Letters

Letters to the Editor: October 14 – 20, 2010

Voting Date Should Remain in November

Editor,
Even if the vote passed by now and this didn’t run online or in the paper, there is still time to educate Falls Churchians and to save the City Council Election for the General Election. I feel strongly that the City Council Elections should stay on the schedule as changed, not change from the change – they should be on the same day as the General Election.

Voting Date Should Remain in November

Editor,

Even if the vote passed by now and this didn’t run online or in the paper, there is still time to educate Falls Churchians and to save the City Council Election for the General Election. I feel strongly that the City Council Elections should stay on the schedule as changed, not change from the change – they should be on the same day as the General Election.

Voting should be easy.
Voting, however, is not easy in Virginia. And, our Commonwealth struggled through a long, disgusting history of obstructing the vote.
I love Falls Church City because of its togetherness, beauty, brain power, and creativity, which blends within the Council to run and move our City professionally and with the highest ideals that represent the best of the USA.  To work best, every citizen needs a role.
Just getting people to understand about voting absentee is like getting them to pay taxes early – it’s confusing and so they procrastinate. So many say they want to pull the lever in the voting booth and walk around the rest of the day with their “I Voted” sticker (which you can get if you vote absentee in person!). Alas, on the day of an election, all sorts of unexpected factors interfere – weather, emergencies, etc. It’s challenge enough to deal with this in getting out the vote for November; May is almost an embarrassment for a City that otherwise has such a high turnout, higher than any city of its size in the Commonwealth, as we are proud to tout.

Worry by people who are not Democratic that Council elections in November will result in huge wins by candidates who are favored by the Democratic Party are baseless even though we are mostly a Democratic city. Many of us value our nonpartisan Council.  Many have campaigned for candidates who are not Democratic. Candidates who openly label themselves as Democrats lost, were not endorsed by the CBC, and were able to run successful campaigns based on their own promotions, debates and platforms.

Debra Roth

Falls Church

 

Hails Court Ruling Favoring Fairfax Water

Editor,

As a customer and non-Falls Church City resident, I read with much interest the articles on the continuing saga of the Falls Church water company court battles.  I feel badly that the City has financial difficulties and that this is a large continuing financial problem.   However as a non-resident who is continually overcharged, and does not have a choice of water companies, I do cheer at each new court decision that goes against the city.

Having moved a few miles east of the City to a mile west of the City brought quite a surprise for me as I was very used to Fairfax Water’s superior water quality, customer service and lower prices.  I have a water distiller at home and can judge water quality by what residue is left in my distiller when cleaning it.

Why should non city customers subsidize City operations though a water company surcharge that we have no choice in paying?  I am eagerly waiting for the time when I either get a choice of water companies or lower water bills from Falls Church.

Joe Anshien

Via the internet

 

Reversing Date of  Elections Smacks of Suppression

Editor,

Not living in Falls Church, I don’t have a dog in the fight over whether Falls Church elections should be held on what’s commonly called “Election Day” or should be held separately.

But separatists’ reasoning sure boils down to not wanting too many people to vote in FC elections and (especially) not wanting the wrong sorts of people to vote.

Even putting aside compelling practical reasons for uniform voting on Election Day – avoiding wasteful City expense of running two elections in a year, unnecessary impositions on City election volunteers, and duplicate burden on City citizens of having to find time and means to vote twice – the recent letter to FCNP favoring multiple elections explicitly complained that his favored minority would be unfairly burdened by increased voter turnout.

That rather sounds like the historic voter suppression which earned Virginia federal supervision of election practices. Mightn’t Falls Church want to learn from this sad history rather than repeat it?

Gabriel Goldberg

Falls Church

 

Winter Hill Citizen Concerned by Loss of Parking Spots

Editor,

I have lived in Winter Hill for 35 years and, to the best of my knowledge, there has never been an accident at the intersection of Virginia Avenue and James Court and James Street. And, as was noted in last week’s paper without prior notice of any sort, that intersection was “posted” with the loss of some six or more parking spaces.

As you well know, parking is already a big problem here so the loss of these spaces is no small matter. Can the City just do this without notice?  Who authorized it and why?  I think all of us in Winter Hill would be very interested in how this came about. Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

Nancy Vorobey

Falls Church

 


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