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Volume xviii, Issue 17 ~ Apri 29 to May 5, 2010

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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, 1629 Forest Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403 •E-mail them to [email protected]. or submit your letters on-line by clicking here.

Feeling a Need for Spring Cleaning

Dear Bay Weekly:

To honor Earth Day and Bay Weekly’s birthday I would like to ask for some attention to this issue.

What do we do with all this stuff?

Now its finally spring, we aging baby boomers are looking at this glut of stuff we have collected over the years.

Whether its sentimental, valuable, useful or not, we desire to keep it out of the landfills, to recycle and reuse.

If you could do more articles on this topic it would be greatly appreciated.

–Farley Peters, Fairhaven

See the Light So Kids Can See the Night

Dear Bay Weekly:

As a committed stargazer, every Thursday in Bay Weekly I read Alex Knoll’s Sky Watch column first. Knoll’s April 22 piece, “Turn Off the Lights,” was a welcome advisory as to how “misdirected illumination is robbing us of our night skies.”

Some years back, I began a one-person education campaign in my neighborhood about light pollution as spotlights began to go up on garages and high-wattage bulbs glared from door fronts. Armed with copies of a very good article about how most children have never seen the night skies and packages of low-wattage yellow bulbs, I preached what Knoll pitched, “shield and direct light only to where it is needed.”

Several took the article, but not the bulbs. Neighbor Betty Browning did one better. She had her handyman replace the spots with low-wattage bulbs. Thanks Betty, and thanks Alex. I hope your readers see the light so that their children get to see the stars at night.

–M.L. Faunce, Churchton

Music to Our Ears

Dear Bay Weekly:

Thank you for announcing our show in your wonderful publication. You have readers in our car club and in Bowie. I made a number of your April 15 newspapers available at our car show registration desk. They went fast.

Including our show announcement on page 3 under a picture of a yellow 1968 Chevrolet Camaro belonging to club member John Haas of Davidsonville was just the professional touch. People asked where they could get a copy of your newspaper. I assured everyone they were available at Rips Restaurant. Thank you again for your support.

–William H. Wilson,
Vice President: Asphalt Angles Car Club of Maryland

Southern High School Needs Your Votes

Dear Bay Weekly:

Southern High School in Harwood is currently in second place to receive a $30,000 makeover for its park/fields in the More Green Across America contest sponsored by Sears. 

The school is 20,000 votes behind Fun Forest, Virginia, and voting will end May 5. Can Bay Weekly help get the word out to vote for Southern? It would be a great opportunity for some of our local kids and this school.

Vote online at

–Courtney Howell, via email

Politicians: Advertise in Bay Weekly

Dear Bay Weekly:

I keep getting unsolicited mail from our congressman, glossy publications and letters. I guess Frank Kratovil is trying to use up his allotted money for such things. Perhaps your paper might offer space for messages from congressman to avoid such outrageous waste of money in sending out their brag sheets — and after they voted themselves a pay raise to boot in these dire times.

–Frank J Gomba, Severna Park

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