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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

To the Sew and Reap min­istry at the Per­ryville Out­lets that has qui­etly been help­ing oth­ers find so­lace in times of dis­tress for years. Founder Sandy Tester­man started the pro­gram as a way for her to re­cover men­tal, phys­i­cally and spir­i­tual- ly from a bat­tle with can­cer. “I chose (Sew and Reap) be­cause as a can­cer sur­vivor, I wanted to spread hope to oth­ers,” she ex­plained. “Sewing beau­ti­ful things and giv­ing them away reaps hope.” Twice a week, she opens the doors for those con­tribut­ing to one of the many char­ity projects in progress, in­clud­ing pil­low cases for vet­er­ans at Perry Point Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Med­i­cal Cen­ter and chil­dren at Up­per Ch­e­sa­peake Med­i­cal Cen­ter; quilts for hospice pa­tients, vet­er­ans or can­cer groups; and heart-shaped pads for ba­bies in the neona­tal in­ten­sive care unit at Franklin Square Hospi­tal in Bal­ti­more. Oth­ers come to learn how to sew, and still more are just look­ing for some­one to share their strug­gles with, Tester­man said. Bravo to the Sew and Reap pro­gram for bring­ing light to many in dark times.

To the U.S. Trea­sury De­part­ment’s an­nounce­ment that it will be phas­ing in Har­riet Tub­man as the face on the front of the $20 bill, re­plac­ing the slave-own­ing Pres­i­dent An­drew Jack­son, in com­ing years. The fa­mous African-Amer­i­can who fer­ried hun­dreds of slaves to free­dom will not be alone ei­ther, as other fe­male and civil rights lead­ers will be fea­tured on cur­rency among changes to be un­veiled in 2020, which marks the cen­ten­nial of the 19th Amend­ment that gave women suf­frage. While the Trea­sury’s an­nounce­ment was her­alded by women’s groups, many were dis­heart­ened that the of­fice re­neged on dis­cus­sions to re­place Alexander Hamil­ton on the $10 bill, which is cur­rently up for re­design to im­prove coun­ter­feit­ing pro­tec­tions, with a woman. They ar­gue that Amer­ica’s cur­rency no longer re­flects its pop­u­lace, which is in­creas­ingly di­verse and fea­tures many fe­male lead­ers. Nu­mer­ous other first-world na­tions use its cur­rency to pro­mote their her­itage and his­tory, and we be­lieve the se­lec­tion of Tub­man — an East­ern Shore Mary­lan­der even — is a mo­men­tous first step to­ward join­ing those ranks.

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