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By Alice Steinbach and Alice Steinbach,Sun Staff Writer | July 30, 1995
Dearest Anne:For weeks even months I have been praying only that I be shown what I must do. This morning with no warning I was Shown as clearly as I was shown that Friday night in August, 1955, that you would be my wife. ... And like Abraham, I dare not go without my child. Know that I love thee but must act. ...NormanOn the last afternoon of his life Norman R. Morrison stopped somewhere between Baltimore and Washington to mail a letter to his wife.The evening rush hour was in full swing that chilly Tuesday on Nov. 2, 1965, when Norman, driving an old, borrowed Cadillac with his infant daughter behind him in a car crib and a gallon jug of kerosene beside him in a wicker picnic basket, paused briefly to post the handwritten, one-page letter.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2014
Local police departments in Maryland have received more than $12 million in excess equipment from the U.S. military - from a $400,000 "mine-resistant vehicle" to a set of a dozen spoons valued at $3.06 apiece - through a federal program that has come under bipartisan scrutiny. In all, local law enforcement agencies in the state have received more than 2,000 assault rifles, 873 semi-automatic handguns and 220 12-gauge shotguns from the Department of Defense Excess Property Program since 2006, according to Pentagon data made public Friday.
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February 21, 2011
I am extremely disappointed in Rep. John Sarbanes' opposition to an amendment that would have insisted that cuts to the Pentagon budget be a significant part of any effort to control deficit spending. The House is attempting to make sweeping cuts in federal government spending for the rest of this fiscal year, including cuts in domestic spending, diplomacy, development and international assistance. Why should the Pentagon budget be exempt from cuts? Military spending has doubled in the past 10 years and the Pentagon has a history of enormous cost overruns.
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April 4, 2014
It's time that the paper generals at the Pentagon go. They are more concerned about the gays in the military and women in combat than protecting our soldiers on American soil ( "Fort Hood shooting: Iraq vet was being treated for mental health issues," April 3). There are tens of thousands of workers at the Pentagon who have never dodged a bullet and make five times as much money as our soldiers. After the first shootings at Fort Hood, they learned nothing and then we had the same thing happen at the Navy Yard.
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July 28, 2012
It was refreshing to read Thomas F. Schaller's commentary about the burden of America's superpower status ("America should give up its role as lone superpower," July 25). Mr. Schaller was a bit too reserved in his criticism, however. While he points out that our military budget dwarfs all others, he falls into that trap of attributing it to "defense spending. " The Defense Department, which used to be called the Department of War, is actually involved in offensive operations. The invasions of Grenada, Panama and Iraq were classic examples of warmongering that had nothing to do with defending the country.
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July 6, 2012
The big story in The Sun this past week was the unforeseen storm. In the editorial, "Feeling powerless" (July 3), the question asked was this a "freak occurrence?" Your answer makes sense: "Climate science suggests that global warming will make unusual and severe weather much more common. " However, I have a suggestion. Instead of global warming, use climate chaos. What I witnessed in Baltimore on the Friday night of the storm was climate chaos. Only a head-in-the-sand politician would deny that human activity is causing climate chaos.
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April 4, 2014
It's time that the paper generals at the Pentagon go. They are more concerned about the gays in the military and women in combat than protecting our soldiers on American soil ( "Fort Hood shooting: Iraq vet was being treated for mental health issues," April 3). There are tens of thousands of workers at the Pentagon who have never dodged a bullet and make five times as much money as our soldiers. After the first shootings at Fort Hood, they learned nothing and then we had the same thing happen at the Navy Yard.
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By David S. Cloud and John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2014
The Army would shrink to its lowest troop levels since just before World War II under a budget proposed Monday by the Obama administration that seeks to downsize the Pentagon in ways that could have a significant impact on service members and contractors in Maryland. The proposed cuts reflect changing fortunes in the once-sacrosanct defense budget. Congress has ordered nearly $500 billion in defense spending cuts over the next decade, causing a harsh re-evaluation of military needs as the nation closes out the punishing ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2012
There was no enemy involvement in the air crash that killed an airman from Upper Marlboro in Africa over the weekend, the Pentagon said Tuesday. Senior Airman Julian S. Scholten, 26, was one of four special operations airmen killed Saturday when their single-engine U-28 turboprop crashed six miles from Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport, according to the U.S. Africa Command. "This is obviously a tragic incident," Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Tuesday, according to the American Forces Press Service.
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By Thomas F. Schaller | September 20, 2010
Why is there not more public outrage about the reported excesses and criminal behavior at — what federal department was it, again? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services? Or was it the Department of the Interior? During the past decade, the agency in question (the Labor Department, perhaps?) has been unable to account for nearly $9 billion of appropriated dollars, some of it in cash. Top officials have misrepresented the department's performance and attempted to hide scandals ranging from accidental fatalities to the rapes committed by its employees.
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By David S. Cloud and John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2014
The Army would shrink to its lowest troop levels since just before World War II under a budget proposed Monday by the Obama administration that seeks to downsize the Pentagon in ways that could have a significant impact on service members and contractors in Maryland. The proposed cuts reflect changing fortunes in the once-sacrosanct defense budget. Congress has ordered nearly $500 billion in defense spending cuts over the next decade, causing a harsh re-evaluation of military needs as the nation closes out the punishing ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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By Jules Witcover | January 27, 2014
Shades of Cold War anxiety were rekindled recently by reports that Air Force investigations were underway into alleged drug use, as well as cheating on preparedness tests, among nuclear missile launch officers working in the nation's pressure-cooker underground bunkers. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told reporters that 11 officers at six such sites were suspected of illegal drug possession. According to the Associated Press, 34 of them at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana have had their security clearances suspended.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
The number of sexual assaults reported at the Naval Academy increased slightly last year while reports fell at the other service academies, according to an assessment to be released by the Pentagon on Friday. Overall reports at the three academies fell from 80 during the 2011-2012 academic year to 70 in 2012-2013, according to the Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies obtained by The Baltimore Sun. That drop runs counter to the recent militarywide trend of increased reporting - a trend that officials have said indicates a growing trust in the military justice system.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2013
When the Department of Defense announced it would begin offering benefits to same-sex spouses , it also announced its intention to grant up to 10 days of special leave for military personnel who needed to travel more than 100 miles to a locale where same-sex marriages were legally recognized. Seven weeks later, it appears that many -- but not all -- LGBT military personnel aren't being permitted to reap the benefits of that policy. David S. Cloud of the LA Times reported Wednesday that "gays and lesbians in the military are running into widespread obstacles" as they try to get time off to be legally wed. Part of the difficulty for these soldiers, as indicated by the article, comes from the administrative challenge of turning an administrative prescription into a foolproof military policy.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2013
Richard C. "Dick" Schneider, a retired construction manager and railroad buff, died Aug. 7 of cancer at Hospice and Community Care of Mount Joy, Pa. He was 67. The son of a Defense Department worker and a registered nurse, Richard Carl Schneider was born in Ridley Park, Pa., and raised in Friedensburg, Pa., where he graduated in 1964 from Blue Mountain High School. He attended Pennsylvania State University for three years before beginning a more than 40-year career in heavy highway construction.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2013
The Department of Defense announced Wednesday that it will be granting benefits to the same-sex spouses of both uniformed military personnel and civilian employees no later than Sept. 3. "It is now the Department's policy to treat all married military personnel equally," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wrote in a memorandum distributed with Wednesday's press release. "The Department will work to make the same benefits available to all military spouses, regardless of whether they are in same-sex or opposite-sex marriages.
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By Michael Gold and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2013
The Department of Defense announced Wednesday that it will be granting benefits to the same-sex spouses of both uniformed military personnel and civilian employees no later than Sept. 3. "It is now the Department's policy to treat all married military personnel equally," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wrote in a memorandum distributed with Wednesday's press release. "The Department will work to make the same benefits available to all military spouses, regardless of whether they are in same-sex or opposite-sex marriages.
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March 1, 1995
Usually at budget time the Pentagon leadership troops up to Capitol Hill with a large spending proposal supported by dire predictions if they don't get it all. They face hostile questioning from legislators trying to free up money for their own pet projects.This year the roles are reversed. President Clinton has submitted a tight budget but key GOP leaders -- pushing deficit worries aside -- want to put more money into the Pentagon, particularly in areas that conflict with administration objectives.
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August 7, 2013
The Pentagon budget is bankrupting this country, and U.S. warriors are wreaking havoc all over the Middle East ("Pentagon leaders caution Congress over budget cuts," Aug. 2). The blow-back has been phenomenal. But instead of the GOP calling for major cuts in the military budget in order to fund a major rebuilding of the country's infrastructure, it is continuing its blatant attack on the poor. If we did not have a Congress beholden to military contractors, the bloated military budget would be severely cut. Then the savings would be used in our communities to salvage the bridges, the roads, schools, recreation centers and other urban infrastructure.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2013
A bipartisan group of lawmakers pressed the Obama administration Wednesday to reduce the backlog of disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs by improving cooperation between the several agencies that have a role in the process. Senators emerged from a closed-door meeting with VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and said the agencies would work to improve communication, provide more regular updates to Congress and identify high-level staff who will ultimately be responsible for addressing the delays.
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