Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com August 6, 2012 at 9:00 am 2,885 43 Comments

Krupicka Wins Dem Caucus — Alexandria City Councilman Rob Krupicka has won the Democratic caucus for the 45th District House of Delegrates seat, which represents some parts of South Arlington. Krupicka defeated opponent Karen Gautney by a caucus vote of 1,540 to 891. He will now face Republican Tim McGhee in the Nov. 6 general election. [Patch]

County Gets New Coach Bus for Seniors — The Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation has invested in a new 41-seat coach-style bus. The bus will be used for the department’s travel programs for adults 55 and over. [Sun Gazette]

History of the Twilight Tattoo — There are just 4 Twilight Tattoo performances left this summer at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. An article about the history of the military tradition notes that its origins date back more than 300 years. The next Twilight Tattoo will take place Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. [U.S. Army]

Photo via @Rosy1280

  • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

    That darned street view camera caught me doing something very naughty.

    • Hollywood

      That’s too bad. I read your article last week. I thought you were changing your ways???

      • G Clifford Prout (now moderated for extra purity)

        Oh no you didn’t! You think I wrote confessions of a John?

  • DarkHeart

    Colonial Village location?

  • Hollywood

    “County Gets New Coach Bus for Seniors — The Arlington County Department of Parks and Recreation has invested in a new 41-seat coach-style bus. The bus will be used for the department’s travel programs for adults 55 and over.”


    • jackson

      How so? The county isn’t driving a bunch of old freeloaders around looking to party. They pay for the activities.

      • WLO

        Hollywood probably expects that their old bus would just last forever.

        The old bus was a re-purposed school bus, btw, I doubt it even had seat belts or an air conditioner worth a damn. They really needed to upgrade it.

    • Sam

      I don’t see how this is ridiculous at all. Seniors pay taxes and this is a benefit the county provides to them just like they do with the dog parks, schools, libraries and activities for their younger residents.

      • drax

        He’ll think it’s ridiculous until he turns 55, and then he’ll think it’s a great idea.

    • LEFant44

      Not only do Seniors pay taxes, they pay a yearly fee to take part in activities as well as paying for the bus trips. The annual fee is nominal, however the charges for the classes and bus trips are quite substantial. The quality of the classes and bus trips is excellent, though. I hope Hollywood can afford to participate when they reach this age.

    • soarlslacker

      If you were more familiar with the Arlington County programs for seniors (over 55) you might not sound so uninformed. Arl Cty spends over $18K a year per child in public school. Arl Cty spends about $350 per year, per senior in its programs (not per senior living in the county). Seniors pay fees to ride the this bus. There are fees per person for each and every excursion–even a short ride to DC to a museum. You might want to consider that 40 seniors driving may be less safe than one bus driver driving a bus of seniors around.

    • Bluemontsince1961

      I happen to be over 55, I pay my taxes, and while I have a lot of years left to drive, I have no problem with this service. There are lot of seniors many years older than myself who cannot drive for whatever reason, and they also pay taxes. I happen to be single with no children, but I don’t begrudge having my tax money used for schools or for maintaining and replacing school buses for kids.

      • Hank

        I appreciate people like Bluemont who are happy to support public programs even if the benefits don’t directly benefit themselves. And our schools and teachers appreciate them. This is the good thing about living in a society; there’s mutual benefit. I hope my local taxes help support benefits that Bluemont enjoys (or will enjoy one day).

        • Bluemontsince1961

          Thank you, Hank. Nobody likes taxes, but there are basic things any decent society has to support (schools for children, police, EMT, firefighters, teachers, transportation for kids to school if too far for them to walk, maintaining infrastructure (roads, airports, etc.). Helping seniors who can no longer drive or get around very well seems to me a basic thing any decent society would support. All of us will be over 55 one day and there may come a time when we will need these services. Just like a single person may marry one day and have children (and be glad to have good schools for their children)..

          • Mitt Romney

            Business can do all these services better, my friend.

          • Bluemontsince1961

            Bite me, Mitt.

      • Internet Jerk/Republican

        I only care about things that benefit me, directly, right now. Everything else is a waste of money. Me me me!

        • B Harper

          clown comment!

          fyi – everyone knows Hollywood consists only of hyper-liberal Democrats

          • drax

            This isn’t Hollywood.

          • Elmer

            No, this is the Planet Arlington. That’s even further out in the galaxy of stars than Hollywood.

    • Josh S

      Only in a world where the 1% works feverishly to disseminate propaganda with the purpose of getting ordinary people to see the world the way they see it…..

      • Elmer

        That 1% being the liberal media? Gotcha!

    • AARP

      I would think we wouldn’t want seniors driving on 66 and Arlington County roads.

      • callie

        Define senior. My dad was a good driver at 80+. He could still drive to Myrtle Beach and return just fine. My stepfather, however, at the same age should not have been behind the wheel but there wasn’t a darn thing we could do about it. Luckily he never caused or was involved in an accident. It’s not the “senior” part, it’s the ability to see, anticipate and react. So, AARP, go back and read the literature. We all have senior moments. They just occur at different stages of our lives.

  • WeiQiang


    INDECENT EXPOSURE, 08/02/12, 1100 block of N. Barton Street. At 11:08 pm on August 2, an unknown subject was seen masturbating between two parked cars by a female as she walked past him on the sidewalk. Police were unable to locate the subject, described as a Hispanic male, in his mid 20’s, wearing a white shirt.

    From: http://news.arlingtonva.us/pr/ava/crime-report-august-3-2012-237223.aspx?ncid=29841

  • Ashton Heights

    1. You cannot invest in a depreciating asset.

    2. We have some of the wealthiest seniors in the country, and world for that matter. What a waste of money.

    • drax

      1. I can’t wait until you get old.

      2. We have plenty of poor seniors too.

      Find something real to complain about.

    • CW

      Yeah, seriously man, they only won WWII and built our nation into the world’s greatest power, what a sunk cost, just cut em loose and let em rot.

      • Bluemontsince1961

        Bingo, CW, see my comment above in response to “Hollywood”. My late father was of the WW2 generation and he used some of the county services for seniors a few times before he passed – and they were a help to him.

        • Hollywood

          Let’s not get into a “who pays for what” debate. The seniors in this country are net beneficiaries (does Social Security and Medicare ring a bell??) and poor, still-employed saps like me are the ones funding it. I guess I won’t get the same benefit todays seniors are enjoying but hopefully the bus will be around.

          • Observer

            I’m sorry you are poor. Maybe being on an internet forum in the middle of the day is not the best use of your time.

          • Bluemontsince1961

            On behalf of over 55 people everywhere, my profound apologies for our still being alive and being such a burden and inconvenience for you and the rest of society.

          • Elmer

            They’ve already got abortion for the youngest and euthanasia is just around the corner for the elderly.
            Don’t believe it?

          • drax

            If you are unemployed, you’re not funding SS or Medicare, but you’ll still get it when you are old enough.

          • sunflower

            poor clone! no parents or grandparents?

          • Harry

            You’re right, it sickens me to think of those seniors living it up in mcmansions and driving around in Rolls-Royces off of those fat social security checks!

    • sunflower

      those “wealthy seniors” are likely contributing a lot to “your” tax base

    • confused

      “You cannot invest in a depreciating asset”


      so building a factory is not investing?

      Youve never studied economics, have you?

  • Dan

    Interesting bit on the origins and purpose of the evening “Tattoo”…..

    • Buckingham Bandit

      Went to one. Not bad, but more up-with-America type stuff, and less military precision, marching, and music than I had hoped for. And this is coming from a DoD employee.

      One thing I remember from it, which they repeated ad nauseum: “The strength of our nation is our army, the strength of our army is our soldiers, and the strength of our soldiers are their families”. Heard it at least a half-dozen times. Came across as somewhat creepy and jingoistic.

      Not that this should come as a shocker, but I don’t think that the Army had young professional Arlington residents in mind when they put the program together. Good for families though. That’s almost entirely all that were present. Myself, with the 7-11 brand potato chips and a VitaminWater in the grandstands, was the exception…

      • drax

        Yeah, I had the same complaint. 90% of it was schmaltzy pop-music patriotism stuff. Give me more marching and bagpipes and stuff and less “freedom isn’t free” Lee Greenwood wailing. And shoot off a few more guns, dammit.

        • Elmer

          Yes, that “freedom isn’t free” stuff sure is nausiating isn’t it?


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