The Sounds of Silence

©2017 Sarah Becker   The Sounds of Silence   In 1966 Simon & Garfunkel had a number one song, President Lyndon B. Johnson created the U.S. Department of Transportation, and U.S. Senator Harry F. Byrd, Sr. (D-VA) died at his Berryville home. The Byrd machine passed politically from father to son, Johnson appointed the first […]

Visionaries Never Go Out of Style JKF@100

By Sarah Becker ©2017 Born in 1917—100 years ago—President John F. Kennedy (D-MA) died in his prime. On November 22, 1963 an assassin shot Kennedy dead. He died of a wound in the brain caused by a rifle bullet. Kennedy was the fourth U.S. President to succumb to such wounds. For Kennedy, the past was […]

THE NEW CIVIL WAR – IS IT ON?

By Doug Coleman THE NEW CIVIL WAR – IS IT ON? Traditionally, Americans have gone to the polls, voted, and lived with the results whether they liked them or not. An exception was 1860, where Lincoln prevailed with a plurality of just 39.8% of the vote (even Trump got 47.5%). Lincoln’s name was not even […]

An Act to Encourage Immigration

By Sarah Becker © 2017   An Act to Encourage Immigration   Abraham Lincoln, in his 1864 holiday proclamation, praised Almighty God for augmenting “our free population by emancipation and by immigration…” To immigrate: to enter and settle in a foreign country. To naturalize: to admit a foreigner to citizenship. In 1790 naturalization was limited […]

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House ©2017 Sarah Becker by Sarah Becker   Architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian master work, the Pope-Leighey House is situated in a wooded hollow, an accepted part of historic Woodlawn’s 19th century landscape. Built for journalist Loren B. Pope, in 1940, the 1200 square feet house was moved to Woodlawn in […]

Fort Ellsworth

By Doug Coleman FORT ELLSWORTH In May of 1861, the Yankees occupied Alexandria. The Confederates were not far off and were gathering in force at Manassas Junction, just 30 miles away. It was imperative that they throw up fortifications to hold their bridgehead into Virginia, the port city of Alexandria, to guard against any onslaught […]

Andrew Adkins

By Sarah Becker ©2017      Alexandria’s Redevelopment and Housing Authority [ARHA] follows the money. Least cost analysis has replaced cost beneficial. Lesser payments are negotiated in lieu of property taxes [PILT]. Soft loans include below market interest rates and subsidies, to the extent they are acknowledged, are non-neutral. Opportunity costs, lost opportunity costs especially […]

Don’t Hit it with a Hammer!

By Doug Coleman DON’T HIT IT WITH A HAMMER Many years ago I read the memoirs of a soldier stationed at Fort Worth. He talks about artillery practice and describes the rounds whistling over the Valley of Hunting Creek to land harmlessly in some farmer’s field in Franconia. He could not have known of Samuel […]

FITZ JOHN PORTER, SCAPEGOAT

By Doug Coleman FITZ JOHN PORTER, SCAPEGOAT Fitz John Porter is a hero you have never heard of. In 1861-62, he was what the Union needed – a general officer with more competence than ego. Born in New Hampshire in 1822, he graduated West Point in 1845, just in time for the Mexican War. He […]

WWI: The Centennial

By Sarah Becker ©2017 WWI: The Centennial “Woodrow Wilson may well have witnessed more dramatic changes in national and global affairs than any other president since [George] Washington,” Carter Smith wrote. “He entered Presidential office [on March 4, 1913] a highly regarded reformer.” His foreign policy was not nearly as aggressive as his domestic. Then […]