'Outdoors girl' important to more than just sportsmen

The Baltimore Sun has seriously erred in canceling Candus Thomson's "Outdoors Girl" column ("Headed off down a different trail after many memorable adventures," Aug. 14). I grew up on the Severn River in the '60s. Rising before dawn to fish for perch with my father and siblings is a cherished memory. We stalked the crabgrass for soft crabs and netted doublers off the Naval Academy wall. We vacationed at Herrington Manor in a state cabin and went to Gambrills for picnics. During cold winters, we'd skate to Annapolis.

Now I live in Howard County, spending my Maryland nature time gardening, hiking in the parks and bicycling. I never miss the "Outdoors Girl" column. Ms. Thomson kept me up to date on the state of Maryland's natural resources, provided the information I needed to know when and how to take political action, and rekindled childhood memories. Surely room could be found within the Sunday pages of big league sports results for a well written column on state-wide environmental interests.

Kathy Stowe, Clarksville

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