by LISA MACNEIL
Sept. 10, 2019- At the end of every Board of County Commissioners meeting, each commissioner is given an opportunity to comment on a topic they choose. At the end of the BOCC meeting on September 10, 2019, two commissioners gave their thoughts on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Commissioner John Allocco had the following to say about the anniversary of 9/11/01 the freedoms Americans enjoy; “9/11. Tomorrow. We all know someone who’s died or lost a family member, or first responders that have passed. We know lots of people who were just in that building at work. People that lived around it, who inhaled the dust and have been sick for years and years. We’ve had a couple of conversations today about the second amendment … first amendment … understand that that entire day was about our way of life and our belief system being attacked because some people don’t handle freedom well. Some people don’t handle other people having freedom well. That’s what we need to remember -- it’s about the freedoms that we’re supposed to have in this country, that we’re supposed to respect, that we’re supposed to protect, and that we’re supposed to make sure that any time that those freedoms are attacked by the outside, that we come together as a country and defend our constitution as a whole. We may have differences on this board, we may have differences next November, but in the end, we’re all supposed to be Americans and we’re all supposed to be defending what this country stands for, and that’s individual liberties and freedoms, and that’s standing up against tyranny and oppression. I just hope that everyone remembers that tomorrow. This isn’t about hating or attacking a certain group of people, this is about loving what America is supposed to stand for and the people who died because of it.”
BOCC Chairman Jeff Holcomb added, “There were many people that were working civilian jobs, doing civilian things and decided that the military was their option after that day. They’re living with the effects of that for the rest of their lives.”