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Whidbey 24 resolution not unanimous in Langley
"Non-specific wording in an resolution giving thanks for the safe return of 24 Whidbey Naval Air Station personnel from imprisonment in China two weeks ago left one Langley City Council member cold last Wednesday and convinced him to vote against it.Council member Neil Colburn said the wording of the resolution, to express our thanks for the return of our military personnel recently released by the Chinese Government, left him confused about who the object of the resolution was.Who're we thanking? Colburn asked.Council member Dione Murray tried to clarify the wording.Them, she said.The explanation was not enough for Colburn. He said that if the resolution was meant to thank God, it was inappropriate, considering the fact it was being made in a governmental context. If the resolution was meant to thank the Chinese government - another possible interpretation - Colburn said he would vote against the resolution.In the end, he did vote against it. Council members Murray and Bill Hawkins voted for the resolution, which allowed it to pass by a 2-1 margin. Ray Honerlah and Doug Allderdice were absent. "