Not Making Waves

Everyone who lives in Hampton Roads has witnessed cars driving though high water during floods. Most people know that salt water, or brackish water, can cause damage to your car. However, during some of the worst floods there exist a group of people who like to drive through the water for fun. The problem comes … Continue reading Not Making Waves

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Hampton: The Assault On Freedom of Speech

Voter participation is at an all time low for localities. The participation/attending/viewing city council meetings is even lower by citizens.  This allows for bad behavior by elected officials to go mostly unnoticed.  However, there is always the faithful small group that watches what goes on in local politics and either writes about them on blogs, … Continue reading Hampton: The Assault On Freedom of Speech

Follow up on Hampton School Board and Censorship

Back in January I wrote a blog relating to a policy the Hampton School Board was working on which would censor what employees could say with the threat of being sued or fired if they said anything prejudicial to the interest to Hampton City Schools. The statement was so vague it could have even been … Continue reading Follow up on Hampton School Board and Censorship

Candidates’ list: Hampton

On May 1, voters in Hampton will elect three members to City Council and the Mayor. Hampton's council is made up of 6 at large City Council Members and one separately elected mayor.  Hampton also has a School Board election. The School Board employs a ward system with the exception of one at large seat. Three districts … Continue reading Candidates’ list: Hampton

Virginia Peninsula MAL League of Women Voters Forums

The Virginia Peninsula MAL League of Women Voters will be hosting candidate forums with the ladies of the Newport News & Hampton Alumnae Chapters of Delta Sigma Theta for the localities of Hampton and Newport News.  Both these groups are non-partisan and do not endorse candidates. Questions will be taken from the audience and the … Continue reading Virginia Peninsula MAL League of Women Voters Forums

Hampton trying to improve budget input from citizens

Over the last couple years the City of Hampton has been trying to improve citizen participation in the budget process. Citizens of Hampton were initially upset because they said the city did not listen to their opinion on the budget. So Hampton started going out to different neighborhoods and taking computer key pad generated inputs … Continue reading Hampton trying to improve budget input from citizens

Who gave city premission to spend that money …. You did!

There has been a trend that I have been seeing in several localities lately. That is where people complain in a letter to the editor or speaking at council and say who gave you the right to spend money on some stupid project. See example here . The frustration probably stems from when people ask … Continue reading Who gave city premission to spend that money …. You did!

City Loses Council Member, Citizens Lose Advocate

The City of Hampton lost a council member when Councilwoman Angela Leary resigned this week due to health reasons. With that resignation the citizens of Hampton have lost one of their most vigilant supporters.  Many people usually run for office as a stepping stone to a higher office or because of concern for a specific … Continue reading City Loses Council Member, Citizens Lose Advocate