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Topic - Mount Vernon
George Mason's home, Gunston Hall, just down the river from Mount Vernon, is closed on Thanksgiving Day but reopens to visitors the day after. In this season when Americans reflect upon all that we are grateful for, these stately and hallowed grounds are a good place to start.
Government employees have a duty to disobey unlawful edicts
Serving as a White House political tool has stained the outdoors agency
As the White House, Democrats and Republicans dig in their heels over Obamacare, debt and fiscal matters, the impasse has become surreal, nasty, even callous. Some 800,000 federal workers were furloughed without pay, and the economic ripples caused many local businesses to lose revenues. The pain is palpable, but for government workers only temporary.
The conduct of the Park Service and the Obama administration is tantamount to a civil war mentality directed at private property — property not even under the supervision of the Park Service ("National Park rangers ordered to keep visitors out of privately run businesses," Web, Oct. 6). Even Mount Vernon has been assaulted by those green-and-brown goblins of President Obama's new socialist party.
The world premiere of composer Roger Reynolds' multimedia project "george WASHINGTON" will be performed at the Kennedy Center this week by the National Symphony Orchestra and conducted by music director Christoph Eschenbach.
The games politicians play: Barack Obama is having a lot of fun using the government shutdown to squeeze the public in imaginative ways. The point of the shutdown game is to see who can squeeze hardest, make the most pious speech and listen for the applause. It's a variation on the grade-school ritual of "you show me yours, and I'll show you mine."
Pollsters have convinced Democrats that they'll win the government shutdown fight, so President Obama is doing all he can to create the impression that the republic is in peril because 800,000 nonessential federal employees won't come to the office today. This insults the intelligence of ordinary Americans who are more concerned that the private economy has been shut down for the past four years.
Shutdowns and sequestrations don't bother the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. It will stay open throughout the government follies, because not a penny of government money was included in the $47 million it took to build the library in Mount Vernon, which opened Friday. The Mount Vernon Ladies Association announced in July that it had raised $106.4 million for the library, and the government had nothing to do with that, either.
It has to do with wise civility, perhaps, and some fabulous strategery. Former President George W. Bush, deemed either a "frat boy" or war monger by an unfriendly press for years, has re-emerged on the public radar, earning a growing number of positive reviews and rising approval ratings on par or even besting President Obama's numbers.
Washington National Cathedral and George Washington's Mount Vernon estate each won $100,000 grants Monday, among 24 sites around the nation's capital competing for historic preservation funds.
Friends, family and fellow officers are hosting a fundraiser Sunday to raise money for Fairfax County Police Officer Long Dinh Jr., who is recovering from injuries suffered during a head-on crash in February.
Back in the mists of time when the White House press corps was much smaller and far less pompous, President Lyndon Johnson often called a small pool of regulars into the Cabinet Room to casually plant some off-the-record point he wanted made without being quoted. The point often came only after some lengthy, and usually earthy, LBJ yarn.
There's no better place across the nation's capital to get in the holiday spirit than the lavishly decorated Mount Vernon, George Washington's expansive estate on the Potomac River.
The body of a 64-year-old man who has been missing since Oct. 24 was discovered Sunday afternoon by someone walking near a creek in the Mount Vernon area.