Guest editorial: Defeatism runs strong within the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors

| June 15, 2017 | 3 Comments
Guest editorial: Defeatism runs strong within the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors

by Phillip Fassieux Albemarle County residents are being hoodwinked by County elected officials into believing that the Albemarle Revenue Sharing Agreement is both necessary and interminable. It is not. This great charade helps to justify the need for last year’s $35 Million Bond Measure, property tax rate increases, a $15.8 Million payment to the City, and […]

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Capital of chaos: Mayor Mike Signer’s rampageous Charlottesville City Council meetings

| June 8, 2017 | 4 Comments
Capital of chaos: Mayor Mike Signer’s rampageous Charlottesville City Council meetings

Under the “leadership” of Mayor Michael Signer, Charlottesville City Council meetings have devolved into chaotic scream-fests, laced with verbal and visual profanity—and crowned by defiance of the mayor’s procedural dictates. Council’s June 5, 2017 meeting was the worst in a long line of descendingly lawless affairs. Racial “justice” groups repeatedly interrupted the meeting with chanting, […]

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Cash cow: Bellamy seeks $7600 for attorney Starsia in failed removal petition case

| June 5, 2017 | 4 Comments
Cash cow: Bellamy seeks $7600 for attorney Starsia in failed removal petition case

Embattled Charlottesville City Councilor, Wes Bellamy, is seeking $7,588.35 in taxpayer funds for his attorney, Pam Starsia, in reimbursement of her fees to defend Bellamy against a petition to remove him from public office. The petition, filed by blogger, Jason Kessler, sought court intervention to oust Bellamy from his position on Charlottesville City Council for “civil rights violations, […]

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Name game: 87% say don’t change Charlottesville park monikers

| May 21, 2017 | 14 Comments
Name game: 87% say don’t change Charlottesville park monikers

Following numerous polls indicating strong backing for keeping the General Lee Statue in Charlottesville’s Lee Park, the city’s “erase-and-rename” history folly has been further exposed. A just concluded City-Hall-sponsored contest to submit new names for Charlottesville’s beleaguered Lee and Jackson Parks shows overwhelming support for leaving the park names alone. Of 1,381 submissions for Lee […]

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Strange bedfellows: David Swanson and Richard Spencer’s bizarre Russian lovefest

| May 18, 2017 | 2 Comments
Strange bedfellows: David Swanson and Richard Spencer’s bizarre Russian lovefest

In a bizarre confluence of geo-political opinion, seeming polar opposites David Swanson and Richard Spencer agree on one thing: friendship with Russia is a good thing. Spencer—known widely as founder of the alt-right movement, and a self-proclaimed identitarian—held a highly controversial, torch-lit rally in Charlottesville last weekend regarding the proposed removal of the General Robert […]

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Torched: Mayor Mike Signer’s institutional lawlessness bites back

| May 15, 2017 | 4 Comments
Torched: Mayor Mike Signer’s institutional lawlessness bites back

Not long ago, Charlottesville was a city apparently under the rule of law. That perception changed in 2011 when the city’s under-qualified and overpaid City Manager, Maurice Jones, ordered his police department to stand down as socialist Occupiers overran Lee Park. Most recently, Mr. Jones’ precedent of institutional lawlessness was extended by Mayor Michael Signer, who contrary […]

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Guest editorial: A pragmatic option to building the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

| May 11, 2017 | 3 Comments
Guest editorial: A pragmatic option to building the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

by Chuck Kiehl, private citizen and Nelson County resident (Excerpts from letter sent to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on March 28, 2017: After 23 years in Charlottesville, I retired to beautiful Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County in 2008. I have seen this tourism economy grow from pretty much just Wintergreen Resort to many tourism […]

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Guest editorial: The case for ending Albemarle County and Charlottesville revenue sharing

| May 3, 2017 | 2 Comments
Guest editorial: The case for ending Albemarle County and Charlottesville revenue sharing

by Phillip Fassieux PlaceAlbemarleFirst.org EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The 1982 Annexation and Revenue Sharing Agreement (herein referred to as “RSA” or “agreement”) between the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, VA continues to present an unnecessary financial burden on County residents. The agreement’s original purpose of halting City annexations in return for a payment of County revenue […]

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The Perriello Paradigm: The Compromise of Faith for the Advancement of Political Power

| April 26, 2017 | 6 Comments
The Perriello Paradigm: The Compromise of Faith for the Advancement of Political Power

  “How great was once Rome, when the Patricians in her Senate ruled with nobility, seeking strength from the gods, for the betterment of her people. How sad is Rome now, for not only have the gods been forsaken, but the interests of her people as well. For this reason, we cease to be.” -Gnaeus […]

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Tax Day musical montage: Tax Trials and Tribulations

| April 18, 2017 | 1 Comments
Tax Day musical montage: Tax Trials and Tribulations

Taxes are on everyone’s mind today, but the Schilling Show audience has responded with creative pushback. This piece, as heard on WINA’s The Schilling Show, was inspired by Diantha and the Pickpockets (Albemarle County Board of Supervisors) and the Charlottesville Silly Clowncil (City Council), neither of whom ever met a tax they didn’t like. Performed […]

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