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Letters: Happy birthday to the U.S. Army; eliminating children won't help Disney

A happy birthday to the U.S. Army (and our flag)

Happy birthday. It’s is always a fun way to start the day when you can wish someone a happy birthday. Well, in this case we get to provide birthday wishes to all those who are currently and have served in our U.S. Army.

Since its official beginnings, June 14, 1775; more than a year before our Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Army has played a significant role in the growth of our nation. What makes this extra special is that it is also Flag Day! Flag Day commemorates the adoption of our country’s flag June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

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For me, our Army birthday and Flag Day are great reminders to embrace our soldier values — Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage — as well as Community values such as tolerance, acceptance, love, faith, etc. As shared previously, I am focused on the why or purpose and not necessarily the what or tasks. In other words, to me, the 1-2% whowear the uniform today and the 8-9% who have served honorably have done so to keep our nation strong and vibrant, ensuring we maintained our American way of life and values.

I always remind myself, that the strength of our nation comes from the men and women that wear the uniform, but their strength is from the families and community that selflessly support them every day. For that, I am blessed. In our case it was through multiple moves and deployments that included changes in schools and neighborhoods every few years. The best part is that we landed in Carroll County where we get to call our home.

So once again, happy birthday to all our U.S Army and we get to sing “Then it’s Hi! Hi! Hey!; The Army’s on its way; Count off the cadence loud and strong; For where e’er we go, You will always know; That The Army Goes Rolling Along.”

Life is good.

Ed Rothstein

Sykesville

The letter-writer is a retired U.S. Army colonel and is Carroll County’s commissioner serving District V.

Elimination of children won’t help Disney’s business

What would happen to McDonald's if their business slogan suddenly changed and encouraged their present and future customers to abstain from Big Macs and go vegan? What would happen to Coca-Cola if they made the claim that Coke isn't the “real thing”? Pepsi is! If Procter and Gamble recommended that all new mothers switch to cloth diapers rather than Pampers, what would happen to that part of their business?

Here's where I'm going with this: Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger recently announced that it would be "very difficult for the studio to film in Georgia if that state's new abortion law is enacted." The law would make it illegal to have an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. It just seems to me that calling for the elimination of even a small portion of your most loyal customer base, i.e., children, is not conducive to your company's business model.

I can't speak from authority, but from what I have read about the late Walt Disney over the years, it wouldn't surprise me if he is spinning in his grave.

Dave Price

Sykesville

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