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Volume 16, Issue 48 - November 27 - December 3, 2008
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Burton’s Brother Tells the Rest of the Story

Dear Bay Weekly:

Brother Bill forgot one of the more memorable Burton family traditions while growing up. Those two plump chickens (I only remember one; two chickens would have been considered extravagant) that we ate at Thanksgiving [“Another Season for Thanks” Nov. 20] were raised on our small farm. In the early years, Bill had the duty of chopping off the head, a task I later assumed. If you ever have that experience of watching a chicken flop around after being beheaded, you will know why Bill excised this from his memory.

–John R. Burton, Ph.D., Associate Professor Emeritus: University of Utah

Perpetual Motion Not Working Yet

Dear Bay Weekly:

Eureka! Our energy troubles are over! Just picked up a Bay Weekly [Oct. 30], and read in the Earth Talk article that many trains “rely solely on electric power generated by their own motion.” Actually, though, I’m pretty sure that the invention of perpetual motion is a ways off, trains powered from the electric grid very likely have the least impact on the environment by far, especially if that power is generated by nuclear power plants.

–Alan Thornton, Owings

Thanks Given for Elizabeth Ayres

Dear Bay Weekly:

Thank you to Elizabeth Ayres for her Thanksgiving reflection [“Preparing for Thanksgiving”: Nov 20]. Such a beautifully written piece. Amen. The American Dream is an invitation to every person on earth. I hope and pray in this new beginning, we as a people can finally come together in our great US of A.

–Michelle Steel, Chesapeake Beach 

Real Polynesian Dancers

Wear LessTalofa Bay Weekly:

What a pleasant surprise to see Bay Weekly featuring a group of ‘Polynesian’ dancers on its cover [Nov. 13]. Of course, they were much more modestly dressed, but the picture brought back many fond memories of a year my family and I spent in Pago Pago. It was back in 1969 that I was special assistant to the governor and acted in his place when he was off-island. In some respects, it was similar to the current era we’re now in. Governor Haydon, a staunch Republican, succeeded a Democrat. Interestingly, after two terms, the appointed governorship was terminated and the Samoans were granted the right to vote. It was an exciting experience for me as well as my family to live in a different culture.

–Bill Wohlfeld, Annapolis

Drive Safely to Your Holiday Destinations

Dear Bay Weekly:

As we travel near and far this holiday season, remember to take precautions while driving to see our loved ones.

Please remember to drive the speed limit. Speed kills on our highways. Reach your destination safely.

Wear your safety belts at all times, and make sure your kids are strapped into their car seats.

Drive defensively and without anger. It is the holiday season.

Stay off your cell phone and never text while driving.

If we remember the important people in our lives, the ones we love so dearly and the ones who make the holidays special and follow these simple rules of the road, we truly will all have a happy holiday season.

–Russell Hurd, Abingdon

Editor’s note: Hurd’s daughter was killed by a driver believed to be texting. He is the founder of Heather’s Law, to ban hand-held cell phones and texting while driving.

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