About time Tipton fliers paid their wayI was most...

LETTER

October 15, 1995

About time Tipton fliers paid their way

I was most interested in the editorial on Sept. 26 regarding the "eviction" of the Fort Meade Flying Club from Tipton Airfield.

Too bad that the members of this club will have to pay their own way like the rest of us. It doesn't matter that they contributed to the bowling alley and other activities at Fort Meade. I daresay that pilots elsewhere are just as generous in their personal contributions to society in general.

Indeed, the Fort Meade Flying Club members should be glad that they were able to use the fine facilities of the airfield with its paved runway, instrument approach, control tower and security over the past 40 years at the expense of taxpayers. The Army's decision is far from a "punishment." Rather, it's a correction long overdue.

Robert D. Thulman

Clarksville

Certain benefits are owed the military

Recently, I have been made aware of an initiative born in the Congress as part of the effort to balance the budget. This initiative would materially affect the retirement benefits of military members. I find this particularly distressing as one who holds the public trust, and one who has served in the military.

Military service is not like working for a civilian corporation. The sacrifices and obligations imposed on military members far exceed anything encountered in the civilian world. Long separations from families and the necessity to face life-threating situations are woven through the fabric of military life.

Part of the bargain when our veterans and active duty men and women took their oath of allegiance and donned the uniform of this country was the understanding that upon completion of a military career, they would receive certain retirement benefits. These people have fulfiled their obligation diligently and

faithfully, and kept their end of the bargain.

I would hope that the U.S. Congress will keep its end of the bargain.

John C. Astle

Annapolis

The writer is a state delegate representing Legislative District 30.

A grandfather's thanks for trauma team

I wish to publicly express my deep appreciation to the following people:

* All the vehicle owners in the state of Maryland who pay the $8 fee, as part of their vehicle registration, to support the MedEvac operation.

* The emergency medical technicians, paramedics, fire department personal and police officers of Anne Arundel County who responded to an accident scene on the night of Aug. 25.

* Pilot Norman Molter and paramedic Walter Kerr of helicopter Trooper One.

* The trauma team in the University of Maryland-Shock Trauma Center, Drs. Meyers and Harold and all the other numerous unknown doctors, nurses and support personnel.

Because of their compassion, unswerving devotion to duty and untiring efforts, my beautiful young granddaughter Sarah Riley is alive today. The best words that I know is to say to all the above known and unknown personnel a hearty and thankful "well done."

Edmund H. Stecher

Pasadena

SHA must fix deadly crossing

I write this on the one-month anniversary of the death of 33-year-old Carmela D. Malone, a mother of two children also injured in the same automobile accident. It is the second death to occur at the same dangerous intersection -- Busch Frontage and St. Margaret's roads -- within 2 1/2 years.

Several letters have been earlier written to the State Highway Administration by community associations and our state and county representatives. As of today, SHA has taken no action nor have they replied to those letters.

In the meantime, SHA has gone to the greater expense of installing high fences nearby along U.S. 50-301 to control pedestrians attempting to cross U.S. 50 from McDonald's, where another person has been killed in the past year.

We have sent a letter to Hal Kassoff, SHA administrator, requesting immediate inexpensive traffic controls. It includes the signatures of more than 1,000 petitioners. We feel the change request is reasonable and can understand that two additional permanent stop signs could replace SHA's hesitation to spend an estimated $70,000 for an eventual traffic light.

Life is much more valuable than speedy traffic flows.

Richard L. Peters

Annapolis

America shouldn't be about 'us against them'

We in America enjoy one of the highest living standards in the world. Just look around to measure how much return we each receive on our tax dollar. Won't most agree that we, our parents and our children, rich and poor, should learn to recognize that we are each of value for past, present and future contributions?

As Americans we have a rich history of joining together in cooperation to help one another. What kind of people have we become if we grudgingly complain of spending to help those in need? What has happened to the notion that we should maintain those unable to help themselves at some minimum level?

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