LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
This letter is in response to, and support of, Queen Anne’s County Commissioner-at-Large James J. Moran’s article in the August 2, 2017, Bay Times, which essentially is a call for action by State Transportation to attempt to resolve the traffic woes on Kent Island. This is not Commissioner Moran’s first effort at seeking a reasonable solution to an ever increasing problem. In 2016 Commissioner Moran, along with Commissioner Stephen Wilson, addressed the MD General Assembly regarding a long term solution to the traffic conditions Kent Island residents, as well as the residents of the Broadneck peninsula, confront on a daily basis. Last August, I also attempted to create an awareness of our constant traffic issues in my letter to editors, referred to as “Prisoners on Kent Island.”
Commissioners Moran and Wilson are Republican and I am a registered Democrat. My point being this is a non-partisan issue which requires unified voices before we are faced with traffic Armageddon, referenced in Commissioner Moran’s article, as when Delaware completes the Route 301 bypass and the Route 404 expansion is completed. Let us face it, our daily traffic is equal to that on the Baltimore or Washington Beltways. Now add the effects of “Alt 95” and we really will be daily prisoners! This is a quality of life issue as well as economic value issue. We love Kent Island but who will want to live here with traffic gridlock on a daily basis. What will happen to our property values?
It seems Commissioner Moran has identified some plausible, immediate, short-term solutions. Let us support this effort now and stand to together to address the issue in the 2018 State Legislature. All funding cannot be directed to Montgomery County or Baltimore City. The citizens of Queen Anne’s County deserve better.
Still a Prisoner of Kent Island,
It’s a day after President Trump’s tweet storm declaratively excluding transgender individuals from military service and we remain stunned and appalled. For all who identify as ‘trans’ and for your families, friends and loved ones, we are deeply sorry for the pain this is causing. It is wrong.
The message sent out yesterday (July 27) hurts well beyond those in the military, or who have served in the military, or who are considering the military. The message attempts to blatantly authorize discrimination and expresses an abhorrent view on who is welcome to full participation in community. It is wrong.
Ill-considered messages, which are not vetted through any rational process, are a part of our times. We don’t have answers, but we can say if you identify as trans, gender non-conforming, or queer, and all the other ways you may self-identify, you are loved as you are. You are a blessing. Please know there is support for you in our community — a community with readiness to include and to care — a community that needs and welcomes your energy, your skills and your creativity.
If you need support, there are many ready to help and resources available. It is never easy to be singled out for who you are. It’s even harder when elected officials, who should be serving you, do just the opposite. Please know you are not alone. PFLAG MID-SHORE MD