Reflections on 9/11

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By Supervisor Bill Horn

On 9/11/2001, I was Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, and in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks I was faced with a towering decision: whether or not to shut down the County Government. We vowed to stay open for business and stand with our brothers and sisters in New York, Philadelphia, DC, and all over the world who were impacted by the attack.

On 9/11/2011—the 10 year anniversary of the terrorist assault—I stood onboard the USS Midway and gave a speech remembering those who were killed, injured, and had their lives changed forever. I reflected on what President George W. Bush said in the moments after the attack, “America was targeted for attack because we are the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining.”

Now, on 9/11/2013—the one year anniversary of the Benghazi Terrorist attack—we remember the lives and tragic deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods. It’s also an appropriate time to consider how real a threat terrorism still is today, and how critical of an asset our military is to the security of our nation.

September 11th is a day that holds great pain, but also great pride, great hope and humble gratitude. As I take a few moments today to reflect on what is really important in my life, I will count my many blessings…and this great country will be at the top of my list. God Bless you and God Bless America.


Comments 1

  1. Good lord.

    You faced with a “towering decision” on 9-11? Whether to shut down county government? Pardon me, Supervisor Put-Upon, but your post features one piece of offensive word play and terrible histrionics. It’s so bad that you need to be called out.

    First, relative to the decisions facing President Bush on 9-11, not to mention the first responders at the scene where the Twin Towers fell, your “towering decision” cast all the shadow of a pimple. Describing your decision to keep the county open as “towering” is in such poor taste that you should edit the sentence.

    Second, shutting down county government that day would NOT have included shutting down the Sheriff’s Department or any other first responders. Oh, it’s true that someone may not have been able to adopt a shelter cat or pull a building permit for eight hours had you not made the “towering decision” you made. But, trust me absolutely NOBODY in region was thinking of adopting a pet on 9-11. Plus, your permitting process already takes so long that eight hours would have meant nothing to an applicant.

    Please stop acting like the County’s decision to stay open was consequential or anything more than symbolic. It wasn’t. The focus, credit and remembrances should go toward those who faced GENUINE adversity that day.

    “Towering decision…”

    What complete rot!

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