School board OTHER VOICES
I am writing in response to Editor’s Notebook regarding the election of new school board members (The Capital, Nov. 8).
The District 5 member who was voted out may have had the support of his peers, but voters wanted a school board member who did not take thousands of dollars in campaign donations from a county executive candidate.
I, for one, do not have any indigestion over my vote. MICHELLE KOUL Severna Park
Rotary Club grants
The Rotary Club of Annapolis has just closed the books on our very successful World’s Largest Crab Feast. We are very grateful for the community’s support for the 73rd event.
With the outstanding work of the environmental group, Annapolis Green, and everyone’s cooperation, we composted 14.4 tons from the waste, the largest amount ever.
We use the proceeds to make grants back to nonprofit organizations in the Annapolis area. Since 1946 the Rotary Club has donated more than $1.5 million to the community.
We invite your group to visit www.annapolisrotary.org and to click on “grants.” Applications are being accepted at the website from now until Nov. 30.
We look forward to seeing you at the 74th crab feast on Aug. 2, 2019!
JIM CAMPBELL President of Annapolis Rotary Annapolis
As we mark the 100th anniversary of the allied victory in World War I this Veterans Day, one fitting tribute would be to recognize a little-known cove in the Potomac River that is a living monument to the United States’ role in the First World War.
Located approximately 40 miles south of Washington, D.C., near the Maryland town of Nanjemoy, Mallows Bay is the home to “The Ghost Fleet of the Potomac,” 200 mostly submerged vessels that span 300 years of American shipbuilding. The largest collection of historic shipwrecks in the United States, the National Trust for Historic Preservation named it a “national treasure” in 2017.
The majority of the ships were constructed during World War I and reflect a fascinating part of our nation’s history — when President Woodrow Wilson’s administration undertook a complex effort to mobilize labor and industry to prepare for what was the country’s greatest international challenge to date. This rapid industrial and military buildup helped to usher in the American Century.
Today, the Ghost Fleet is a place of beauty where boaters and watermen share space with great blue herons, osprey and other wildlife. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been studying the site for possible designation as the Chesapeake Bay’s first National Marine Sanctuary for years.
Gov. Larry Hogan’s re-election and the centennial of the allies’ victory makes now a perfect time for him to urge NOAA’s designation, an act that would bring more visitors and new tourism-based business opportunities to Southern Maryland. SHAREE WILLIAMSON Associate general counsel National Trust for Historic Preservation
Finally, the month of Thanksgiving is here! I am thankful to the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore City Police Department because they provided security to our beloved head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, who visited America from the United Kingdom for three weeks. He left for the UK on Monday.
Our head of the community visited and inaugurated our mosque, which is located in Rosedale, on Oct. Oct. 13. He visited Texas, Philadelphia, Virginia and Guatemala.
He inaugurated mosques there but in Guatemala, our beloved head of the community inaugurated a hospital. In that hospital, poor people will be treated freely.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Baltimore cannot express their gratitude enough to both the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore City Police Department. They worked tirelessly throughout the day to ensure that the whole day went smoothly.
There was a crowd of 1,500-1,600 people. They stood on their feet the whole day and never sat down.
Every Sunday there is Sunday school. Every Friday there is a Friday prayer. We welcome these police agencies warmly at our mosque and we will feed them some Pakistani food. Let me briefly introduce you to our head of the community. He is the head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community and our spiritual father, who resides in London.
He prays that the world becomes peaceful. He is very humble and forgiving. He is truthful and always gives to the poor and homeless. He works nonstop and still finds time to be with his followers. He is very skilled at managing time. He loves us all and teaches his followers to serve humanity and never show hatred to anybody.
Love for all; hatred for none is the message of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. SYED MUHAMMAD ABDULLAH Glen Burnie Editor’s note: The writer is 10 years old.