Candlelight vigil protests the war

March 26, 2003

They stood quietly behind the Longfellow Elementary sign as though posed for a class picture, a small candelabra of people flickering against the dark.

A family trailed toward them: two children, one holding a small picket sign that read, "Remember the Kids," and their parents, one holding a large American flag. In the warm night, dogs sat patiently by their owners. Once or twice, a car honked.

It was Missy Zane's second Sunday candlelight vigil against the war, but now bombs were falling on Iraq.

"We have no right to inflict our will on the rest of the world," said Dorsey Hall resident Joyce Moeder. "We have become the people that we've always hated." Her daughter drove overnight from Smith College to Washington to demonstrate against the war.

FOR THE RECORD - Because of an editing error, the location of Sunday's candlelight vigil for peace was incorrect in the roundup of west Columbia neighborhood news in yesterday's Howard County edition of The Sun. Participants in the vigil stood behind the Longfellow neighborhood sign at Harper's Farm and Eliot's Oak roads in Harper's Choice village. The Sun regrets the error.

"I just very much wanted to be with Joyce and her husband," said Charles Butler, a family friend from Harper's Choice.

"I have a son, a second lieutenant, a quartermaster. He's a supply guy. We're opposed to this war," said Bonnie Muchene of Oakland Mills. "I raised my children as pacifists - especially him - and he joined the Army because he lost his job."

Her son B (for Billy) called home Sunday from Kuwait. "I'm still the same B, and I always will be the same B!" he said. His mom shook her head.

"In spite of what he says, he probably won't be the same," she said.

Frank Brusca fought in World War II. "He's the oldest one here tonight," said his wife, Anne. The couple live in Harper's Choice.

"I think basically unchecked power and wealth are the cause of world problems," Frank Brusca said. "The enemy: the bad Nazis, the bad Japanese. As it turned out, after the war I met German people who were just ordinary people. And we were going to bomb all their cities, and we did. And see what we did in Japan at the end of the war - and these were just average people. Who is really the enemy?"

Zane plans to continue the vigil at Harper's Farm and Eliot's Oak roads from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Sunday.

Information: 410-730-3679.

The Howard County Coalition Against War has begun a daily vigil from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Broken Land and Little Patuxent parkways.

Information: www.howard countypeace.com.

- Fay Lande

Support for troops, opposition to war

Judy Colligan attended the Sunday candlelight vigil in Harper's Choice. Though she does not support the war in Iraq, she is concerned that members of the military and their families may feel betrayed by protests.

"We're having a second war, that we shouldn't say anything because now that we're at war we have to zip it up," she said later. "And I think it's dangerous to zip it up. [But] I want people who are dissenting to also say how much we care about our troops. That duality should be possible in our society."

Colligan is offering a $100 prize for a sound bite that combines support for American troops in Iraq with opposition to the war.

Howard County students, elementary school through college-age, are eligible to compete. The slogan could be used on T-shirts, pins, signs or other written materials. Anyone is welcome to add to the prize money.

Entries should mailed to Judy Colligan, 5430 Lynx Lane, PMB 273, Columbia 21044, and should be received by April 5.

Information: 410-730-4712.

Yoga classes taught at Slayton House

Kat Kelley-Chung is teaching continuing classes for Level I Yoga and classes for senior citizens at Slayton House in Wilde Lake Village Center.

Yoga reduces stress and builds physical health and fitness through a system of poses. Beginners meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays; seniors, ages 50 and older, from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays.

The cost is $72; $15 a class to drop in. Columbia lien-payers receive a 10 percent discount. Registration is required. 410-730-3987.

Around town

Children's theater: Rainbow Theatre at Slayton House will continue its series for children with a performance of The Ickity Bickity Boo Show by Terry Marsh on Friday. Performances will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Slayton House Theatre. Tickets, which should be purchased in advance, are $4. Some may be available at the door for $5. The program is sponsored by Wilde Lake Community Association. 410-730-3987.

Parents' group: Wilde Lake Community Association is sponsoring a support group for first-time parents from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Slayton House. A nominal weekly donation is requested. 410-730-3987.

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