Our neighboring jurisdictions have already made these changes — we should have been first.
As reasons to keep the current names, be it cost, tradition, memories, college reputation, or forgiveness of the slaveholders as men of their times, no excuse alleviates the harm done to just one student affected by systemic racism.
“What kind of message would it send for the board to ignore the democratic process and vote in favor of a name change based on the personal opinions of board members?”
“I disagree with the writer, however, on this central point: To question any U.S. citizen when he or she disparages others, characterizes them as objects or less human or less deserving of the rights and opportunities that this country’s most profound documents espouse and entitle all men and women — is the right thing to do.”
“If we truly want to heal the deep division in this country, could we not start by recognizing our preconceived notions of how certain segments of the population ‘should’ vote, and instead try to understand the ‘why’ behind each.”
“I had the pleasure of visiting Dr. Warren Pace with my friend, Maggie Wells Schwind. It was so nice to see and talk with Dr. Pace.”
“Regarding the recent National Housing Trust’s proposal to allow accessory dwelling units (aka ‘granny flats’), I recommend the City Council absolutely reject this idea.”
Perhaps now is the time for the City and its residents to discuss and commission renderings of what we want our city center along Broad and Park Streets to ideally look and feel like in 10, 20, 30 years.
Last week’s editorial was deeply unfair to those expressing opposition to the Broad and Washington development.
“No matter what decision the Falls Church City Council makes about the Broad and Washington development, there will be people who are unhappy.”