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By Laura Vozzella and Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF | August 4, 2002
Arnett C. Powers Jr., Maryland's second-highest Veterans of Foreign Wars official for four years, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday at his home in Bel Air. He was 80. A World War II veteran, Mr. Powers was state adjutant for the VFW from 1985 to 1989, running the administrative end of an organization that at the time served 38,000 veterans. Mr. Powers was a computer buff from the days when the machines took up whole rooms, and he brought that expertise to VFW headquarters in Baltimore, said Mike Mason, who as state VFW commander in 1985 appointed him to the post.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2014
- Fred Edwords remembers the first time he saw the giant cross rising over this small town in Prince George's County. The Peace Cross, as it's known locally, commemorates the county's World War I dead. A plaque at the base of the 40-foot structure lists 39 names, and includes a quote from President Woodrow Wilson. There's no figure of Jesus, or religious imagery or text of any kind. But to Edwords, who lives in nearby Greenbelt, it looked unmistakably like the Christian crosses of his Protestant youth, standing on a government-owned median strip at the intersection of Maryland Route 450 and Alternate U.S. 1. "I thought, 'Well, that's odd. What's that doing there?
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,sun reporter | December 22, 2006
J. Douglas Forrest, a retired mailroom superintendent for The Baltimore Sun and former state commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars, died from complications of dementia Sunday at Brightwood Nursing Center in Lutherville. The Idlewylde resident was 86. Mr. Forrest was born in Baltimore and raised on Brighton Street. He began his career in the newspaper mailroom in 1937, a year before he graduated from Calvert Hall College High School. He became a sales supervisor in the circulation department until he was drafted into the Army in 1941.
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By Kevin Leonard | March 13, 2014
After six years of lobbying by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Congress passed legislation in 1924 that provided for a bonus, based on length and place of service, to World War I veterans. Recipients who were due $50 or less were paid immediately, but, according to the legislation, the rest were to be paid in 1945, 21 years later. Once the Great Depression set in, the bonus due them was becoming more and more vital to the veterans. The idea for a march on Washington to speed up payment began in Portland, Ore., led by World War I veteran Walter Waters.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2014
- Fred Edwords remembers the first time he saw the giant cross rising over this small town in Prince George's County. The Peace Cross, as it's known locally, commemorates the county's World War I dead. A plaque at the base of the 40-foot structure lists 39 names, and includes a quote from President Woodrow Wilson. There's no figure of Jesus, or religious imagery or text of any kind. But to Edwords, who lives in nearby Greenbelt, it looked unmistakably like the Christian crosses of his Protestant youth, standing on a government-owned median strip at the intersection of Maryland Route 450 and Alternate U.S. 1. "I thought, 'Well, that's odd. What's that doing there?
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May 11, 1993
Veterans of foreign wars sought for list on plaqueThe Hampstead War Memorial Committee is seeking veterans of foreign wars who want their names placed on a plaque on the Hampstead War Memorial.A copy of discharge papers, Department of Defense form DD-214 or other proof of military history is required.Families of veterans killed in action or missing, as well as residents of Alesia, Carrollton, Finksburg, Hampstead, Lineboro, Manchester, Millers, Snydersburg and Upperco are welcome to have their names placed on a new plaque.
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February 24, 1991
All personnel serving in Operation Desert Storm now are eligible to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars.Joseph Stoffa, commander of theHampstead VFW, said that parents of service personnel may enroll them in their absence. Dues are $15 per year.The VFW is involved in several community service projects, including clothing drives and caring for the town's war memorial.For information on any VFW post in the county, call 998-1863.
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October 12, 1997
Thanks to those who covered and gave for veteransI would like to thank the coverage of the Disabled American Veterans collecting money for the "Forget Me Not" drive. Plus, I would like to thank all who gave. The money is used for veterans services.We meet at the Westminster VFW Hall, 519 Poole Road, at 7: 30 p.m. on the third Tuesday.William B. Rau IIIWestminsterThe writer is junior vice commander of the Westminster chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars.Pub Date: 10/12/97
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By Diane Mullaly from the files of the Howard County Historical Society's library | April 21, 1996
25 years ago (week of April 18-24, 1971):Builders attended a public session of the County Council to protest proposed amendments to the building code. One source of consternation was the proposed introduction of stricter safety standards for the construction of townhouses, which included the addition of fire-resistant walls between units.50 years ago (week of April 14-20, 1946):The Yingling-Ridgely Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars held its inaugural meeting at the Ellicott City fire station, becoming the first VFW post in Howard County.
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October 10, 1999
Board invites incredulity, not indictmentIf, as reported, a grand jury is investigating the Carroll County school board, the process is more likely to end in incredulity than indictment.How could a school board this side of Dogpatch build a wastewater treatment plant without permits; pave over a private driveway and approve school building plans with little idea of the general costs?Grant Sheehan, WestminsterThanks for help for disabled veteransOn behalf of the Carroll County Disabled American Veterans Old Glory Chapter 2, I would like to thank the county commissioners, Westminster mayor, Cable Station 3, newspapers, businesses and the public for making the "Forget Me Not" Drive go over so well.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2013
Frank B. Ober Jr., a farmer and World War II veteran, died Sunday of heart failure at his Hope Hollow Farm. He was 94. The son of Frank B. Ober, a founding partner in the Baltimore law firm of what is now Ober|Kaler, and Margaret Rochester Ober, a homemaker, Frank Benedict Ober Jr. was born in Buffalo, N.Y., and raised on St. Georges Road in Roland Park. Mr. Ober was a 1937 graduate of the Gilman School and spent two years studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before enlisting in the Army in 1942.
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November 27, 2012
Rep. Ron Paul gave his farewell address on the House floor on Nov. 14 after serving 23 years in office over a 36-year span. During that time, he fought tirelessly and courageously for us, the people. He couldn't be bought by special interests, and his political pursuits weren't for self-promotion and didn't come from ego. He was the leading promoter of liberty, peace and prosperity on Capitol Hill. His search for the plain truth of things motivated him to bravely stand in opposition to several of the traditional policies and practices that undermine our full potential as a nation.
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Letter to The Aegis | July 19, 2012
Editor: The editorial "The founders" (July 4) describes the great accomplishments of our Founding Fathers in establishing the United States of America. The founders believed in the principles of smaller government, fiscal responsibility and a non-interventionist foreign policy. Unfortunately, our leaders today from both political parties violate all of these sound ideas. The Democrats waste our money on welfare, unions and minorities, running yearly $1.5 trillion budget deficits.
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April 2, 2012
Commentator Arick Stall is correct in saying that GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul would take on taxes, spending and regulations, and that "we need a president who is not afraid to make the tough decisions necessary to guarantee future prosperity" ("Primed for the primary," March 30). President Obama is a big tax-and-spend welfare queen who has been running $1.5 trillion deficits every year, which is unsustainable. Other than Ron Paul, the Republican presidential contenders are all big-government conservatives whose foreign policy advisors are the same neoconservative hawks who manipulated us into the disastrous war in Iraq, and who now are trying to provoke an even more insane war with Iran.
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By Gordon Livingston | March 20, 2012
No idea in American society is more pervasive than the notion that we all owe a debt of gratitude to the young men and women who have volunteered to fight our foreign wars. This nearly universal belief flows from a sense of collective guilt that the veterans of our previous Asian adventure in Vietnam were not welcomed home with appreciation for their sacrifices and were somehow held responsible for America's first losing war. This attitude was especially unfair since many of the participants in that conflict were draftees who had little choice about their service.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2011
Margaret E. Faya, a retired medical records supervisor at Spring Grove Hospital Center, died June 21 of complications of an infection at Howard County General Hospital. The Columbia resident was 91. Born Mary Elizabeth Burkman in Baltimore, she grew up on North Rose Street in East Baltimore. In an autobiographical sketch, she recalled her childhood as the daughter of a father who worked in the seafood industry shucking oysters. Her mother sewed buttons on men's shirts at the Aetna shirt factory.
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February 16, 1991
No VFW highway on I-83The House Ways and Means Committee yesterday killed a bill to rename a section of Interstate 83 from the Baltimore Beltway to the state line for the Veterans of Foreign Wars.The committee rejected the idea by a vote of 17 to 4. The bill sought to have 23 miles of I-83 designated as Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Parkway.The State Highway Administration recommended that the committee reject the bill because of its cost -- $50,000 for two signs -- and because Maryland already has a highway designated for veterans.
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May 25, 1993
The Hampstead War Memorial Committee is seeking veterans of foreign wars who are interested in having his or her name placed on a plaque at the Hampstead War Memorial. A copy of a veteran's discharge papers, Department of Defense Form DD-214 or other proof of military history is required.Families of veterans who were killed or are missing in action, as well as residents of Alesia, Carrollton, Finksburg, Hampstead, Lineboro, Manchester, Millers, Snydersburg and Upperco, are welcome to have their names placed on a new plaque.
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June 9, 2011
First I saw the headline detailing a strike on a military base ("5 U.S. soldiers killed in strike on Baghdad base," June 7) and then on the following page a warning that a decade-long conflict may needed to be extended ("Gates: Afghan job not done"). What a juxtaposition for two foreign policy disasters: Soldiers are still dying in Iraq, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates thinks it is wise to continue the longest war in U.S. history. Why do the powerbrokers continue the misguided policies which led to two injudicious invasions?
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