Why all the fuss about stat­ues?

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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!

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