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While it often feels to me that our world spins increasingly beyond comprehension and out of control, I felt especially proud to be a citizen of St. Mary’s County when I read The Enterprise of Aug. 9 and found abundant evidence that I live in a community of much compassion and caring: from the letter of Frank Fox expressing concern for our country’s vision and values; to Neil Covey’s articulate discussion about the unacceptable consequences of sequestration and how it is important to support HR2060, not only to help our neighbors who are suffering from furloughs but also our local farmers who have been overlooked by a farm bill that subsidizes the mega-farms and ignores the small, (and often organic) farmers; to Bill Bartlett’s concern for labeling products containing genetically modified organisms so that, if we choose to, we have the opportunity to know what kind of foods we are putting into our bodies.

And to learn also about the wonderful work that Christine Bergmark is doing, this time with the Hub and Spoke Task Force that seeks to find ways to help feed the region’s hungry; Bernie Fowler Jr.’s work with Farming 4 Hunger; Vickie Hoffman and others working with the Fairy Godmother Project — all that and a reminder about volunteering for Christmas in April. And I know these are just a few of the caring and thoughtful deeds in which many people in our county are engaged.

I am grateful to all of them and want to publically thank them for sharing their ideas and understandings of complex issues and for their commitment to helping meet the needs of others by working to create a more compassionate, just and fair society.

And I also want to express my appreciation to The Enterprise for helping all of us in St. Mary’s County be better aware of the good and thoughtful people who work right here in this place we are fortunate to call home.

Michael S. Glaser, St. Mary’s City