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Hey Redskins! How About Prince William County?

By Greg L | 3 December 2008 | Loudoun County, Prince William County | 14 Comments

With all the talk about the Loudoun Board of Supervisors nixing the idea of a Redskins Hall of Fame being located in Loudoun County (see here and here), I have to wonder whether the Prince William Board will pick up this opportunity to create that tourist destination in our county.  Loudoun might not want it, but all of us Redskins fans in Prince William would be rather interested in seeing this happen in our corner of Redskins turf.

We have Republicans in charge here, after all.  We like this stuff.  It’ll compliment the National Museum of the Marine Corps rather nicely, I’d think.



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14 Comments

  1. Former Officer said on 3 Dec 2008 at 11:47 pm:
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    Please build the Skins hall of fame so all of us Cowboys fan in PW can ignore it. :-) Sorry. Can’t help myself.

  2. PWConservative said on 4 Dec 2008 at 4:09 am:
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    Leave the Deadskins out of PWC, Cowboys Rule!

  3. Doug Mataconis said on 4 Dec 2008 at 6:26 am:
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    Let the Redskins build whatever they want.

    So long as we don’t waste a single taxpayer dollar on the project, and the Redskins pay for all necessary road upgrades.

    This is not a wise use of public funds.

  4. Pat.Herve said on 4 Dec 2008 at 7:38 am:
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    I do not know anything about this topic -

    Is this very prosperous enterprise looking for public funds to build the place?
    What about the land - do they want it donated?
    What is the proposal?

    It is not an opportunity unless there is something positive for pwc.

  5. Loudoun Insider said on 4 Dec 2008 at 8:12 am:
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    Please read my posts and you’ll get all the details. This was a marketing deal whereby the Redskins would provide concrete advertisement services for Loudoun County. The money was from dedicated Transient Occupancy Tax funds (hotel tax), a portion of which is required by state law to be spent on tourism initiatives. Instead of funding this, the board majority instead gave $156,000 to fund “hospitality training” through the Journey Through Hallowed Ground. Tell me what the better use of these funds was.

  6. Doug Mataconis said on 4 Dec 2008 at 8:31 am:
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    Loudoun Insider,

    The better use would be to give the money back to the public.

    The Redskins don’t need marketing assistance.

  7. Vigilant1 said on 4 Dec 2008 at 8:59 am:
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    Only if “DANNY BOY” funds it!

  8. Loudoun Insider said on 4 Dec 2008 at 9:25 am:
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    Doug, then you’ll have to change state law first. This wasn’t marketing assistance for the Redskins, it was marketing assistance for Loudoun County. The money we’re talking about comes from out-of-staters or those from further away in Virginia. State law mandates that it be spent on tourism related initiatives. This was a good deal for the county. Please direct some ire towards “hospitality training” which was funded.

  9. Doug Mataconis said on 4 Dec 2008 at 10:22 am:
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    LI,

    I guess I’m responding more to the question of whether Prince William County, where I live, should get involved in helped Danny Boy save some money, not the merits of what was done in Loudoun.

    Personally, the tax doesn’t become any less egregious because its taken from the pockets of out-of-towners. Asking me where I would like to see the stolen funds spent isn’t really a question I care to think about.

  10. DPortM said on 4 Dec 2008 at 12:25 pm:
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    Sorry, off topic, but I need to share:

    WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS,
    HE LIVED ALL ALONE,
    IN A ONE BEDROOM HOUSE MADE OF
    PLASTER AND STONE.

    I HAD COME DOWN THE CHIMNEY
    WITH PRESENTS TO GIVE,
    AND TO SEE JUST WHO
    IN THIS HOME DID LIVE.

    I LOOKED ALL ABOUT,
    A STRANGE SIGHT I DID SEE,
    NO TINSEL, NO PRESENTS,
    NOT EVEN A TREE.

    NO STOCKING BY MANTLE,
    JUST BOOTS FILLED WITH SAND,
    ON THE WALL HUNG PICTURES
    OF FAR DISTANT LANDS.

    WITH MEDALS AND BADGES,
    AWARDS OF ALL KINDS,
    A SOBER THOUGHT
    CAME THROUGH MY MIND.

    FOR THIS HOUSE WAS DIFFERENT,
    IT WAS DARK AND DREARY,
    I FOUND THE HOME OF A SOLDIER,
    ONCE I COULD SEE CLEARLY.

    THE SOLDIER LAY SLEEPING,
    SILENT, ALONE,
    CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR
    IN THIS ONE BEDROOM HOME.

    THE FACE WAS SO GENTLE,
    THE ROOM IN SUCH DISORDER,
    NOT HOW I PICTURED
    A UNITED STATES SOLDIER.

    WAS THIS THE HERO
    OF WHOM I’D JUST READ?
    CURLED UP ON A PONCHO,
    THE FLOOR FOR A BED?

    I REALIZED THE FAMILIES
    THAT I SAW THIS NIGHT,
    OWED THEIR LIVES TO THESE SOLDIERS
    WHO WERE WILLING TO FIGHT.

    SOON ROUND THE WORLD,
    THE CHILDREN WOULD PLAY,
    AND GROWNUPS WOULD CELEBRATE
    A BRIGHT CHRISTMAS DAY.

    THEY ALL ENJOYED FREEDOM
    EACH MONTH OF THE YEAR,
    BECAUSE OF THE SOLDIERS,
    LIKE THE ONE LYING HERE.

    I COULDN’T HELP WONDER
    HOW MANY LAY ALONE,
    ON A COLD CHRISTMAS EVE
    IN A LAND FAR FROM HOME.

    THE VERY THOUGHT
    BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE,
    I DROPPED TO MY KNEES
    AND STARTED TO CRY.

    THE SOLDIER AWAKENED
    AND I HEARD A ROUGH VOICE,
    ‘SANTA DON’T CRY,
    THIS LIFE IS MY CHOICE;

    I FIGHT FOR FREEDOM,
    I DON’T ASK FOR MORE,
    MY LIFE IS MY GOD,
    MY! COUNTRY, MY CORPS.’

    THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER
    AND DRIFTED TO SLEEP,
    I COULDN’T CONTROL IT,
    I CONTINUED TO WEEP.

    I KEPT WATCH FOR HOURS,
    SO SILENT AND STILL
    AND WE BOTH SHIVERED
    FROM THE COLD NIGHT’S CHILL.

    I DIDN’T WANT TO LEAVE
    ON THAT COLD, DARK, NIGHT,
    THIS GUARDIAN OF HONOR
    SO WILLING TO FIGHT.

    THEN THE SOLDIER ROLLED OVER,
    WITH A VOICE SOFT AND PURE,
    WHISPERED, ‘CARRY ON SANTA,
    IT’S CHRISTMAS DAY, ALL IS SECURE.’

    ONE LOOK AT MY WATCH,
    AND I KNEW HE WAS RIGHT.
    ‘MERRY CHRISTMAS MY FRIEND,!
    AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.’

    This poem was written by a Marine.

  11. Vigilant1 said on 4 Dec 2008 at 2:03 pm:
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    DPortM said on 4 Dec 2008 at 12:25 pm: Flag comment
    Sorry, off topic, but I need to share:

    Thanks DP! Have forwarded to others. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  12. James Young said on 4 Dec 2008 at 10:22 pm:
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    While I am sympathetic to Doug’s position, the fact is, the money has already been collected in taxes, for a specific purpose. Therefore, it’s not a bad idea, but for the lack of proximity to Redskins park. This position by Loudoun Democrats is inscrutable.

  13. Loudoun Insider said on 5 Dec 2008 at 8:22 am:
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    Watch them in action - hilarious YouTube video compilation of BOS comments is up:

    http://tooconservative.com/?p=2701

  14. Gnarly said on 6 Dec 2008 at 4:04 pm:
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    Yes!!!!!…and as part of the package, can we send all the Cowboys fans to live in Loudoun?

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