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On September 20th the Loudoun Board of Supervisors voted against Chairwoman Phyllis Randall’s proposal to ask the General Assembly for greater discretion over war monuments and memorials within their jurisdiction. In the 4-4-1 vote against, four supervisors (Volpe, Huffington, Higgins and Buona) demonstrated that they don’t want the job they were elected to and are paid for. Supervisor Matthew Letourneau, who abstained, decided he wanted to eat his cake and have it too, thereby abdicating his responsibility altogether.

It is interesting in this day and age of so many so loudly espousing state and local control, that given the opportunity to simply make the request to Richmond, more than half of our board chose to punt. The board instead voted 7-2 in favor of Supervisor Higgins’ toothless Heritage Commission option. This is a plan to have the Heritage Commission decide how history should be dealt with on the courthouse grounds. And if the Commission decides that the best option is to relocate the Confederate statue to, say, Balls Bluff Cemetery? Well that will be too bad because five members of the Board have decided that making our own decisions is someone else’s problem.

Neil Steinberg



Balls Bluff is a Union Cemetery so putting a confederate monument there is stupid just ask Ron Meyers. The monument was deface on the courthouse grounds and you are going to protect it how at Balls Bluff. Your simple emotional outbursts nor those by the pandering Board of Supervisors members who voted to move the monument are silly. I never owned a slave and I bet you never picked cotton. If you find that you are offended by a war memorial then history is not one of your areas of expertise is it?

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