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U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.); official Senate photo
Krista Cole July 10, 2014 at 08:41 am
I personally am happy he's looking into this. One of these days, you are going to see that yourRead More "emotional state" is up for sale. If we don't get a handle on the NSA, Facebook, companies that collect our data and sell it, we are going to one day be denied insurance based on our emotional state and may have our children taken from us. You may think that's a good thing, until you discover that software can get it "wrong" and that it's just one more injustice that can happen. We also need to call out companies that make people "sign" something and later claim they gave it to you. The terms of condition are cloudier than a day in North Carolina during hurricane season. I have had more than one thing appear on my credit card that I didn't believe I "agreed" to buy.
Hawa Coulibaly July 10, 2014 at 10:43 am
Sally Linderman, I don't have a side. I'm an independent thinker and voter and your claims don'tRead More meet the facts. Anyway, any negative comments directed at me will be replied after 835. Thanx. PS. This massive unemployment that you refer to is due to yours truly, bush and his unnecessary wars.
Walter Hadlock July 10, 2014 at 12:34 pm
To the editor: It looks some of the earlier comments have been dropped. At the top it shows 8Read More comments, and there are only five that are available. What's going on?
Repaving began Monday of Sherwood Hall Lane; VDOT photo
ET1221 July 9, 2014 at 01:25 pm
No work has been done on the repaving project yet. We are stacked in our driveways and waitingRead More though...
Mary Ann Barton July 9, 2014 at 02:54 pm
Hi ET1221 -- please read the update at the top of the story.
ET1221 July 9, 2014 at 11:11 pm
Sorry for jumping the gun, hadn't been down to Fordson until this afternoon. We watched trucksRead More massing at the Eastern end all day Tuesday only to see them leave at the advent of rain. The project was supposed to have started around June 1st and the community is very anxious for it's completion. :)
New Georgia law getting slow drivers out of the fast lane. What do you think? Patch file.
Danny Donahue July 6, 2014 at 11:28 am
Hmmmmm, State engineers study traffic patterns and determine that 55, 65, or whatever is the best,Read More safest speed for a stretch of road. So, VDOT puts up a sign that says SPEED LIMIT 55mph. The police routinely sit on the side of this stretch of road and allow cars to pass by at rates up to 80mph without ticketing those drivers who are, under Virginia law, committing a Reckless Driving offense by driving more than 20mph over the posted speed limit. And now we are talking about ticketing people driving at, or even 10-15mph over, the posted speed limit because other people want to drive recklessly... And that line of logic ladies and gentlemen, is why the Commonwealth is in the shape it is right now!!!
kat frandanisa July 8, 2014 at 09:53 am
OK, so if you won't move over because you think others are driving too fast or you won't move overRead More because YOU think the laws are above you, how about moving over out of common consideration for the other guy on the road. Maybe that guy isn't just a jerk who's in a hurry; maybe he has had an emergency and needs to get somewhere fast. Regardless of the reason, the courteous thing to do is get out of the way. And while we're talking inconsiderate drivers, why not pull up closer to the car in front of you at a traffic light; is there really a reason to give 2 or more car lengths between? Have you ever thought about the person behind you that is trying to get through that light? Oh, we could go on & on . . .
Vincent Careatti July 8, 2014 at 11:26 am
Kat the answer to ur ? Re car lengths is simple: they're texting and have no idea what's going onRead More around them. I could give out a minimum of 3 citations for texting at any traffic signal. The best one was on I66 going 70 mph (ok yes I'm breaking the law ) Maryland driver going even faster was texting with his left hand and steering with his right . If you ask the cops the answer is "we can't be everywhere" but my question is exactly where are the cops? We always read about weekends devoted to enforcement. Isn't this a part of their full time job? Where are the stats? I've pleaded with VDOT to use the variable message boards to get the word out about all sorts of traffic laws: texting, seat belts, windshield wipers, headlights, new bike laws, all for naught. Jan the VDOT in house mouth organ "too much information will distract the driver" DAH! Like 7 minutes to downtown or construction in Rosslyn are really helpful messages. I don't know how you clean out the entrenched plastic pocket protector crowd but if I ever ran for governor that would be my only platform
The HOV lanes will close to northbound traffic at 10 a.m., instead of 11 a.m., Mondays through Fridays, and open to southbound traffic an hour earlier. Photo by Mariordo
Vincent Careatti July 5, 2014 at 08:43 am
Re: adding lanes to north bound 395 between seminary and duke. If VDOT can find space for northboundRead More why can't VDOT find space for south bound?
Several new laws go on the books in Virginia, beginning July 1. Patch File Photo.
conservativegal July 2, 2014 at 04:18 pm
No mention of voter ID law effective 7/1????? But headline mentions a porn law. What a joke. Greg,Read More your stories are so typical liberal. Omit information for uninformed voters.
A new Georgia law allows districts to build policies for guns in hands of school staff. Schools aren't biting. What do you think? Patch file.
Natassia Grover July 1, 2014 at 02:54 pm
I also can't believe that you are saying a woman cannot be nurturing while also armed. Unbelievable.
Brent Seeger July 1, 2014 at 02:56 pm
Its a great idea. They root out communists and subversives and fifth columnists and Obama supportersRead More and run them out of town with the rest of the illegals.
Drewboo July 1, 2014 at 03:30 pm
Who said anything about a woman? You are obviously trying to start crap lol. Nice try though.Read More Newsflash - we have male teachers and male nurses in 2014... back to what you said about an armed citizen not being able to pull the trigger - my thoughts exactly. A kid is shooting up the school and an armed citizen just might not be able to look at the child and shoot them. Our society doesnt look at children as target practice, so when presented with a child with a gun, I dont buy that the average citizen would shoot a child. So what I get from this back and forth is that you folks have opinions that go back and forth however you like to make a point and then you also like to start crap either that or you cant read. Teachers who cant read.... interesting.
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Andy Seamans June 29, 2014 at 01:15 am
Bicycles are as much part of the problem. Like on Virginia Ave in Falls Church where there is a bikeRead More path yet they still choose to ride in the middle of the driving lane instead of using the path.
Fairfax Resident June 29, 2014 at 03:38 pm
The reason that many cyclists take a lane instead of riding on the bike path is safety. CyclistsRead More traveling betwen 20 and 30 mph are safer on roads than on bike paths populated with families out for a walk or people walking their dogs.
Shelly July 2, 2014 at 07:13 am
Isn't there also a law that says a vehicle that travels 10 or more miles per hour under the postedRead More speed limit it is impeding traffic? If bicycles are considered vehicles and they are utilizing the public public road, then shouldn't their speed be no less than 10 miles under the posted MPH in order to maintain traffic flow since we can no longer pass them?
Gov. Terry McAuliffe; Patch file photo by James Cullum
Keith Bolcar June 24, 2014 at 08:13 am
No problem, always a pleasure. I don't watch or listen to either of those news outlets, it's calledRead More "thinking for yourself". BTW, which studies? Or are you making that up also? Don't answer, it is obvious. Back to MSNBC for you for some more talking points! Have a great day!
Another Patriotic Liberal June 24, 2014 at 10:42 am
Well, KB, here are three. There have been many more, going back to 2003. These links are to Forbes,Read More The Blaze, and Think Progress. I had to include that last one to be, you know, fair and balanced. ----- The data shows Fox viewers are even more out of touch than people who don't watch the news at all. If you think Rush, Levin, Savage and Beck are any better, good luck to you. ------ http://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2011/11/21/fox-news-viewers-uninformed-npr-listeners-not-poll-suggests/ ------ http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/05/23/university-study-determines-fox-news-has-least-informed-national-audience-based-on-these-questions/ ----- http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2011/11/22/374434/fox-news-viewers-misinformed-study-jon-stewart/
Keith Bolcar June 24, 2014 at 11:14 am
Sorry, don't watch or listen to any of them. Think Progress and the Blaze? Really? Let's just sayRead More all of the networks slant the news their way, left and right, shall we? Sift through the bs and then make up your own mind. Sound like a plan?
peachykeen2622 June 21, 2014 at 04:39 pm
I wonder when this Governor will do something positive for all Virginians. All I've seen him do soRead More far is political activism, i.e., this parade and wanting all of us to pay more taxes for Medicaid. Will he also ignore Virginia when he once again becomes a Clinton fundraiser? So sad.
Alicia Knight June 24, 2014 at 12:08 am
I am proud of Gov. McAuliffe for this proclamation. I am shocked that this is the first time we'veRead More ever had an official proclamation for Pride Month. Promoting diversity and equality benefits all Virginians -- even those who don't yet understand how these values are universal and beneficial to everyone. Inclusion is better than exclusion. Love always wins.
Steve Wright June 24, 2014 at 08:48 am
Alicia: I respect your opinion, but why should any group receive special recognition if we are bentRead More on equality? Why not "Straight" month or "White History" Month? "Jewish" month? "Obesity Pride"? Get my point?
Sharon Bulova, chair of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, established a meals tax referendum task force to study the possibility of implementing a meals tax. Patch archive photo
CS June 18, 2014 at 09:48 pm
SERIOUSLY???? Are we not taxed ENOUGH??? Are we trying to be Maryland where they tax the rain? IsRead More that what's next? This is absolutely ridiculous! So, a tax for the "privelage" of eating in a restaurant in Fairfax County. That is a great way to move your business OUT of Fairfax County. Don't these politicians see more than one step away from their brilliant decisions? 10% tax on my meal. So, that means I eat out less, and maybe even tip less. How will that benefit anyone? I'm sick of being taxed. This is out of control!
Fairfax Watcher June 18, 2014 at 11:23 pm
Dear CS, please take your rightful anger to the General Assembly in Richmond and let them know thatRead More you & most Fairfax home owners want the County to have other tax generators. About 2/3 of the taxes come from land/home owners --- its time to allow the apartment renters and trailer park residents to contribute their "fair share" of tax revenue. A meals tax is the FAIREST tax possible!!!
CS June 19, 2014 at 06:02 am
See, this is exactly the problem, Fairfax Watcher. Our overtaxed mind can even consider NO TAX vsRead More taxing another way! I want NO MORE TAXES! Until they can stop spending my money frivously (read welfare programs) I'm interested in NO NEW TAXES! THAT is the fairest choice.
Deborah Kelly June 19, 2014 at 04:25 pm
Couldn't have said it better myself Steve Wright! Bottom line, the majority of Virginians DON'TRead More want Medicaid expansion but somehow McAwful doesn't give a damn WHAT WE WANT. He's simply following OZero's plan to destroy our economy - with McAwful attempting to bankrupt Virginia. Bloomberg's money put him in office - Bloomberg bought this Governor for Virginia. We don't want him - we never did. Thank God for the smart thinking Republicans that made this move to PROTECT Virginia and all Virginians from the reckless intentions of McAwful.
Steve Wright June 19, 2014 at 05:47 pm
Remind me to buy you a beer!
Deborah Kelly June 19, 2014 at 07:55 pm
Sounds good!
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (Patch archive photo by James Cullum)
Raconteur June 13, 2014 at 07:55 am
WOW! What a unique and original idea! That the president should consult with Congress, the People'sRead More representatives. That would be a first, for this president. After all, he has a pen, a phone, and a royal mandate. I wonder who came up with that idea for Kaine? So far all he's done in the Senate, is carry water for Reid and travel on the taxpayer dime, telling us what a great job he is doing as a "yes man" for Obama. I wonder if he'll have the guts to tell Obama that all this mess in the Middle East, is because of Obama's failed policies? Nah! he'll toe the line and blame it on Bush or Jefferson, maybe Franklin, too.
New ferry service will run from Jones Point Park to the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling military installation in DC. Patch archive photo
Pam June 11, 2014 at 07:19 am
Ferry service ..Good idea should have started years ago as an alternative to the Woodrow WilsonRead More bridge.
Mark Mueller June 11, 2014 at 09:34 am
I hope that they coordinate with St. Marys School which has an intricate car student drop offRead More process each morning which includes use of a police officer directing traffic. With the city considering making royal street a bikeway, this could be a real debacle on school day mornings...
dandaman606 June 13, 2014 at 04:10 pm
Where will passengers park? Or is it bicycle lane people only ?
Courtesy of Uber
Dave Jennings June 9, 2014 at 07:43 pm
Certification by DMV does not appear to have any influence on quality or safety of service in thisRead More part of the state. Bring on competition from Uber and others to force taxi folks to either upgrade to match the service offered or seek other employment. Must be money going into campaign funds.
mmuggill July 1, 2014 at 10:36 am
Lyft is a great service which benefits passengers and drivers and provides another good option forRead More getting around our congested area.
mmuggill July 1, 2014 at 10:36 am
Lyft is a great service which benefits passengers and drivers and provides another good option forRead More getting around our congested area.
Downed trees in the Hollin Hills neighborhood after a bad storm. Patch archive photo
Tom May 19, 2014 at 02:19 pm
But climate change "experts" up through Obama himself just got through telling us stormsRead More are becoming more frequent and are much worse due to global warming. First, last summer's was one of the most mild tornado seasons in recent years, then this past winter was the coldest in two decades, and now this year's hurricane season is predicted to me relatively mild. Kind of countering the hysterics from the left, isn't it? Oh, I'm sorry. We're not supposed to take notice. Any changes in climate to the contrary of what the left says is to be dismissed as 'non-typical,' even if it's becoming more frequent.
RGS May 8, 2014 at 10:45 am
Carrying over...current understanding is that this proposal is to curb an illegal temple that isRead More operating in a residential community and causing various disturbances. This raises the question, WHY aren't current Zoning, Parking and noise ordinances being enforced or working properly to control the problem ??
Marty P. Smith May 10, 2014 at 05:09 pm
Regulating people's freedom of assembly/association, a right guaranteed by the 1st amendment, is howRead More dictators control the populace and subdue citizens' ability to mount opposition. Existing ordinances have been sufficient up to now, so why shouldn't they be any more?
Ana Ham May 11, 2014 at 12:00 am
No one is going to tell me how many people I can have over! Screw them. This isn't freedom this isRead More communism.
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knee jerk July 3, 2014 at 08:27 pm
No, Igor: If it comes out of their mouths it is the truth. You on the other hand have to proveRead More everything you say. At least that's the way it seemed when I last did jury duty. Hypocrisy.
Igor July 4, 2014 at 06:27 pm
Last time I had jury duty, the judge giving the instructions told us that when listening toRead More testimony, the police testimony holds no more credence than the average citizen. If you fight a ticket, guess who the judge is going to believe?
knee jerk July 4, 2014 at 08:58 pm
My point exactly.
Marc Mordue May 8, 2014 at 09:36 am
Submit to your government. Pay your taxes and follow like sheep.
Tee Powell May 8, 2014 at 11:52 pm
John Strother May 11, 2014 at 03:27 pm
I have had parties at my house for the college age kids of a friend. There has been over 400 peopleRead More attend these parties. Sure it robs the neighbors of a few parking spaces. It does get loud. However to pass like this without truly justifying it sure looks like big brother and the law. It's one thing if it is over crowding as in too many people living there. It is another if it is a birthday party. Sorry, but we already have laws that cover this.
Opponents of same-sex marriage plan "40 Days of Prayer, Fasting and Repentance on Marriage."
Tom Osborne May 2, 2014 at 06:12 pm
Patty, you sure do a lousy job of making your case. Genesis 1:27-28 makes no mention of marriageRead More whatsoever. It says God made both male and female, and it says for humans to "be fruitful and multiply" but it doesn't make that commandment for each and every human being -- if you think that's what it meant, they why aren't you equally vocal condemning sexual abstinence, since it also doesn't result in humans multiplying? Likewise Genesis 2:22-25 and Matthew 19:4-6 -- very good references for what your God intends for heterosexual couples, but clearly NOT commands that every man should marry a woman, or even that he should be married to only one woman. The problem with your "thinking" -- if it can be called that -- is that you suppose those who support same-sex marriage are OPPOSED to traditional marriage. In fact, those on your side go out of your way to perpetuate that lie (What about "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor, huh?") No, it's not INSTEAD OF traditional monogamous heterosexual marriage, it's IN ADDITION TO it. For those whom God created as homosexual. I can tell you with absolute certainty that there is NOTHING in the Bible that condemns same-sex marriage, and the only group of humans that are specifically commanded to have "one wife" are bishops, which would clearly indicate that priestly celibacy is sinful. So put that in your pipe and smoke it, all you fundamentalist Catholics! And for the fundamentalist Protestants, let me ask a question: in the book you worship and throw around quotes from like ketchup (the Bible) containing more than 31,000 verses, why is it that topics you consider "fundamental" to your "faith" -- opposition to abortion and opposition to same-sex marriage -- aren't mentioned even once? On what basis do you deem that the half-dozen verses which seem to condemn homosexuality are more important to your belief system than all of the recorded words of Jesus himself combined? I think if you want to know what the historical Jesus would have thought of you, you need go no further than Matthew 23 (the entire Chapter).
Vincent Careatti May 2, 2014 at 06:26 pm
Very aptly said
Diana May 3, 2014 at 08:18 am
Instead of starving themselves-write letter and speak up!
An elephant performs in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment
Bob May 5, 2014 at 08:54 am
Typical lib's - let's just keep trying the peanut butter approach to government where ton's of moneyRead More is spent and little is accomplished....cliff - you are a piece of work to take and accident where performers where hurt and to say that. What goes around comes around....
Cliff Herthel May 5, 2014 at 08:24 pm
YOU are a piece of work I don't want to see anyone hurt I want to see the circus get sued. TypicalRead More GOP opening mouth and have no idea what is coming out of it The idiots in congress can not do the job is why there is a money problem. All GOP wants to do is undermine Obama weather he is wrong or right. Karma was for the circus not the people. Get out of your GOP cloud and see real life. I am not a Dem I am a former GOP now Independent because of the GOP like you blind to what is going on in life and the world. So go ahead talk more bs that you have no idea what you are talking about BOB
Bob May 6, 2014 at 08:15 am
HAHAHA how childish...back to the name calling. It would be nice if you could stay on topic and notRead More start a rant. Thank you Cliff for the comments - you really can't make this stuff up.
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Attorney General Mark R. Herring advised that, under current Virginia law, Virginia students who are lawfully present in the United States under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program qualify for in-state tuition.
Jody April 30, 2014 at 08:42 pm
This action isn't the worst thing in the world but every liberal act to extend the rights ofRead More American citizens to illegal aliens will attract more to our state. Let them choose to live in liberal states like Maryland who are willing to pay any costs for those future Democrat voters. Why don't we just increase Virginia's minimum wage, give illegal aliens driver's licenses and not verify citizenship status of anyone for purposes of voting, eligibility for subsidies or assistance like the lib states so that we can become a destination of choice. We're missing out on attracting our fair share of other countries rural poor. A conservative state government can keep our state from being overrun and decrease our costs-- I hope they can hold the line against McAuliffe. It's obvious that illegal aliens are overwhelmingly working in minimum wage jobs because they lack English proficiency. How many armed divisions will be called up to stem the mad rush across the border if the Dems succeeded in raising the fed. minimum wage? Trick question. The answer is none because that's the reason for it.
Hawa Coulibaly April 30, 2014 at 08:48 pm
@ Jody "...eligibility for subsidies or assistance like the lib states so that we can become aRead More destination of choice." I don't know if you are an Arlington resident, but that's already happening...
Ana Ham May 1, 2014 at 01:04 am
Liberals pick and choose which laws they want to enforce. Illegals should get sent back to theirRead More country. All we need to know is they entered the country illegally and are breaking the law. Go through the proper channels if you would like to reside here.