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.
Canal Place Authority has no business withholding names
The recent Times-News editorial raising questions about the mandatory secrecy of the Footer Dye Works bids is spot on in my opinion.
President and Obamacare: Who needs Congress?
Being a fellow from a small town like Cumberland I don’t always really understand what’s going on in Washington. But I have watched a few houses being built over the years. I even helped some with one house, but my brother fired me from that work pretty quickly, mainly because it was his house being built.
Sweet Success Business Forum this evening in Frostburg
As a member of the Frostburg Business and Professional Association (FBPA), I am pleased to inform the community of the “Sweet Success” event sponsored by the city of Frostburg and our organization.
You can help United Way reach its goal
The United Way of Allegany County campaign for 2013-14 will end April 30 and to date has raised more than $430,000, which is over 86 percent of its goal. But there is still $70,000 to be raised in a very short time.
Support the March for Babies May 3 at Canal Place
At the March of Dimes, we promise to work tirelessly toward the day when all babies are born healthy.
The March of Dimes has worked for more than 75 years to help babies get a healthy start in life.
Celebrate Earth Day every day: Reduce, reuse and recycle
April 1 marked the beginning of April Envi- ronmental Education Month in Maryland — and with Earth Day coming up on April 22, Maryland has much to celebrate.
Support Canal classrooms with tax-deductible gift
While your April 17 article (“Park Service opens Canal classrooms,” Page 1A) described this exciting program accurately, your readers may be wondering how they can help support this new educational opportunity for school children in Allegany County.
Ivan Hall story brings back memories of a unique man
I enjoyed Mike Sawyers’ Ivan Hall story. It was well written and brought back some wonderful memories of my Cumberland days and especially, an unique man.
It’s a secret
Could someone enlighten us about why not even the names of the two entities bidding on development of the Footer Dye Works building can be divulged?
A Times-News article about the bids included an explanation from a lawyer for the attorney general’s office about the need to keep the names and other information secret at this time. Despite that, the logic of not divulging at least a little more information escapes us.
What do we do about those who weren’t criminals after all?
Now that Maryland has become the 17th state to (finally) decriminalize possession of marijuana, one could say that the legislature and governor should be patted on the back for doing the right thing.
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