- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 11, 2009

As a Charles County resident who has adopted the road he lives on so he can clean up after human pigs who throw trash from their car windows, I hope you will understand my passion for wanting a clean environment and helping organizations that echo those feelings.

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay will launch yet another Project Clean Stream from 9 a.m. to noon April 4 at well over 100 stream cleanup sites in Maryland, including the Eastern Shore.

Please mark your calendar because your help is needed. The Alliance says, “We are seeking volunteers on two levels: site captains to lead clean-ups and orient volunteers [and] also a general volunteer crew.”

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Supplies, such as trash bags, gloves and first aid kits, will be provided.

In addition to locales like the lower Susquehanna River, the Baltimore City parks and numerous sites in central Maryland, there also is a scheduled Patuxent River watershed cleanup that day. Contact Lauren Webster at 301/249-8200 or visitcleanpatuxent.org for more detailed information.

Also that day, the Alice Ferguson Foundation will hold its Potomac River Watershed Cleanup in the District.

To volunteer for any of the sites, contact the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay’s Victoria Stinson, 410/377-6270 or at [email protected] Additional information is available at www.acb-online.org/cleanstream.cfm.

Slam on the Second Amendment — Rep. Bobby Rush, Illinois Democrat, the sponsor of the Blair Holt’s Firearm Licensing and Record of Sale Act of 2009, surely has started a national brouhaha with House Bill 45 that, if passed by Congress, would make it illegal to own any firearm that requires an ammunition clip or any pistol unless it is first registered and the owner fingerprinted.

The bill would require anyone who owns such a firearm, excluding antiques, to obtain a license. All sales would have to go through licensed dealers. Applicants would have to authorize the release of any existing mental health records.

There’s no way to know how far the bill will go in the House, but it shows that there are elected representatives in this country who willingly spit on the Constitution and the Second Amendment, which clearly states that the right of the people to bear arms shall not be infringed by the government.

What part of the Second Amendment do you not understand, Rep. Rush?

New Horizon Bass Anglers meet — The New Horizon Bass Anglers’ meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on March 12 at the Fairfax County Government Center. The public is invited. The highlight of the meeting will be a speakerphone question-and-answer session with the Bass Professor, Doug Hannon, who has caught more than 500 largemouth bass weighing 10 pounds or more. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or phone 703/887-8399.

Look for Gene Mueller’s Outdoors column Sunday and Wednesday and his Fishing Report on Thursday, only in The Washington Times. Visit Mueller’s Inside Outside blog at washingtontimes.com/sports.

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