Flak Over Liquor Sales at Meade is Way Off Base
I am surprised and rather disappointed at the extraordinary amount of flak dropping on Fort George G. Meade because of a Class VI (liquor) store.
The strong sense of frugality finally being exercised by our elected officials has resulted in the almost complete elimination of non-appropriated funds for the military.
These funds provide for the morale, welfare and recreation activities for our forces. The profits from the Class VI store, Post Exchange and Commissary Store take the place of the funding that no longer exists; this is the only source of non-appropriated support for our troops.
Fort Meade provides multi-millions annually to our local and state economy. I would think that our business leaders and elected officials would be most supportive and cooperative with the fort's efforts to enhance the quality of life for its troops. I also think that our elected officials at all levels of government should accept responsibility for our troops at Fort Meade, since by wearing the uniform, they are dedicating their lives to the defense and freedom of our nation.
The huge increase in population projected in the West County should provide more than sufficient sustenance for all businesses. I wonder how we would react if it were decided that Fort Meade was surplus to Defense Department needs and would be shut down, as has happened in many other communities throughout our country. . . .
Let us stop this nonsense and show some cooperation and concern for the well-being of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines of our armed forces. Indeed, I would strongly suggest that the West County Chamber of Commerce and other business organizations have an annual Fort Meade Appreciation Day to let our troops know of our support.
Alfred H. M. Shehab
The Harbour School's Fifth Annual Auction and Benefit on March 18 was a tremendous success. Nearly $20,000 was raised to benefit the renovation of the new wing to include a multi-purpose room, speech and language therapy rooms and additional classroom space at our facility in Cape St. Claire.
I want to extend my sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Annapolis business community for its overwhelming support. Area merchants and businesses donated thousands of dollars worth of items and services to be auctioned. Their generous contribution will enable us to continue our efforts to provide quality education to our learning disabled and multiple handicapped students.
A special thanks to our 1995 parent co-chairs, Al and Anya Stapleton, who selflessly volunteered their time to seek donations and help organize the event. They embody the spirit ** of voluntarism and dedication that strengthens our community.
I also want to thank the parents, staff and faculty who contributed to the auction by donating items and volunteering to help with the endless details. I truly appreciate your support. Thanks, too, to the Annapolis Holiday Inn for hosting the auction. The staff was most professional and courteous.
And finally, on behalf of the students of The Harbour School, I thank our patrons for their charitable donations and our guests ,, who generously supported the auction. . . .
Sherrie L. Little
The writer is director of development for The Harbour School, Annapolis.
April 23-29 is National Volunteer Week. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people I believe are the most dedicated volunteers in our community, the volunteers of Hospice of the Chesapeake.
Most people know that hospices provide a special kind of care for terminally ill individuals and their families. But what many do not know is that our hospice could not provide this valuable service to residents of Anne Arundel County without dedicated and caring volunteers. Even the federal government recognizes the importance of volunteers in the delivery of hospice care by requiring that Medicare-approved hospices use volunteers from their community.
Hospice care is provided through an interdisciplinary, medically directed team. This team approach to care for dying persons typically includes a physician, a nurse, a social worker, counselors and a home health aide. While Hospice of the Chesapeake employs paid professionals, we also rely on volunteers to provide assistance at all levels of skill.
Nationally, about 100,000 people serve as hospice volunteers, and last year, nearly 100 Hospice of the Chesapeake volunteers gave more than 3,100 hours of their precious time to serve terminally ill patients and their families in our area.
In a number of ways, volunteering for hospice differs from other community work. For instance, hospice patient care volunteers are required to undergo 21 hours of standardized training before being allowed to work directly with a patient or family. The fact that our volunteers have committed themselves to such intensive training is evidence of their dedication and generosity. . . .
We also have volunteers who offer support "behind the scenes" as office volunteers, board members and fund raisers. . . .
Hospice of the Chesapeake is growing as more and more persons seek our help. In fact, we have gone from caring for less than 400 patients in 1993 to caring for well over 500 patients in 1994. If you would like to learn more about volunteering for hospice, I invite you to call us at (410) 987-2003. In the meantime, we should all be grateful to the volunteers of Hospice of the Chesapeake for the wealth of time, talent and compassion they give.
The writer is director of volunteers for Hospice of the Chesapeake.
Harvest for Hungry
The recent food drive for the Anne Arundel County Food Bank was very successful. The post offices in northern Anne Arundel collected 24,000 pounds of food. The employees and the Harvest for Hungry thank all our contributors for the donations.
The writer is Glen Burnie postmaster.