The truth is there, but the mysteries remain | Letters to the Editor

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Three mysteries: a galactic, a global and a local seem to preoccupy the spirits these days. We could even be soluble.

Galactic: We’ve all watched the X-Files; we know the aliens are among us. But recently released grainy, blurry videos by the military have raised the question: If satellite cameras can read a license plate 1,000 miles away, why are $ 100 million fighter jets equipped? cameras previously only used to take pictures of Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster? We’ll never know.

Globally: The origin of SARS-CoV-2 is still unknown. Has this virus escaped the Wuhan Institute of Virology due to a failed biosafety protocol? Or is the origin due to the much simpler, more believable, and Facebook-sanctioned scenario in which this super virus mutated into a bat which then infected a pangolin which was captured and shipped to a meat market where it was eaten by someone who just happened to live within three miles of the Chinese version of Fort Detrick in the 1960s? A bipartisan effort by our federal government combined with the full cooperation of medical researchers in China should solve this mystery. In other words: the mystery will remain.

Locally: What are the blue lines painted on the 2nd Street tennis courts? Many think these are pickleball lines, but clearly they are not. The back row is way too set back and there isn’t even a kitchen. I should know, because being both a senior and a resident of Florida for at least 183 days a year, I’m basically an expert in pickleball. What are these lines? I guess they are for the popular sport of sepak takraw, but for that the net seems too low. So the question remains: why didn’t Frederick paint outdoor fields for pickleball? I also blame the cityoffrederickmd.gov website which lists pickleball as a sport for “45 and over”. It’s ridiculous. Young people in their 40s and 50s should not play pickleball. How am I supposed to compete with them? I guess we could find out if we had properly painted courts and it’s a mystery why we don’t.



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