Articles by: David Snyder

Guest Commentary: City of Falls Church—Canary in the Metro Coal Mine?

July 13, 2017 2:29 PM0 comments

Before modern detection means, coal miners would use canaries in cages to determine whether the levels of toxic and explosive gasses were rising to the danger point. If the canary kept singing, then things were probably all right. If the canary stopped singing — or worse yet, fell over — […]

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Guest Commentary: Trump Budget’s Effects on Local Government

April 6, 2017 1:14 PM0 comments

The preliminary budget released by the Trump Administration provides a good picture of how the Administration would cut federal programs, if allowed to do so by Congress and the public. While not final until enacted, this budget document deserves serious examination, especially given the Administration’s promises to reduce federal employment, […]

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Guest Commentary: Transportation Funding: A Mixed Bag for Falls Church

June 30, 2016 1:57 PM0 comments

The few members of the public who were present in the City Council Chamber Monday night saw Metro Board Chairman and Washington D.C. City Council Member Jack Evans at his persuasive best as he outlined Metro’s financial and operational conditions. All Falls Church citizens should view this segment of the […]

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Guest Commentary: Falls Church & the Great Richmond Rip-Off

April 14, 2016 12:19 PM0 comments

During budget and tax season when we are most focused on those issues, it is appropriate to take stock not only of local factors that affect our City’s budget and tax rate, but also of the larger financial and governmental context in which we live. Several influences beyond our borders […]

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Guest Commentary: It’s Time for Insanity to Be Replaced With Reason

January 7, 2016 9:43 AM0 comments

The first day of deer hunting season was a school holiday in the coal mining region of Western Pennsylvania where I grew up. Our parents made sure my brothers and I went to the gun range in the basement of Greensburg’s City Hall for National Rifle Association training in how […]

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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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