A McMansion? Or a McHotel? That’s the question facing our community as a property owner in the Seven Corners area has applied for a building permit to construct a new “house” with 13 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms on a lot that currently holds a 1950s-style brick and frame rambler. The […]
Little did we imagine that our editorial last week, entitled “A Modest Proposal,” would spark the kind of reaction it has. In addition to a lot of verbal comment, it elicited a thoughtful letter from a member of the Falls Church Planning Commission, drew wry comment from “Blueweeds,” the foremost […]
In the waning hours before August recess, Congress passed a change to the law governing the Bush Administration’s wiretapping program. This move, which I opposed, came only after the President chose politics over policy, negating a carefully negotiated deal between Republicans and Democrats in exchange for an overreaching, highly controversial […]
The death of a child in the District of Columbia some months ago from complications of untreated tooth decay reminded us of the importance of children’s oral health.
Thanks, Nick, but no thanks. No offense to the City of Falls Church, but I don’t want to be Mayor! Last week’s editorial in the News-Press did just what editorials are supposed to do: encourage thought and debate. In case you missed it, the editorial suggested that the City of […]
The founders of the City of Falls Church, almost 60 years ago now, never envisioned that the city would remain a mere 2.2 square miles. They felt that to secure its long-term sustainability, the city would have to expand, incorporating large enough sections of Fairfax County to contain a population […]
Seventy-two years ago this week, the Social Security Act became law. With the stroke of a pen, the compact giving our seniors the dignity and financial security needed to prevent poverty for millions of aging Americans was established.
On the Run Summers in Virginia are usually characterized by hot weather and slow political activity.
Conserving land, and its favorable effects on water quality and quantity, were issues front and center last Friday at the Potomac Watershed Forum V, held at the Prince William Campus of George Mason University, and attended by nearly 200 people from around the region and as far away as Westmoreland […]
Each year the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) holds it annual policy-making meeting in July or August. As I write this, we have just heard two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author, David McCullough, speak on the importance of teaching and learning history.