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The Capital - - OPINION -

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

Mal­loys Bay

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

Washington, D.C.

Thanks­giv­ing

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.

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