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.
After much turmoil and deliberation, Congress recently raised the federal mini-mum wage to $5.85 per hour, which equates to an annual salary of about $11,700, barely above the federal poverty guideline of $10,210 for a single person. In Northern Virginia, where the average monthly rent for an efficiency apartment is […]
You’ve got to love San Francisco. What other city in the world would take such glee in thumbing its nose at everyone else by embracing, non-judgmentally and so fully, its hero Barry Bonds, as exemplified by the 42,000 screaming fans that celebrated Bonds’ 756th home run, establishing an all-time baseball […]
Falls Church City Councilman Dave Snyder may have thought he was serving the public interest, but in his comments regarding, in particular, City Manager Wyatt Shields in last week’s Council meeting, preceding his “no” vote on Shields’ compensation package, he came across like a schoolyard bully.
Congress passed the “Honest Leadership, Open Government Act” (S. 1) this week, which will bring about major changes in the way business is done in Washington.
Animals are much in the news lately. Inevitably that seems to bring out lots of controversy as well as word play – something that happens in the General Assembly frequently.