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Posted on 04/03/2003 5:03:25 PM PST by Scoop
Board backs troops second time around
After tabling a similar proposed resolution in a controversial move March 17, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors March 27 unanimously approved a resolution of support for men and women serving in the United States armed forces in Iraq.
According to the resolution the Board unequivocally supports the men and women of our Armed Forces who are carrying out their missions with professional excellence, dedicated patriotism and exemplary bravery.
The resolution also expressed gratitude to employers of members of the National Guard and Reserve and members of military families, and expressed condolences to families of service members killed in action.
The vote came during a special meeting called by Chairman Scott K. York (I-At Large) and lasted less than 10 minutes. With the exception of Yorks reading of the resolution, Supervisors made no remarks during the meeting. Some said later that the resolution they passed was markedly different from another the Board tabled 10 days earlier.
A resolution brought forward by Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling) March 17 was set aside with Sally Kurtz (D-Catoctin), Bill Bogard (I-Sugarland Run), Jim Burton (I-Mercer), Chuck Harris (D-Broad Run), Eleanore Towe (D-Blue Ridge), and Mark Herring (D-Leesburg) voting to table the resolution. Delgaudio, York and Drew Hiatt (R-Dulles) voted against tabling the March 17 motion.
Delgaudio and Hiatt said the majority on the Board passed the second resolution after a firestorm of negative response from constituents following the tabling of the first resolution.
They got some negative press and they heard from members of the public, Hiatt said. People were very upset by their inability to support our people in the military.
This is policy, Kurtz said of the earlier resolution. We didnt want to get into policy.
According to Burton he and other Supervisors wanted more time to consider the first resolution, which he said was introduced on the spur of the moment. This subject is far too important to tackle on the fly, Burton said.
Burton said he is seriously concerned about the long-term implications of the war in Iraq, but strongly supports American military personnel. Burton and others said they tabled the original motion in order to take the time to craft a better statement of support.
Secondly, and much more important, if they tabled or rejected the resolution, it made them look like the gang of reprobate, shiftless, no-good, unpatriotic, anti-American, riff-raff, scum they really are.
They do not improve their reputation by passing the resolution now.
Their best and only course of action must be the bowl, the towel and the knife - Board, please contact the Japanese embassy cultural attache for further instructions in this valuable custom.