and carefully weighed by concerned citizens. The Institute for Public Dialogue believes that a public presentation of all sides of an international problem and judged world opinion can build popular pressure on parties to find an agreement. Such a dialogue can help resolve many, though certainly not all conflicts, before they erupt into warfare.

We hope that you agree with us and invite you to learn more about the Institute at our website, www.ifpdialogue.com, where you are welcome to leave comments and suggestions.

—John Connolly and Brian M. Downing:

Institute for Public Dialogue

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