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My “quiet corner of the world:”
- The Isar is a river that flows through Southern Bavaria with its source being the Karwendel mountain range of the Alps. The Isar river enters Germany near Mittenwald and flows through Bad Tölz, Munich, and Landshut before reaching the Danube near Deggendorf. With 295 km length, it is among the longest rivers in Bavaria. It is Germany’s second most important tributary of the Danube.
- The “6” in Isar6 in military parlance refers to the commander at the company, battalion, brigade and division level. I have commanded twice at the company level and once at the battalion level.
What is Fredericksburg-neighborhoods.com?
- The Fredericksburg Neighborhood Coalition (FNC) is a loosely affiliated group of community members, neighborhood representatives, homeowners’ associations, and neighborhood associations looking at issues affecting housing, transportation, and economic development in and around Fredericksburg, Virginia.
- The goal is to ensure that the “charm and livability” of Fredericksburg is maintained. To do this, the Coalition engages in research and information dissemination so that neighborhoods and community members can engage in promoting policies and initiatives that improve the quality of life for residents.
- At root, it is a forum to ensure that citizen voices are united and heard by government and community officials regarding policies and decisions that affect living and working in Fredericksburg.
- One big issue that the FNC has been involved with recently is the Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) concerns as they affect Fredericksburg. In 1984, the city of Fredericksburg passed a resolution limiting new ADU structures and the FNC has been a staunch supporter of upholding the tenets of the resolution.
- The basis for their opposition, as stated on their website: “Our single-family-home neighborhoods are at risk! This zoning change will incentivize developers to purchase even more single-family dwellings and add ADU-Apartments to maximize income.”
- “An influx of renters will drastically change the population density, character, and safety of every city neighborhood. As quality-of-life declines, owner-occupied dwellings will disappear, and rental units will proliferate.”
- I found the FNC website difficult to navigate and spent much of my time trying to find the “bottom line up front” for their opposition to the construction of new ADUs in Fredericksburg.
- I used the following two websites to evaluate the trustworthiness of the Fredericksburg Neighborhood Coalition:
- Community Group Alleges City Council Hiding ADU Agenda – Local News, Events and Activism (myhyperbole.com). This link helped to assess the site because it framed the key issues the FNC used in its argument. Myhyperbole added credibility to the FNC’s argument by posting their link and presenting their side in an unbiased manner.
- (46) Fredericksburg ADU vote – YouTube. Watching the City Council vote against this initiative validated the legitimacy and efforts of the FNC. Two City Council members indirectly addressed two major issues the FNC reported on their website; population density increase and legal/tax issues.
The World Wide Web is for all to enjoy and gain knowledge from. As the World Wide Web becomes more important in human development, accessibility has become a fundamental human right. Accessibility and openness facilitate our lives, our liberty, and our pursuit of happiness.
Lake Tegernsee in southern Bavaria. All should have access to enjoyment and knowledge.
- Openness allows all World Wide Web users to access pages/documents and share their knowledge. Something that is “open” allows for work in progress to be shared and enables others to create a better product.
- The benefits of openness include better communication and collaboration. The ubiquity of the World Wide Web creates decentralized information that is shared by default with other users, facilitating openness.
- Creative exhaust: The wake of our creative work is shared by all
- Ubiquity: The World Wide Web is everywhere!
- Openness can be enhanced by improving accessibility to disabled people. Authors on the World Wide Web can give permissions and access to other users in order to share work in progress.
- All source data sharing
- Parallel work: Experts can view medical records simultaneously in the medical community.
- Accessibility gives disabled people access to the World Wide Web. This is a moral imperative and makes good business sense.
- Creating accessible designs encourages clean coding and supports SEO and usability. It also enables human development.
- Legal issues: It will prevent you from being sued!
- 1 in 5 citizens in the US and Canada have a disability
- Accessibility can be enhanced through responsive web design, automatic access, and interoperability. RWD (Responsive Web Design) can improve accessibility.
- Curb-out-effect: Designs created to benefit people with disabilities often result in helping a large group.
DESCRIPTIVE TEXT HYPERLINK: Dallas College: Education That Works in Dallas County
I was born on the Army base Fort Lee, Virginia, the son of a professional Soldier. As an Army brat, my family moved around a lot and I grew up in West Germany and various locations in the U.S. My earliest memories are of attending a German Catholic Kindergarten when my father served in Vietnam for two years. When my dad retired, we settled Camarillo, California where I attended both high school and college, graduating from the University of California at Santa Barbara. At both schools my weekends were dedicated to playing sports and surfing! When I graduated from college in 1983, I was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army Infantry.
During my three decades of service on active duty, I was assigned overseas for 20 of those years participating in and witnessing the end of the Cold War and serving combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq during the Global War on Terror. Service in the Army has been my life’s work and it was an honor to serve around the globe in Hawaii, Korea, Germany, Belgium, Iraq and Afghanistan, Washington DC, and other locations in the U.S. In between moves to various bases and on deployment, I have attended numerous professional development courses and schools to include the U.S. Army Airborne, Air Assault, Pathfinder and Ranger Schools, along with the Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.
After retiring from the Army in 2013 as a full Colonel, I spent eight years in the private sector working as a subject matter expert and as a translator for an international auction house headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.
I am currently a Junior attending the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and I am majoring in International Affairs with a minor in Security Studies. My educational goals are straightforward, to enjoy my studies and be challenged. Next, to work hard and graduate with the highest GPA in my class, with my sights set on the Darden Award. After graduation, I want to work with the Munich Security Conference Group, joining the conflict resolution team. I am a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society; Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society; and Phi Gamma Mu, the International Honor Society in Social Services.
In my personal life, I have been happily married for 40 years to Kari Everett, who also served in the U.S. Army for 30 years and is now retired.