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Letters to the Editor

August 26, 2010

MCTC outreach group to sponsor walk-a-thon



To the editor:

Thanks to Warden Kenneth Horning, Barbara Allen, and the staff and officers of the Maryland Correctional Training Center (MCTC), the Veterans Outreach Group at MCTC will be allowed to hold and sponsor the Fisher House Walk-A-Thon on Sept. 25.

The Fisher House in Rockville, Md., is a distinctive program that incorporates private-public partnership to support America's military and their families in time of need. Its function is to provide a "home away from home" for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization. It recognizes the sacrifices our men and women and their families endure in service to their country and honors their service by providing this much-needed assistance. This is a need provided beyond that which the Department of Defense or Veterans Affairs provides.

As one veteran stated, "Anyone who has had a loved one hospitalized knows the special needs a family undertakes to be with that loved one. This is especially true when that loved one is in the military, hospitalized and far from home." The Fisher House graciously provides this humanitarian need.

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The cutoff date for those inmates signing up for the walk-a-thon is a month away, but is almost filled due to the inmate population's eagerness to support our military and the limit of 400 walkers for security reasons. Thus, the Veterans Outreach Group, with the support of the inmate population, will raise $2,000 for the operation of the Fisher House and our men and women in uniform and their families.

The Veterans Outreach Group sponsors a walk-a-thon every year to support our men and women in uniform in one form or another. This is an ongoing function of this organization.

Paul H. Inskeep
Inmate No. 211-806
Maryland Correctional Training Center




We need less dependence on OPEC oil



To the editor:

While running for office, President Obama promised that if elected, he would get us off OPEC oil within 10 years.

Two years are gone and we still don't have a plan. In fact, there is some evidence that we're going in the wrong direction.

In July 2010, we imported 388 million barrels of oil. That's the single largest import month since President Obama was inaugurated.

The NAT GAS Act will create jobs, clean up the environment and improve our national security by providing tax incentives to organizations that operate fleets of vehicles that are fueled with imported oil to be replaced with vehicles that run on domestic natural gas.

Election Day will soon be here. Those who are running for office - be it open seats, incumbents or challengers - need to take a look at this legislation and make promising to reduce our need for OPEC oil a central part of their campaigns.

John Miller
Frederick, Md.

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