Natural talents blended with natural delights at the shady Lubber Run amphitheater July 30. Two of Arlington’s most cosmopolitan musicians offered a one-of-a-kind opportunity for a baby-boomer audience sing-along.
In the past two weeks, Falls Church City Public Schools has welcomed back our leaders for a day-long retreat working on how to set a great tone, goals, and outcomes for the coming school year. We also welcomed back our Collaborative Team Leaders (CTLs) to engage in how our new Strategic Plan impacts the quality of education we provide, what best practices in curriculum and instruction look like, and also help set us up for success for the coming year.
They really did it. The Inflation Reduction Act, which is mainly a climate change bill with a side helping of health reform, passed the Senate on Sunday; by all accounts it will easily pass the House, so it’s about to become law. This is a very big deal. The act isn’t, by itself, enough to avert climate disaster.
The snotty and usually insufferably arrogant major news media may think they’re oh-so-on-point with all they put out there to the public, but the reality is more like how Trump, even for those in this profession who are not fans, plays them to the hilt, and still is.
“Happiness with a capital ‘H’ is about lifelong learning and the improvement of the brain, the heart, the body and the soul throughout one’s lifetime.” Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns said this recently in an article in the Chautauquan Daily, the newspaper serving the unique Chautauqua Institution near Jamestown in New York state that made headlines this past week for being the place where author Salman Rushtie was stabbed on stage during a speaking event.
Folks ask me why I find holding public office rewarding — how can any political work be positive and worthwhile in this increasingly divisive and nasty political climate? Sometimes the work of researching and developing legislation relevant to real life that also has a chance of surviving the legislative process, being signed by the Governor and ultimately implemented is not only a worthwhile effort which brings attention to an important issue in Virginia and elsewhere, but also actually helps real people. These ‘sometimes’ coupled with effective constituent service constitute a public servant’s job well-done.
Pedestrian safety was the focus as more than 100 Culmore residents gathered for a community meeting last Thursday evening. A furious last-minute rainstorm deterred neither the residents nor the presenters from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT).
Media narratives are driven by trajectory. Things get better or worse. People rise and fall. Maybe there is an upstart sensation who threatens the establishment. Maybe there is a spectacular fall from grace.
Maybe there is a comeback. Regardless of the story, the direction of movement is what matters.
Got a home owning problem or a beef over county services? Ombuds Ben Aiken may be your man (person). “In the last several years, we’ve been using ‘Ombuds’ rather than the ‘Ombudsman’ title to avoid gender-exclusive perceptions about the job,” said the eight-year, multi-position county employee whose official title, he told me, since autumn 2018 has been director of constituent services.
The angry ferocity of the GOP’s reaction to the FBI’s raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, plunging in to condemn it without the slightest knowledge of what the Justice Department’s justification for the search involves, is the latest evidence of the pervasive guilt that is now eating away at the psyches of all those who are screaming the loudest.