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Douglas Co. Commissioners: regardless of differences, we look forward to President's support

Posted: Updated: Oct 07, 2015 07:43 PM

The three county commissioners for Douglas County released a statement Wednesday welcoming President Barack Obama ahead of his visit to Roseburg to meet with victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting, regardless of their differences on “policy issues.”

The statement, read by Commission Chair Susan Morgan, who was joined by fellow commissioners Tim Freeman and Chris Boice, noted that the tragedy was not just local, but national.

“We know our tragedy is America’s tragedy – and a nation grieves with us as we attempt to manage through this difficult time in our history,” she read. “Make no mistake, we will get through this.”

The statement noted the commission was working with multiple law enforcement and service partners to help those affected, taking special care to mention the work done by the local teams.

“We are proud of the timely and professional response to this very heinous act. The DA, the Sheriff and his deputies, the Roseburg City Police Department, hospital employees and staff along with all the local and state first responders did a heroic job responding to this crisis,” Morgan said. “We thank everyone who stepped up and took part in the aftermath of the shooting.”

President Obama’s visit has sparked some debate since it was announced Monday. While Roseburg city officials release a statement Tuesday supporting the visit, some, including the father of shooting survivor Ana Boylan, have said they do not welcome the president.

"I've spoken to my family, and for myself and for my daughter and son, on principle, I find that I am in disagreement with his policies on gun control, and therefore, we will not be attending the visit," Stacy Boylan told Fox News Tuesday.

Despite the possible discord about the visit, the commissioners expressed gratitude for the rest of the country’s support.

“The recent events have provided a reminder how precious every life is, and the value of each day we have on this earth. Thank you for all of the outpouring of support from around the state and nation,” the statement read. “Our county feels your love. We want you to know that the support you are sending us is helping us heal and recover.”

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