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Bethany Stevenson

October 28, 2004
Some Kerry Supporters Reflect Their Candidate
Bethany Stevenson
One should never make generalizations about a group of people. Having said that, it is ironic that a group of people should act in such characteristic manner that it defines their true inner nature.

October 11, 2004
Making A Difference
Bethany Stevenson
As our thoughts begin to turn to autumn, pumpkins, feast days, gorging on candy, turkey and that notorious pecan pie that Grandma makes, we also have the opportunity to turn our thoughts to the many children in our community who suffer from malnutrition.

October 1, 2004
Liberty: A Light to the World
Bethany Stevenson
In 1886, a marvelous gift was presented to the people of the United States by France: the Statue of Liberty. The gift was intended to celebrate the first 100 years of this free nation. But more than that, many saw Liberty as a beacon to the world that freedom, even with its high price, was treasured above riches.

September 21, 2004
Ivan Traveled Too Close For Comfort
Bethany Stevenson
How often do we take time to count our many blessings? For some of us this past weekend was an opportunity to do just that.

September 9, 2004
Insidious, Yet Overlooked, Plague
Bethany Stevenson
Many people talk of social ills that plague our society: violence in media, drug abuse, alcoholism, pornography. But these "ills" are laying a sturdy foundation for a greater disease known as family violence.

June 16, 2004
Support The Message, Hate The Method
Bethany Stevenson
When was the last time you said, "I love to see those pictures of dismembered babies?" Or your friend said, "Let's go see those posters of dead babies down on 40?" What? Did you say, "Never?" Then why, why, do we have to be tortured again and again with their display?

March 18, 2004
Odes to My Teachers
Bethany Stevenson
They say "Into every life, some rain must fall," but conversely if one has rain they eventually have some sun as well.

March 9, 2004
Making A List And Checking It Twice
Bethany Stevenson
Well, it's that time of the year again. Everyone is talking about it. The mailbox is blooming with tax documents and the CPA's have disappeared from the social scene. Yes, it's Tax Time.

November 14, 2003
A Plea To Stay Put!
Bethany Stevenson
Every time the newspaper comes, County Commissioner President John L. Thompson, Jr., has his name in the headlines somewhere in the first three pages.

October 31, 2003
Message To Illegal Aliens: Hit The Road!
Bethany Stevenson
Illegal aliens are in the papers everywhere. They're everywhere! They're everywhere!

October 17, 2003
The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same
Bethany Stevenson
The Tupperware Party has reached a coming of age. When I was but a babe in arms, my mother's counterparts would dress in their polyester skirts and meet prim and proper to ooh and aah over orange and green Tupperware.

September 29, 2003
Positives Overshadow Negatives At Great Frederick Fair
Bethany Stevenson
The tradition of the Great Frederick Fair, for me, did not become real until I had my own children. As a child myself, we did not start going until I was of the age to be only concerned about rides.

September 18, 2003
What’s To Become Of Potty Mouth Kids?
Bethany Stevenson
Two weeks before school was scheduled to start, I was driving down Jefferson Street. Fifty feet before an intersection, three 10 year olds were crossing the street quite dangerously and causing traffic to swerve around them.

August 7, 2003
Signs Of The Times…
Bethany Stevenson
"Signs, signs, everywhere there's signs." So goes the great flashback song from the late sixties.

June 30, 2003
A small Comparison And A Reading Invitation
Bethany Stevenson
Could it be? The Mayor....lied?!?! And we all thought that all was going so well since she was learning to get along well with others. Like a soap opera of kindergarten proportions, our Ms. Dougherty strikes again on the playground of Frederick.

June 2, 2003
Random Thoughts on Frederick - Political And Social
Bethany Stevenson
What a bold move on the part of Governor Robert Ehrlich in his recent veto of the State Exercise (Walking) Bill!! Controversial to say the least! How many politicians would dare veto a child's bill?

May 20, 2003
Enjoy Making Memories Instead Of Just Remembering Them
Bethany Stevenson
We have all been warned, officially. In the editorial section of the local paper recently a vigilante with a cause warned all of his fellow citizens that no person is safe from his watchful eye: if you leave your child unattended in a car for even a second, he will personally whip out the cell phone to make the call to haul you away.

February 21, 2003
The Boy Scouts Have It Right! BE PREPARED!
Bethany Stevenson
Last week, as the terrorist alert system was raised, President Bush and his staff encouraged all families to make sure they have an emergency evacuation kit. He also encouraged families to have on hand plastic sheeting and duct tape to protect us from biological and chemical attacks.

February 11, 2003
The Buzz Around Town
Bethany Stevenson
Weekly errands afford the opportunity to "buzz around" our town. Recent trips have brought protesters face to face with my car. Shockingly enough, these protesters are bold enough to invade my personal space.

January 16, 2003
To War Or Not To War
Bethany Stevenson
Tuesday morning's Good Morning America tickler stories included reports from England and Germany of general population opinions against helping the United States in a war with Iraq. Closer to home, protesters stand outside Fort Detrick's gates, and signs are hung willy-nilly in town resembling the recent political election.

December 27, 2002
Making a Difference
Bethany Stevenson
The last month of the year brings with it a prevailing sense of hope, love for all mankind, and a spirit of charity for those who are less fortunate than ourselves. The first month of the year brings a sense of renewal, hope for the future, and a time to resolve to be a better person. How ironic that they should fall so close to one another.

November 15, 2002
Watch For The Boys In Your Neighborhood
Bethany Stevenson
Reports say that young men dressed in uniform have been seen wandering your neighborhood and others around the county. They come up to the door and drop off a bag and move on without knocking.

October 2, 2002
Counting Your November Blessings
Bethany Stevenson
At a dinner held for supporters of Senator Alex Mooney last week, local residents and leaders, as well as not-so local patrons, cheered on the man who stands on his convictions as he fights his way through the State House. In attendance were County Commissioner Rick Weldon, BOE candidate Julie White, and U.S. Senator Peter Fitzgerald (R., Illinois).

September 20, 2002
Year-Round School Has Its Advantages
Bethany Stevenson
Recently the topic of year-round school has raised its head again in the county. Many opponents claim that taking away summer vacation just isn't fair. But success in the year-round classroom proves that vacation isn't a reward for 180 days of learning, rather it is a hindrance to it.

September 10, 2002
Take The Time! Be A Real Parent To Your Children
Bethany Stevenson
A recent study was published stating that teen girls who have a close relationship with their mother are less likely to become sexually active as a teen than those who don't. This is a "duh!" moment. Any child who has a close relationship with a caring parent is less likely to be involved in any activity that is deemed nonconductive to a moral lifestyle.

August 9, 2002
"Signs of the Times" - Again
Bethany Stevenson
Recent allegations have surfaced claiming Alex Mooney and his re-election committee are stealing signs that promote Sue Hecht. Visions of 007 sneaking through quiet neighborhoods to eliminate... signs...hmmmm.

July 26, 2002
Sometime You Have To Support The Lesser of Two Evils
Bethany Stevenson
Being not as wise as some of my elders, several years ago I determined to only vote for candidates who have exactly the same views as myself on all the issues. Contemplating the upcoming gubernatorial race, I decided that it was acceptable to vote for a candidate who is not in 100% agreement with my views, as long as the person was the lesser of two evils.

July 16, 2002
Leave My Pledge Of Allegiance Alone!
Bethany Stevenson
Cub Scout Day Camp was held last week in Woodsboro. At the beginning of each morning, every Scout and every adult volunteer pledged their allegiance to the United States of America.

July 3, 2002
Patriotism - That Adhesive Fiber That Binds Us All
Bethany Stevenson
Being at the top end of Generation X, patriotism has a different meaning for me than the generations before. No one my age has ever been drafted and none of my friends have died in war. I grew up idolizing the hippies of the 60s because they were not afraid to stand up against the establishment. But, in my maturity, I find that some of the things they stood for were only romantic and idealistic.

June 18, 2002
We Are Failing Too Many of Our "Old Folks At Home"
Bethany Stevenson
As a young piano student, I learned the classic Steven Foster song whose lines serenade, "All the world is sad and dreary/ Ev'rywhere I roam/ Oh how my lonely heart grows weary/ Far from the old folks at home."


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