I am very angry and embarrassed for my country.
President Obama, Secretary of Defense Hagel and the uniformed members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have all acted without honor.
The president and the secretary in particular have callously and insensitively used the government shutdown as a lame excuse to not provide for the families of service men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
How can we as a country ask our finest to place there lives on the line? We, the most powerful and most compassionate nation in the history of the world can’t even ensure that the wife or husband of a fallen soldier can be at the airport to receive the remains.
We who have a solemn history of honoring our lost comrades in arms, can’t even provide for a proper burial of the loved one yet alone payment of the standard death payment of $100,000.
The president and secretary of defense have used the government shutdown as an excuse. Leadership and a firm understanding of what is right ensures that we do the right thing. They have neither.
With only 17 percent of our bloated government affected by the shutdown, it is disingenuous that we were unable to provide for these families.
Both of them should immediately resign — they are each a disgrace to every man and woman who have ever worn the uniform. I am also appalled that the uniformed members of the military would allow this to happen.
They have budget authority and they all should have had the courage to do right by the families regardless of personal consequences — at least that was the military I remember.
The audacity of this administration to maximize public pain in order to try to sway the public against the Republicans is revolting.
Most of the Pentagon and the military are fully funded, but we can’t honor our commitments to fallen soldiers.
The president opens up the mall and uses National Park Police for a demonstration of tens of thousands of illegal aliens as part of the immigration reform push, while he prevents people from walking up to open air national monuments such as the WWII, Vietnam War, Lincoln and Jefferson memorials.
Think of the irony — with open arms we welcome illegal aliens to meet and speak on the national mall while blocking military veterans and heroes from visiting memorials commemorating their sacrifice to God and country.
I’ve read that we’re spending more money maintaining these closed than it costs to keep them open.
They even blocked off scenic viewing spots along the highway near Mount Rushmore. How can this be? It needs to stop now! Please contact your elected officials and communicate your disgust.
Stuart J. Thomas CDR, USN Retired
Formerly of Salisbury, Pa.
I am very angry and embarrassed for my country.
Maryland legislators have an opportunity to make sure the privacy rights of innocent citizens are not violated. A package of four bills is aimed at limiting law enforcement officials’ ability to electronically monitor citizens.
Daylight Saving Time is now in effect, and if you haven’t already set your clock ahead one hour, you’re behind the 8-ball.
Neighborhoods with strong identity and pride can be a big boost for any city. So it is good to see a Cumberland group working to improve areas all throughout the city.
Sick leave bill would benefit Marylanders
The Cumberland Times-News Feb. 27 article, “Chamber of Commerce opposes bills for required paid sick leave” (Page 1A) presented a one-sided account of a measure that could improve the lives and communities of more than 700,000 Marylanders.
Something on this list just might help you to save a soul
Every day, 18 veterans commit suicide. Every week, thousands of American children commit economic suicide by quitting school.
Money wasted on roundabout could have been spent in city
When the idea of a roundabout on the Route 220 off Interstate 68, that was the biggest mistake the state had made.
Who doesn’t love a mystery, especially when it involves gold.
Theories are springing up around a $10 million trove of gold coins found on their land by a Northern California couple who wisely have chosen to remain anonymous.
It came as a rather sad surprise to read recently that, regardless of how remorseful a dog appears to be when scolded, it has no idea why it is being admonished and probably doesn’t care (“Behaviorists: Dogs feel no shame despite the look,” March 1 Times-News, Page 4A).
There must be better ways to promote cycling
It is a very rare event for me to agree with any politician irrespective of their party. And here I find myself agreeing with Delegate Kevin Kelly (“Plan to establish bike lanes is both absurd and dangerous,” Feb. 27 Times-News).
Roundabout could have been the scene of a fatal accident
I am writing this letter because I am concerned with the safety of this fiasco Maryland calls a roundabout. I call it a death trap waiting to happen. (“Runaway SHA truck injures driver,” Feb. 26 Times-News, Page 3B)
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