He bravely fought for America in many fierce battles and became a decorated war hero. Later his strong war reservations helped him decide that the patriotic thing was to oppose war along with America's reckless leaders who had brought painful suffering and division to our country. He believed America's "go it alone" strategy was pure arrogance and dead wrong. He resisted our unilateral rush to war without support from our closest allies. This made him very angry that he had ever voted for the war in the first place. He believed that he had been duped when he voted for the war before he voted against it.
Benedict Arnold became the icon of treason for all time. He changed from being an American patriot and decorated war hero into the very definition of a traitor. He hated George Washington, who later became America's first and greatest President. Benedict Arnold changed his allegiance from the first fighting for liberty into defending a tyrannical dictatorship. It just shows that youthful bravery on the battlefield doesn't always imply lifelong moral fiber or mean that you always stand up for liberty.
Now I know that times have changed, but are we really ready to vote in a president who voted for a war but then voted to defund the military to carry out their given mission?
ATVS and damage to ditches
Close the ditches On August 4 and 18 from 7-9 pm at the Breezy Point City Hall and Merrifield Marathon building respectively the county is going to hold public meetings on the damage ATVs are doing to our ditches and driveways. Despite the hundreds of damaged driveways throughout the county the politicians are predicted to do the absolute minimum unless property owners and taxpayers speak up.
County taxpayers and rural property owners are now responsible for ATV damage repairs. Our county has already repaired some ATV-damaged roads twice. There are hundreds of ATV damaged driveways in our county.
The county can close any or all the ditches in the county to ATV damage. The county can then re-open any or all ditches by designating them ATV trails. This shifts the financial responsibility for repairing ATV damage from the taxpayers and property owners to the ATV clubs.
The county can close all the ditches with one simple ordinance. If the county closes only some of the ditches the county taxpayers are responsible for installing and replacing closed signs at each and every closed ditch. It is possible for the county to close just the ditches north of 210.
If there is enough demand any ditch can be re-opened as a designated ATV trail. Once that happens the ATV clubs assume financial responsibility for ditch and driveway repairs and maintenance. There is approximately $5 million in the ATV account for trail designation and maintenance.
If the county leaves our ditches open and undesignated our tax dollars will continue to be wasted on ATV damage repair instead of pothole repair and property owners will be forced to repair their driveways over and over.
Now is the time to call your commissioner and ask them to stop wasting our money.
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