Unified stance needed on soldiers serving in Iraq

Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 31, 2003 at 10:01 p.m.

The men and women of our armed forces are facing hostile fire in a harsh environment overseas.

Every American supports our troops in the field, and along with their families, we are burdened with anxiety and concern for their safety and the success of their mission.

When we set aside the debate over the president's decision to initiate this pre-emptive war, we are united and strong in backing the brave citizens who are carrying out their duties as soldiers.

When we divide our support by linking it to an issue of war policy or opposition to that policy, we do not advance the greater cause of American unity.

I have strived to separate these issues throughout an entangled, divisive and distressing debate among the members of the Gainesville City Commission.

Enough of this discord. Those serving and risking their lives deserve better, and we must move on.

I continue to hold that all Americans are united in our hopes that the hostilities will be ended soon, and that our service men and women will return safely to their homes, their families, their friends and their loved ones.

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