Letter to the Editor: Protect the Chesapeake Bay on Election Day


While Andy Harris should be commended for his recent vote in support of cleanup efforts in the Chesapeake Bay, the League of Women Voters rates his overall stand on environmental issues at 3 percent. A sudden change of heart on our representative’s part – probably not.

The Chesapeake Bay is such an important part of my life and has been for years. I’ve played in it and on it for years and I followed my parents to the Eastern Shore when my husband and I retired here nearly 20 years ago. It has changed so much since I was a young and could grab oysters from under my parents dock or chicken neck for crabs for dinner. Now the oysters are gone and I can’t see into the water to net the crabs.

Fortunately, the Bay is also a recognized in general as a national and regional treasure, providing not only enjoyment but significant economic benefits for the region. Despite our representative’s voting record, Congress and our previous presidents have recognized this importance and have committed to restoring the health of the Bay. After a 15 year and $19 billion dollar cleanup effort the Chesapeake Bay health is slowly but steadily improving earning a C in the latest report card.

Let’s put someone in office who recognizes and values the Chesapeake Bay. Jesse Colvin, who is running against Andy Harris in the upcoming election, wants to add one million oysters to the Chesapeake Bay. Perhaps if that happens my grandson and I will eventually be able to see the crabs and I can pass on the wonderful art of “chicken-necking” to his generation.

Ellyn Vail
Worton, MD


Letters to Editor

  1. Ellyn Vail says

    I erred in my letter – it was the League of Conservation Voters not the League of Women Voters that rated Andy Harris’s voting record!

  2. James R Reeves says

    Who does the LWV think they are fooling? They would never endorse a Republican. They are hiding behind the environment as an excuse. How (un)noble of them.

    • Gren Whitman says

      The League of Women Voters never endorses any candidate!
      They are one hundred percent non-partisan, and are out to fool no one.
      Mr. Reeves appears to be one hundred percent uninformed.

    • Michael McDowell says

      Well, the League of Conservation Voters gave a 67 per cent rating to Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine, a 36 per cent rating to Republican Congressman Dave Reichert ot Washington State, and a 33 per cent rating to Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida. The sad thing is that the Republican Party’s attitude to environmental protection is derisory, so what do you expect? The LOCV rating for Harris is a paltry 3 per cent! As for the League of Women Voters, which you wrongly criticise, Mr. Reeves, they do NOT endorse candidates either Republican or Democrat. Fact.

  3. Beryl Smith says

    I could care less who rate Andy Harris. I only know that he will say what he has to say to get reelected, then do the bidding of Donald Trump. Let’s get someone to really represent us, not a stooge for the monkey in DC.

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