Time for F.C. Council to Mull Water Options
Now that the auction has been called off, we have a break in the momentum of events and can pause to catch our breath and think more clearly. While private enterprise is good for products and services in a competitive marketplace, it is not good when it becomes an enforced monopoly of essential services for which the consumer has no choice. I encourage City Council members to reassess the situation and do what is best for the residents and ratepayers of Falls Church Water.
Anglican Appeal Is to Keep, Not Gain Funds
Your article last week on the turnover of The Falls Church’s premises to the continuing congregation contains a comment from Henry Burt, attorney for the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, that is a little disingenuous. He is quoted as saying that the appeal my church (The Falls Church Anglican) intends to make to the Virginia supreme court could result in the Episcopalians having to pay us a large amount of money. This misleading. The fact is that if we should win such an appeal we shall not have to pay a large amount of money to the diocese, not the other way around.
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Questions Dems’ ‘Good Samaritan’ Self-Identification
The Democratic Party is the “Good Samaritan” party? The Good Samaritan used his own money to pay for the care of the man who had been robbed. He did not tax someone else and use that to pay for the care. He did not promise “entitlements” to victims paid for with other people’s money in order to win their votes. He gave charity of his own free will out of the goodness of his heart and paid for from his own pocket. When “charity” is given by the government, it is no longer charity. It is not given with love or out of love. How many people “feel the love” when they apply for government benefits? It is not given out of free will because the half of us who pay taxes are compelled by force of law to do so. The Democrats would pick up the man who was robbed, dump him on the innkeeper and say “take care of him at your own expense or else I will punish you”. And then they will remind the victim at election time that they took care of him.
Former Student Hails Advent of ‘Ballou Day’
As a former student of John Ballou’s at both George Mason Middle School and High School I was delighted to hear that May 22 has been named in his honor within our city. Mr. Ballou is a invaluable resource to the community and a stunning example of what an educator can be. As a student at GM he provided me with the encouragement, knowledge, and resources to pursue my interest in art in every way I could imagine, and other ways I could not. Any criticism was always valid and taken to heart, and untold hours were gladly spent in his shop or on his stage over the course of my seven years as his student. Science, art, and technology are worlds he seamlessly blends into an environment which creates a interest and drive in those around him. An enduring and compassionate man I have seen his positive influence on the lives of generations of students before me and after me first hand. I’m infinitely thankful that I was able to have him as an influence in my education and am proud to say I was his student. I could not approve more of the city’s decision to honor him.
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