I am a veteran. Please don’t thank me.
I just needed a job. It was a plus that I hoped it would do some good — defend my country, preserve American ideals, keep the world safe.
I didn’t know. No one warned me otherwise. Maybe I wouldn’t have believed it anyway. I was young, caught up in the marketing campaigns. “Be all you can be.” Blah, blah, blah.
Now “the War on Terror” is destroying our country. American ideals wither away. Militarism poisons society. More countries are attacked. More death, more suffering, more mindless cheerleading, more faith in the religion of power, exercised at home and abroad.
We go over there. But the spirit of war is growing here. Perpetual war. Astronomical, crippling debt. The corporate state run amuck. Where will it end? What will it take before we awaken? And will it then be too late?
Maybe one day we’ll be able to just defend ourselves and American ideals ... if there are any left.
I am a veteran. Please don’t thank me.
Scare tactics, misinformation abound regarding marijuana
In response to Frank J. Clark’s well intentioned letter, “Don’t be too quick to legalize marijuana use,” July 10 Times-News), I believe that his letter misses the point of legalizing and regulating marijuana.
Trading dollars for nickels just doesn’t make any sense
Thank you for providing an opportunity for comments on the 2014 draft of the county’s Comprehensive Plan.
Don’t be too quick to legalize marijuana use
Perhaps our society should consider some facts before jumping on the bandwagon for legalizing recreational marijuana use.
Why have all the visionaries in our government disappeared?
In his Jan. 11, 1944, State of the Union Address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt suggested that the nation had come to recognize, and should now implement a “second bill of rights.” His argument was that the “political rights” guaranteed by the Constitution and Bill of Rights had “proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.”
Roosevelt’s remedy was to declare an “economic bill of rights.” which would guarantee:
Thanks to the unknown patriot who has kept the flag flying
I drive back and forth from Little Orleans to Cumberland five days a week to go to work. I want to thank the unknown person that has kept the American Flag flying above the pine tree on the hill by Interstate 68 on Polish Mountain. That flag reminds me daily of those who have served our country and are serving us now so that we can have the freedoms we have.
Fracking: People will be sick, hurt financially
I read with interest the article in the Cumberland Times-News on the health impact assessment (“Study completed on fracking in Md.,” June 30, 2014). I attended the meeting and after reading the article decided to write this letter.
Allergy shots to bee venom truly life-saving
We read with great concern the reader commentary from July 1 in the Cumberland Times-News by the Rev. James Blubaugh and were very relieved that he survived his anaphylactic reaction to his wasp sting. Unfortunately, at least 40 to 50 people annually in the U.S. do not survive such reactions.
No human studies on hydrofluorosilicic acid
Cumberland’s Mayor Brian Grim, when asked by a citizen about discontinuing water fluoridation recently, stated that he hasn’t made up his mind on this issue and would like to open it up to the rest of the council to possibly reviewing the information currently available.
Survey backs student free expression
In a survey released by the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center, a growing majority of Americans say high school journalists should be free to explore controversial subjects without prior approval, but 38 percent say the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees, up 25 percent from the 2012 survey.
Australians glad to have government health care
I am sure you are familiar with statements like these: “Government- sponsored health insurance is nothing but a socialist takeover. The freedom of citizens is at stake.” “It promises nothing but higher taxes and lower standards.”
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