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Neon sign tallies war dead at Lafayette memorial
Contra Costa Times ^ | 1/11/7 | Katherine Tam

Posted on 01/11/2007 7:40:18 AM PST by SmithL

LAFAYETTE - The display of crosses across from the Lafayette BART station is now more visible at night.

Organizers added a neon sign with the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq. The new electric-powered neon sign sits on the lower portion of the large white sign that carries a running count of fallen troops in black numbers.

There has been some discussion over whether the neon sign is "tacky" and fits the memorial, said organizer Jeff Heaton. But organizers decided to install it in light of President Bush's stated intention to send more troops to Iraq.

Heaton said he will be gauging community response to the neon sign over the next few days.

The display, which has drawn both applause and anger, has grown substantially since it went up over Veteran's Day weekend. There are now 1,205 crosses, and creators plan to add 200 more every Sunday until there is one for each of the more than 3,000 dead soldiers.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; US: California; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 600000dollarstoenemy; california; codepink; enemywithin; ghouls; iraq; lafayettecrosses; neonmoonbats; protest; vultures

1 posted on 01/11/2007 7:40:20 AM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

New Orleans 2007 murder tally would be more telling.


2 posted on 01/11/2007 7:42:03 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SmithL
the neon sign is "tacky"

That was the first word that came to mind to me as well....

3 posted on 01/11/2007 7:43:58 AM PST by Cold Heat ("Ward!.........Go easy on the beaver"!)
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To: martin_fierro

How about those killed by abortion everday, or is there not a big enough sign?


4 posted on 01/11/2007 7:45:50 AM PST by beansox
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To: SmithL
Added keywords ghouls and vultures.
5 posted on 01/11/2007 7:47:54 AM PST by dighton
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To: SmithL
he will be gauging community response to the neon sign over the next few days

Will a well-placed rock be considered a "no" vote?
6 posted on 01/11/2007 7:51:15 AM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....when the sidewalks are safe for the little guy.)
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To: SmithL

According to a post yesterday, there is a Freeper protest planned today at that location.


7 posted on 01/11/2007 7:51:40 AM PST by redgirlinabluestate
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To: SmithL

It would be a real shame if something were to happen to this sign. Yea sir, a real shame.


8 posted on 01/11/2007 8:02:01 AM PST by Valin (History takes time. It is not an instant thing.)
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To: Thrownatbirth

Depends on the size of the rock. Think trebuchet!


9 posted on 01/11/2007 8:04:49 AM PST by Valin (History takes time. It is not an instant thing.)
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To: Thrownatbirth

"he will be gauging community response to the neon sign over the next few days

Will a well-placed rock be considered a "no" vote?"

Actually, I would imagine he would simply ignore the "no" votes. The Mayor of Lafayette is a partner at my law office. I've been kidding him that he's been getting more air time than Dick Turban lately.


10 posted on 01/11/2007 9:03:14 AM PST by Right Cal Gal (I wouldn't believe liberals if their tongues came notarized!)
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To: SmithL

3,000

or...

6,000,000


The number you mourn about will indicate your politics

11 posted on 01/11/2007 1:35:19 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going....)
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