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.
Md. Kidney Foundation begins matching gift plan
Knowing that kidney disease is a public health crisis that claims more lives each year than breast cancer, prostate cancer or leukemia, a generous supporter has approached the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) with a matching gift challenge.
An elite group
Not many years ago, people talked about the high rate at which World War II veterans were dying. As their ranks have dwindled, the rate has decreased to about 600 per day.
Fort Hill’s approach is all-inclusive
After Fort Hill opened everybody’s eyes last season in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year (*1), it was a pretty sure bet that the Sentinels, given all of their returning resources, would be making a run for the state championship this year (*2).
Donations needed to provide Bibles for American troops
As the local representative of Revival Fires Ministry, I have been notified that Armed Services Ministry has said 30,000 more Bibles are needed right now.
Imagine a program that provides free breakfast and lunch to every student in the school system. It’s not far-fetched. In fact, it is being tried in the Washington County public school system.
Repairs to Baltimore Street crossing bring welcome change
I am a resident of Cumberland. The railroad crossing at Baltimore Street was in rough condition. Crossing the tracks was a challenge.
Attorney General right to defend W.Va. ban on gay marriage
I am writing concerning the article, “W.Va. AG will defend state’s ban on gay marriage” (Nov. 24 Times-News, Page 1B).
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In November 1993, Dan Duquette, then the general manager of the Montreal Expos, traded second baseman Delino DeShields to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a young pitcher by the name of Pedro Martinez. According to a story in last Sunday’s New York Times, upon completing the deal, Duquette, now general manager of the Baltimore Orioles, told Neal Huntington, then a member of the Expos front office and now the general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, “This trade is going to be hated in Montreal.”
As Baby Boomers continue to grow the ranks of senior citizens, the issue of older driver safety increases exponentially. This week, Older Driver Safety Awareness is being observed in Maryland and throughout the U.S.
State uses too much salt on Garrett roads
Let me state the facts. In the winter of 2012-13, the Maryland State Highway Administration applied 48,352 tons of salt on 600 lane-miles of highway in Garrett County.
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