Editorial: Fairfax County’s Shame

July 15, 2015 5:05 PM6 comments

Some ugly realities have surfaced right here in Northern Virginia in the context of the new national momentum to cleanse public spaces of glorified remnants of the pro-slavery Confederate insurgency that sought to secede from the United States, triggering the Civil War 150 years ago. The ugly realities are from […]

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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

4:03 PM1 comment

We’re in the money, We’re in the money; We’ve got a lot of what it takes to get along! – 42nd Street Soundtrack, “We’re In The Money” All right…that’s probably a bit of an overstatement – although the news is much better than it was one year ago when I […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 14, 2015 2:02 PM1 comment

The national re-consideration of Confederate symbolism was bound to hit Arlington, our crossroads of North and South that Robert E. Lee himself called home. Proposals to remove the general’s name from Washington-Lee High School appeared in local opinion pages. ARLnow columnist Peter Rousselot called for renaming the school and Lee Highway […]

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Guest Commentary: Despite Marriage Ruling, the Struggle Isn’t Over

July 9, 2015 11:59 AM1 comment

By Joe Hennessy When the United States Supreme Court released its decision in Obergefell v Hodges, the reaction was swift, passionate and predictably hyperbolic. Major decisions tend to inspire hopes and dreams as well as fear and anger. The reason for this is the false sense that giving anything to […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

9:34 AM1 comment

Parking and speeding on residential streets continue to vex neighbors in many parts of Mason District and Fairfax County, and my office works with many neighborhoods to address these problems via police enforcement and traffic calming programs. Most of us think of ourselves as good drivers and believe we observe […]

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Editorial: Don’t Mess With The Children

July 8, 2015 6:37 PM0 comments

We are deeply troubled to learn that a neighborhood group in McLean is pressuring Dranesville Supervisor John Foust and his appointed Fairfax County Planning Commissioner John Ulfelder to oppose the approval of plans by the Falls Church City Schools to renovate and expand Mt. Daniel Elementary School. The matter is […]

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From the Front Row: Kaye Kory’s Richmond Report

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Barack Obama is having a pretty good summer. Despite the reflexive criticism from conservative pundits on Fox and the tortured illogic of scribblers in the conservative blogosphere – whether you agree with them or not – it’s hard to deny the administration its measure of credit for progressive victories in […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 7, 2015 2:14 PM1 comment

My high school buddy Dave McGarry worked for the Arlington County Planning Office back in the 1970s. With his bosses’ permission, he copied five blue-print-style engineering maps of our sainted 26 square miles, covering 1935 to 1975. He bequeathed them to me in his recent downsizing move. As befits my […]

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Editorial: Why F.C.’s Church Battle Mattered

July 4, 2015 9:50 AM8 comments

So we see with the wildly contrasting remarks by contesting Falls Church religious leaders, reported in this edition, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling expanding the definition of marriage to include same sex couples: the fierce competition between the two flocks vying for control of the historic […]

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Guest Commentary: Helping our Homeless: What Really Works

July 2, 2015 11:38 AM0 comments

Families become homeless for a variety of reasons. Usually, some kind of crisis such as the loss of a job, domestic violence, or an accident triggers an economic spiral where the family finds itself unable to pay for housing, food, childcare, health care, and other essentials.

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