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by ARLnow.com December 5, 2011 at 8:41 am 2,693 24 Comments

Worries Over Proposed Constitutional Amendment — A proposed amendment to the Virginia Constitution, intended to strengthen protections against local government usage of eminent domain authority, could complicate plans for the Columbia Pike streetcar project. County officials also worry that the amendment could force the county to pay businesses restitution for lost business due to street repairs, snow plowing or even police activity. [Sun Gazette]

H-B Woodlawn Students Protest Parent Plan — H-B Woodlawn secondary program students, who famously create their own courses and spend much of their school time unsupervised, are up in arms over a plan to allow their parents to monitor their academic achievements (or failings) more carefully. [Washington Post]

New Arrival at Central Library: ‘Mein Kampf’ — Arlington Central Library just acquired a brand new version of the Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf.’ A library spokesman says an older version of the book had to be taken out of circulation due to wear and tear. [Sun Gazette]

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  • Narlington

    High Schools teach a lot more then just math and reading, they also teach discipline and time management, as well as the importance of being responsible. I feel that lacks at HB, and most of our public schools.

  • LVGuy

    Actually, H-B does a great job of teaching kids how to manage their time, specifically by giving them the option to do it themselves. Those that do it poorly generally learn how to spend their time wisely.

  • demonfafa

    I’m still waiting for the sequel, Mein Kampfy Chair.

  • ArlingtonChick

    I’m actually in favor of a General Assembly constitutional amendment–FINALLY! (The last one was not so great–some might say embarrassing, even).

    • OX4

      Virginia is for lovers.*

      “Lovers” as defined in Section 15-A of Article 1 of the Virginia Bill of Rights.

    • Grognak

      It will be interesting to see what kind of special interest groups would campaign against this amendment. I mean, really, who besides the government itself would be against making it harder for the government to take your private property?

      • Jason S.

        Advocates of statism who think the local government will only benefit them by doing so.

      • Aaron

        Developers who like having other people’s property handed to them by local governments?

        • charlie

          Virginia law is already very clear that eminent domain can only be used for public purposes. What happened in Connecticut can NOT happen in Virginia under the current laws.

      • drax

        So if someone proposed an amendment ending ALL taking of private property through eminent domain, you’d support it, Grognak?

    • MC

      The travesty is that the same Republican’s who howl that the Federal government takes power away from local control are doing the same thing to local governments, taking away their local authority. The Sun article mentions that all local governments are against this (not just Arlington) but the Republican legislators are tone deaf to such sentiment, they would rather just doing the bidding of their developer contributors.

  • charlie

    the constitutional amendment is not needed in Virginia. what is proposed is a reaction to the New England case — an area of the country where the laws are very different. Our laws more than protect property owners.

  • novasteve

    Maybe the library can keep their copy of Mein Kampf next to their picture of Helen Thomas?

    • drax

      I hear Helen Thomas drives an automatic.

      • R. Griffon

        And she wants you to have a Happy Holiday.

  • NoVapologist

    I routinely see HB Woodlawn students spending unsupervised time in a course called “Getting High in the Playground between Pollard and Quebec Streets.”

    • charlie

      We (oh, I mean THEY) have been doing that for decades.

    • Those kids will be your or your kids’ boss someday.

  • Skeptical

    He who does not learn from history is doomed to repeat it, so I have read “Mein Kampf” and similar productions — at least as much as possible, since the notable thing about that book is how unreadable it is in many parts. Cards from various neo-Nazi groups routinely fall out of the library copies of MK or even pretty sober historical books about Germany in the 20s and 30s. Part of the shelf wear probably comes from these guys doing the rounds and inserting literature. 😐

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