Your Say: Jan. 24-30, 2019

Make That And an &


      I greatly enjoyed your Jan. 17 article Science on the Bay: Allison Colden Tweaked Oyster Reef Balls to Help Break up Dead Zones, featuring VIMS alumna Allison Colden, and am wondering if you might be able to correct the name of Allison’s alma mater from William and Mary College to William & Mary. Doing so would keep my colleagues on our main campus happy!

–David Malmquist, News & Media Director: Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Scientists Deserve Applause

      Thanks much for your story on Allison Colden, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation fish scientists and those weird oyster reef balls. It is good to know that efforts like this are happening, especially in the cause of breaking up dead zones. It was pretty cool your reporter was out on the boat. It’s also good to see scientists get some attention with their work under assault in Washington (like a lot of government employees).

–Julie Peters, Annapolis

If You Won’t Stop, Yield

      The following is an interesting anomaly in contemporary society where a psychologist’s or legal scholar’s discussion would be enlightening.

      I live in a subdivision of 1,250 homes that is served by a single entrance/exit. Throughout the subdivision are numerous street intersections, each with at least one posted stop sign. Other than one person that I am aware of, no one stops and yields. From a practical viewpoint, stopping at these intersections is usually unnecessary. However, at a small minority of intersections cross traffic is very difficult to view. Thus those who have ingrained into their thinking that it is unnecessary to obey the stop signs are flirting, at these dangerous intersections, with the possibility of a collision.

      It would appear that almost all of the stop signs could be replaced with enforced yield signs.

      This engenders the question: Why do elected and/or appointed leaders deliberately generate laws or rules that they know will be ignored?

–William Rynone, Annapolis