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8 Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 THE JOURNAL www.journalpress.com Tired of Elec- tion 20167 Can't stand the con- stant stream of attacks and coun- terattacks? Well, let's take a short trip back m t~me to late 18th centu- ry Virginia. Poll- DAVID S. KERR tics was different back then. It's Election Day 1771. There is turmoil afoot and much talk about unjust taxes imposed by the King and even revo- lution, but those issues, and all their ramifications are still a ways off. Today it's time to choose Freder- icksburg's members of the House of Burgesses. And one David Kerr (no relation, but an 18th century area resident), an immigrant from Scot- been brought in and his business ac- First of all, when you arrived at the Washington. Because he ownedheartening in imagining that even land arriving just a few years ago, is counts for the previous month would courthouse your candidate or one propertyin Frederick County he was George Washington, the father of preparing to cast his vote. have been closed out. The weather of his representatives would likely qualified to vote there. Running for our country, could lose an election. He couldn't have done this at was cool and after many months give you something strong to drink, office in a county where you didn't It just makes him that more human. home, not back in Scotland, but the of hard work was a little time for a Whiskey was important to politics in reside, but where you owned land, While the electorate could choose Colonies are full of opportunity, break. Election Day was after all, an those days and being sober was not a qualifying you to vote and hold of- their members of the House of Bur- Now, just a few years in his new land, event, requirement for voting, rice, was not uncommon, gesses, offices such as sheriff, county he is a successful merchant, a prop- q-he vote wa~ u~ually carried out The vote itself, if the weather Unfortunately, Washington's first clerk, and even the members of a erty owner and a voter. This David near the courthouse. Farmers and was good, was outside, usually at a foray into elective politics didn't go county board, were appointed by the Kerr immigrated to Fredericksburg merchants, anyone qualified by table manned by the sheriff and the well. He came in a distant third. He governor. The Colonial governors, in 1767. He rapidly rose to commer- virtue of land ownership, or other clerk. The voter would approach the had been involved in a disagreement who were appointed by the King, cial success and eventually support- properties, could vote. That is, as table and the sheriff would ask his with a local family that had sought weren't about to give the Colonists ed the revolutionary cause. Alas, as I long as you were a white male. When preference. Which, our Mr. Kerr of a public house license, which he op- too much power. But notably, the said, we're not related, it came to notions of race, gender Fredericksburg, would have offered posed, and they went out of their burgesses were elected. It was, of Voting in Virginia in Colonial equality, or religious tolerance, this in a loud and clear voice. Everyone way to campaign against him. It was course, a restricted electorate. Of times and even after the revolution was not an enlightened time. But, would have known his choice. If his a minor issue but it cost him the that there is no doubt. And it would was a big event. Voting Day was of- voting for any office at all, was a new candidate was near the table, the tra- election. However, within a year, the take most of our history before that ten, as it would become in years to concept among most relatively aver- dition was to offer a bow in the di- dispute smoothed over and Wash- electorate would become fully inclu- follow, on the first Tuesday after the age people, rection of the friendly voter, ington, preparing to march with sive. But, at that point in time, these first Monday of November. Kerr, a Going to vote in this era wasn't One young man who first stood the British to Fort Duquesne in the small-scale elections represented the merchant and farmer would have something you did on the way to do- for the House of Burgesses some French and Indian war, won handily, most democratic form of democratic liked this. The crops had long since ing something else. It was a big deal. years before, in 1757, was George But, there is nonetheless something government there was on Earth. HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMATS- FORGING FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN JAPAN AND THE U.S. WITH STUDENTS Across the vast expanse of land and sea, all the way in Japan, I have 40 friends. Two of those friends stayed for a few days over the sum- mer with me as part of an exchange program in which I participated, Among visits to museums, historical sites, restaurants, and Wegman's, I was also sure to take them to the ma- rina that looks out onto the Potomac near my home in King George. We stood on the old, rickety dock, tak- ing in the sunset as it seemed to sink into the cool, rippling water below. They loved it there. I told them I al- ways thought it fascinating how ev- ery single one of us on this one earth looks at the same sun. We rise with the same sun, and retire with the same sun. The distance doesn't seem so far when we think of it this way. Forging a relationship with not just two, but forty Japanese students was a rare but beautiful opportunity. And it was thanks to a program that I was accepted into, called High School Diplomats (HSD). This is not an or- dinary summer camp. It's not an ex- perience that you forget about after its twelve day duration. HSD is, in short, is a cultural ex- change in all aspects between Japan and the United States. Forty students from across Japan and forty from across the U.S. are chosen to inter- act over period of over two weeks. The Japanese students fly over, tour the capitol, and then participate in a homestay program with the fami- lies who reside in the Washington area. Afterwards they head to New York City, later to join the rest of their American friends at Princeton University, where the "main" ex- change takes place. Each American is paired with a Japanese roommate for 12 days, and with the beauty of stone and ivy covered Princeton as a backdrop, you share a life together, and grow a unique and indescribable bond with each and every individual there. There are cultural events, spirit tax dollars to educate 162 students who live outside the Town, right? Nope, wrong again. The Colonial Beach schools are paid about $8,000 by the state for each student, includ- ing those from out of town. And 162 students multiplied by $8000 is $1,296,000. And the school sys- tem can take out of town students only when there is room at a par- ticular grade level. And it is not re- quired to take out of town students with disciplinary problems or who are underachieving. So the out of town students actually subsidize our school system. And, of course, it speaks well of our school system that it attracts students from out of the area, even while our elementary school is housed in "mod pods." I am a lifelong educator, and I believe that good public education is a corner- stone of a democratic government. And I'm willing to pay my fair share to provide public education. days, classes, and diplomatic discus- highschooldiplomats.com sions (and possibly some dance par- Sara C. Looney, Ph.D., ties) that enrich one's understanding ]ohn E. Hager, King George Colonial Beach of our global society and our cultural BENGHAZI TRUTHS HIDDEN sensitivity. POLITICAL MAILER WAS To all HRC (sic) voters: Even with the "HSD Magic" (as INACCURATE You will not see this in the all ofusthere called it) over, we con- The political mailer that appeared lamestream media or local news. tinue to reflect and grow on all the in our mailbox contains misleading The Great Divider in Chief and things we learned. I may be able to information about the number of the Department of Justice (sic) properly prepare matcha, but I also students from outside the Town of have dropped all charges against learned how to be a better friend Colonial Beach who are attending an American arms dealer Marc and listener, for example. I'll share Colonial Beach schools. While the Turi. Do you remember the Ben- my sushi recipe, but perhaps also my numbers fluctuate during an enroll- zghazi attack in Libya, in which four opinion on global education. HSD is ment period, they are simply not American heroes died. It seems that truly an unforgettable experience; an "one in three" Mr.Turi, in a transcript, said "that an experience for the curious, the ones Currently out of 380 elementary U.S.government-authorized effort to who want to know the world and its school students, 92 are from outside arm Libyan rebels" This is why NO stories, the town. That's slightly less than 25 help was sent! Anytime I now walk to the marl- percent, or slightly less than one in No wonder the Obama Adminis- na, especially to see the sun's colors, four students, tration, DOJ, SoS HRC made up that I imagine those friends. In fact, 79 of Out of 228 high school students, story of the "video" This "corrupt" them; American and Japanese. Per- 70 are from outside the town. That's administration fed this lie for weeks haps they also gaze into the sky filled slightly less than percent, or slightly after the attack to the American peo- with similar aspirations of peace and less than one in three students. For pie, the world and to the families of connectivity, inspired by the notion the whole school system, K-12, of those four heroes. Obama and the that we are not defined by our dif- 608 students, 162 are from outside corrupt Democrats, along with his ferences but our ability to work to- of town, less than 24 percent or less (Obama) sheep of an administra- gether, than one in four students are from tion did this and more to get Hillary For further information and many out of the area. where she is today! Trump 2016!! more details about the program, But numbers are not important as well as how to apply, visit: www. if we are paying with our real estate George Clarke, King George WESTMORELAND SHERIFF'S OFFICE ARRESTS nial Beach was charged with damag- luth, Ga., was charged with driving COLONIAL BEACH POLICE ing property, while intoxicated. DEPARTMENT REPORT Oct. 1 Maria Lorena Ochoa Chavez, 47, of Montross was charged with tres- passing. Oct. 3 Michael Timothy Walker, 53, of Colonial Beach was charged with as- sault and battery. Alina Christine Zayas, 23, of Colo- nial Beach was charged with assault and battery. Oct. 4 Shayne Radabaugh, 46, of Colo- Oct. 5 Oct. 12 Oct. 11 Shannon Jean Owens, 34, of Colo- Jessica Nicole Hahn, 31, Colonial Officers responded- to separate nial Beach was charged with failure Beach was charged with failure to burglar alarm calls to the Union to appear, appear. Bank and the Bank of Lancaster. In- Richard Andrew Bowen Jr., 33, of Stacy Lynn Mandley-Adams, 37 of vestigation by the officers revealed Hague was charged with driving on a Maryland was charged with a proba- that the aldrms were set off acciden- revoked license, tion violation, tally. Oct. 8 Intis Palka, 77, of Montross was charged with failure to obey a court order. Oct. 9 Waiter Edward Fields, 51, of Du- Oct. 13 Kendall Antonia Herring, 20, of Montross was charged with assault. Kellee Lynn Pickett, 27, of Colo- nial Beach was charged with inhal- ing drugs or noxious chemicals. 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Postmaster, send 3579 to: The Journal, Post Office Box 409, King George, Virginia 22485 i Oct. 12 Officers were called to a residence on Monroe Bay Avenue to investi- gate a reported larceny. Subsequent to the investigation, Lynn C. Brown- ley, 63 years of age of Sandy Point, was charged with Petit Larceny. Officers were called to a residence on Monroe Bay Avenue to investi- gate a larceny. The case is still under investigation. Oct. 13 Officers were called to a residence on Fourth Street about a trespass- ing and property damage complaint. The case is still under investigation. Oct. 14 Officers from Colonial Beach Po- lice Department and Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office responded to a residence on Creek View Lane about a runaway juvenile. After an extensive search and investigation, the juvenile was located and re- turned to the residence. 8 4 5 9 1 1 7 3 7 4 8 7 4 3 6 5 6 8 1 9 Level: Intermediate m 3 6' 25 28 34 35 39 41 50 52 54 58 60 CLUES ACROSS 1. Not him 4. 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