The Latest On Faisal Gill – Republican for House of Delegates, 51st District

campaign.pngThe SkepticalObservor has the latest regarding the Eleventh Congressional District Committee’s unanimous rejection of Julie Lucas’ appeal regarding the 51st District Convention which nominated Faisal Gill (see here).

Charles at his blog, Two Conservatives, has fact checked the bloggers attacking Faisal Gill (see here and here for a start), and SkepticalObservor has done the same (search both blogs). This blog has a category essentially devoted to refuting the absurd charges against Faisal Gill.

Fans of Faisal, another blog operated by Charles, has focused on comparing Faisal Gill with his opponent. That, ladies and gents, is what an election is about. At this point, the sole accomplishment of all the infernal Gill-hating is to undermine the morale the PWC GOP. If we want to come out ahead this fall, then we need to focus on something positive, getting the candidates we support elected.

The race between Julie Lucas and Faisal Gill is over. Lucas is running for School Board.

If you do not like Faisal Gill, that is your prerogative. You can also spend all your efforts hating Faisal Gill, but that is sick behavior that is not going to buy anyone anything — unless you are a muck-raking Democrat. Serious Republicans need to ask themselves what they want to accomplish. Do you want to sulk and take your toys home, or do you want to be a player?

We live in the great state of Virginia. This is our home, and it has a future. Do you want to spend your time shaping that future, or do you want to listen to people who have nothing better to do than hate to Faisal Gill?


cross.pngThe Newsweek/Washington Post folks have put together a website for religious debate (here). Their modus operandi is to pose a controversial question and then have a team of “experts” comment on the question. Their latest question is this:

Best-selling atheist Christopher Hitchens wrote: “Religion is violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children.” Why is he right or wrong? — Posted by Sally Quinn and Jon Meacham

You may find the panel’s responses interesting.

Luke 6 speaks as to how we should separate good from evil.

A Tree and Its Fruit
“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.  Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. Good people bring good things out of the good stored up in their heart, and evil people bring evil things out of the evil stored up in their heart. For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.

Over the course of time Christians have produced innovative societies.   Christians created governments that respect the rights of people.  In the United States, because we are a Christian nation, we recognize that we are endowed by the Creator with unalienable rights, that the power of government is derived from the People.  Nowhere else is that held to be true.

Instead, in too many other nations, governments find it inconvenient to recognize unalienable rights.   What the People have is whatever privileges their leaders allow them.  In the extreme, the People are the mere property of their leaders.  Such has been true, for example, of communist governments, where the official religion is atheism.  During the various purges conducted by these supposedly soulless rulers, a great many millions died.  The atheist rulers readily enslaved their people, apparently with the understanding there would be no price to be paid.

PWC School Board Report – Highlights from the Meeting on September 19, 2007

school.pngThis was relatively short meeting, and citizen comments provided the most interesting portion.

Citizen Comments

  • The first speaker complained that Freedom High School has started interpreting school activities such as commencement ceremonies and induction into the National Honor Society into Spanish (presented first in English, then in Spanish). He suggested criteria that the School Board use to issue a policy against interpreting school functions into multiple languages.
  • The second speaker was Bonnie Klakowicz, the Chair of the Meet and Confer Committee of the Prince William Education Association (test website; apparently their website is still under construction). She asked the School Board to establish a policy that allows employees to take time off for religious holidays without using their own personal leave. She complained that the current policy discriminates because Christian holy days are already holidays. (Authors note: The Prince William Education Association is apparently a subsidiary of the National Education Association.)
  • The third speaker is a speech therapist who spoke in defense of her clients who attend private schools. For the past 22 years, she has been providing speech therapy (one half hour a week) to students that attend private schools, and this service has been covered by the government just as it is for public school students. She complained private school students are no eligible for this benefit. Even though the parents of the private school students also pay taxes, they are being denied a benefit conferred on students attending the public schools. She said this is unfair; the parents of the private school students pay twice. They pay taxes for the public schools, and they pay for their children to attend private schools.
  • The fourth speaker had two complaints. Her child attends Stonewall Middle School. Although she apparently is pleased with the principal, she is concerned that the school’s lunch program is chronically short of milk (one day none was available). She fears some schools may be even worse off; she is concerned for students who depend upon the school lunch program to get at least one good meal a day. Her second complaint was a about her child’s favorite teacher. Apparently, this gentleman was recently hired full time. Then, three weeks before he was to start, he was told the position was not available. Instead, the funds that would have paid him were used to hire an English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher.

Legislative Priorities

Since a major part of the school budget comes from the state government, and because the state government sets most of the rules, the School Board asked the school staff to put together a wish list (see here). The School Board will review these priorities in a session (apparently closed) after the next meeting on October 3, 2007. (Author’s note: If you have any wishes that you would like to see on the list, please contact your School Board member. As it is, the tail is now wagging the dog. Although the current list may be well-intentioned, it reflects the priorities of school administrators, not parents.) More information here.

Board Time

  • Julie Lucas noted that a boundary committee will be forming up because of a new elementary school in her district. She also asked the staff to explain the issue brought up by the speech therapist related to private school students. Staff explained that this change/problem is due to new Federal Government guidelines. Private school students attending for-profit schools cannot receive this benefit. (Author’s note: Why is it any of the Federal Government’s business whether a child attends a for-profit or nonprofit school?)
  • Don Richardson noted that the School Board is forming up Boundary Committees (see here). Like Julie Lucas, Richardson has also put together a newsletter. To see these newsletters, see go to their pages on the school division’s web site from here.


Sorry about the delay in getting this out. Since I don’t have cable, I depend on video on demand. Unfortunately, the September 19th School Board meeting was posted late.


We are on the home stretch. The men and women running for office are tensed and focused. At this point there are only two things they want from party members: time and money.


As the campaigns heat up, there are a slew of events coming up, and in general, that is what the candidates talked about. One place to find out what is going on is at PWCGOP.ORG. If you have an interest in a particular candidate, you should check their web sites (also available at PWCGOP.ORG and here on the Candidates page).

One speech was particularly worth noting. When Chairman Corey Stewart spoke, he noted that we are too overconfident. The Democrats are out in force, motivated, and on the ground campaigning. If we want to win, we have to meet that effort. We cannot count on an issue such as immigration reform, to carry the day. We must remind and urge our voters to go to the polls.

Other Announcements

Vice Chairman Denny Daugherty reminded folks to attend the debates sponsored by the PW Committee of 100. Here is the schedule for the remaining debates.

Chairman Tom Kopko emphasized we will be out canvasing for voters every Saturday on both ends of the county. Check PWCGOP.ORG for rally points. Kopko said the rally this weekend would be important. Volunteers would be provided a walking list (which voters to contact) and candidate literature. Each voter would be provided voting information and asked about their candidate preferences. The ultimate goal is to ensure Republican voters to show up at the polls on election by calling them in the afternoon if they do not show up in the morning.

Kopko reminded members to make certain that remind the electorate that October 5, 2007 is the last day to register. He reminded members that absentee ballots are available if you plan to be out of the county on election day (This website provides all the information you need including a listing of the candidates.).

Because the presidential campaign is heating up earlier than ever this year, we were also visited by a representative from Americans for Prosperity. This organization is sponsoring a convention in Washington DC October 4 – 5, 2007 (see here). In addition to quite a few other famous names, most of the leading Republican presidential candidates will make an appearance.

Resolution on Proffers

With only two votes in opposition, the PWC GOP passed a resolution sponsored by Martha Hendley, the Gainesville District member on the Planning Commission. Hendley’s resolution called for the Prince William Board of County Supervisors to significantly increase proffers, adopting the recommendation of their own staff. This increase would make Prince William’s proffer rate competitive with the rate other counties charge in Northern Virginia (see here).

Proffers are the fees developers pay to have property rezoned so they can build new houses. Existing homes would not be affected. Proffers cover the expenses of new schools, new parks, new libraries, new fire and rescue facilities, increasing road capacity, and additional police facilities. Currently, the proffer fees charged by Prince William County are too low to cover these expenses. So, for example, our schools are overcrowded.

The proffer for a single family house is currently set at $37,719 per new house, under the average for counties in this area. The proposal would increase the proffer for a single family house to $51,113 per new house.

Note that Chairman Stewart is fighting to increase proffers (see here and here). This is keeping his campaign promise.