The week in review


Best legislation the General Assembly can come up with to help fiscally strapped schools:  Both the House of Delegates and the Senate pass bills requiring the posting of “In God We Trust” on school buildings.

Best quote to come from a local legislator: “I’d say we have accomplished very little from the standpoint of helping the people in the Commonwealth,” Delegate Mitch Van Yahres tells Bob Gibson in the Daily Progress.

Better news for separation of church and state: The Senate kills the bill requiring the posting of the Ten Commandments in schools.

Worst news for those who believe what happens between consenting adults is no one else's business: Once again, a bill to decriminalize sodomy, a felony in Virginia, fails in the House of Delegates.

Worst news for the County’s roads: VDOT faces an audit and announces that almost $140 million in area projects will be shelved or indefinitely delayed.

Best news for the 29 bypass opponents:  Projects that face a delay include the bypass.

Best news for adulterers running red lights with women other than their spouses in their: Photo-red legislation to install cameras at intersections is dead in the General Assembly.

Worst news for travelers of the regularly run stoplights at 29 North and Rio Road intersection:  Photo-red is dead.

Worst news for Nintendo and Microsoft: After the Christmas that launched the heavily hyped GameCube and Xbox, an Albemarle County 5th-grade male remarks, "I think everybody's tired of video games."

Best news for cinephiles I: The Virginia Film Festival announces that this year's theme is "Wet," and our imagination runs wild with possible variations on the theme. 

Best news for cinephiles II: Albemarle County resident Sissy Spacek receives a well-deserved best actress Academy Award nomination for In the Bedroom.

Worst news for those arrested of violent felonies: Both the Senate and House of Delegates pass bills requiring blood, saliva, or tissue samples to taken for DNA analysis at the time of arrest.

Worst news for local state-supported colleges: While layoffs will be avoided, class sizes will grow and tuition will rise. And employees can forget about a raise anytime soon.

Worst news for the virtual chalkboard: A Washington Post story on the board is titled “Free speech e-rased on VA virtual monument.”

Best spin on the Post story that messages on the virtual chalkboard barely last 15 minutes before they’re erased: J. Joshua Wheeler at the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression says in the article that the deleters may be making a statement about the debilitating effects of censorship on free speech.