A TV show we watched not long ago told the
story of a decorated war veteran, a one-time
hero who had fallen on hard times. Troubled and
unable to succeed in life, he became an alcoholic
and alienated his family and friends.
Ultimately, something snapped. He reverted to
the day he was by himself in a building, holding
off the enemy in the hope that reinforcements
would come. Women were in the building, and he
hurried them out of the place as he once did
when he was a soldier, and shot every man who
came near. They were
the enemy. Ultimately,
he was killed by
police officers who
tried everything they
could think of to
bring him back to the
This was a rerun of
“Naked City” that starred Jack Warden as the
veteran, and it first aired in 1962.
How prophetic, considering that we have at last
become fully aware of what the horrors of combat
can do to men and women who were brought
up in a civilized society like ours, which places
the ultimate value on human life.
For most of America’’s history, our veterans kept
their darkest nightmares to themselves. But then,
we began to see what was happening to our Vietnam
Veterans, who also had to take the lives of
their enemies, saw their buddies maimed and
killed, and may themselves have been wounded
— often mentally, deep inside, in places where
nobody else can see. The number of Vietnam Veterans
who have commited suicide exceeds the
58,000-plus who died as a result of combat.
We now know it as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Margaret “Peggy” Melotti, who once ran the
Re-Entry veterans’ clinic in Cumberland — and is
regarded as a hero by many veterans — helped to
develop and write the protocol for treating PTSD.
This week, an Iraq War veteran who was being
treated for mental illness killed three people and
wounded 16 others before committing suicide at
Fort Hood, the site of a previous deadly mass
shooting. Why he did it, we may never understand.
The human mind — not space — is the final
frontier. What provokes actions like those which
resulted in this latest tragedy, we cannot say. We
continue to hunt for answers, but they are elusive.
Most veterans come home and are able to
resume a more-or-less normal life, even if the
demons are still present to some degree.
We must devote whatever efforts are necessary
to helping those who aren’t as fortunate. Considering
what they’ve done for us, they deserve it.
What makes it happen, we don’t know
A TV show we watched not long ago told the
The idea of fracturing for natural gas makes many people anxious about potential harmful effects. For that reason alone, it is incumbent on Maryland government to require full disclosure of chemicals used in the process.
Remember, we’re not immune to extinction
I’d like to pose a theoretical scenario to Cal Thomas.
If a medical specialist said, “Cal, you’ve got a serious physical problem. Do nothing and you’ll die soon. Follow my prescription, which involves certain life-style changes, and there’s a good probability you’ll live, even if your life may be a bit more constrained than now.”
America has three branches of government for good reasons
“Mikulski Calls for Continued Action to Protect Women's Health Following Dangerous Supreme Court Decision” is the heading you will find on Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s website.
Tell legislators to do what is right for America’s vets
Without our veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice, where would America be today? It is anyone’s guess, however certainly not the Freedom and Liberty we enjoy.
Opposition and inclusion understood
Those of you who have been here before know how I feel about the late great Len Bias, who I will remember foremost as Leonard Bias, the polite, spindly Bambi-eyed kid from Hyattsville’s Northwestern High School, who could throw a dunk through the floor, yet had the most beautiful jump shot I have ever seen.
Have you noticed, in your travels, that the front end of a police cruiser usually protrudes a bit more than you would expect when the officer has it parked behind another vehicle on the side of the road?
Use local workers in building new Baltimore Pike travel stop
As a delegate to the Maryland General Assembly representing Allegany County, and specifically the City of Cumberland, I welcome you to our community as you prepare to construct a Love’s Travel Stop at the above referenced location (on Baltimore Pike).
Northern Garrett Rescue Squad raising funds, seeks members
The Northern Garrett County Rescue Squad recently conducted several fund raising events to raise funds for new Lifepak 15’s, which are EKG monitors with AED / defibrillator.
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