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Sunday, January 15, 2006

Tourism On Statewide Decline?

Two days ago I brought you the disturbing report issued by the National Park Service that tourist visits to the Blue Ridge Parkway have declined by 20% since 2002 (revisit it here) and made the obvious deduction from it that all the money that has been poured into attracting tourists to the area by our politicians appears to have been completely wasted.

It looks like the declining tourism industry isn't just a problem for Southwest Virginia. Here's similar disturbing news from an area of the state that has always been a strong tourist mecca:
Tourism officials hope to get boost from inauguration
Mason Adams, The Roanoke Times

Not only was Tim Kaine only the third governor to be sworn in at the former Capitol in Williamsburg, but he will be the chief state executive for next year's massive 400th anniversary celebration of the landing at Jamestown.

Williamsburg officials hope that in return for providing that added sheen of history to Kaine's inauguration, this weekend's ceremonies will provide a needed boost for their historical sites.

Tourism in the historic triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown has declined over the past several years. Ten years ago, Williamsburg attracted more than 1 million people a year. Since then visitation has fallen about 25 percent, to between 700,000 and 800,000 people a year, according to Jim Bradley, spokesman for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

In 2003 alone, visitation declined 10 percent, followed by another drop in 2004. Last year looked a little better, Bradley said. (link)
To think: Congressman Boucher and his gaggle of local politicians have hitched our wagon to this lame horse.

Thanks for nothing.

More 'Inclusiveness' From The Episcopal Church

Worshippers and their priest at St. John's Episcopal Church in Bristol, CT decided to end the madness that has gripped a once-proud denomination. They asked that the church hierarchy give the boot to their leftist bishop who had supported the ordination of openly gay - and proud of it - Bishop Gene Robinson. Instead, the bishop fired their priest.

Feel the love:
Conn. Priest Removed in Gay Clergy Dispute
By Stephen Singer, Associated Press Writer

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- The bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut on Saturday removed a priest from his duties in a clash over the elevation of a gay bishop in New Hampshire.

Connecticut Bishop Andrew D. Smith stripped Mark H. Hansen, formerly of St. John's Church in Bristol, "of the right to exercise the office of priest in the Episcopal church." Smith had "inhibited," or suspended Hansen six months earlier.

Hansen was among six priests and their respective parishes who had asked to be supervised by a different bishop because they disagreed with Smith's support for the Rev. V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, the church's first openly gay bishop. Robinson's consecration in 2003 has divided the U.S. Episcopal Church and expanded the rift over gay issues among churches in the global Anglican Communion.

Smith has not yet decided on action against the five other priests, who have been threatened with suspension. "My hope is for reconciliation," he said. (link)
Bishop Smith has an interesting way of demonstrating his desire for reconciliation.

Listen to your parishioners, Andy. They're trying to teach you something about your church and its traditional relationship with God.

Or don't listen and watch the Episcopal Church continue to disintegrate.

Here's a Quarter. Call Someone Who Cares.

A headline in the Washington Post this morning:
Pakistanis Condemn U.S. Attack on Zawahiri (link)

Breaking News

A headline in the Washington Times this morning:

Alito expected to move court to right (link)