Why all the fuss about statues?
OUR QUEEN ANNE With all this controversy over statues around the nation, now is a good time to offer up a picture of our own Queen Anne’s statue on the courthouse green.
No, this photo is not mine. Although I was there that day on June 18, 1977, but this shot of the statue was taken by Barry Demaris’s father and Barry dropped this and a few others off at the house recently.
I am still rather confused about all the national uproar over the Confederate statues around our country that are being taken down, since this is part of our history; good or bad. I certainly understand that slavery is wrong, but it is part of our history and we cannot blot it out by removing a few statues.
Will we have to put a police guard around our statue of Queen Anne to make sure some idiot will not want to deface it someday?
“60 MINUTES” We try to make it possible to turn to TV’s “60 Minutes” on Sunday evenings, as it is usually a fine, interesting program.
I thought the final episode of the show last Sunday was one of the most compelling I have ever seen. It centered around a 30-something man who at the age of 5 was lost from his hometown in India and ended up looking for help in bustling train station of Calcutta where nobody showed him any attention. It was a mighty unusual story of how he was finally adopted by an American couple, and was later able to do enough research to find his hometown in India and return to find his mother, and others in his family.
The “60 Minutes” staff deserves congratulations for the way they put that story together.
BACKYARD BONANZA I know I have talked about our backyard bonanza of birds and other small wildlife, but here we go again:
I never realized that birds love sunflower seeds. I had filled the small bird feeder with the regular seed, and then put sunflower seeds in the larger feeder. It didn’t take long for the birds to gather around it and were having a big times. But then along comes that pesky squirrel and he shimmies up the thin, metal pole and wraps himself/herself around the feeder to start chewing. Every time I see the squirrel on the feeder I go out there and chase it away, but it always comes back.
We have been overtaken by blackbirds recently and a flock of some two dozen pecked away at the ground under the smaller bird feeder for a long time the other day. Then a half-dozen or more flew over the bird bath for a drink and a bath. I had seen one or two around it before, but this time there had to be five or six circling the edge and trying to get into the water at the same time.
I still have a big bag of wild bird feed, but guess I will have to go buy another bag of sunflower seeds.
WORDS FOR REVIEW I pick up a copy of the Tidewater Trader weekly to read the column “Words for Review,” by Lanny Parks of Chestertown. For the most part it is a personal column usually with only one topic, unlike mine that bounces all over the place each week.
Anyway, a recent one about the White House, budget cuts, and other national problems, she said: “Finding solutions to the complex situations of our country cannot ever be discovered without thoughtful dialogue and input from every different point of view.” She also quoted Robert Maynard Hutchins, who wrote in 1954, “The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.”
She ends her column saying we must make our voices heard, to work together to stand up for the principles we believe in — or be prepared for the demise of the republic to which we claim our allegiance.
You are so right, Ms. Parks. I agree completely!