Human Trafficking is one of the greatest human rights tragedies of our time. It’s modern day slavery and should not exist, especially not in the United States. Yet each year, hundreds of cases are reported and many more go unreported. According to estimates by the Department of State, 45,000 to […]
Chamber Leaders Urge F.C. to Cut Business Taxes The City of Falls Church’s business community was struck this week by a report from the local Chamber of Commerce executive director Sally Cole that five small retail businesses and franchises have either closed, are moving out of the City, or […]
Reporting on state government Each year about this time, state agencies begin reporting data for the previous fiscal year. One such document prepared by the Virginia Department of Transportation reports on the state and Federal funds expected to be dedicated to the maintenance of the highway system for next six […]
It has been a busy week on the peak oil front. On Monday, former U.S. Secretary of Energy and Defense, James Schlesinger told the world peak oil meeting in Ireland that, indeed, imminent peak oil is for real and we should get on with doing something about it. On Tuesday, […]
Even with a penny on the Fairfax County real estate tax rate designated for affordable housing, the effort after two years is coming nowhere near filling need that exists in the county. The goals of the county’s penny policy have been met, but there’s a big difference between goals and […]
All Over Again I was struck with deja vu after reading the last few editions of the News-Press, as the issue of selling part of the city’s water system to Fairfax County came up again.
WASHINGTON — President Bush is pulling out all the stops to keep the U.S. at war in Iraq as he enters the twilight of his presidency.
Six major mixed-use development projects worth a half-billion dollars have been OK’d, completed or are under construction in the City of Falls Church since 2001, and in the fiscal year ending June 30, they contributed tax revenues the equivalent of 10 cents on the real estate tax rate.
During the past week, dozens of stories have appeared in the world’s press commenting on the National Petroleum Council’s new report entitled “Facing the Hard Truths about Energy — A comprehensive view to 2030 of global oil and natural gas.” This report is deemed important because it represents the official […]
In the last few days, two important reports on the prospects for world oil production were “released.” While these reports reach diametrically opposite conclusions, each of them, in its own way, is likely to make a contribution to the debate over just when the economic troubles occasioned by the peaking […]