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Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources
09/18/2020

Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources

The Department of Wildlife Resources is excited to announce the start of the 2021 Trout Stocking season. From October 1 through May 31, DWR hatchery staff will stock nearly one million catchable-size fish into 200 waters throughout Virginia.

Favorable conditions at the hatcheries this summer mean that anglers can expect quality fish to be stocked all season long. The Department is asking anglers to respect social distancing guidelines when interacting with hatchery staff during stockings. Please maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet and use facial coverings when speaking with staff.

• Beginning October 1, DWR will resume announcement of stockings via the Daily Trout Stocking webpage and the Trout Line (434-525-3474). Information is updated each day after 3 p.m. during the stocking season.
• All hatcheries are closed to visitors until further notice
For more information, please visit: https://dwr.virginia.gov/fishing/trout-stocking-schedule/

A fire in Kingstowne last week was devastating, reminding all to be careful #kingstowne #fairfaxfire
09/17/2020

A fire in Kingstowne last week was devastating, reminding all to be careful #kingstowne #fairfaxfire

What it’s like being a Fairfax County dispatcher. By Bonnie Hobbs “Dispatchers deal with a lot of calls and can’t mental...
09/12/2020
‘We Hear Things We Never Want to Hear’ in Sully District

What it’s like being a Fairfax County dispatcher. By Bonnie Hobbs

“Dispatchers deal with a lot of calls and can’t mentally prepare for them in advance,” added Keith. “We hear things we never want to hear – and we sometimes hear the last words someone speaks.”

#As a result, Heflin helped establish a new, peer-support team for the dispatchers. “In August 2018, I took a call from a 15-year-old girl shot twice in the chest by her mother – and her 5-year-old sister was dead in the other room,” said Heflin. “So I had some serious issues to work with after that, and I wanted others dealing with these things to be able to get help.”

http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2020/sep/11/we-hear-things-we-never-want-hear-sully-district/

In times of crisis, dispatchers are a lifeline between callers needing help and the first responders who can provide it.

Photo by Mercia Hobson/The ConnectionKamala Harris, Democratic vice presidential nominee, at the  9/11 Remembrance Cerem...
09/11/2020

Photo by Mercia Hobson/The Connection
Kamala Harris, Democratic vice presidential nominee, at the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony by Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, Friday, September 11, 2020.

Kamala Harris appeared and spoke at Fairfax County's 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Remarks by guest speaker, Kamala Harris, Democratic vice presidential nominee at the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony by Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department held at the Fairfax Public Safety Headquarters on Friday, September 11 to commemorate lives lost on September 11, 2001:

Today we honor those lost in New York, Pennsylvania, and right here in Virginia. We remember the passengers and crewmembers, the firefighters, law enforcement peace officers and military personnel. We remember that they were more than these victims of an unspeakable act. They were also parents and sons and daughters and neighbors and friends.

And we know that they will never be defined by the story of those who stole them away. No, they will be defined by their humanity, by their story. I hear laughter that still echoes in the homes and hearts of those who love them.

What our attackers failed to understand is that the darkness they hoped would envelop us on 9/11, instead summoned our most radiant and kind human instinct- the instinct to care for one another, to transcend our division, and see ourselves as fellow citizens. To race towards danger and risk everything to protect each other, the instinct to unite.

If we learned anything watching the heroes of 9/11 is that the strength of the human spirit knows no bounds. And that even the gravest threats against us only serve to reveal our true strength, and our capacity to act with love and courage in the face of immense challenge is what defines us as Americans.

I'm humbled to be here and to join in this moment. And I wish and I pray that the cherished memories of those who served reminds us of who they were as individuals, but also who we are as a nation.

Clean Fairfax
09/10/2020

Clean Fairfax

One of our most ardent volunteers who does the work because it is important, not because she's on our board or for any other reason than it is THE RIGHT THING TO DO, was awarded the Fairfax County Environmental Excellence Award this year! We could not be more pleased for her! She is such a good leader in her community and for her kids!

Individual County Resident Category

Sara Holtz. Sara is an active volunteer with several prominent environmental organizations in Fairfax County, including the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA),Fairfax ReLeaf,and the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District. Among her contributions and accomplishments, Sara serves as the Site Leader at Difficult Run Stream Valley Park in Oakton for the FCPA Invasive Management Area Program. In connection with Fairfax ReLeaf, Sara has recruited and managed volunteers who have planted nearly 1,000 trees and shrubs and has educated hundreds of youth through the Waples Mill Elementary School STAMP (Science Technology Art Music Philanthropy) program. With the Soil and Water Conservation District she mobilized volunteers to label all of the nearly 800 storm drains in Waples Mill neighborhoods.Sara particularly enjoys promoting environmental volunteerism with youth including STAMP, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Scouts BSA; leads by doing; and is an avid volunteer, dedicating over one thousand hours each year to local causes and organizations.

It's been the site of weddings, galas and historic outings, and now the River Farm's days may be numbered in order to sa...
09/10/2020
Owners of The River Farm Are Looking to Sell

It's been the site of weddings, galas and historic outings, and now the River Farm's days may be numbered in order to save the American Horticultural Society. There are efforts in the works to save it though, read about it in the Mount Vernon Gazette this week. #riverfarm

River Farm For Sale

Supervisor Rodney Lusk
09/10/2020

Supervisor Rodney Lusk

I am thrilled to announce my appointment of Mr. Keith Foxx as Lee District’s representative to the Fairfax County Library Board of Trustees. Keith is a mentor, advocate, and has been a model of civic engagement through his volunteer efforts at John Lewis High School.

I’m particularly excited for the unique experiences and perspectives that Keith will bring to the Board, especially as it relates to his background in the areas of engineering, transportation, and technology.

There are so many hungry families in need of more food right now. On Saturday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 26, Fastran ...
09/07/2020
Stuff the Bus | Neighborhood and Community Services

There are so many hungry families in need of more food right now. On Saturday, Sept. 12 and Saturday, Sept. 26, Fastran buses will be parked at the 21 locations listed below from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to collect food donations. (Buses will be located in less-frequented lots throughout the county, including many Board of Supervisors’ offices and the Fairfax County Government Center, to allow donors to comply with social distancing recommendations.) Locations and nonprofits listed here.
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/neighborhood-community-services/stuff-the-bus

Fairfax County, Virginia - Help us feed Fairfax families! Stuff the Bus is a public-private partnership effort to provide needed assistance to local food pantries providing critical food supplies to local individuals and families in need.

Scott A. Surovell
09/06/2020

Scott A. Surovell

The American Horticultural Society has announced that they are in the process of selling the largest remaining privately-held intact piece of George Washington's Estate - Historic River Farm - to endow their merger with the American Public Gardens Association. This property has effectively functioned as a park in our community and a location for community events, nature walks, and banquets (including my wedding). I have reached out to numerous federal and local officials - this is on our radar and we will do everything to preserve this propCongressman Don BeyereU.S. Senator Tim KainesSenator Mark WarnereSupervisor Dan StorckSChairman Jeff McKaynPaul Krizek for VirginiasAdam EbbinrNorthern Virginia Conservation Trust (NVCT)iNorthern Virginia Regional Park FoundationiVirginia State ParkshFairfax County Park AuthorityuFairfax County Park FoundationaHistorical Society of Fairfax CountyCounty Park Foundation Historical Society of Fairfax County George Washington's Mount Vernon Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation - SFDC

Supervisor Rodney Lusk
09/05/2020

Supervisor Rodney Lusk

Exciting news! Two additional free food distributions scheduled for this Thursday the 10th and Thursday the 17th at 1:00 PM.

De Lune Corp United Community - formerly UCM of Alexandria Fairfax County CERT Volunteers Fairfax County Police Department Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department

https://dwr.virginia.gov/blog/become-a-citizen-scientist-and-help-box-turtles/?fbclid=IwAR1swW0VvqNLbuu5va37p-cgLgiPtZYV...
09/04/2020
Become a Citizen Scientist and Help Box Turtles | Virginia DWR

https://dwr.virginia.gov/blog/become-a-citizen-scientist-and-help-box-turtles/?fbclid=IwAR1swW0VvqNLbuu5va37p-cgLgiPtZYVMh05bi6vdk0jY1MfodeBX97amrE

Woodland box turtles often dig in under logs. Box turtles spend the winter burrowed underground where they hibernate until spring.By Jo Ann AbellPhotos by J.D. Kleopfer/DWR Chances are, whether in your backyard or on a hike through the woods, you’ve seen an eastern box turtle at some point in your...

Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources
09/04/2020

Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources

Happy #wildlifewednesday! According to the Virginia Wildlife calendar, this is the time of year that American kestrels (Falco sparverius) begin to migrate into Virginia for the winter. Migration peaks between mid-September and mid-October, though there are some kestrels resident in Virginia year-round. The kestrel is North America's smallest falcon. They're most often found in open, rural surroundings; the backroads of the Piedmont, Shenandoah Valley, and Highland County areas are where they're most likely to be spotted in Virginia.

The most colorful of the raptors, male kestrels feature striking blue-gray wings and females a rich, tawny brown all over. Like their cousin the peregrine falcon, kestrels are sleek, agile, and incredibly powerful for their size.They are a "sit-and-wait" predator and either hunt from a perch or hover in the air above their prey, ready to pounce on whatever small critter comes into in their sights. Besides small mammals and insects, they also prey upon lizards, frogs, snakes, and small birds.

Read more about American kestrels, their decline, and what can be done to help them: https://dwr.virginia.gov/blog/on-the-road-for-kestrels/
📷 Naser Mojtahed/USFWS

Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling - FABB
09/04/2020

Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling - FABB

Fairfax County just installed new temporary partial road closure near the Government Center to bridge a gap between existing sidewalks and support active transportation during the pandemic. Details here: http://ow.ly/s7rn50BfmQJ.

Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park
09/04/2020

Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park

Say hello to our little friend! Apache is a Black Angus bull who turns 2 years old in September. He’s on loan to us from a farm in Upperville, VA. We hope Apache’s visit results in lots of new calves here at Frying Pan Farm Park next Spring.

📷 @PNicholson77

Informal tally: 54 comments oppose $10billion 495/270 expansion and toll lanes; nine support. Final day of public hearin...
09/04/2020
Be Smart: Press Pause

Informal tally: 54 comments oppose $10billion 495/270 expansion and toll lanes; nine support. Final day of public hearings scheduled for Sept. 10.
http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/news/2020/sep/02/be-smart-press-pause/

Seth Glinski works in construction and development. An uncertain future because of the 2020 pandemic, he said, is actually cause for “feeling lucky” when it comes to the possible widening of the Capital Beltway and I-270 and the American Legion Bridge.

Connection Newspapers A shout out to VDOT for fixing this potential tragedy, especially Jenni McCord - THANKS!
09/03/2020

Connection Newspapers A shout out to VDOT for fixing this potential tragedy, especially Jenni McCord - THANKS!

Attention motorists driving southbound on Rolling Road - just past the parkway interchange there's a piece of jagged steel poking out from the guardrail that could be fatal. Let's hope VDOT gets to it before it tears through a windshield and causes injury.

Rainbow over Springfield
09/02/2020

Rainbow over Springfield

A new feature in the Arlington Connection, ArPets. Do you have a creature who should be featured? Contact joan@joanbrady...
09/02/2020
ArPets: The Story of Wendy

A new feature in the Arlington Connection, ArPets. Do you have a creature who should be featured? Contact [email protected]

Until the coronavirus, Wendy lived with George and Marjorie Hobart at The Jefferson independent living and retirement home in Ballston.

SHARE of McLean
09/01/2020

SHARE of McLean

Thanks to the Stoneleigh neighborhood for their food drive on Sunday! Your generosity helped fill Share's shelves back up again!!

Attention motorists driving southbound on Rolling Road - just past the parkway interchange there's a piece of jagged ste...
08/31/2020

Attention motorists driving southbound on Rolling Road - just past the parkway interchange there's a piece of jagged steel poking out from the guardrail that could be fatal. Let's hope VDOT gets to it before it tears through a windshield and causes injury.

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Connection Newspapers is a locally owned media company which dates its origin from 1784 and publishes 15 weekly community newspapers reaching and audience of more than 100,000 through our hard copies, digital editions, social media channels and websites in select suburban communities in the Washington metropolitan area.

In the last few years alone, The Connection Newspapers have won more than 200 editorial awards in news, sports, entertainment, business, special projects, design, graphics, photography, ad design and more.

Our newspapers are the premier publications serving their markets and are distributed to the most affluent neighborhoods in each community by mail and carrier. Each of our award-winning newspapers focuses on community news and features of intense interest and relevance to our readers. They are highly read. Our papers are consistently rated in independent surveys of readers as the community's favorite community newspapers.

The papers we publish are: the Alexandria Gazette Packet, the Arlington Connection, the Burke Connection, the Chantilly Connection, Centre View, the Great Falls Connection, the Fairfax Connection, the Fairfax Station/Clifton/ Lorton Connection, the Oak Hill/Herndon Connection, the McLean Connection, the Mount Vernon Gazette, the Potomac Almanac, the Reston Connection, the Springfield Connection and the Vienna/Oakton Connection.

Our mission is to serve our readers with local news, issues and dialogue, to provide information for them to enjoy the best of their communities, to advocate for the communities we serve and to celebrate and record milestones and events within the community and people’s lives.

Part of our mission is to advocate for the success of local businesses and organizations, and to partner with businesses and real estate communities, while building the businesses of our advertisers through multimedia marketing and micro-targeted advertising. Over the years, thousands of businesses have used the Connection Newspapers to grow and succeed.

We are the only local publication in the Washington suburbs offering micro-targeting, a hyper-local approach that ensures high local readership and offers very cost effective options for advertisers.

Local newspapers and websites serving the following communities: In Northern Virginia, counties of Fairfax, Virginia; Arlington County, Virginia; the City of Alexandria, Virginia; Alexandria, Va.; Arlington, Va.; Burke, Va.; Centreville, Va.; Chantilly, Va.; Clifton, Va.; City of Fairfax, Va.; Fairfax Station, Va.; Fair Oaks, Va.; Fair Lakes, Va.; Great Falls, Va.; Herndon, Va.; Laurel Hill, Va.; Lorton, Va.; McLean, Va.; Mount Vernon, Va.; Oak Hill, Va.; Oakton, Va.; Reston, Va.; Springfield, Va.; Vienna, Va. and in Montgomery County, Maryland: Potomac, Md.

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For immediate release: Departmental Progressive Club, Inc. 411 Gibbon Street Alexandria, VA 22314 August 7, 2020 The Honorable Cindy M. Anderson, Chairperson Members of the Alexandria City Public Schools Board Alexandria City Public Schools 1340 Braddock Place Alexandria, VA 22314 Dear Chairperson Anderson and School Board Members: On behalf of the membership of the Departmental Progressive Club (DPC) which includes many T.C. Williams High School alumni, we strongly and urgently request that the Alexandria School Board adopt and unanimously pass a resolution at its AUGUST 10, 2020 meeting TO REMOVE the name of T.C. Williams from Alexandria’s public high school effective IMMEDIATELY. It is insulting and hurtful that the Alexandria School Board would require the students of one of the most culturally diverse schools in the nation to spend another day in a building named in honor of a blatant racist and segregationist. The DPC was founded in 1927 in response to a government sponsored discriminatory law mandating racial segregation in all places of public entertainment and assembly effectively barring African Americans from all public facilities which also included the LIBRARY! Among the many things our institution provided was safe harbor for African American parents and children of Alexandria to read and to study. During the course of its 93 years, our membership has witnessed and participated in the transformation of the City. Our members have been trailblazers in the fight for equality and civil rights. It includes current and past members of Alexandria’s City Council and School Board. Our building sits in a community that was once home to the families of the majority of our membership. Alexandria has made progress since 1927. It is time for the School Board to join in this change and progress. Unfortunately, the renaming of Alexandria’s only high school is not a new issue. For nearly twenty years, the Alexandria NAACP under the leadership of Howard Woodson and other organizations tried to right this wrong. Those organizations pleaded with the City and the School Board to find a more suitable name for our high school that properly reflected the diversity of the Alexandria community and respected the sensibilities of our students of Color. The excuses offered now are reminiscent of those offered for the past two decades. Now is the time to step away from all such excuses and correct the injustice. IF NOT NOW, WHEN? When speaking about the proposed civil rights bill during the historic March on Washington in 1963, the late Congressman John Lewis said “we do not want our freedom gradually we want to be free now …. We are tired of being patient. We want our freedom and we want it now.” Similarly, we are tired of being patient about this issue. We have waited for decades for this matter to be addressed and the time is now for the School Board to act upon the clearly stated desires of the community and to do the right thing by abandoning the name of an acknowledged racist for this community’s only high school. The School Board has the power NOW to right an injustice and insult to Alexandria’s diverse population. The DPC implores the School Board to use its power. Sincerely Merrick T. Malone, President Departmental Progressive Club 411 Gibbons Street Alexandria, Virginia
New Normal XIV: Just When You Thought it could not Get Worst By John Burl Smith On Friday July 10, 2020, the coronavirus tightened its grip on America, as the grim reaper entered its 6th month of its devastating ride across America. My family and I remain hunkered down, praying for COVID-19 to finally pass over. Over that period, I began to see the black community’s current circumstances facing this pandemic, like the Hebrew Children, after God’s warning, regarding the “angel of death,” he would send against Pharaoh. Shuttered and huddled behind their doors, obeying God command to shelter in place, with “blood on their doorposts,” obedience saved most. Among the most vulnerable population, at 77 years old, I thought things couldn’t get any worse back in March. However, last week Donald Trump did what no one was expecting, created a nightmarish scenario, as though telling kids a bedtime story. His pronouncement was the last thing parents and grandparents wanted to hear, under the current conditions. Trump’s declaration added even more anxiety to the many woes parents and grandparents throughout America had not considered just two months earlier. Riding roughshod, like a cowboy in the “old west,” Trump’s defiance of all logic was identical to Pharaoh’s when the angel of death began passing over, when Trump demanded “schools must open in September.” Again like Pharaoh, Trump has defied all warnings from prophets, soothsayers, scientists and doctors in his administration, as well as media pundits and even the guy on the corner, warnings of the coming disaster. Plowing ahead with his “reopen the economy strategy,” Trump dropped a bomb, on most families, which have been crying out about the chaos his total lack of leadership, refusal to use the defense production act to reeve up testing, no concern for lives lost, and no scientifically based plan to fight COVID-19 has left American citizens without relief. Trump’s “no plan” will add to their already stressed and very shaky survival strategies, which give the grim ripper free rein across America. Back in March, Democrats began talking about stimulus checks for small businesses and poorer Americans. Trump, Mitch McConnell and other Republicans railed against any plan to give money to poor Americans. Just when the American people thought help was on the way with the Democrats plan, giving money to the American people and small businesses hit hardest by the shutdown, as shelter in place and social distending orders took effect, Trump and Republicans led by McConnell, hijacked the Democrats stimulus idea and funneled trillions of dollars to their friends and cronies. Pushing back against helping essential workers, hospitals, cities, counties and states, as they fought the pandemic, a second stimulus package, Trump, while denying the seriousness of the crisis, fought wearing masks, social distending, shutting down the economy, shifted the burden of testing to states without assistance. He followed that with a blank refusal to take any responsibility for anything related to the coronavirus. Trump’s recalcitrance increased the pain and deaths among Americans. Continuing to dodge response for COVID-19’s growing death total, Trump and Mitch McConnell hamstrung Democrats, and hijacked the second stimulus package, giving even more money to his friends and cronies. Claiming credit, Trump sent out an executive order that put his name on the stimulus checks letters. Again, after throwing trillions of dollars at big business, friends and relatives, Trump forced “opening the economy,” down Democrats and American’s throats, and walked away from the crisis the country faced. Now, in the eleventh hour, come this conjurer Trump, pushing another stimulus package to aid his and Republicans reelection hopes. Facing his woeful performance as president, Trump now needs a stimulus bill to rescue his failing reelection hopes. After getting snookered by Tic-Tokers and K-popers that blew up the expected attendance in Tulsa, those crafty Kids enticed Trump’s campaign, which dollar signs in their eyes, to wildly over spend to accommodate the expected 100,000 fans, who were no shows. Trump’s MAGA-vation flopped, like biscuits without yeast, which is why he is scrambling now to find funds to funnel into Republicans reelection coffers. Hence, Trump is goggle-eyed, looking at another stimulus package. Just when you thought Trump had a change of heart, asking for another stimulus package to help poorer Americans, he has pinned his sagging reelection hopes, on paying his political supporters with another stimulus bill. However, I thought about the fact that I, along with millions of black American have not received their first stimulus check from the IRS Trump signed. Providing an interesting contrast, the Republican scuttled Trump’s impeachment back in February before the coronavirus pandemic began roaming free across America, had Mitch McConnell and his Republican game in the Senate voted to convict, the American people would have been spared these dark times and deaths today. Again, Trump boldly stood before the American people and told them “I take no responsibility” for the coronavirus’ grim reaper’s death ride across America. The New York Times reports that COVID-19 cases are increasing in 29 states and the University of Washington computer model projected nearly 180,000 deaths by October. The rise in cases is in states that rushed to reopen on Trump's command, now some states are experiencing over 500% increases in COVID-19 cases. But, Republican’s cowardice facing impeachment and the coronavirus pandemic, as they walked in lock step with Trump, fought wearing masks and social distending, while fighting any stimulus help Democrats proposed to help Americans citizens, are now doubling back, and demanding another stimulus package. Just when Americans thought things couldn't get any worse, red state governors, who jump the gun and onboard Trump’s grim reaper death train ride in their rush to reopen, even faster than the timid CDC guidelines are making hard u-turns. Reaping the whirlwind of their disastrous decision, now their cases are going through the roof and their citizens are dying, as a result of their noses jammed up Trump’s rectum. Hoping to please them, Trump is proposing another stimulus package, even though he fought help for cities and counties in the previous two stimulus efforts by Democrats, because Trump thought the economy gave him and Republicans a lock on the White House. Now that the grim reaper has shredded that dream, and as a result COVID-19 is riding through the West, rolling over people, like Manifest Destiny rolled over Native People, so the US government could take their land. Looking at that picture, Trump is like a drowning swimmer, as one’s life flashes before ones’ eyes. Desperate this time around, Trump really needs another stimulus bill to slow his campaign’s freefall, heading into September. I pray Democrats, having gotten taken on past stimulus packages, have learned from Republicans, how to play real hardball? Trump’s slide in the polls, leaves him without any options that make it look like he has control of the economy and not desperate for money to pay for his high price campaign, after his Tulsa debacle. Democrats have caved in to Trump and Mitch McConnell every time they faced a challenge. American voters will see this time whether Democrats have the guts to stand up to Trump and say no for two reasons. First, passing another stimulus package will only help Republican show that control of the Senate gives Republicans control of government, no matter who is president. Secondly, if Democrats are going to win the White House they must turn out their voters, regardless of Republicans voter suppression tactics. Democrats must hold their water, because after the election they can craft a bill that will address the needs of the poor, health care for all, essential workers, cities, and counties. With previous stimulus packages, Democrats were nickel and dimed by Republicans, so they will not have enough money to fund a comprehensive package to address the major needs of the Nation. Democrats need to have some backbone and stand up to Republicans; they need to stop playing into Republicans hands. These times remind me of when Pres. Barak H. Obama, entered the White House, after Republicans’ reckless tax cuts and deficit spending to pay for them caused the “financial crisis,” by Republicans before 2008, now deficit hawk, they will come out of the woodwork, claiming there was no money, as they did with Pres. Obama. Today Republicans are up to their old tricks, trying to spend America into a hold, as they did Pres. Obama, and with Joe Biden in the White House, they will stream again there is no money for any programs Biden proposes. On the other hand, Democrats should not do anything to help Trump cover up his atrocious record, as president, especially over the next 31/2 months. Another stimulus package will help only Trump and Mitch McConnell, both of whom reelection hopes are in the toilet. Amy McGrath in Kentucky, in my opinion, needs to break out of her fumbling and folding, while cozying up to conservatives trying to “out Trump” Mitch McConnell, which is impossible. I take one last look back to April, when New York was the coronavirus’ worst case scenario, but the dire situation in the “Big Apple” has turned around, due to the strong and decisive leadership of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Trump, on the other hand, dumped all responsibility for COVID-19 on governors and his Monday morning quarterbacking from the White House has recently made reopening schools his new target. The nation has seen that tragedy, and pray we will not be forced to sit through reruns of that horror movie. Pushing to reopen the economy against everyone with courage and scientific knowledge, Trump demanded “full speed ahead, damn the torpedoes,’” when opening up the economy. Now, “come hell or high water,” Trump wants to throw our children under the school bus, rather than providing a safe environment for them. But, just as things seemed to be getting worse, the “Hope Revolution '' is gaining new life with Joe Biden’s campaign, while Donald Trump’s campaign has been in freefall, since Tulsa. I know many black voters say they do not see much difference between Joe Biden and Trump. However, I point to one vital truth, Joe Biden is the only American patriot standing between Trump and another 4 years of what we are living through presently. If that is what you want, vote for him. However, if you are hoping for change, something different, Joe is your guy!!!! Just as American parents and grandparents’ struggled, sheltering in place, the bomb Trump dropped on us; wiped out the small amount of stability we were managing in this almost impossible situation, and will worsen, if Trump’s demand for our children to return to school next month goes forward. Without Donald Trump providing a real plan, parents and grandparents’ backs will be against the wall. Trump's actions fly in the face of every bit of sanity, scientists and medical personnel have offered. Still today just when you thought you had seen the worst from Trump, after the coronavirus has overwhelmed the “coronavirus pandemic taskforce” and all associated with it, Trump’s feeble attempt at mitigation and testing, has allowed the nation to its destress, witness a President of the United Stated waved a white flag before an enemy. I need only one point to highlight the sinister nature of Trump’s demand that schools open for fall classes. The public schools are the only schools Trump is demanding open, and the thing is upwards of 80% of public schools students are African American. I will venture to say in urban areas 65% of whites attend private schools, which Trump said nothing about. So Trump’s intent here is to expose the black community to a higher level of COVID-19 than it currently faces. With 60% of the coronavirus pandemic victims who die in the US are African American that number will certainly go up. In some locations that number is lower and in others it is higher, while my point is whites are dying less than blacks, even though blacks supposedly make up only 23 % of the population in the US. Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse, American citizens are witnessing another poltroonish display of Trump’s racist approach to governing. Trumps mad rush to force black children back into school signaled he has no strategy and does not plan to do anything beyond, forcing our children into death traps, like gas chambers in Nazi concentration camps. In essence he is telling black children to learn to live with losing parents and grandparents and even some classmates. Trump implies that they should be glad it is not them. This was the psychology Adolf Hitler used to slaughter millions of Jews. Trump is saying to the American people, as Hitler told Germans, just “LEARN TO LIVE WITH IT!!!!” However, what he is really saying is, “LEARN TO DIE WITH IT!!!!”