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Veterans Day Is An Important Observance For Our Country

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Posted on November 09, 2006:

Senator Dyson I do not like to hear individuals refer to Veterans Day as just another holiday or day off. It is not. It is more than that!! It is an observance of the devotion and duty all of our men and women -- past and present -- who have put on a uniform to protect us from those who would do us harm.

The now-legendary Veterans Day parade in Leonardtown draws thousands and I have always been proud to be present there to salute our veterans. There is an appropriate memorial in the town square. A heavily attended ceremony in Helen at their veterans memorial also celebrates the service of our veterans. There are several other Veterans Day events in Charles and Calvert as well. If you are able, please show your support for those who fought or are fighting for our country today at a time of war and spend some time at these observances.

I will continue to hammer away on So. MD transportation priorities The first correspondence I got after the election was from a constituent who e-mailed me with the subject line: Thomas Johnson Bridge -- Help!!!!!!

The constituent, who will go nameless to protect their privacy told me of horror stories of the usual daily 11-minute commute home that took them two hours one night and three the next. I have always felt this was where we were headed with the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge when it first opened in the 1970s, but never expected it so soon. This is why I have twice put in legislation to build a new span of the bridge and the need seems more pressing than ever.

I assured this constituent that I would work with Governor-elect O’Malley who has told me this is one of his top priorities for the region. In every meeting I have had with him, I have lobbied for the second span to be sped up. I believe our new governor when he says he will address Southern Maryland’s transportation needs which does include commuter rail.

It is untrue that light rail will bring over development, growth and crime to this area. I have heard from too many people who are sick and tired of sitting in congestion wasting gas and not being able to spend quality time with their families. Our commuters should not be sitting in traffic on the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge, Route 4, Route 5, Route 301, Route 235 -- I could go on and on.

I pride myself on getting out into the public. I hear the constant roar from them that they want help with transportation. Commuter rail will not come overnight. But we would be foolish not to look into it for the near-future. Our rail system in Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia does an excellent job keeping people off the roads. This not only gets people to work in a timely fashion, but it gets them home so they can eat with their family, help their children with their homework or be able to attend their children’s sports or other positive extra-curricular activities.

I was able to get a comprehensive blue ribbon task force bill passed to look into all of Southern Maryland’s transportation needs. That task force is starting to come together.

Working with the new governor and a new transportation secretary who truly cares about our needs and doesn’t play politics with everything will be a very welcome change from the past four years. Be assured I will continue to pound away on the issue of working for a new Thomas Johnson Bridge and all of our transportation problems.

Thank you for your support.

I am very thankful to all of those who went to the polls to re-elect me to another term to the Maryland Senate. Thanks to my family and all of the volunteers who worked the polls, went door-to-door, made phone calls, put yard signs up, and just helped me with a true grassroots campaign. I can not thank you enough!

Now is the time to put the election behind us and work together as Democrats, Republicans, Independents or whatever your political persuasion for what is best for Southern Maryland.

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