Board spars over Char­lotte

The Phoenix - - LOCAL NEWS - By Os­car Gam­ble ogam­ble @21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @OGam­ble_TH on Twit­ter

The Mont­gomery County Com­mis­sion­ers set aside a few mo­ments be­fore and af­ter Thurs­day’s meet­ing to ad­dress a topic of na­tional im­por­tance.

As the first or­der of busi­ness, af­ter the Pledge of Al­le­giance, each of the com­mis­sion­ers made a brief state­ment about the tragic events Aug. 13 in Char­lottesville, Va., in which a counter-pro­tester was killed and two Vir­ginia state troop­ers lost their lives re­spond­ing to a “Unite the Right” rally op­pos­ing the re­moval of a statue of Robert E. Lee from Eman­ci­pa­tion Park, which was for­merly named af­ter the Con­fed­er­ate gen­eral.

“The re­sponse that I’ve seen across Mont­gomery County to the past week­end’s tragic events in Char­lottesville has been reaf­firm­ing and in­spi­ra­tional to me,” said Com­mis­sion­ers’ Chair­woman Va­lerie Arkoosh, not­ing held and sched­uled county-wide peace and unity vig­ils.

She said she spoke at one such vigil in Abing­ton Town­ship Wed­nes­day night in which hun­dred of peo- ple “from all back­grounds faiths and po­lit­i­cal par­ties” were “drawn to­gether with the firm un­der­stand­ing that cre­at­ing a moral equiv­a­lency be­tween hate­mon­gers like the Ku Klux Klan and other white su­prem­a­cist groups and those that stand up in op­po­si­tion to racism and anti-Semitism is just plain wrong.”

“Therewere not two sides to the rep­re­hen­si­ble ac­tions taken last week in Char­lottesville that left an in­no­cent woman, Heather Heyer, dead as well as two Vir­ginia state troop­ers, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke M. M. Bates,” Arkoosh said.

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