Nanny state or ‘MOM’ state? (Editorial)
On June 30, following a night of violent straight-line storms across Maryland and Delmarva, Gov. Martin O’Malley, as is among his responsibilities, posted an on-line letter to his constituents.
It was addressed “Dear Friends,” but we will let that go for the moment.
It expressed the hope for the safety of the citizens and added that “we continue to work with our local partners to assess the situation and will send out updates as we have them.”
He encouraged those with electricity to open up their homes to those who were without power and then offered what he called “a few safety tips” in the wake of the storm.
We were not encouraged by the first one: “Drink plenty of water and avoid alcoholic beverages.”
So, your power is off. You are saving what water you have to be able to flush the toilet.
Hard luck times. There are three bottles of chardonnay in the closet. A neighbor calls. They have power. “C’mon over,” the neighbors invite. You grab two bottles. You don’t drink water at the neighbor’s house. You pop the corks on the chardonnay.
We read the rest of the Governor’s 10 safety tips: “Stay away from downed wires,” ... “avoid the use of candles,” ... “keep the ‘fridge door closed,” You know, that sort of thing.
But we kept going back to the “drink plenty of water — avoid the alcoholic beverages” bit.
It seemed to us to be so maternal — like a mother calling from Wisconsin to see if “all my kids are OK.”
Then we noticed, wonderfully, the e-mail address from which Gov. Martin O’Malley dispatched his post-storm advisory.
It was Mom — not from Wisconsin, but from Annapolis.
Just making sure all of the kids were able to take care of themselves in these stormy times.
“We are all in this together,” Mom wrote.
That is comforting.