Brentsville – Early Voting through December 20th / Read Candidate Positions on Issues

Election: December 23rd

Early Voting: through Saturday, December 20th
Brentsville-early-voter-registration snippet

The three candidates in the race are: Jeanine Lawson-R, Scott Jacobs-I, and Eric Young-D. The three have given statements outlining their positions on land use to Prince William Citizens for Balanced Growth (PWCBG).

Supervisor Positions

You may be able to vote early if this describes you:

  • You commute and work long hours
  • You are a student or spouse of a student attnding school outside Prince William County
  • You are traveling outside the County for business or personal reasons
  • You have an illness or disability
  • You are a first responder
  • You are a military member or spouse of a military member

Brentsville Early Voter Registration Flyer for you to share and to distribute 

A thank you goes to Prince William Citizens for Balanced Growth (PWCBG) for providing this information.

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Homeless in Prince William County, Virginia

Sign - no trespassingHomeless in Prince William County, Virginia

Got to spend about 45 minutes at one of the homeless camps today, located by the Kmart at Dale Blvd and I-95. Learned a lot.

Some of the things that I learned:

— If you are a private organization that offers a warm overnight place for the homeless to go you might have the county fire department inspecting your premises looking for any building code infraction before anyone can use your facility.

— Propane is the #1 means of cooking and heating, and it is in very short supply. For whatever reason there seems to be some liability with handling propane and so some organizations avoid collecting and distributing it.

— Gifts of water are very important. We all need water. Dehydration is common among the homeless. Water is always good to give and inexpensive.

— Giving money to the homeless is not a good practice. It will seldom get used for good purpose, and can even encourage crime.

— Homeless camps in the area have different community values. The camp by the Staples near to I-95 is considered to be 90% drug users but the camp by the Kmart by I-95 is more family oriented; a number of the camp’s members have jobs and even have children in the camp.

— A demographic study of the homeless in the five main (current) camps has been done by a local church seeking to understand the homeless better.

— There are quite a few private groups organized locally to help the homeless subsist.

— Of great need: durable tents, heavy coats, propane heaters, water and basic easily prepared food (canned soup beats cups of noodle/ramen as water and heating is needed to eat them).

>> I hope to cover the homeless situation more over the next few weeks and months. Am very much in self-education mode. You can read about it but that would be a poor education.

One remark by an assistance organizer stayed with me today. Her background has been working with the homeless for about the last five years as a private group: Many or most of these homeless will always be homeless, for one reason or another. It is a shame however that some accommodation cannot be found where they live homelessly with some dignity and access to some basic services. (Paraphrase, not a quote).

Best regards,
Bill Golden


Mystery No Trespass Sign

Homeless by the Kmart are concerned about being evicted from the woodlands where they live. A ‘No Trespass’ sign in English and Spanish was erected about a month ago.

Yesterday a TV news crew came out to a story on the homeless camp. The sign was there when they arrived and it disappeared (as of Sunday, Dec 7th) shortly after they left.

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Has Ferguson brought back the 1960s … or the anger thereof?

About Ferguson: The decision of the grand jury has come in and now we are on to the next phase. The next phase seems to be persistent discontent with what is seen as a government that at times is not reluctant to use force. I am not judging the merit of what happened in Ferguson, or in the many other alledged but well documented cases of abuse of police deadly force or abuse of powers engagements, but something has changed .. . something completely unrelated in essence as related to the death of Michael Brown.

Since 2009 we have had one tea party after another that has preached the gospel that government is overstepping boundaries in our lives and that government is inherently evil. Perhaps the chants worked. One popular announced GOP candidate for 2016 has compared the American government to Nazi Germany. As for those chants, the chants now have been taken up by many who have a long history of experience with institutional violence and bias.

For the last five years we have seen the anger of the comfortable white middle class froth about how government cannot be trusted. Facts often did not matter then, and now in the Age of Ferguson they may still not matter for some years to come. People are mad … and when people are mad they really don’t care what the facts are.

We may now be on the verge of a real party.

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Pearl Harbor … Not forgotten (2014)

Pearl Harbor … Not forgotten (2014)

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Around the USA – Some News, Notes and Factoids

Around the USA – Some News, Notes and Factoids

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Get an F-22 Quadcopter Drone at your local 7-11

Bill Golden sez:

You can now pick up a ‘drone’ at your 7-11 along with your cup of coffee and a doughnut.

F-22 Drone RPV

The 7-11 convenience store at the corner of Dale Boulevard and Hoadly Road, Dale City, Virginia, now offers three kinds of drones for less than $99.

Despite the advertisement that these are professional grade drones, these drones are really just advanced toys with limited use — you get seven minutes of flight time on a good set of batteries. However, the drones look well built and durable and you can pick up the F-22 quadcopter drone for just $59.

Seven minutes of flight time — that’s a lot more than I once got with my rubberband balsawood airplanes!

Rubberband Glider Airplane

Get your rubberband gliders at Rainbow Resource

BTW – No doughnuts were actually eaten during my visit to this 7-11 … just in case you are talking to my wife.

Bill G.

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Future Military Technology – What does it means for jobs? Will you have the right skills?

Got a resume? Send it to us.

Technology and what the future looks like if current prototype technology becomes operational.

Of particular focus: cybersecurity and the ability to wage war or to defend against cyberthreats.


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Are Prince William County, Virginia citizens getting a shellgame on proffers and taxes re Stone Haven development?

The PWC Education Blog asks:

If the $24.25 million proposed valuation for Stonehaven is accepted, then the applicant would be able to avoid paying about $14 million in proffers (the difference between the market value of the land and the 2014 proffer level).

StoneHaven is an 882 acre, 1650 home development proposed in the western end of the county (near Jiffy Lube live). As part of the proposed development, the applicant has proffered 91.2 acres of that 882 acres as a site for a high school – something PWCS desperately needs. By law, counties are entitled to receive proffers; land, cash, roads, or a combination of those, as compensation for the cost of constructing facilities for public services, like schools and fire stations, that new development requires.

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Prince William County Planning for Stone Haven 

Bristow Beat News reports that 5 BOCS Supervisors got
funds from Stone Haven Developers

Stone Haven Planning Map (2012). Source <a href="" target="_blank">PWC Gov</a> (PDF)

Stone Haven Planning Map (2012). Source PWC Gov (PDF)

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John Oliver: Scottish Independence – a comedic view

Scotland is about to vote on whether to secede from the UK.
There are solid arguments on both sides.
But none of that makes bagpipes good to listen to…or does it?

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Scottish Independence
This program originally aired Sep 14, 2014

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October 13th Senate Debate – Warner and Gillespie – Virginia Federal Senate Race

The People’s Debate
Senator Mark Warner and Ed Gillespie Accept People’s Debate Invitation
Statewide Broadcast on October 13

Mark Warner - Senator - Virginia - 2014

Sen Mark Warner (D), Incumbent

RICHMOND, Virginia – The League of Women Voters of Virginia and AARP Virginia are pleased to announce Senator Mark Warner has accepted the groups’ invitation to debate challenger Ed Gillespie during a statewide
television broadcast on October 13. Gillespie had accepted the invitation earlier.

The statewide-televised debate to be held at 7 p.m. on October 13 in Richmond. Media partners for the debate are WCVE-TV (PBS) and WTVR-TV CBS 6. The debate will be held at the WCVE-TV studio.

This unique debate, organized by The League of Women Voters of Virginia and AARP Virginia, will ask the candidates to go on record about issues important to all Virginians.

“We are excited to offer this forum to the voters of Virginia,” said Anne Sterling, president of the League of Women Voters. “The League is pleased to work with AARP, PBS and CBS on this event. Citizens have a right to learn where both U.S. Senate candidates stand on the issues and we thank each for accepting our invitation to debate live on television, in October.”

Ed Gillespie - Rep;ublican - 2014 Senate Campaign

Ed Gillespie (R), Senate Candidate

The four panelists for the debate will include one representative each from AARP, the League of Women Voters, WCVE-TV and WTVR-TV.

“Non-partisan voter engagement and education has been part of AARP’s mission to help Americans live their best lives for nearly 30 years,” Bill Kallio, State Director of ARRP, said. “We are proud to sponsor the People’s Debate because AARP informs voters about the candidates’ positions, giving them the ability to make an informed choice on Election Day.”

Richmond television stations WTVR-TV CBS 6 and WCVE-TV PBS are co-producing and distributing the debate to broadcasters statewide in order to make the forum available to voters across Virginia.

Follow news about the debate on Twitter with the hashtag #PeoplesDebate.

About LWV
The League of Women Voters of Virginia, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Formed 94 years ago from the movement that secured the right to vote for women, LWV has continued working for voters. Today we concentrate on voters rights, making sure every vote is counted and registering voters, high school and college students. The centerpiece of the League’s efforts remains to expand participation and give a voice to all Americans. . . We do these at all three levels of government, engaging in both broad educational efforts as well as advocacy. Our issues are grounded in our respected history of making democracy work for all citizens. LWV operates through more than 800 state and local Leagues, in all 50 states as well in DC, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong. LWV does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates.

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world’s largest-circulation magazine with nearly 35 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP’s millions of members and Americans 50+; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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