By Bob McCan Fifty years ago, late in the afternoon of July 29, 1965, the phone rang in my office at the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity. Blue Carstenson, Director of the National Council of Senior Citizens, was on the line. Blue had been a college student at Marshall, Missouri […]
A poolside reverie this summer prompted me to ponder the state of swimming around Arlington County. To refresh: The...
Risk, of course, is always a concern, and in life it goes with the territory. There is simply no way to get away from...
The more-than-three-year saga for amending the county’s Comprehensive Plan (Comp Plan) for the Seven Corners/Willston...
By Ken Feltman November’s local elections will involve decisions not just on the leadership of our city, but also on the tone and temperament of the next few years. Judging from the demeanor and statements at Tuesday’s Community Issues Forum, these seven candidates are even-handed, intelligent and organized. Each has […]Read more ›
Let’s be realistic. There is an overwhelming tendency in life to blame one’s self for whenever things go wrong, and in many cases that blame is misplaced. The dog thinks that everything is its fault. The cat nothing. Humans can go either way. In the case of the City of […]Read more ›
When some good students from Marymount University presented their campus history earlier this year, I noticed they omitted mention of one seminal figure. Mary Ann Hall was of the most successful prostitutes and brothel keepers in the nation’s capital of the 19th century. Her ill-gotten wealth enabled her to purchase […]Read more ›
Increasingly, communication between constituents and their local governments depends on electronic and digital systems. E-mail, web sites, Twitter and Facebook have supplanted the “old-fashioned” methods of letter writing and telephone calls. Digital government is on duty 24 hours a day to serve residents and businesses alike. Nowhere is that more […]Read more ›
By Cecily Shea The Falls Church Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2004 to support the Falls Church City Public Schools, thanks the local businesses, community leaders, and supporters of the “Little City” schools for their tremendous support during the 2014-15 academic year. The incredible generosity of donors […]Read more ›
Some ugly realities have surfaced right here in Northern Virginia in the context of the new national momentum to cleanse public spaces of glorified remnants of the pro-slavery Confederate insurgency that sought to secede from the United States, triggering the Civil War 150 years ago. The ugly realities are from […]Read more ›