A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

April 9, 2015 9:50 AM0 comments

Last week’s prisoner escape from INOVA Fairfax Hospital was a reminder that emergency situations can arise without notice, reinforcing that advance planning and preparation are crucial to personal and community safety. When the prisoner overwhelmed the armed private security personnel responsible for guarding him, the hospital’s emergency plans were activated. […]

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From the Front Row: Kaye Kory’s Richmond Report

April 8, 2015 8:59 PM0 comments

This past week high school seniors across the nation began to receive eagerly awaited notifications of acceptance or rejection from colleges and universities. This annual ritual seems every year to be accompanied by an increasingly predictable range of commentary: criticizing the rising costs of higher education, questioning the value of […]

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Editorial: A State-of-the Art New High School

8:27 PM0 comments

So now it is confirmed by a prospective developer that the construction of a new $100 million state-of-the-art George Mason High School, one that could be a model of modernity and immensely conducive to 21st century learning demands, can be built without costing Falls Church taxpayers a dime. The cost, […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 7, 2015 1:37 PM0 comments

April 4 delivered me to a double-barreled national history celebration, one that is possible only in Arlington. At Arlington House, the National Park Service put on a rich evening commemoration of the unfolding of the end of the Civil War 150 years ago. April 4 being the day President Lincoln […]

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Guest Commentary: 20 Years of Elected Office Serving Northern Virginia

April 2, 2015 11:51 AM0 comments

The end of March is a special time of year. Not only does it come on the heels of my favorite holiday, St. Patrick’s Day, but each year it offers me an opportunity to reflect and remind myself why I entered public service. This year is a particularly significant milestone […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

9:38 AM0 comments

Many Mason District neighborhoods are glorious in springtime, when mature landscapes burst into bloom as a result of careful tending by homeowners. This year spring seems to be playing April Fools’ jokes on the region, teasing us with sunshine and warm breezes one day, and chilling us out on the […]

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Editorial: F.C. Election Not Until November

April 1, 2015 6:51 PM2 comments

In Falls Church in years past, the annual spring budget deliberations (such as are going on now) were always interspersed with campaigning for seats on the local City Council in a May election. The connection between positions taken on the budget – usually involving tax rates and school funding – […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

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The Legislature will reconvene on April 15 to review the actions taken by Governor McAuliffe on all bills passed during the General Assembly. Despite it being what is referred to as the “short session,” (45 days), legislators from across the Commonwealth introduced 1,919 bills and 857 resolutions on a myriad […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 31, 2015 4:47 PM0 comments

Once a month, my downtown day-job colleagues bag lunches for the homeless. To help the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, I occasionally drive the readied food for distribution at the park behind St. George’s Episcopal Church. It hit me only lately what a tiny thread that is, given the larger […]

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Guest Commentary: Ranked-Choice Voting & Independent Redistricting

March 26, 2015 11:35 AM0 comments

By Christopher Zieja In our current political system, gerrymandering empowers elected officials to choose their voters rather than have voters choose the politicians. The result? Partisanship and polarization. Centrists are stymied and politics less civil due to an overwhelming number of non-competitive legislative districts. As a result, politicians have little incentive […]

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