Support our veterans; honor Hospice and Palliative Care Month; thank the public works employees

In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 Veterans Day, calling on the nation to “solemnly remember the sacrifices of all who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on the land.” foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom. Let us unite to honor these brave individuals who have served our country in uniform.

More than ever, our veterans and their families need our support. Certainly, we can all agree that these men and women who risked it all deserve our support and gratitude. That’s why Anne Arundel County is joining the National Association of Counties and the National Association of County Veterans Services Officers to launch Operation Green Light for Veterans, an initiative designed to highlight the service of our veterans.

As part of OGL, Anne Arundel County is lighting the Arundel Center green to remind veterans and their families that we are here for them. We encourage individuals and businesses to join us in changing a light bulb in a driveway to a green light to let veterans know they are appreciated and supported. Although this event is focused on the week of November 7-13, we encourage individuals to continue giving the green light year-round.

Operation Green Light also aims to educate the approximately 60,000 veterans we proudly serve in Anne Arundel County about resources. Throughout the year, Anne Arundel County staff work to connect veterans to federal and state benefits, helping them manage employment and medical needs, as well as find peers to assist in the transition to civilian life.

Veterans can inquire about available services at 410-222-3500 (the Anne Arundel County Veterans Service Center) and through the Anne Arundel County Veterans Commission.

This Veterans Day weekend and beyond, please join us in Operation Green Light and make Anne Arundel County green for our veterans.

Debra Luzietti-Myers, Annapolis

In November, National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, we join other palliative care organizations across the country to celebrate the incredible care our team provides to families and to work towards a better understanding of care options. available to everyone in our community, including those who are living with illness and loss or caring for someone who is.

Hospice, palliative and bereavement care is and should be personal and local. The patients who need our care are your family members, neighbors, friends and co-workers, so it’s personal.

Hospice of the Chesapeake and its subsidiaries, Calvert Hospice and Hospice of Charles County, are and always have been independent, community-based nonprofit organizations. You probably know someone who has received our compassionate and expert care. Also, you may have someone in your life who works on our team or volunteers. Talk to them and they’ll enthusiastically share how our specialist care helps ease the many burdens of caregivers, supports and begins to ease the patient journey, and offers support and guidance to those coping with bereavement.

One of the most common comments we hear from families is, “Why did we wait so long to call? ” Do not wait. We’re ready to meet you where you are and make sure you have choice in what kind of care you receive, where you receive it, when you receive it, and who provides that care.

We are grateful to have been your hometown hospice for over four decades. Caring for your loved ones, families, friends and neighbors in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles and Prince George counties continues to be our greatest honor.

mike brady

Brady is President and CEO of Hospice of the Chesapeake

Any time is a good time to show gratitude, but we most often take action at this time of year, remembering those who make our lives easier and tipping extra to show our appreciation. Just think of the crews who work exceptionally hard for us every week, hauling our recycled cans, smelly trash and bags of leaves through all the weather. Our public works teams are dedicated and deserve our thanks and appreciation. But how? Consider doing what our block did last year.

Our houses are served each week by three different teams of three, for each type of collection. We decided to thank them with a “tip from the block”. Each household contributed $5 to $10 per worker, as they could. We pooled the money, divided it into nine ways, and sealed the money in separate thank you cards. A neighbor has been instructed to wake up early on our next weekly collection day and pass on our thanks. As each truck stopped for collection, she would get out and hand an envelope to each worker, thanking them for a great year. The surprise and the smiles were contagious!

Public works crews work hard for us all year round. This season of giving and giving, get together with your neighbors and find a way to show them your gratitude. They deserved it.

Susan Jacobs, Annapolis

Maryland is proof that single-use plastic bans prevent plastic pollution in our waterways. According to a recent report, Mr. Trash Wheel – the famous wide-eyed trash interceptor that gobbles up trash from Jones Falls in Baltimore – has seen an 80% reduction in the number of styrofoam containers collected since these were banned. articles by Maryland. effect in 2020.

These data show how effective policies that limit the use of single-use plastic items can be. Prior to our statewide ban on Styrofoam take-out containers, over 100,000 were collected by Mr. Trash Wheel each year.

Maryland’s polystyrene ban was a big step forward, but state lawmakers can do so much more — and they have voter support. A 2022 poll by Oceana found that 94% of registered voters in Maryland are concerned about single-use plastic products, and 88% support local and state policies that reduce single-use plastic. It’s clear that Marylanders want a cleaner, less polluted environment — and, as Mr. Trash Wheel showed us, political solutions can get us there.

As we approach the next state legislative session, we must advocate for policies that reduce single-use plastic and urge our elected officials to prioritize these efforts.

Anna Weshner-Dunning

Dunning is a Mid-Atlantic Field Representative for Oceana

A golf tournament to benefit the Orphan Grain Train was held recently at Compass Pointe Golf Courses in Pasadena. We extend our thanks to Corporate Sponsor, Team Thrivent Liberty and Presenting Sponsor Koons Ford of Annapolis. Thank you also to our many sponsors and donors. Over $6,000 was raised. The Orphan Grain Train is a faith-based charity that provides humanitarian aid around the world, most recently to Ukraine, Appalachia, South Sudan and Liberia.

Mike Wasem, Arnold

The unelected Federal Reserve Board decided that this country needed to go into recession to stem inflation. Anyone who thinks inflation is something new just needs to think back to what it cost to buy their first car or their first house!

Ric Campbell, Odenton

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