28 September/October 2014 | BethesdaMagazine.com
Regarding “Public Spirits” (May/June
2014), Montgomery County must get
out of the alcohol business. The system
is antiquated, inefficient, frustrating for
consumers, and harmful to business. A
21st-century county should not be saddled with Prohibition-era laws.
Eric J. Ellman
Former chairman, Montgomery County
Alcoholic Beverages Advisory Board
Going Too Far?
There’s not much wrong with the article “The Killer Next Door” (May/June
2014), except it revealed way too much
private information about the people
involved, totally unnecessarily. If the
family went far enough to change their
last name, why publicize it? Do readers
need to know the street names of the
homes involved and names of their current residents? I don’t think so. It might
be fun to gossip about these, but in a
published article? Really?
How She Does It
The working mom you chose to profile
for “We Don’t Know How She Does It”
(March/April 2014) is clearly an accomplished professional with a beautiful
home and family, but I can’t for the life
of me figure out why you selected her as
the area’s symbolic superwoman. How
does she do it all? Seems to be with a
lot of household help and a lot of out-sourcing… which, of course, is fine.
But it does not make for a good profile of a busy woman successfully juggling a lot. I could throw a stone…even
in Bethesda…and locate a dozen more
I just returned from a spring break
vacation where several friends and
family members read the piece and
almost choked over the over-the-top
fawning descriptions. It really sounded
like a farce in The Onion of one of these
all too common superwoman stories.
Chevy Chase, D.C.
Write It Down
I read with interest Murray Schweitzer’s
article, “Memories of Me” (May/June
2014), about writing his life story for
the benefit of his children and grandchildren. As Mr. Schweitzer stated,
“everybody has a story,” and it is our
stories that our family will savor when
we are gone. In addition, research now
shows that youngsters benefit hugely
by learning about their family history.
According to a 2013 New York Times
article, “The more children knew about
their family’s history, the stronger their
sense of control over their lives, the
higher their self-esteem, and the more
successfully they believed their families functioned.” I strongly recommend
readers take a class like the one Mr.
Schweitzer offers or engage a personal
historian to help them write their memoirs. Their families will most certainly
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