Stan Spangle Sr.: UhRah! Join the Marine Corps League

Mar. 28, 2013 @ 06:08 PM

My calendar says that today is Good Friday. I hope I can say that it was, at the end of the day. I also hope all of you can say the same.
Next item: Marines; If you don’t already belong to the Marine Corps League, you need to join. We meet at the American Legion Post 87, 409 W. High Ave., High Point, the last Thursday of each month.
Next item for your calendar: 11 a.m., Saturday, April 6, is our next quarterly get-together. Come one, come all. I’ll try to do a better job of watching the clock. Help me to remember that we need to take a break for a light lunch at noon. All veterans of all branches of military are welcome. We meet at Highland United Methodist Church, 1015 Mill Ave., High Point.
Keep in mind that TREA has pre-written letters you can email or send to your congressional representatives about various issues of interest to veterans. Go to http://www.capwiz.com/trea/issues/bills if you want this assistance in expressing your viewpoints to members of Congress.
Two weeks ago, the Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and ranking member Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., had this to say:
Chairwoman Mikulski: “We must prevent a government shutdown. My vice chairman, Sen. Shelby, and I worked together on this bipartisan agreement that avoids a shutdown, complies with the Budget Control Act, improves the House Continuing Resolutions (CR) for many critical priorities, and lets us wrap up fiscal year 2013 so we can get to next year’s budget and find a balanced solution to sequester.”
Vice Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., issued this statement: “Chairwoman Mikulski and I began this process with three shared goals: first, to prevent a government shutdown; second, to provide as much flexibility as possible for the remainder of this fiscal year; and third, to produce a bill that both parties in both houses can support. I believe that we have achieved all three goals.”
Wouldn’t it be great if more of the “politicians” could get their heads together and get the job done that we sent them to Washington to do.
On March 21, the House passed the Senate amended Continuing Resolution (CR) (H.R. 933) and sent it to President Obama for his signature. This CR takes us to the end of this fiscal year. This CR included five completed appropriation bills — Defense, Military & VA construction, Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science and Homeland Security. Sequestration cuts still apply to the CR and appropriation bills. The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ken., said: “I’m proud of the fact that we were able to do all of this as smoothly as it has gone. We’ve proved that when we set our mind to it, we can get complicated, and difficult, things done.”
Pray for the fallen. Semper Fi.

Stan Spangle Sr. is a 21-year veteran of the Marine Corps, serving in Korea and Vietnam. He’s a member of numerous veterans organizations. Representations of fact and opinions are solely those of the author.