Letters to the Editor

Volume VI Number 40
October 8-14, 1998

Jaycees' Undebatable Thanks

Dear New Bay Times~Weekly:

On behalf of the Annapolis Jaycees, I would like to thank the Anne Arundel county executive candidates, John Gary and Janet Owens, for the participation, WNAV for broadcasting and especially NBT's J. Alex Knoll for moderating the debate we sponsored Monday, Sept. 28 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis.

Several significant issues were discussed by the candidates, and Mr. Knoll did an excellent job in conducting and managing the discussion. We also wish to thank those members of the community who attended and encourage all to vote on November 3.

-Jim Kelly, Annapolis Jaycees

NBT Trip Best Fishing Ever

Dear New Bay Times~Weekly:

I want to let you know that we had the time of our lives at the New Bay Times-Bill Burton "Fishing Before Football" trip. It was a gorgeous day; our captain, Mike Lipski, was absolutely terrific; and it was the best fishing I've ever done in my life. It was so exciting when the rockfish came up and started biting. I can't wait to go rockfishing again.

We were lucky and caught a dozen bluefish as well. Everyone on my boat had a super time. Thanks so much for providing the chance to go on this trip. Count us in for next year.

-Lisa Ashton, Roger Bennett, Shady Side

New P.O. No Pork

Dear New Bay Times~Weekly:

Thank you for the generally excellent article on the groundbreaking for the new Tracys Landing post office. The community needed - and deserved - something better than the rickety old trailer without plumbing that's served us for so long - especially since we have the best postal service I've ever experienced.

In all fairness, I think the story needs one small but important correction. The fact that the approval of the new facility came in an election year is purely coincidental. Steny Hoyer and our other advocates have been laboring mightily -- and steadily -- for more than five years to get the postal service do to the right thing by us. The pending election had nothing to do with the decision. I know because I've been involved with the cumbersome, slow-moving process since its inception three elections ago.

This isn't a complaint. I just don't want to see our public servant's effort disparaged, even by inadvertent implication.

-Wm. Michael Kitzmiller, Tracys Landing


Editor's Note: We mean no disparagement to Congressman Hoyer (or Mr. Kitzmiller) but respectfully note, from our quarter century chronicling politics, that election years bring citizens a range of benefits from post offices to preservation plans. Pork may take several years to cook, but at every place and at all times --- and this is this nothing to complain about -- it's in election years that we live high off the hog.

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