Name Armory for Al LipinAs a citizen of Glen Burnie and...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

September 10, 1995

Name Armory for Al Lipin

As a citizen of Glen Burnie and veteran of the U.S. Navy, I have a few choice words the rejection of naming the Glen Burnie Armory after Alfred J. Lipin, the former state senator, by the Maryland Army National Guard Armory Board. The story was published Aug. 30 in the Anne Arundel section of the evening edition.

Is it not enough that this man has served his country in World War II and saw the need to help keep his country's military strong by borrowing money to have an armory built to serve our country and state?

I strongly feel that Mr. Lipin fits the Guard Board's criteria 100 percent. He served in World War II and then served the Guard Armory from 1948 and 1951.

But it didn't stop there! Ever since the induction of the Glen Burnie Armory this man has done nothing but continuously serve his state, county and local community even to this day.

He just didn't stop serving the public with the building of the armory. He saw needs in other areas and set out to tackle and resolve many problems facing his community and state. He has accomplished good things for all of us with his perserverence, honesty, intelligence, integrity and love for his fellow countrymen. Mr. Lipin is truly a people person.

It is very hard for me to take this rejection of naming a building after this man who has sacrificed his all for the betterment of life for all of us.

People are funny. We place sports figures, movie stars and criminals on high pedestals for a few moments of notoriety, but we sometimes fail to honor real people like Mr. Lipin for his life-long dedication and concern for helping the masses to live better.

To honor Mr. Lipin because he doesn't sing, act, play ball or steal would be mighty big of the Guard Armory Board.

It should reverse its decision and accept with hone and pride the name of Alfred J. Lipin -- citizen for and of the people all of the time.

Mr. Lipin is a true American and should be recognized by his fellow Americans. If we can say thanks for caring, helping and protecting us by honoring this man for all his many deeds of goodwill, then let's do it! Put his name on a building that he got started.

If the Guard Armory Board has any sense of duty and pride, they would see that Mr. Lipin has served his time for duty and humanity, and that every veteran would be proud to know him and accept him as a leader and a representative of all human beings.

As a veteran, I am truly ashamed of the board's negative and immature response. The National Guardsmen, of all people, should be proud to have an armory named after a man of such high caliber.

Robert T. Wilcox

Glen Burnie

Selling One's Soul

The article on the front of The Sun on Aug. 4, "Golden Touch is Paying Off," is an affront to the working people of the world.

Should I tell my children and grandchildren that they will be justified in working with the criminal element so long as they use their earnings to increase income in the future?

Had I announced to the world that what little I had was based on my dealings with the underworld, the district attorney would have me in front of a grand jury at the earliest possible opportunity.

Art is not enough. In the Baltimore Museum of Art, there is a human skull that has been neatly and delicately carved and painted with red inlay. The artist had no feeling for the psyche or the mind that previously occupied the skull. Many a counterfeiter have been fine artists -- if art is the thing, but they are cheats to the end.

From the byline of Rafael Alvarez, the words of Yosie Makias, "I sold my soul for a while." Mr. Makias says this without shame or regret over the money he indirectly made off the drug trade. "I did it until I could do what I was born to do."

Mr. Makias may be an artist in the jewelry business, but he has the soul of a toad.

Thomas Ellis Jones

Hanover

Shame

Once again The Sun is doing its best to discourage Maryland's best and brightest from entering public service. (''Two legislative aides repay Bell for tickets,'' news item, Aug. 3).

Instead of focusing on the aides' unreimbursed overtime (generally 20 to 40 hours per week), unreimbursed travel and mileage expenses, unreimbursed telephone expenses and unlimited accessibility, you have chosen to criticize an honest mistake that was immediately corrected.

Shame on you.

John R. Stierhoff

Annapolis

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