English essayist Francis Bacon (1561-1626) noted near the end of his life that “age appears to be best in four things – old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.” Perhaps it’s time to add a fifth item in the […]
This week, President Bush signed into law a bill dealing with Guantanamo Bay detainees and other enemy combatants of the U.S. Most troubling, the law allows the Bush Administration to lower the treatment standards for detainees, standards created by the Geneva Conventions nearly 60 years ago. This action poses a […]
Degrading our Constitution Virginia law bans gay marriages and civil unions. It has never been challenged. Conservative Virginia jurist J. Harvie Wilkinson of the U.S. Court of Appeals has written that using a far-reaching and vague Constitutional Amendment to do the same thing is misguided and unnecessary.
The News-Press erred on its front page last week when it noted that the asking price for real estate in the commercial zones of downtown Falls Church have gone as high as $5 million an acre. Actually, there’s at least one parcel on Park Avenue, a third of an acre, […]
Tuesday marked the 4th Anniversary of the House vote to authorize the President to go to war in Iraq. I sided with those opposed to granting this authority. It was one of the most important votes of my career and one that I do not regret.
I’m supposed to be writing a column tonight but I am consumed with worry about a missing student at the University of Vermont. She is Michelle Gardner-Quinn, age 21, who grew up in Arlington and graduated from the HB-Woodlawn Program.
There was a flag-raising in Annandale last week. Not just any flag, however, but the brand new Annandale flag, the result of a community contest sponsored by the Annandale Chamber of Commerce, which attracted dozens of entries. The final design, modified by the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA), was selected […]
Legislative Gridlock Having emerged from the just concluded Special Session of the General Assembly, I have been trying to figure out how best to explain to you what happened and what did not happen.
Folks in the City of Falls Church are going to miss Dave Eckert and Annette Mills far more than any now can probably imagine (see story on Page One of this edition). The couple came to Falls Church in the 1980s and, while raising their child here, made an impact […]
Last week, the House passed legislation that would establish military tribunals for the detainees at Guantanamo Bay and other combatants in the global war on terror.