25 YEARS AGO

Record Observer - - Opinion -

Po­lice of­fi­cers from An­napo­lis to Eas­ton were called to duty early Sun­day morn­ing af­ter a double fa­tal ac­ci­dent, strong-armed rob­bery, sev­eral high-speed chases and a riot in­volv­ing nearly 300 peo­ple all oc­curred within a two-hour pe­riod.

“It was crazy. There was so much go­ing on at the same time. All of the po­lice de­part­ments were busy,” said Sgt. T. Wil­liams of Mary­land State Po­lice Cen­tre­ville.

• • • Queen Anne’s County School Su­per­in­ten­dent Joseph Shilling ad­mit­ted that “some things worked and other things didn’t” when he gave the schools’ progress re­port on racial re­la­tions last week.

Shilling had promised to re­turn to the Grasonville Com­mu­nity Cen­ter in the spring when he first met with par­ents there in De­cem­ber af­ter a few racial in­ci­dents, in­clud­ing an Oc­to­ber sit-in by black stu­dents at Queen Anne’s County High School.

“We had a bit of tur­moil then, when it seemed like black kids and white kids didn’t like each other very much,” he said.

Shilling said most of those prob­lems, which may have be­gun in the com­mu­ni­ties, were in­ten­si­fied by fac­ulty mem­bers who “didn’t un­der­stand where the kids were com­ing from.”

• • • Sixty-nine years of mar­riage isn’t so long if one uses Thomas McGin­nis’ well-known adage.

“Al­ways re­mem­ber this.

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