This is the final week of the 2019 General Assembly Session. Odd year sessions are our short sessions, when we meet for 45 days rather than 60. In theory we have less to do, since Virginia adopts a biennial budget every other year, although in practice we end up doing […]
No homeowner is an island. I’ve been pondering this because our interdependent suburban landscape has been producing flooding that spills from one property to another. The persistent puddles in yards and gutters on my block have drawn attention from county hydro-engineers. We await results of their welcome investigation. The first […]
On Feb. 17, the League of Women Voters of Falls Church will be commemorating the National League of Women Voter’s 99th birthday.
Happy Valentine’s Day! The history of Valentine’s Day is unclear. Did it start as a pagan fertility observance? A Christian martyr story? Whatever its origin, Valentine’s Day is an economic success story, with millions of greeting cards, bouquets, and candy (mostly chocolate) purchased and presented as tokens of love and […]
Nobody’s perfect, of course. But when it comes to leaving a good impression on almost everyone one has come across, accomplishing that is getting about a close as one can hope for. Falls Church’s very own, very original Gary LaPorta passed away suddenly last weekend just when we all least […]
During the grandiloquent debate several years back over whether Arlington should allow backyard chicken coops, references were made to the glories of household egg production practiced by our forebears. Last month I got to chat with one such natural foods practitioner: The almost-80-year-old Sam Day, an exemplar of our county’s […]
It is profoundly disappointing to Democrats in the General Assembly to be focused on negotiations with Republicans on budgetary priorities, while so much our attention is seems inevitably to be drawn to the painful shortcomings of our state leaders.
The federal shutdown is over, for now, but the ramifications of a 35-day furlough for hundreds of thousands of employees still are being measured by local and state governments. The metro region stands to lose the most, since we are home to a majority of the furloughed employees. The Office […]
This week, our Commonwealth’s legacy of racism reared its ugly head. Governor Northam’s outrageous photo is an important reminder that the past is not as distant as we often think.
‘Let he who is without sin be the first to cast a stone at her.’ How little else than this Biblical injunction are Virginia Democrats left with after the incredible developments of these recent days. First Governor Ralph Northam, then Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, then Attorney General Mark Herring, like […]