2024-06-13 7:42 AM

Webb Assails U.S. Incarceration Policy

The 2.25 million Americans now incarcerated in U.S. prisons is “a staggering statistic, from the standpoints of fairness, cost of incarceration and cost of lost opportunities,” Virginia U.S. Senator James Webb said during his keynote remarks to a conference on “Prison to Work: A Proposal for a National Prisoner Reentry Program” hosted by the Brookings […]

A Penny for Your Thoughts: The News of Greater Falls Church

The phones started ringing and e-mail traffic picked up Tuesday afternoon, just about the time reassessment notices first appeared in homeowner’s mailboxes. As predicted, most homeowner assessments decreased overall, but it was how they declined that shocked taxpayers and the Board of Supervisors alike. Land values went way up, and house values went way down. […]

The Peak Oil Crisis: Connecting the dots

Earlier this week oil closed above $100 a barrel for the first time. To make matters worse, wholesale gasoline and heating oil jumped 11 cents a gallon in a single day to their all-time highs. A lot of bad news triggered the increase of nearly $14 a barrel in the last two weeks. A 70,000 […]

Delegate Scott’s Richmond Report

Recounting stress As Janet Oleszak and Ken Cuccinelli prepare for a recount in a race apparently won by Senator Cuccinelli by 92 votes, I remember what happened to me 16 years ago.

A Penny For Your Thoughts: The News of Greater Falls Church

A recent study by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) commissioned by the Virginia General Assembly revealed that the foreign-born popula-tion in Virginia increased significantly between 1990 and 2000. The study also pointed out that more than 80 percent of the state’s foreign-born population is here legally. Of the estimated 570,000 residents in […]

Report: Fairfax County Far Short on Meeting Affordable Housing Needs

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 needs.