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That's a nice turn-around from last Fall, when the Philadelphia Inquirer reported on the Governor's struggle to ensure that absentee ballots from soldiers in Iraq would not be counted if they came in after the deadline. But as far as apologies, kudos to the Governor for his first step. The story notes that Gov. Rendell added that he believed Knoll had given her business card to the family so they could contact her if they were victimized by the State:Written apologies will be sent to a fallen Marine's relatives angered by Lt. Gov. Catherine Baker Knoll's uninvited appearance at the soldier's funeral and her criticism of the war in Iraq, Gov. Ed Rendell said Sunday.
Rendell said he will send a personal letter to the family of the late Marine Staff Sgt. Joseph Goodrich, of Westwood, and will ask Knoll to do the same. Goodrich, 32, a police officer and infantry unit leader, died July 10 in a mortar attack in Hit, Iraq.
Rendell said he hadn't spoken with Knoll about the incident, but was disturbed by the family's charge that she made a political statement against the war.
"It's not the business of state government to support the war, but our state supports the men and women who are fighting this war," Rendell said during an appearance in Mt. Washington.
The story doesn't offer details as to why the Lt Governor anticipated problems in that area. Is this a common problem in Pennsylvania? Perhaps the Governor's office should look into that.Rendell said he thinks Knoll, 74, of McKees Rocks, meant no harm by attending the memorial service last Tuesday. He believes Knoll gave her business card to a family member so that Goodrich's family would have a contact within state government if they later needed help securing benefits.
This is not enough. Where the hell is Knoll to apologize publicly to the family and explain her noxious behavior? The Post-Gazette notes that this may not have been the first time she showed up unwelcome at a memorial service.Perhaps those benefit problems are widespread?
Translation: WE support the troops, not the war! And in November we still support the troops because we know they vote wrong and we must save them from themselves!Posted by Old Soldier at July 25, 2005 03:24 PM
"It's not the business of state government to support the war"
WTF, over? Is this more of that silly post-election secession BS? Last I checked, PA was one of the United States, and as such is at war alongside the rest of the country. What sort of twisted moral sense allows the governor of a State to basically say "we're at war, but we don't want to win it."Posted by submandave at July 25, 2005 04:11 PM
Submandave- you beat me to it. Great point.
Maybe if more people (i.e. our own country) took a more unified stand it would send a strong message to other people (i.e. every other country) that we are together on stopping islamofascism.
But no. We have to listen to the incessant blithering from the left (as Old Soldier put it) that "We support the troops, not the war!"
Dealing with liberals is really like taking care of children. You have to force them to do things that you know is good for them even though they whine and throw tantrums every step of the way.Posted by Buckley F. Williams at July 25, 2005 06:46 PM
As a combat vet, I stand personally against war. That said, the truth of the Lt. Governor's appearance should be known before drawing fire.
"Wars are waged by comfortable old men and fought by impressionable fools"
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