Town Square for June 13, 2018

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Last week, the House Committee on Appropriations passed the Fiscal Year 2019 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill. This legislation provides $73 million in funding for the Chesapeake Bay Program. Eastern Shore voters had a range of opinions on the move. – Editor

HEALTHY BAY: The Chesapeake Bay is one of our nation’s greatest natural treasures. Maryland’s First Congressional District depends on a healthy Chesapeake Bay for both commercial fishing and recreational activities. The Chesapeake Bay’s health is improving, and continued funding for this program will keep current cleanup efforts on track for the next year.

TAX: I could not care less about the bay. All I know is it once cost me a bunch of money in rain tax and that didn’t help at all, just another tax on us.

STILL SAVING: I think we have been “saving the bay” since the 1970s. If it’s still messed up, somebody ain’t doing something.

JOBS: A healthy bay creates employment for commercial fishermen, crabbers, recreation entrepreneurs, packers and truckers. It provides populations of fish for anglers and for birds migrating south, providing hunters with birds in hunting season, and has a positive ripple effect all around. But sure, keep supporting “pro-business” Pres. Trump, who wanted to take funding away from cleanup and conservation of the bay.

NOT SO FAST: That’s a little untrue. President Trump doesn’t want to have a dirty bay, it’s just the federal government isn’t going to foot the bill for local cleanup and management of these Democratically run municipalities that dump sewage overflow into the water.

NEED VISAS: What good does a healthy bay do us if it means we have more and better crabs, but no one to work in the picking sheds because of a lack of visas?

COMPLICATED: Jobs for crabbers won’t be much good if there are not people to process the final product.

MUCH BETTER: I lived in St Mary’s in the 1970s. You would have had to have seen what was floating down the Potomac River into the bay in those days to believe it. No one would have swum any where near the mouth in those days. Our bay is in much better condition now.

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