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Patch file photo of McDonnell introducing Mitt Romney.
rbud April 23, 2014 at 06:25 pm
The wealthy and powerful protecting their own. McDonnell made a shameful mess of the VA gov'sRead More office, a hurt that may last for decades. He ought to take his licks and move on, begging forgiveness from the electorate.
Frederick C. Cassiday April 24, 2014 at 08:43 am
Ex Gov. Transvaginal needs to man up and take his punishment, which is the public spectacle of aRead More corruption trial without getting funds from every foolish political supporter to line his lawyers pockets.
Taxes are going up for homeowners in Fairfax County with the 2015 budget. Patch file photo.
Jim Daniels April 24, 2014 at 12:28 pm
The internet is forever Kim, if you want your views kept secret best not to post them on a publicRead More website :)....you are right I am a transplant from New York...I moved away from there when I was 1 year old...then moved from place to place as my father was transferred...finally ended up in a nice blue state in the Midwest! Never lived in Boston...but I was conceived there (was that TMI? :) )Came here for school, found what I liked in beautiful Fairfax County ...as I said top notch standard of living and have been here ever since. Oh...btw yes I have sold houses here in Fairfax County...three times as a matter of fact...once in January...took three days! But now that spring has sprung we can all look forward to standing at the border between here and whichever county you decide to go to...waving you a fond farewell!!! So you aren't going to vote? Great news...usually I encourage people to vote no matter who they vote for...but for you I'll make an exception... Why do you hate America so much Kim?
Kim McCoy April 24, 2014 at 02:32 pm
Jim, I think I said it once in this thread already, but it seems to bear repeating. ReadingRead More comprehension is a problem for liberals...in case you missed it, I said "I have decide to reflect on whether it is in my country's best interest to cede more ground to people like you by removing my vote from this county (at least until after the November elections!)"...I will translate into more elementary terms for you. I'm going to VOTE HERE in November. I stand behind ever post I've ever posted here on the Patch, it just seems a little creepy that you (or your cohorts) feel the need to OBFUSCATE so often...how much was it again that you pay in county taxes, Jim?
Jim Daniels April 24, 2014 at 02:49 pm
Oh...well too bad Kim...you speak so obliquely it's not always easy to keep up with you. So you willRead More be voting for the losing side again this November here in Fairfax County...but then you are out of here right? I mean that will make it over a year since your initial promise. Doubts will clearly settle in as to whether or not your were truly serious! Oh yes...I do have an accomplice...he goes by the name of Google!! And my taxes? Well, like any good citizen of this fine county I pay what I owe! BTW, what's the name of the small business you own...maybe I could toss some clients your way... :)
Express Lanes on Interstate 95 'On Track' for 2015 Opening. Source: vamegaprojects.com
Sarah April 22, 2014 at 01:26 pm
The current "express lanes" in Virginia are a big flop. I travel 95 in Virginia weekly andRead More see 1 or 2 or even 3 or 4 vehicles using the "express lanes." What a gaint waste of taxpayer money.
Antje W. April 22, 2014 at 03:25 pm
I concur with Don and Sarah! Absolutely correct. The biggest waste of taxpayer money I've seen forRead More this year. Nobody is crying foul now - but let the EZPass come into effect and we will see congestion on I-95 that will surpass anything we are experiencing right now. Hmmm, come to think of it: What about the one lane that should still carry HOV, but requires an EZPass transponder? What a gimmick: Now all HOV users pay in one form or another. On another note: how fast will this HOV lane be when only one lane is available? Who in his right mind wants to use this lane? From a marketing strategy pretty clever: HOV users will flock to get an EZPass and eventually HOV will be eliminated. Thank you, Governor McDonnell, for kicking Virginians were it hurts! What a way to leave the office by selling us out to the highest bidder!
PRWins April 23, 2014 at 07:46 am
Why, oh why, was this money not spent on extending Metro, so that cars, traffic, etc. would beRead More unnecessary? Metro runs around its own little DC enclave. (Yeah, it's coming to Tysons and Reston... the 1% again.) The VRE is a monstrous joke... limited hours, limited stops, unlimited charges... Not being able to get to DC easily cuts down on a lot of employment opportunities! BTW, I have yet to figure out where all the cars using I95 park when they get to DC.... Are these the literati using the govt. lots?
Marty is a neutered male rabbit at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter; photo by Mary O'Malley courtesy of Fairfax County
Mary Ann Barton (Editor) April 16, 2014 at 06:53 am
Thanks Ryan, it's fixed!
Kevin Garrison April 16, 2014 at 09:29 am
I hope people do NOT think this is a good idea. Most "Easter Bunnies" die within theirRead More first year, and people do not realize what is involved in ownership (and the smell!!) Kudos to the Animal Shelter in trying to make this an informed choice, but they would be better off discouraging people from thinking of pets as gifts :( They are not "for" a special occasion, they are for a lifetime!
The Stables at Meadowood will remain open. Patch archive photo by James Cullum
Raconteur April 15, 2014 at 07:19 am
And what is the destitute Congressman's stance on the BLM armed incursion on the Bundy ranch?Read More "Our" government is out of control of "We the People". It's time to change that.
d.brenn April 15, 2014 at 10:14 am
Kudos for everyone involved for getting this worked out!
john April 20, 2014 at 08:52 pm
Seriously? $17,000,000,000,000 in debt and the Government needs to build stables? Really?
Gay marriage in Virginia.
Jeff Fanok April 13, 2014 at 09:41 pm
No Angel, society is ripping itself apart by encouraging a immoral, teen pregnancy, single mothersRead More who cannot provide for their babies, do whatever feels good and the government will support you so long as you vote democratic, hopeless way of life. Any good contractor knows that you have to tear down the old before you can build the new. Problem is that the new that the left wants to build HAS NEVER, AND NEVER WILL SUCCEED. It has been tried before, and the sin always corrupts from the inside out. I know that the traditional, patriot like myself will never succeed against the lust of evil that has taken over the lifestyles of America. The Holy Bible tells us that we will be persecuted for his name sake, that their will be a great falling away from the Church right before the end of the Church Age. In a strange way, I am excited about the deviancy you promote, because the mere fact that it is being accepted is proof positive that the Rapture is imminent. You keep referring to the end of outlawing mixed race marriages like it somehow pertains to the deviant unions you seem to want. Mixed marriages between black and white people were not outlawed in the Bible, only between different races that practiced pagan religions, because they would draw the children of Israel away from the one true God. The lure of deviancy is strong, homosexual prostitutes would practice their trade on the temple steps of the pagans. They would burn their babies alive in a sacrifice to Baal. Seeing mass groups of people doing these deviant acts somehow convinces the masses that it is acceptable. The homosexual community is using the same tactics that the worshipers of Baal used. Just as you think you are winning, God will pull the rug out from under you. Come to Jesus while you still can. He can heal your sickness.
Angel Lazo April 13, 2014 at 10:11 pm
Jeff, and that's why we have the separation of Church and State so you can believe what you want andRead More others can believe what they want.
Pamela Findley April 16, 2014 at 10:59 am
Natassia, not all LGBT want to eliminate or "fundamentally destroy" the institution ofRead More marriage. You really can't lump all homosexuals together, just as you can't lump all heterosexuals together. I know lesbian and gay couples who are married and treasure the institution of marriage. I also know heterosexual couples who are not married and don't believe in marriage. Recognizing the rights of LGBT people to marry, with all the rights and responsibilities thereof, does not equate with destroying marriage any more than interracial marriages have destroyed it. From a religious perspective, each person and each church/denomination can and should decide whether to recognize and/or perform such marriages. I personally believe God does not condemn LGBT unions. From a legal perspective, I have yet to hear a good argument against same-sex marriages.
Supreme Court to rule on Obamacare requirements.
TheSkalawag April 14, 2014 at 09:28 pm
Yeah right. Are you really that gullible? Tell you what hold your breath until that happens.
Dave April 17, 2014 at 09:08 am
"having a shared responsibility for the welfare of your country and its citizenry doesn't makeRead More you a socialist".........I see you're still spinning poop and calling it chocolate, Skal.
TheSkalawag April 17, 2014 at 11:02 am
"I see you're still spinning poop and calling it chocolate, Skal." ----- Meh.
Sen. Mark Warner. (Patch file photo.)
Shripathi Kamath March 30, 2014 at 11:22 am
No Kathy, all he did was file a brief, which is what lawyers do. By your estimation, defense lawyersRead More are building the constitution. Please consult a news source for your information.
Shripathi Kamath March 30, 2014 at 11:43 am
Raconteur March 30, 2014 at 10:35 AM No, It shows how willing he is to please his masters and voteRead More on anything they tell him to, no matter how badly it will affect the People. ___________________________________________________ Again, and he is unique in that respect because...it is unusual for a politician to vote along party lines? ___________________________________________________ Name one congresscritter who claimed they read the legislation before they voted for it. __________________________________________________ _ Er, your burden. You make the claim, you provide the evidence. You claimed that NO one had read it. "Name one congresscritter who claimed that they had read the Patriot Act before they voted for it." is as vacuous. ___________________________________________________ "They have. Reid won't let the legislation even be discussed and certainly won't let it be brought to the Senate floor. Just because you didn't hear it on MSNBC or SNL, you believe otherwise." ___________________________________________________ LOL. The House has repealed Obamacare 50 times. How many times have they passed this legislation that Reid has prevented discussion in the ... wait, Reid cannot prevent discussion in the House, can he? And it is not as if the House wingnuts care whether or not Reid would allow a vote. So, what are the salients points other than "free market solutions"?
Tee Powell March 30, 2014 at 09:42 pm
Mark Warner is nothing but a rich guy that does whatever Obama wants. He has no independent thoughtRead More of his own. Hey Mark I thought you said we could keep our insurance plans? Tell us some more lies.
The Lorton Road Improvement project, funded by Fairfax County, includes the widening of portions of Lorton Road, Workhouse Road and Furnace Road for a total project length of 2.5 miles. Patch archive photo
Virginia Marie March 19, 2014 at 08:33 am
How would you like your road name changed without ANYONE from the county or state notifying you? NoRead More letters, phone calls, or anyone in person..NICE Does anyone WANT to live on Workhouse Road???? Anyone???
The widening of Route 1, Richmond Highway from Telegraph Road to Napper Road, is scheduled to begin by late March or early April. Patch archive photo
dorothy March 5, 2014 at 10:14 am
Would be nice if there had been a map shown for the general area - did like the nice clear conciseRead More headline vs the garbled conglomerate that is usually shown to get attention which I find very unnecessary and makes me delete the Patch before I read it
Enoch March 5, 2014 at 01:48 pm
yeah really, c'mon guys, give us a decent map!
Mary Ann Barton (Editor) March 5, 2014 at 01:55 pm
Hi, you can click on the link that's in the map photo credit to get a closer look!
Snow Plow Locator: Find the Truck in Your Neighborhood
VABUCKI March 3, 2014 at 04:58 pm
Nice APP but it doesn't help anyone in Fairfax City. It does help FX County, however. My road wasRead More plowed last during the previous storm and it looks like we are trending for the same with this one. I'll expect the trucks around midnight to 1AM
Marya Fitzgerald March 4, 2014 at 08:45 am
I live in the Del Ray section of Alexandria. Just as in the last storm, there is NO salt or sand onRead More my road, which is a thru street to Jeff Davis Hiway! I saw one plow go by yesterday with its scooper up. Only the hundreds of cars using it have packed the surface down to a couple of inches of ice! It is not safe to walk across it.
The so-called "revenge porn" legislative proposal by Del. Marcus Simon (Va.-53) is closer to becoming a reality after House and Senate passage.
Emmette Coleman March 14, 2014 at 11:09 pm
Posting pornography of others without their consent should be illegal, regardless of whether saidRead More pornography would constitute "revenge porn". It doesn't make that that much difference whether or not it's "revenge porn", that should probably at most that should be an aggravating circumstance. "Revenge porn" or not, just don't go posting pornography of someone without his consent.
Laurie McCabe April 11, 2014 at 01:32 am
Neil Fox is an ignorant pig ... just like is anyone seeking revenge by damaging a person's life inRead More this way ... we criminalize things that are immoral; evil; malicious; deceitful; etc.
Laurie McCabe April 11, 2014 at 01:33 am
I can hardly wait for July 1, 2014 when lakemonster is charged here in VA Beach.
Fairfax County Farmers Markets have received two grants to support expansion of the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) at-market benefits program, formerly known as "food stamps." Fairfax County photo
Amrish Pinto (Realtor) February 28, 2014 at 07:59 am
Talk about a win / win, this is great for the community as well as local farmers. Would love to seeRead More the stats on what $ value of food stamps gets used at at the farmers markets though.
John Lovaas February 28, 2014 at 08:29 am
We are very pleased that SNAP is finally coming to the Reston Farmers Market! It will help lowerRead More income members of the community get the benefit of nutritious, fresh fruit and veggies again. We lost food assistance when Virginia killed the Women Infants a jd Children food stamps program in the markets 6 or 7 years ago. Thanks to the wonderful CORNERSTONES organization, INOVA, the Fairfax County Park Authority which sponsors 11 markets in the county including the Reston Farmers Market, and possibly local churches for making SNAP a reality! Don't forget NoVA's number One farmers market opens for the 2014 season on Saturday, May 1!
John Lovaas February 28, 2014 at 10:29 am
Correction! The Reston Farmers Market opens the 2014 season on Saturday, MAY 2!
Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed legislation Wednesday to repeal the $64 Hybrid Tax.
John Strother February 28, 2014 at 11:23 am
As I understood it hybrids don't pay enough taxes to support the roads, which comes from theRead More gasoline usage. I have a hybrid, I don't drive much. I have a lawn mower, chain saw and other yard items that use gasoline that don't use the roads. It did not make sense for me to pay extra for my hybrid because I get 30 MPG and others only get 18 MPG. We pay taxes on tires that support the roads also. Oil Changes too. I'll bet also for the weight of my Hybrid, I pay a certain tax also. I really felt it was to pay for the use of HOV lanes and one had to have a special license plate to use those lanes, I don't have those plates and still had to pay. I had figured it was the cost of living in a modern world. If you want Modern, you must pay according for being Modern. My Hybrid, I must admit, is the only real modern thing I own.
Raul Ortega March 2, 2014 at 08:55 am
Oh, I read through all your comments yesterday DRB and there is no denying it, something about youRead More is whacked brah.
DRB March 2, 2014 at 04:20 pm
I'm sure you mean that in the more modern colloquial. Thanks. So it sounds like you may be able toRead More start your recovery and join the fight against Liberalism as your eyes become open. I will pray for the word to be in you.
Diana March 3, 2014 at 10:25 am
Why have the constitution if all we do is change and destroy the true laws of what should be betweenRead More man and women? I don't believe in same-sex marriage and their "benefits" tied to this. You give them a piece of the law and they are wanting more. I am sick of seeing the drag shows (this should be on late night after 11:00pm) then always hearing the coming outs. Are you suppose to get an award for this? Please I truly believe homosexuals are destroying the laws that are ment to be between man and women only.
Fairfax County Executive Edward L. Long presented his proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 budget, including the multi-year FY 2015-2016 budget plan to the Board of Supervisors at its meeting Tuesday. Fairfax County photo
Terry Maynard February 25, 2014 at 06:30 pm
The advertised budget includes ANOTHER $1.2 million CUT in the PUBLIC LIBRARY budget!Read More http://www.reston2020.blogspot.com/2014/02/fairfax-county-proposes-another-cut-in.html
Marie February 26, 2014 at 09:45 am
They should be trying to figure ways to CUT the budget and live within their means instead raisingRead More taxes all the time.
Sandra Bishop February 26, 2014 at 10:10 am
is the budget available on line???
Subcommittee votes down penalty for opening a car door that injures a passing cyclist. Patch file photo.
Phillip Cide February 25, 2014 at 03:50 pm
Just curious. Who is at fault if a driver opens a car door and a moving car hits it?
Ignatius J. Reilly February 25, 2014 at 05:12 pm
Huh, what? Oh sorry, didn't see you there, I was on my phone.
Kasha Williamson February 26, 2014 at 06:40 pm
How is a cyclist supposed to be able to see if someone is in the car about to open their door?Read More Whereas someone in their car can do a quick lookback to ensure it is safe to open - just as they would if a car was coming.
The secretive nature of the crime makes it difficult to detect without the assistance of concerned citizens, the FBI says. FBI logo
Jack Nelson February 19, 2014 at 11:25 am
Perhaps it is NOT rampant now but the FBI is taking action vice reaction to prevent it FROM becomingRead More rampant. What a concept! Thanks FBI for taking the action and thanks Vienna Patch for publicizing this hotline.
Mike February 19, 2014 at 03:04 pm
Can I call them and report NSA abuses?
mccoy swanson March 7, 2014 at 11:16 pm
John Smith is soo of corrupt it's not even funny
Judge rules VA ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.
Kim McCoy February 27, 2014 at 03:50 pm
Barbara...are you kidding me with those citations, right?....Frank S. Myers, a First-ClassRead More Postmaster in Portland, Oregon, was removed from office by President Woodrow Wilson. An 1876 federal law provided that "Postmasters of the first, second, and third classes shall be appointed and may be removed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate." Myers argued that his dismissal violated this law, and he was entitled to back pay for the unfilled portion of his four-year term......You are equating the removal of a postmaster by the President to the Attorney General of the United States telling state AGs not to defend laws they don't like?....WOW, that's stretching it don't you think?...and of course, it had to involve the most socialistic former President this country has ever had the displeasure of electing (except for the current one, of course)Then you site a tax judge appointment ruling. BUT THE ONE THAT REALLY GETS ME is the Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer case...Justice Black wrote for the majority, although the number of divergent concurring opinions made it clear that he did not necessarily speak for it. Black took, as he often did, an absolutist view, holding that THE PRESIDENT HAD NO POWER to act except in those cases expressly or implicitly authorized by the Constitution or an act of Congress...Keep trying to justify the unlawfulness of this and I'll keep holding the rule of law at the ready. Maybe you should actually READ the opinions next time.
Barbara Glakas February 27, 2014 at 05:23 pm
It doesn't really matter what I say, right?
Ray Wedell February 27, 2014 at 06:28 pm
Side note on Woodrow Wilson. Once he took office, his own paranoia and love of power turned him intoRead More a tyrant. He was responsible for the Sedition Act, which Chris Hedges has cited as ending real progressive politics in the USA as we know it. Wilson locked up many of those who were his supporters a mere year earlier (when he won election against a split Republican ticket by lying to the American people that he would not enter WWI when he already had plans drafted to do so). Hedges has also compared Obama's paranoia and use of EO's, the drones, the NSA stuff, etc. to Wilson. So someone may be a "liberal" in words and maybe even private thoughts. Once they take office, it can be a different story, but one nobody wants to see clearly. Wielding universal power to accomplish that which many may agree with is not "liberal" nor "progressive." Nor is it the right thing to do.