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Remember Ronald Reagan?

July 18, 2004

>>>COUNTY CONTINUES TO HONOR REAGAN

The Board of Supervisors unanimously passed resolutions honoring Ronald Reagan. A Resolution set a Public Hearing for July 13, last week, to consider naming a Loudoun county building, school, road, park or other facility in honor of the former President.

>>>>COUNTY STILL LOOKING AT IT

Once in my lifetime, a President may come along that changes the world. And Ronald Reagan won a re-election in a landslide in 1984. Those were the days when America was united--remember "Reagan-Democrats" (wow) ! If there are principles worth having for our national government, then they are the same principles for local government and for Sterling, Virginia.

>>>>TWO LADIES PUT FORTH THEIR IDEA

Planner Packie Crown came forward and suggested that the county name a respite center for patients with Alzheimer's after Reagan. Sterling Planning Commissioner Helena Syska lent her support to the idea.

Let's face it. Reagan had the guts to do a lot of things as President. But in facing Alzheimer's Reagan told us good bye in a manner we will not forget. Nor should we forget him and others who suffer this dreadful malady.

These wonderful ladies joined a number of people who have good ideas (see below) about what county facility to name after Ronald Reagan. But who expected hate for the late President?

>>>>>LIBERALS ON WAR PATH AGAINST REAGAN

Joe Keating, (paraphrasing and summary) quoted Bill Clinton as confessing on television that the reason he (abused) Monica Lewinsky is because he "had the power". Keating then compared Clinton's abuse of Monica and his power to the Board of Supervisors. If you name any building or park after Reagan, it is because you have the power, Keating said.

Keating seemed to compare Reagan to Clinton and the Board as no different as Clinton in his abuse of an intern. If you honor Reagan, you abuse interns.

Comparing Reagan to Clinton is a perversion, but saying we, the Republican board, are like Clinton is really weird.

Jonathan Weintraub mocked Reagan and his legacy in a manner even the Washington Post describes as "less polite." I will call it nasty.

>>>>LIBERAL SAYS "NAME THE JAIL AFTER REAGAN"?

Weintraub suggested several long insulting names for parks and buildings referring to every left-wing fringe stereotype of Ronald Reagan-- which Loudoun and Sterling residents reject-- including drug use, burning trees, economic theories and corruption (sic). Weintraub offered "The Ronald Reagan-Oliver North Felons make Good Role Models Jail" on a long list.

So, to recap, the board had that hearing and two persons spoke in favor and some spoke against. The two in favor actually suggested something helpful. The critics of Ronald Reagan seemed to be mad that somebody in public life actually remembers Reagan in a favorable manner.

>>>>MEDIA SAYS PUBLIC REACTION "MIXED"

More letters have been published or circulated attacking the idea that Loudoun County should join in the national honoring of this conservative hero. They were ginned up (see "attack" below). Others have written in asking for their local school or park to be named after Ronald Reagan. If you agree it is a good thing to honor Reagan this way please write bos@loudoun.gov today.

>>>>YOUR CHANCE, YOUR CHOICE.

I know most people are busy and frankly, the county has many other things to take care of.

But Sterling needs to let me know if it has ideas for naming Reagan. This county does do a lot of things that puts it on the map. Having a local (something) named after a President that shook the world pays respect and makes a statement. Of course, there are people who do not want that statement to be made.

>>>>DEMOCRATS LAUNCH ATTACK ON THE LATE RONALD REAGAN

The Democratic Party of Loudoun county has targeted me and my wife and other Republicans. I don't like it. But, we are all alive. We can fight back.

But I do believe I have never seen such negative enthusiasm in picking on a dead President. And lets agree that it is not mainstream.

Ronald Reagan contributed a lot to this country, and to this county.

>>>LIBERALS SAY NAME BUILDINGS AFTER LOCAL LIBERALS ONLY

I do not agree with local Leesburg Establishment liberals who wish to name all county buildings after local people. This favors liberals overwhelmingly, as liberals control much of the news media and the government for so long that in Leesburg and in Washington, the arrival of Ronald Reagan was a shock that they will never recover from. Sadly, the establishment in Loudoun seems to acknowledge the existence of conservatives, Christians or non government influences in our society as little as possible.

>>>>>FIRING AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS IN LEESBURG SAVED DULLES

The very fact that Ronald Reagan fired air traffic controllers in Leesburg should be a hallmark that commends Ronald Reagan, yet some of the testimony is critical of Reagan for doing a brave act that kept the entire Airline Industry alive and stood up to a band of characters who needed immediate Presidential attention.

There are some who believe that Dulles International Airport (which now employs 5,000 people and will soon employ 7,500) could not have survived its early years had Reagan not taken action.

Even in death, these radical liberals seem to stamp their feet and protest the most when anyone thinks Reagan did a decent job.

>>>>HATE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED -- AGAINST BETTER JUDGEMENT

There has been some constituent response, much of it positive (SEE BELOW) The Loudoun County Democrats' Communications Chair, Eileen Levandoski, has made a concerted effort to turn out opposition to the idea.

Her pleas are posted at http://www.purcellville.com/discus/messages/2/461.shtml?1089764249

If you'll read through that, you will see her opposition and that of other LCDC members like Jonathan Weintraub centers on claims he sold crack as part a conspiracy to build prisons, he opposed the Soviet Union and believed in God. Those sentiments were echoed in Weintraub's comments and those of others urged to attend and attack Reagan by Levandoski.

There were about eight phone calls to the Board, with it running half and half. There were about 30 e-mails to the Board, about 15 in favor and 25 opposed. Most people would like a future school or a street named after him.

>>>>HERE ARE SOME SUPPORTERS WRITING IN

Since there has been a lot of local news media panning of Ronald Reagan, I am letting you know that your comments are needed. This issue is still being discussed in the Finance Committee.

If you agree it is a good thing to honor Reagan, in any way, please write bos@loudoun.gov today. Or you can write me at eugenedelgaudio@erols.com

>>>>Not a New Notion

The notion that we should be naming a county building, school, road, park or other facility in honor of the late 40th President of the United States is not a new one. I, along with many others in our community, have been advocating this ... well before President Reagan's recent passing.......I agree it is a good thing to honor Mr. Reagan this way. Thank you and God bless! ---Earl W. Hower Leesburg District PS......"Ronald W. Reagan Government Center..." has a nice ring to it too!

>>>>NAME A PARK

I believe it would be wonderful to name a park after Ronald Reagan. He truly loved and appreciated nature and the "outdoors." If necessary, I'm sure I can find some fitting quotes that he made on this topic. Tom Houck

>>>>NAME ANY NEW DEVELOPMENT-- AMPLE OPPORUNITY

I am respectfully requesting that our former presidents, surely the most honorable of my lifetime, be honored in the fastest growing county in this fine nation. Regardless of whether it is a new school, a new government facility, a library, or a park, I am sure that with all the new development there are ample opportunities to honor such a person of character. His integrity, patriotism and commitment have been and should continue to be the characteristics of this fine county. Thank you in advance for your consideration of my request. ---Ms. Darcy King

>>>>Sup. BURTON SAID IT FIRST, NAME THE COUNTY DUMP (ouch)

I suggest renaming the Loudoun County Landfill the Ronald Reagan Loudoun County Landfill. It exemplifies the trickle down theory to the utmost.---Richard Ensele

>>>>NAME A SCHOOL AFTER REAGAN

I recommend naming the Belmont Country Club area (ES-6) elementary school due to open in the Fall of 2005 after President Reagan. He was a great American and naming a school in his honor would be a wonderful way of remembering him. --Paul Coggins Ashburn

>>>>NAME A HIGH SCHOOL AFTER REAGAN

I am all for the naming of a public facility for President Reagan. I am a resident of the Brambleton neighborhood in Loudoun County and would consider it an honor if the new High School (currently named Briar Woods High School) were to be renamed for President Reagan. My children are scheduled to attend this school, and I would be proud to say that my son and daughter graduated from Ronald Reagan High School. I believe that it would be a great honor to President Reagan, and since the school has not yet opened, it would not take a large amount of effort to make this change. ---Roy Flores

>>> DELGAUDIO WRAP UP

That's a wrap for now on something that I really thought WAS non controversial. I PROMISE TO GIVE REAGAN A REST. Liberal philosophies in Loudoun County can quickly return if you take for granted your current freedoms. Of course, they feel just as strongly against all Reagan Republicans, not just the late Ronald Reagan.

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