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Old 08-24-2010, 07:46 PM
 
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Arlington County elected officials have lost their mind! They are now suing a poor federal worker for civil rights violations because he was just doing his job at the Dept. of Transportation in trying to add carpool and toll lanes on I-395/I95. This federal worker will now have to spend thousands of dollars out of his own pocket for legal help and now his reputation is tarnished. This sets a dangerous precedent...imagine ANY federal worker just doing his job, but if Arlington County opposes them, they will just call them a racist and sue them for monetary damages. Doesm't matter if they lose, its not their money. They have wasted over a million of tax dollars on their silly HOT Lanes lawsuit. But for the federal worker, he is thousands of dollars poorer and reputation tarnished.
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Old 08-24-2010, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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They have wasted over a million of tax dollars on their silly HOT Lanes lawsuit.
The lawsuit being "silly" is a matter of opinion. In my eyes Northern Virginia continues to showcase its urban planning idiocy by widening more and more roadways, which does nothing but subsidize and encourage more urban sprawl, rather than allowing the congestion to continue to drive more people to wish to relocate from the suburbs/exurbs back into new transit-oriented developments in the inner suburbs/cities. I'm still outraged to find out they're building spending a half-billion dollars to build a "Mixing Bowl: West" in Gainesville to permit more exurban development. Imagine all of the infill development that half-billion dollars could have brought us through redeveloping so many ridiculously underutilized areas like unincorporated Alexandria, unincorporated Falls Church, Annandale, etc.

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Why make it easier to continue to ruin the area?
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Old 08-24-2010, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Do you have a link to an article?

Arlington County should not be allowed to sue the federal employee as an individual. Sue the Dept. of Transportation, if they must. Better yet, they can get over themselves. That is the reality of being so close to DC. Sheesh.
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Do you have a link to an article?

Arlington County should not be allowed to sue the federal employee as an individual. Sue the Dept. of Transportation, if they must. Better yet, they can get over themselves. That is the reality of being so close to DC. Sheesh.
Oh I totally disagree as well with Arlington's stance on who they have chosen to sue. I was just ranting a bit about the HOT lanes in general. I'm a bit cranky tonight.
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:05 PM
 
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Here is a link to an article on it. This is insane!

http://www.sungazette.net/articles/2...ews/nw93d1.txt
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Old 08-24-2010, 10:02 PM
 
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Imagine all of the infill development that half-billion dollars could have brought us through redeveloping so many ridiculously underutilized areas like unincorporated Alexandria
This is because Supervisors Hyland and McKay want to keep the Route 1/Huntington Metro area "affordable" with trailer parks and subsidized housing, and strip malls employing minimum wage employees.
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Old 08-24-2010, 10:03 PM
 
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Here is a link to an article on it. This is insane!

http://www.sungazette.net/articles/2...ews/nw93d1.txt
It is insane. But typical of the Arlington County Board.
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Old 08-24-2010, 10:05 PM
 
Location: southern california
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most powerful weapon WMD in 21 century the civil rights law. the backbone of ACLU and criminal defense and EEOC fast track promotion games. was also used extensively to bring about current divorce law. you can leap frog over our law systems and cut thru reams of current penal code and regulations with civil rights law.
LBJ created a monster. more worthless managers have been promoted with threat of civil rights laws suits and more high ranking managers have been brought down with civil rights complaints than any other regulation or law ever written.
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Old 08-25-2010, 06:57 AM
 
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most powerful weapon WMD in 21 century the civil rights law. the backbone of ACLU and criminal defense and EEOC fast track promotion games. was also used extensively to bring about current divorce law. you can leap frog over our law systems and cut thru reams of current penal code and regulations with civil rights law.
LBJ created a monster. more worthless managers have been promoted with threat of civil rights laws suits and more high ranking managers have been brought down with civil rights complaints than any other regulation or law ever written.
It was just a matter of time before a comment like this would be posted. That's right blame it on the easy target...EEOC and ACLU, and while we're at it why not throw in Affirmative Action. Because we all "know" that it's the only reason certain groups get ahead in America. Yep because cronyism, nepotism and the good ole boy network is just a figment of the imagination and is otherwise irrelevant.

Ok, sarcasm be damned, I agree that what the OP posted is messed up and unfortunate...but let's not go to blaming policies and practices as a whole when in all reality it's the relative few people who exploit the system that is the problem and not the policies themselves.
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Old 08-25-2010, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Gainesville, VA
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I'm still outraged to find out they're building spending a half-billion dollars to build a "Mixing Bowl: West" in Gainesville to permit more exurban development.
In regards to the comment about the "mixing bowl" in Gainesville... the redesign and build of the intersection of 29/Gallaher/Linton Hall and the train tracks... you don't live out here, so you don't know how badly that intersection needs to be redone. It's not to promote growth. The growth is already here in Gainesville. The half a billion dollar figure was also not just for that one intersection, it was for many different roads out here in the Gainesville/Bristow area.
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