Articles by: David Snyder

Guest Commentary: It’s Good Here & We Can, Must Keep it That Way

August 13, 2015 12:46 PM8 comments

About a year ago, on one of our bright, blue sky Saturday mornings, I saw my neighbor across the street playing with his children on his front lawn. “It’s good here,” I said. Without a pause, he responded, “Yes. It is.” Now, he and his wife are serving our country […]

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Guest Commentary: The Lesson of Falls Church’s Tinner Hill

January 15, 2015 2:23 PM0 comments

Last Saturday in 17-degree weather, more than 100 citizens, staff, and elected officials from the City of Falls Church, Fairfax County, and the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority joined the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation – and especially Ed and Nikki Henderson – to dedicate a park and learning center. This […]

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Guest Commentary: Fourth of July Readings in the Little Republic

July 10, 2014 7:40 AM0 comments

Each July 4, citizens of Falls Church meet to revisit our founding documents and their historic context. Here, in brief, are this year’s background notes. From 1774 to 1789, a period of only 15 years, our country and state moved from allegiance to Great Britain to independence, won a war […]

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Guest Commentary: This Year’s Budget & the Future of Falls Church

April 10, 2014 9:52 AM1 comment

Based on 20 years on the Falls Church City Council, there has never been an “easy” budget, and this year is no exception. There are several fundamental reasons why. We are a small, full-service city without the ability to grow geographically (and we begin with the smallest land area of […]

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Guest Commentary: Building Our Future: Thinking & Acting Locally, Regionally

January 2, 2014 12:41 PM0 comments

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) refers to “thinking regionally and acting locally” at the beginning of its draft regional transportation priorities plan. Based on that, a good description of how we can best provide for the kind of future we want for the City of Falls Church might […]

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Guest Commentary: Falls Church: A Great Place with a Bright Future

October 3, 2013 11:19 AM2 comments

Three and a half years ago when I last asked for your vote, the City was mired in the global financial crisis, resulting in unprecedented layoffs, major tax increases, and delayed capital projects.

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Guest Commentary: New Regional Transportation Funding Benefits F.C.

June 20, 2013 11:44 AM2 comments

Earlier this year, the Virginia General Assembly passed complex compromise legislation, HB2313, that provides a new transportation funding for Northern Virginia. The funding will be used on projects across the region. The final list of projects will be selected in the next few months. The list of possible projects includes […]

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Guest Commentary: Threats & Intimidation Over Gun Resolutions

April 8, 2013 12:22 PM2 comments

Last month, the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors considered two resolutions on reducing gun violence. One called for continued study without any action and the other called for endorsement of the policy position of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). The policy position covers […]

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