Author: Penny Gross

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A Penny for Your Thoughts

Last week’s heavy snowfall, and the havoc it created for drivers on I-95 in Virginia, proved, once again, that Mother Nature is in charge. It also proved that the many weather advisories, from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and local emergency agencies about how to prepare for snow emergencies, were serious, and timely. Unfortunately, too many drivers were not prepared for the day-and-night-long traffic jam that stranded thousands of vehicles for nearly 50 miles in freezing temperatures and ice-filled highways.

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A Penny for Your Thoughts

Discovery of a new Covid-19 variant, dubbed “Omicron,” is creating renewed concern for public health officials and medical personnel. In Fairfax County, where more than 75 percent of the adult population has been vaccinated for Covid-19, the Health Department recommends getting a booster from your healthcare provider or pharmacy.

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A Penny for Your Thoughts

The Constitution of the United States (Article I, Section 2) requires an enumeration of people to determine the number of Representatives for each state. The requirements of that ancient document have been followed for more than 200 years, but perhaps with much more angst and interpretation now than in the past.

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A Penny for Your Thoughts

Last week’s election results for Virginia statewide offices were exciting for the winners, distressing for the losers, but proved, once again, that Virginia is not the blue state that some media and political pundits claimed. Northern Virginia may be blue, but much of the Commonwealth remains solidly red.

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A Penny for Your Thoughts

November is National Family Caregivers (NFC) Month. President Bill Clinton signed the first declaration of NFC in 1997, and each president since has done the same. This year’s theme is “Caregiving Around the Clock,” and anyone who is, or has been, a family caregiver knows that caring for an older adult or adults with disabilities can be an all-day/every day and all night/every night commitment.

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A Penny for Your Thoughts

Voters are turning out in force to vote early at satellite polling locations across Fairfax County. Although media reports expressed concern about voter apathy in Virginia following last year’s record-breaking turnout for the presidential election, veteran elections observers were surprised by the onslaught of early voters last week.