Letters to the Editor: February 3 – 9, 2011

Hails Crews Clearing F.C.’s Snowy Streets


I am writing this letter one day after the Jan. 26 snow-nami 2011. I think we can all agree that there were people who should not have been driving and vehicles that should not have been on the road in the elements last night; none the less, people need to get home from work, or wherever they may be, and traffic situations such as were encountered all over the region are unavoidable. That, however, is not the reason for my letter.

Instead, I would like to take this opportunity to call to attention the superb work done by Robert Goff and his property yard crew. We were all able to see the result of their over-night work in the well plowed streets of Thursday morning. Having a restaurant on the hill of N. Washington St., though, I had a front row seat to see much more. On four separate occasions, involving four different workers, I witnessed Falls Church City employees get out of their respective vehicles and push numerous cars out of harms way. In one case the woman in need of assistance was so distraught that the worker got in and drove her vehicle.

Whether it is Tom Clinton, Commissioner of the Revenue, walking an elderly lady out to the parking lot, tool box in hand, to help affix new license plates to her car, Officer Kevin seeking out and finding one of my customers just to let him know that his lights were left on in his car, or the aforementioned property yard guys going above and beyond the scope of their duty to help random drivers, Falls Church is a great place to live and to do business.

David Tax

Falls Church


F.C. Citizens Must Clear Out the Sidewalks


The City’s budget woes could be helped by fining residents, churches, and businesses who do not clear sidewalks 24 hours after a storm. Four days after last weeks storm Dulin Church has a cleared parking lot but has not cleared its sidewalks. Many neighbors have clean drive ways and untouched sidewalks in front of their property. Tomorrow morning when school reopens children will be walking in streets or slipping on icy walks because citizens have not done their job to make our Little City a walk friendly zone.

M.B. McCormac

Falls Church


Children Put at Risk by Failure to Clear Walks


As a parent and a teacher in Falls Church, I am concerned that our students are being endangered by the failure of many homeowners to clear their walkways. Last week’s snow was heavy, but on my walk to school this Monday morning, Jan. 31, I noted that about one third of the homes still had not cleared the snow/ ice from sidewalks. This forced me and schoolchildren to walk in the street, near the morning traffic. Clearing one’s sidewalk is a legal requirement, but more importantly it is a civic responsibility. And for all the teenagers in our little city: you say you want more respect and more spending money; grab a shovel and you can earn both.

Joseph Bracken

Falls Church


What Will Congress Do With Impending Debt Ceiling?


In the 2006 elections, the balance of the House of Congress and the Senate shifted to Democrat control.

The 110th Congress opened and began a ride of spending sprees that most Americans will never forget with the leaders of the Democrat Party firmly in control of both Houses of Congress. According to the Clerk of the House, the national debt increased $1.957 trillion when 110th closed. Wow, who would have thought that our elected officials could spend an amount that would increase our national debt in such a short time frame?

During this time frame, then-Senator Obama said on the Senate floor debate “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance the government’s reckless fiscal policies.”

On November 4, 2008, Barrack Obama was elected as our 44th President. Also during the election of 2008, the Democrat Party and their candidates increased its power in Congress and the Senate. President-elect Obama took the oath of office with national debt level at $9.7 trillion.

The 111th Congress opened and, once again, when it adjourned the national debt increased $3.22 trillion during another record-setting 111th Congress. Wow, did President Obama like eating his own words, “raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.” During Obama’s political tenures our national debt has increased $7 trillion. What should the 112th Congress do with a debt ceiling that’s nearing its limit of $14.2 trillion? Should Congress follow your “No” vote in 2006, Mr. President to not increase our nation’s debt or maybe they should just vote present or take a pass? Maybe you should get off the teleprompter and learn to create jobs and cut spending and lend a hand to stop the “ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance the government’s reckless fiscal policies.”

Ed Hillegass

Falls Church


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