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www.journalpress.com VIRGINIA VIEWPOINTS D-Day was no sure thing Seventy years ago, on the day be- fore the Allied landings on the coast of France were to begin, Gen- eral Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Commander of Allied Forc- es, prepared a short state- ment to be read in the event DAVID S. KERR the landings proved a fail- ure. He wrote it out in pencil and began with the words, "Our landings in the Cher- bourg have failed to gain a satisfacto- ry foothold..." He closed by saying, ".. if any blame is found to attach to this attempt, it is mine alone:' It's a haunting note to read. And while we know through the hindsight of his- tory that D-Day was a success, at the time, Eisenhower fully appreciated that this was one of the riskiest and most dangerous military operations in history. The Allies had committed their full might to the D-Day landings; the numbers are staggering. The inva- sion would be launched from mul= tiple ports all over the south coast of Britain. It would involve a mas- sive armada of over 4,000 ships and 11,000 aircraft. But most important- ly, 150,000 men - some having expe- rienced battle before and most facing it for the first time - were waiting to be the first ones to land in France. One of the biggest risks to the op- eration was that the Germans would find out when and where the land- ings would take place. Ihe longer the Germans were kept guessing, the more difficult it would be for them to concentrate their forces for a counterattack. Hoping to create a deception, the Allies created  phony army with General Patton appointed to lead it, a buzz of daffy radio traf- fic, and inflatable tanks and trucks; all positioned so that German recon- naissance aircraft would think some- thing was up. But no ohe was sure that the Germans had taken the bait. Would they withhold their forces expecting the main assault at Calais, or would they put all they had into repelling the Normandy landings before the Allies could gain a foot- hold? The Other gamble was the weather. The operation was set to commence on June 5, but the weather remained unusually bad. Eisenhower delayed the start of the invasion for 24 hours. The situation was tense; hun- dreds of thousands of men waited on ships; seasickness was rampant; Eisenhower's chief weatherman, British Royal Air Force Group Cap- tain John Stagg, predicted that a fast moving high pressure system would give the Allies a 48-hour lull in the weather, starting early on June 6. Stagg, incredibly, relied on a single observation from a ship in the North Atlantic. It wasn't much to go on, but Eisenhower took the risk and gave the order to go. For a while, it looked like Ike's worst fears might become reality. Be- cause of low visibility, the Allied Air Forces missed most of their targets on the beach. German defenses, the pillboxes and the artillery were still intact. Also, most of the tanks and heavy vehicles were lost in .the heavy surf. The soldiers reaching the beach had to fight t out by themselves. The British were getting ashore alright; they had three beaches to assault, but the Americans, particularly at Oma- ha Beach, were having a tough time. For several hours, seeing no move- merit at all, the Navy stood ready to carry out an evacuation. But, thank- fUlly, that's not what happened. With a growing resolve, facing incredible danger, American troops along this narrow battlefield began to breach the German defenses to start moving inland. By day's end, all of the landings had succeeded, and it was obvious that Ike didn't need his other statement. Instead, he was able to give the world the message, one that millions in Europe and Ameri- ca had prayed for, that Allied forces were ashore in France. D-Day, per- haps the biggest gamble in military history, was a success. Reach David Kerr at kerr@journalpress, com Op Ed "Governing for the People" DEL. MARGARETRANSONE I have had the benefit of repre- senting the citizens of the Northern Neck in the House of Delegates dur- ing these three years. It is an honor and privilege to serve the people of Virginia, and a responsibility that I take very seriously. I was disappointed tO see Gover- nor Terry McAuliffe's recent letter to the citizens of the Northern Neck. This letter was an obvious attempt to misrepresent the facts about the cur- rent budget impasse and Medicaid expansion. The people of the Northern Neck are not uninformed pawns that poli- ticians can use for political gain. We are "hard working families that de- serve honest, forthright elected lead- ers. As I said, I consider myself a ser- vant of the people. When I make decisions I consider the genera- tions ahead of me, the generation now and the generations to be, but most importantly, I weigh out the facts. Under President Obama's signa- ture healthcare reform law, states have the option to expand their Medicaid programs. This is not a re- quirement. Right now, about half the states have rejected Medicaid expan- sion. Virginia is one of them. However, Governor McAuliffe and Senate Democrats refuse to pass a state budget unless we implement Medicaid expansion in. the Com- monwealth. In other words, they re- fUse to do their job unless they get their way on Medicaid. That's care- less, irresponsible and wrong. The state budget was due on Marcla 8 - over 80 days ago. Now, we're less than 30 days from the first govern- ment shutdown in state history. "Add to that, Virginia Could be fac- ing a $300 million shortfall for this year and $1 billion general fund shortfall for the next two years. We will have to significantly re-evaluate our spending priorities. The $1 billion general fUnd revenue shortfall is proof that we shouldn't expand Medicaid. The cost of the current Medicaid program is already unsustainable. Adding 400,000 peo: ple to the program and taking on $2 billion in "new, long-term financial 1 I.M.H.O. (in my humble opinion) With school winding down, there will be more free time to devote to v61unteering here in the county. Now is the time to get involved with your local government and local activities. or picketing for one cause or another. Say, how come we don't have picket- ers here in King George? There are a lot of gripers, but no picketers. Back in the day, it seemed every corner had someone demonstrating/picketing or .fighting for one cause or another. Have we become so detached, that we can't take our views on the road? I know there are times I feel like put- ting a sign up, or picketing. Hmm. I need to find some poster board and- picket the nori-picketing. obligations right now would be be- yond irresponsible. I do not think Virginians believe making government bigger will save them money. If that worked, the fed- eral government would have gotten out of debt a long time ago. Medicaid is already the fastest growing part of the state budget. It consumes 40 percent of all new revenue and has grown by 1600 per- cent over the last 30 years. Expand- ing Medicaid will make the problem worse, not better. Virginians recognize this. A recent survey done by Christopher New- port University showed that Virgin- ians oppose Medicaid expansion by 13 points. Independents oppose it by 20 points. Regardless of how you feel about Medicaid expansion, we should alI agree that it is wrong to delay the en- tire state budget over a single issue. That might be how they do things in Washington, but it's not the Virginia way. The pending government shut- down and potential budget shortfall isn't about Medicaid expansion any- more, it's about the fiscal integrity of theCommonwealth. We need to get a budget in place so we can dear with the budget shortfall and so localities can begin making plans to prepare for cuts in state fUnding. The quickest way to do that is to set aside Medicaid expansion. We need to go to Richmond and pass a responsible budget right now. We can continue the debate over Medic- aid expansion later. Over 100 local governments, school boards, local elected officials and business groups, including Rich- mond, Northumberland, Lancaster and King George Counties have passed resolutions or sent letters to the Governor supporting this posi- tion. As an elected leader, I feel obligated to do what is right for the people of Virginia. To me, that means passing a state budget on time that spends taxpayer dollars in a responsible way. I hope the Governor gives the Gen- eral Assembly the opportunity to do that soon. Del. Ransone can be reached at: delmransone@house, virginia.gov Letters tothe Editor Dear Editor: Congressman Rob Wittman's friends and supporters should make certain they go to the polls Tuesday, June 10, to cast their vote in the Republican primary. Wittman has represented the First Congressional District since' December, 2007, when he won a special election to replace the late Rep. Joann Davis. He has been re- elected three more times. He has achieved greater influ- ence over his years of service. He is a member of the prestigious Armed Services Committee, and is chairman of its Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. He also serves on the Subcommittee on Seapower and Expeditionary Forces. Wittman also serves as Chairman of the Board of Visitors of the Naval Academy. As a member of the conservative House Republican Study Commit- tee, he is one of the House leaders in the fight to curb federal spend- ing. Wittman serves as a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, forging new ideas in efforts to protect and clean up the Chesapeake Bay, the First District's greatest natural treasure. He is widely recognized as a strong supporter of veterans and fights for the best treatment pos- sible for our retired and disabled vets and their families, He advocates total respect for the Constitution in adopting laws governing the country. He does not support the current President's new efforts to act without Con- gress, using "a pen and a phone" We are lucky to have such a hard- working person as our Representa- tive. Please support Rob Wittman for Congress in the June 10 Republican primary. Carol Dawson Morattico To the Editor: I urge all local Republicans and others interested in supporting Re- publican candidates to vote in the Republican Primary on June 10th to select Congressman Rob Wittman as our candidate for election to the next Congress in November. Con- gressman Wiittman has represented the First Distrrict of VA in exemplary fashion in thee last three Congresses and gained immeasurable experi- ence in the ways of Washington and familiarity with the details of im- portant national issues. With a solid foundation of prior experience in municipal, county and state govern- ment prior to election to Congress . Rob well understands the implica- tion of decisions made in Washing- ton on the state and local level.. A strong family man and young grandfather, he has continued to reside among his constituents and travel broadly within his District while serving in Washington on the state and local level. Congressman Wittman has done his homework in Congress. He has familiarized himself in depth with the important issues of the.day. 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