Strategy being formed to make Annapolis safe Alderman...

Letters

November 11, 2001

Strategy being formed to make Annapolis safe

Alderman [and Annapolis mayor-elect] Ellen Moyer has asked me to develop a strategy to ensure the safety and security of its citizens, which is a responsibility of government at any level.

This effort involves more than today's terrorism and anthrax concerns, and includes protecting Annapolitans during civil disturbances, demonstrations, and major events at boat shows, first night, homecomings for USNA, etc. Coordination by state, county, and local agencies in exchanging information is imperative. The sharing of pertinent information and communicating with the public allows those who protect citizens to be prepared for the unexpected and respond accordingly.

Although the effort is in its infancy, the study will most likely not recommend the establishment of an additional organization to address terrorism and overall security. Rather, my recommendation will be to work with existing organizations such as fire, police, and EMS, the Coast Guard, the Naval Academy, private security companies, etc. Representatives from each would work together to insure effective information flow which is the key to protecting Annapolitans.

I believe this initiative is important enough that the elected mayor create a position within that office to maintain this important security and communication function.

R.F. Marryott

Annapolis

Anthrax, other dangers won't stop mail carriers

As letter carriers, we understand that we may be subjected to some kind of danger as we do our jobs. When there is two feet of snow on the ground, we know there could be some danger. When there is a violent thunderstorm, we know there could be some danger. We know when we are walking and driving, delivering our mail, there could be some danger. Also, with the Anthrax scare, we know that there can be some danger.

There is danger by walking out your front door. We have learned to live with all kind of dangers. We are concerned, of course, but that will not stop us. We hope the powers that be, in the Postal Service, take the right steps to protect us. We would all like to be tested. We are all facing a new enemy. And with that, we are facing new experiences and threats.

Letter carriers are public servants and we care about our customers. We share your concerns with the anthrax threat. We hope by seeing your letter carriers delivering your mail each day that some of your fears will be relieved. Management, at the Glen Burnie Post Office, is keeping us alert with stand-up talks and training to keep us looking for mail that may be threatening.

These terrorists and their actions should not scare us. Fear is what they want. As a representative of the letter carriers at the Glen Burnie Post Office, I want to thank the letter carriers of Glen Burnie. More importantly I want to thank all our customers for their support and prayers.

Chris Kirby

Glen Burnie

President, National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 4422

Halloween party enlivened nursing home

As I arrived at the haunted house, the hearse was already parked out front, even though it was still daylight and the trick-or-treaters weren't scheduled to arrive for another two hours. The entrance was decorated with skeletons, ghosts and cobwebs. The entryway signs, like the old Burma Shave ads, read, "enter if you dare," "no exit," "turn back now," and finally "too late."

Inside the staff and residents were preparing for their biggest celebration of the year, for Halloween is bigger and more important than Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Easter, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, or any other holiday you can think of. The reason that Halloween is the biggest holiday of the year, is that on this eve, the doors of the haunted house are thrown open and the community dares to enter.

This year 150 children with their parents entered the haunted house and together with the 150 residents and 50 staff members of FutureCare Chesapeake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, they had a ball - a celebration of community, a celebration of life - a truly great party.

Staff dressed up as Cinderella, Snow White, Bob Marley, and Cal Ripken, to name a few. Residents and staff in full costume, greeted guests at the door, giving them special Halloween bags to collect their treats.

The lobby was dark with a big screen TV blaring out the screams of a scary Halloween video. Imitation fires in witches' cauldrons added to the eerie air. Many small, costumed children initially had expressions of uncertainty as they entered this strange place. Mothers pulled them forward as the tiny tots slowed down and physically manifested their second thoughts.

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