September 2, 2009
WASHINGTON - -U.S. officials are planning to add up to 14,000 combat troops to the American force in Afghanistan by sending home support staff and underutilized soldiers and replacing them with infantry units, Pentagon officials said. The plan represents a key step in a drive to beef up U.S.-led forces as the Obama administration presses to counter Taliban gains and demonstrate progress in Afghanistan amid crumbling American public support for the war effort. Forces that could be swapped out include units assigned to noncombat roles, such as guards or lookouts or those on clerical and support duty.
April 17, 1991
Despite the euphoria following the quick allied victory in the Persian Gulf war, the plight of the Iraqi Kurds has softened the enthusiasm of many people, according the results of a SUNDIAL survey.Most callers yesterday -- 173 of 497, or 35 percent -- said they believed the war effort was a failure. But, 33 percent, or 167 callers, said they thought the effort was a success. Another 157 callers, or 32 percent, said they felt the effort was a partial success."It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.
May 9, 1993
25 Years Ago (week of April 28-May 4, 1968):* The Committee for Hilltop Housing met with the Board of County Commissioners to discuss the county-owned housing then under construction in Ellicott City. The committee consisted of Main Street and Fel's Lane residents who wished to be involved with the county's plans to move area residents out of county-owned slum housing and into new residences.50 Years Ago (week of May 2-8, 1943):* It was announced that a limited number of pressure cookers would be available for purchase by groups of five or more families.
February 24, 1995
World War II was a defining event, one that transformed Maryland, America and the world. Almost every social change that has taken place since the 1940s is linked to the effects of that long struggle:* Suburbanization and the explosive growth of colleges started soon after Johnny came marching home and took advantage of GI benefits.* The development of equal rights movements for African Americans and women had its roots in social changes that occurred during the war.* Post-war years also saw the civilian application of many military inventions that paved the road first to transistors, then to the computer era.About 288,000 Marylanders participated in World War II; 6,454 lost their lives.
May 27, 1994
When the United States entered World War II, the will to fight was abundant but the supplies required to vanquish the Axis powers were not. Symbolic of the early stages of the war effort were the training exercises undertaken at Fort George G. Meade by members of the 29th Infantry Division: Because guns were in such short supply, the unit of National Guardsmen from Maryland and Virginia drilled with broomsticks and two-by-fours.Within two years, the American war effort had grown into a force much greater to behold.
July 25, 1993
50 Years Ago* The Board of Anne Arundel County Commissioners, acting at the request of the Oysterman's League, went on record as opposed to a proposal to rehabilitate the oyster industry by farming out oyster beds under government control and plans. -- The Sun, July 1, 1943.xTC * The first child care center in Anne Arundel County opened at Brooklyn Park School for children 6 to 14 years of age whose mothers are working in the war effort. Twenty-one children are attending. -- The Sun, July 7, 1943.