Government and Governance

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

| May 21, 2017 | 8 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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Torched: Mayor Mike Signer’s institutional lawlessness bites back

| May 15, 2017 | 3 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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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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Alien Nation: Criminal “immigrants” violate Charlottesville’s sanctuary

| April 14, 2017 | 6 Comments
Alien Nation: Criminal “immigrants” violate Charlottesville’s sanctuary

Two recent high-profile arrestees in Charlottesville are not United States citizens, according to officials at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail. On April 1, 2017 Charlottesville Police arrested Erick G. Banegaz, who was charged with carnal knowledge of a child, as described in a police department media release: The Charlottesville Police Department received a report from […]

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Breaking bad: McAuliffe’s “blanket restoration” yields gun runners, drug dealers

| March 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
Breaking bad: McAuliffe’s “blanket restoration” yields gun runners, drug dealers

by Matthew Hardin On April 22, 2016, Governor McAuliffe issued a blanket order, in which he purported to restore the civil rights of convicted felons (rights to hold public office, the right to vote, right to sit on a jury, and right to serve as a notary). Under the Constitution of Virginia, criminals convicted of […]

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Bad Bobs: Charlottesville assessor slams renegade City Councilor and conservative businessman

| March 23, 2017 | 3 Comments
Bad Bobs: Charlottesville assessor slams renegade City Councilor and conservative businessman

Like Albemarle County before it, Charlottesville has a real estate assessment problem. Past reports of rate-rigging and internal collusion have undermined the public’s confidence in the City assessor’s office and have called to question the veracity of their annual output. This year one Charlottesville City Councilor and one city business, in particular, are the poster […]

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America’s refugee industry and the Cats-Paw

| March 8, 2017 | 11 Comments
America’s refugee industry and the Cats-Paw

CATS-PAW, noun – A dupe; the instrument which another uses. Watching the presidential address to Congress the other evening, and the behavior of those in the Democratic Party, brought to mind an incident from my youth. Attending a Boy Scout leadership conference lecture I was exposed to an unusual act. The speaker, a United States […]

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Wheel of (mis)Fortune: The wacky world of Albemarle’s wildly fluctuating assessments

| March 2, 2017 | 1 Comments
Wheel of (mis)Fortune: The wacky world of Albemarle’s wildly fluctuating assessments

Albemarle County’s recently released assessment figures show “healthy” increases in a number of neighborhoods and property categories. Generally, assessments were up by an average of 2.9% over last year, but some specific areas are showing wild fluctuations (both up and down) in comparison with last year. After receiving complaints from Albemarle County property owners, The […]

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