Letters to the Editor: November 28 – December 4, 2013

 Big Red Signs at Corners & Intersection Mean ‘Stop’


I would like to take a moment to remind people of the meaning of the big red signs on the corners of streets and intersections both here in our city and all across the country. Those big red signs say “Stop,” and that is exactly what they mean.

We live in the cul de sac on South Virginia Ave and must pass the intersection of Sherrow and S. Virginia Ave to get to our home. For some strange reason, the majority of the people coming off of Sherrow who are making a left onto S. Virginia Ave. seem to forget the meaning of the word “Stop.” Just this past Friday night I nearly ran into a van who blatantly ran through the stop sign. He knew that he was in the wrong but he just kept going, giving me dirty looks the whole time while he had to maneuver around my vehicle that was traveling down S. Virginia on the way to my house.

I have lived here for eight years and I have lost count at the number of times I have nearly been hit at this intersection. People need to slow down and obey the signs. They are there for a reason.

Denise Vukmirovich

Falls Church


Calls for Meatless Monday Program In F.C. Schools


I would like to call on our local government and our school system to follow in the footsteps of many other school systems, institutions and communities throughout the country and adopt a Meatless Monday program.

Launched in 2003 by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the program seeks to improve the public health by reducing the risk of chronic diseases – cancer, heart disease, stroke, obesity – while decreasing our carbon footprint and improving environmental sustainability.

We all know that health practitioners are increasingly calling for a move toward a more plant-based diet as part of a healthy lifestyle. At the same time, we are hearing how livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today’s serious environmental problems and how the high demand for meat has led to cruel and inhumane factory farming practices. By promoting a plant-based diet, we can help tackle this myriad of problems with what I view as a triple win: a win for our hearts, a win for the environment and a win for the animals.

I encourage Falls Church City government to promote and the Falls Church City School System to adopt this very worthwhile and highly regarded program.

Rosemary Hayes Jones

Falls Church


Hails Del. Kory’s Analysis of Democratic Process


Delegate Kaye Kory is to be commended for taking the long view in analyzing our democratic process. [From the Front Row, Nov. 14 News-Press] The experience of the last two campaign cycles reveals the pernicious effects of partisan influence on our elections. Only by limiting the power of political parties to interpret election law and to control redistricting can confidence in the fairness of the process be restored.

The election boards of 120 Virginia counties and localities are under the direct control of the governor, creating a potential for mischief that should not exist. One consequence of this situation is seen in the thousands of dollars and weeks of effort that the candidates for Attorney General are using to monitor the vote count. Shouldn’t citizens of the Commonwealth be able to expect a fair outcome without armies of lawyers watching over local election boards?

The effect of partisan redistricting in 2011 led to the Republican House of Delegates and the Democratic State Senate each drawing its own district boundaries. As a result, incumbents of both parties have had an easier time holding on to their seats, many of them running unopposed.

Delegate Kory’s legislation to limit partisan control of the electoral process could get momentum from the election of a Democratic governor, since the current situation has mostly disadvantaged Democrats. Unfortunately, the victorious party has a habit of rejecting reform and using its newly won power to maximize its own short-term partisan advantage.

Elected officials cannot be expected to rock the boat without strong encouragement from their constituents. If Delegate Kory’s reform proposals are to receive a fair hearing in the General Assembly, every organization with an interest in fair elections must make political reform a priority. Without a sustained movement, it’s likely that the status quo will prevail and confidence in our democracy will continue its long slide into disillusion.

Rob Abbot



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