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Defeating Trump is Imperative and Electing Hillary is the Only Way

October 9, 2016

We live in a world turned upside down and too many Americans are buying into the candidate who apparently escaped from the asylum. In Trump world his supporters wait breathlessly to hear about leaked documents from a wanted criminal, Julian Assange, who is apparently being fed information by the Russians. Trump claims to be brilliant and his surrogates, like the clearly deranged Rudy Giuliani, call him a genius for losing a billion dollars in one year, 1995, and then sticking it to the American taxpayer to cover his losses by not paying taxes. This was at a time 1990-2000 when the economy was great, income went up and roughly 23,672,000 jobs were created.


The media is so sexist they don’t even realize it anymore. Andrea Mitchell attacks Clinton for being sick and repeats Trump’s unfounded charges about her health. Chuck Todd calls Hillary over-prepared for a debate and Brit Hume complains she smiled too much and called her unattractive. They don’t comprehend talking about a woman’s stamina, how much she smiled and attacking her for trying to power through a bout of pneumonia as if it’s a world crisis is sexist. This has become so central to media reporting they no longer see themselves as biased.


We see Trump run a campaign playing to the worst aspects of American society; racism, sexism, homophobia and misogyny. Then a New Hampshire Senator, Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), tells parents in her state Trump is a good role model for their children.


The Trump campaign and its surrogates have degenerated so far into the gutter it is embarrassing. Attacking Hillary by attacking her husband for his infidelities twenty years ago and then suggesting she has cheated on him with not one iota of proof. Trump went even further by pantomiming Hillary stumbling when she felt feint in the same vein he joked about a disabled reporter.


Add to this Trump is running a fact free campaign. He denies climate change calling it a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese and submits a tax plan that continues to provide all the loopholes he uses to not pay taxes. Trump and his children get caught with their hands in the cookie jar of his personal foundation using it to pay personal legal debts and buying ugly portraits of him to hang in his for-profit golf club. Using money from the foundation to buy off the Florida AG. If all this isn’t the world turned upside down I don’t know what is.

On Tuesday night during the Vice-presidential candidates debate his running mate Mike Pence, the notorious anti-gay, anti-woman Governor, blatantly lies denying all the things Trump has said all of which are recorded on tape. Again the world turned upside down.

The only answer for decent Americans to all this craziness is to vote for and ensure Hillary Rodham Clinton is our next President. You may not love her and you may have bought into some of the twenty-five years of Republican smears against her trustworthiness; but this is not the year for a ‘protest vote’. This is not the year to take a chance your vote will help elect the person who appears at different times to channel a clown, Hitler or Mussolini.


You don’t have to be in love with Hillary to recognize she is the most experienced and intelligent person to run for President in our lifetime. Love her or not she has a nearly fifty-year record of public service from her days working to help children with disabilities get a good education with the Children’s Defense Fund to her time as Secretary of State when she worked successfully to get a cease fire between Israel and Hamas; keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons; and spoke out for the rights of the LGBT community around the world among many other successes. You don’t have to be in love with Hillary to recognize she fought for and won health insurance for eight million poor children; made adoption easier to help children get a loving home; and worked across the aisle when she was in the Senate to ensure our national guard had health insurance and first responders after 9/11 were guaranteed care.


So you may not love her or admire her as I have since first meeting her in 1990 when she worked successfully to improve the education of all children in Arkansas. But as a thinking person who wants America to continue to have the respect of the world; continue to see our economy grow; want a more equal playing field for all; and want to reject the politics of fear and division; you have only one vote to cast for President and that vote must be for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Foundry Church Celebrates Completion of New Space

September 11, 2016

Dawn M. Hand, Executive Pastor/Chief of Staff of Foundry United Methodist Church announced the church will celebrate the completion of their new reception and fellowship space when it is consecrated on September 18th. This is just one year and five days after Foundry closed out the celebration of their 200th Anniversary with a church service attended by Hillary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton at which Hillary and Chelsea spoke from the pulpit. Now the church, one of Washington’s most historic, is moving into their third century with a major renovation.  


This project cost $6 million and was begun in 2013 as part of a long-term plan to renovate and restore major systems in the 112-year-old building at 16th and P Streets in the nation’s capital.


Senior Pastor Ginger Gaines-Cirelli said “This work represents the confidence that our congregation has in our community and in our downtown location. We will use our church not only for worship but for many outreach and fellowship activities that will engage an even broader constituency in coming years.”


Along with consecrating this new space which is adjacent to the church sanctuary Foundry also will inaugurate a new Sunday worship schedule on September 18, when the first service will begin at 9 a.m. and the second service will begin at 11:15 a.m. 


The new space will allow Foundry members and visitors more immediate access to participation in church ministry and mission activities. It is important to note that this new space is the first major renovation at Foundry in half a century. It represents the first phase of a multi-part renovation of the building guided by a comprehensive plan developed originally by Pastor Dean Snyder and lay leaders over the last several years. Foundry’s current Pastor has had her input into the long range plan as well. The idea as conceived was the church will have completely upgraded classrooms and office space, restrooms, choir practice areas, and major mechanical systems, such as air conditioning and heating.


Interestingly as with many renovation projects in old buildings, during the construction builders uncovered a number of historic artifacts, including original custom tile flooring in the narthex and a number of stained glass windows that had been obscured by previous renovations. All were restored to original condition.


The renovation was funded with $3 million in congregational contributions and a $3-million loan from Washington First Bank. Foundry is a community church and the community is invited to use the new space as they have always been invited to use space at Foundry. Fundraising for the next phase of the work begins in 2017 and of course Foundry is always looking for those generous members of the community who would like to show their appreciation for all Foundry has done over the years. If you know of an individual or a foundation who would like to make a donation you can contact Paul Hazen, Chair of the Church’s Mission Possible Committee at  


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United Way National Capital Area Backpacks and Supplies for Middle Schoolers

August 29, 2016

Many of us live very stable lives in upscale communities and we often forget with-in our own communities there are people who don’t have all the same gifts we take for granted. For some children the beginning of school doesn’t mean a trip with mom or dad, or with mom or dad’s credit card, to purchase all the needed supplies to start the year off right.


To help even the playing field for some of those students the United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA), has launched a back-to-school collection drive for area students as part of a program called "Stuff the Bus".  The program brings together area residents to help assemble backpacks full of school supplies, non-perishable food products and personal care items for area students.  


United Way NCA staff and volunteers will be on hand Thursday, September 1st to kick off two weeks of collection drives from 2:00 – 4:00 pm outside of the entrance to the Lord & Taylor, Tysons Corner Center, 7950 Tysons Corner Center, McLean, VA 22102. On September 1st volunteers will be assembling “Stuff the Bus” backpacks and will also be accepting donations from area residents. Folks can continue dropping off donations in the children's department of the Lord & Taylor store in Tysons Corner through September 17th


Each of the “Stuff the Bus” backpacks contain school supplies such as gift cards to Target, Wegmans and Walmart, as well as pens, pencils, scissors, erasers and other needed supplies to help middle school students succeed.  The backpacks will also contain personal care items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes and food.  


To date United Way NCA's Stuff the Bus program has brought together more than 180 volunteers to assemble more than 1,600 backpacks which have already been distributed by United Way NCA and member nonprofits in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland.  For example, 100 backpacks have already been delivered to Langston Hughes Middle School in Reston, Virginia.  


If folks in the District of Columbia can’t make it to Tysons they can get involved they will have until June 2017 in the year long effort, to find places to drop off donations, make donations online by going to UWNCA, or host a collection drive.  They can drop off a donation in person at the UWNCA Offices between 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Monday through Friday): or mail it to United Way of the National Capital Area (UWNCA) Attention: Torrance Huck, 1101 15th Street NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20005.


Some of the D.C. schools having already received backpacks include the Charles Hart Middle School (located in SE DC), Stuart Hobson Middle School and Johnson Middle School. Among others scheduled to receive them are Kelly Miller Middle School (located in NE DC), John Hayden Johnson Middle School (located in SE DC) and Cardozo Education Campus (located in Columbia Heights).


The program is just one part of United Way NCA’s five-year, $12.3 million Community Commitment targeting 12,000 at-risk middle school students in the National Capital Area to help them perform at grade level and putting them on the right track to succeed in school and life.  

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