September 21, 2022

7th District

Thanks to all who came to and helped with our Annual Plum Family Picnic!

IN THIS ISSUE
  • Commentary: Meddling
  • Bulletin Board
  • What Can I Do?
  • Check your Calendar
COMMENTARY



Meddling

There have been too many examples in recent times of needless government meddling in the lives of people. Interestingly, social conservatives who profess support for limited government are the very ones who are promoting this meddling. Some examples that come to mind: the response to the Supreme Court overturning the Roe v Wade decision; Virginia’s proposed policy on transgender students; and election fraud.

 

Supreme Court justices who during their confirmation hearings swore that laws related to abortion were settled voted to overturn precedent of a half century to reopen the issue for states to resolve. Already there have been numerous states meddling in the most difficult decision a woman will ever have to make related to her reproductive health. One-size-fits-all kinds of solutions that range from women having to report miscarriages to government authorities to outright bans on abortion and in some instances with life-begins-at-conception notions of banning contraception. It is likely that the Virginia General Assembly will see some form of all these extremes introduced next year. The circumstances leading to the decision about an abortion are as numerous and as complex as one can imagine. The government should be involved in the process only to the degree of ensuring that women have a right to make a decision without government or others meddling.

 

Governor Youngkin’s administration has taken legislation passed by the General Assembly to ensure the rights of transgender students and twisted it to have the government meddle in the personal lives of transgender students and their families to the detriment of these individuals’ lives. A model policy that was to protect transgender students has been turned into a policy that drastically restricts their rights. The policy would restrict students to accessing programs and facilities according to the sex they were assigned at birth. It would require legal documentation to change a student’s name and would allow teachers to refuse to refer to a student by preferred name or pronoun if it is against the teacher’s personal religious beliefs, citing their protection by the First Amendment and the right to free speech. Larger school systems like Fairfax are likely to ignore this proposed meddling, but if adopted it could lead to major discrimination against transgender students across the state and to numerous lawsuits.

 

Attorney General Miyares has appointed a twenty-person task force to look into government fraud in Virginia even though there have been no documented cases of voter fraud in the state. This meddling into a system that works incredibly well comes about as there is a concerted effort nationally to undercut confidence in voting as part of the “Big Lie” from the last presidential election. My observation has been that those who express the most concern about voting fraud are the same people who seek to limit the right to vote to their voters. Virginia has had a horrible record on restricting voting rights but now has some of the best voting laws in the country. Mr. Miyares may not like the outcome of some of those elections, but there is no need for his meddling.


BULLETIN BOARD

What You Need to Know About the 2022 One-Time Tax Rebate

The 2022 Virginia General Assembly passed a law earlier this year giving taxpayers with a liability a rebate of up to $250 for individual filers and up to $500 for joint filers. Check your eligibility.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2022: 

"Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation"

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated every year from September 15th until October 15th, providing a space to honor, remember, and celebrate the rich histories, personalities, and traditions of Hispanic/Latino/Latinx communities. What began as a week-long observation in 1968 turned into a full-fledged month of celebration two decades later, in 1988, and was solidified into law that same year. Though the core spirit of Hispanic Heritage Month remains constant, each year has a different theme. This year's theme is "Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation."

Compete, View and Play!

Be inspired by Reston and compete in two friendly brick building competitions.

Learn more and register.

WHAT CAN I DO? CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

Early Voting

Begins Friday, September 23 and Concludes Saturday, November 5.

Fairfax County Early Voting Locations & Schedule:

  https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/elections/early-voting

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

September 19 through 23, Fall 2022 Peace Week, "Rethinking Peace: 2022 and Beyond," at the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. Learn more and see course offerings at Carter School Peace Week.


Wednesday, September 21, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Stop In and Scrawl for Banned Books Week, at Scrawl Books, 11911 Freedom Dr, Reston. It's time to get writing! Book bans are happening in our backyard, and they'll keep happening unless we speak up! We'll provide pens, postcards, and sample language; all you have to do is show up and get writing. Visit Stop and Scrawl


Wednesday, September 21, 4:00 p.m., Inova Adult Sickle Cell Town Hall (virtual). Topics include newborn screening, early diagnosis, pediatric sickle cell management and transition to adult care, strategies for maintaining health in adults with sickle cell anemia, and much more. Learn more and register.


Thursday, September 22, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.,  “A Republic, If You Can Keep It”: A National Affairs Forum, a virtual community event. Learn more and register.


Saturday, September 24, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Let's beautify Lake Fairfax Park, Lake Fairfax Park, 1400 Lake Fairfax Dr, Reston. The Park Authority will have its expert naturalists on hand to help while volunteers work together near the park's core areas, removing invasive plants, cleaning up debris and helping with the overall beautification of the grounds at Lake Fairfax. Register here.


Saturday, September 24, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Teens on the Green, at Vienna Town Green. The Town of Vienna Parks and Recreation and Club Phoenix Teen Center proudly present “Teens on the Green,” at the Vienna Town Green. The local talent will awe and amaze as we highlight tremendously talented teen artists. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ianna Alhambra at Ianna.Alhambra@viennava.gov .


Saturday, October 1, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Reston Community Yard Sale, 12018 Sunrise Valley Dr, Reston. Seventy-five families will be selling a variety of items, so this is a great opportunity to find bargains on children’s clothes, toys, furniture, a variety of things for your home or a college dorm. Sign up to have a booth or stop by to browse for great bargains. Booth space is two parking spaces. Tables are not provided. Space is limited. All sales are final. No refunds unless canceled due to rain. Rain date: 10/2. Questions? Contact Ashleigh@reston.org or 703-435-6577. Reserve a table here.

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