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Volume 15, Issue 10 ~ March 8 - March 14, 2007

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 or submit your letters on line, click here

Bay Crater a Hit

Dear Bay Weekly:

That’s a bang-up article [The Bay’s Blast from the Past: Vol. xv, No. 9, March 1]. Accurate, interesting and with the human side added. Excellent work. I’m adding a copy to my Wylie Poag file.

—Kent Mountford, Lusby

How Does a Villager Assail the Walls?

Dear Bay Weekly:

In an editorial of Jan. 25 [Vol. xv, No. 4], you wrote, “We need to encourage the General Assembly to put Allstate on the hot seat and to urge the Maryland Insurance Administration under Gov. Martin O’Malley to swiftly explore options so that Allstate is not permitted to simply inform us of their plan to discriminate.”

I’d like more information on HOW to do this!

—T. McArdle, Edgewater

Editor’s Note: Carrie Madren’s article Lobbying 101: How a Villager Assails the Walls of Our State Capitol [Vol. 15, No. 7: Feb. 15] is our best shot so far on how we citizens can shape state policy.

A Chained Dog Is a Danger

Dear Bay Weekly:

As an animal rights advocate, I hope that many readers give the same consideration to the welfare of their animals as they would to themselves during cold winter. If it’s too cold outside for a human, it’s too cold for an animal. Currently, there is a proposed bill [Senate hearing scheduled 1pm March 14] that would prohibit a person from leaving a dog outside and unattended, by use of a restraint during certain time periods and under certain circumstances, such as severe weather conditions.

Chained dogs suffer severe psychological damage and can become very aggressive. Chained dogs are 2.8 times more likely to bite. Often times, their chains can become entangled and can actually strangle and kill the animal.

Animal control agencies spend valuable time and resources responding to cruelty and neglect cases, trying to educate the public about the proper way to care for their animals. With this law in place, persons violating it could face possible jail time and/or fines, resulting in a source of revenue. I urge everyone to contact their delegates and ask them to support or co-sponsor the anti-tethering bill. The dogs need our help desperately.

—Cathy Mahan, Stevensville

Department of Corrections

The phone number for grants to septic users for nitrogen-removing unit upgrades was misprinted in Way Downstream [Vol. xv; No 8: Feb. 22]. The correct phone number for the Anne Arundel County Department of Health is 410-222-7193.

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