A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

July 17, 2014 8:26 AM1 comment

Unaccompanied children crossing the southern border into the United States is an issue for local jurisdictions across the nation – north, south, east, and west. That fact was very clear at the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) annual conference earlier this week. Rarely does an issue get debated by the […]

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Editorial: Discretionary Vs. Non-Discretionary

July 16, 2014 7:02 PM0 comments

The last few weeks have seen some very refreshing, blunt talk about the differences between discretionary and essential spending on the Falls Church City Council. The extension of that discourse to broader issues, such as the support of public education, can also be highly instructive in the general conversation about […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 14, 2014 12:43 PM0 comments

The global collision between the traditional taxi industry and the Uber and Lyft upstarts is playing out on Arlington streets. The struggle pits longtime hackers against rookies, youthful innovation against ingrained habits, and free-marketers against regulators – all set in motion by technological disruption. Last month, county police issued five citations to […]

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Guest Commentary: Fourth of July Readings in the Little Republic

July 10, 2014 7:40 AM0 comments

Each July 4, citizens of Falls Church meet to revisit our founding documents and their historic context. Here, in brief, are this year’s background notes. From 1774 to 1789, a period of only 15 years, our country and state moved from allegiance to Great Britain to independence, won a war […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

5:43 AM0 comments

Last week’s column generated some interesting feedback, some positive, some very negative. Regular readers will recall that I discussed a request for information I made of the County Executive about steps, and resources, that may be needed to handle an unexpected influx of unaccompanied children, like those crossing the southern […]

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Editorial: ‘Wish Lists’ Take Yet Another Hit

July 9, 2014 7:37 PM1 comment

Whoa!! It is getting more real every week at City Hall in the City of Falls Church, or so it seems. The “Falls Church Way” took another one on the chin Monday night at the City Council work session when the holy ritual of placating every busybody citizen seeking to […]

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Our Man in Arlington

July 8, 2014 10:27 AM0 comments

Whatever became of Arlington’s most famous beauty queen? A reader slipped me clippings from the old Washington Star and Alexandria Gazette reporting the pulchritudinous triumphs of Gail Renshaw, who in 1969 was named Miss USA-World. At the time Miss Renshaw was en route to London to compete to be Miss […]

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Guest Commentary: How Falls Church Saved the Child Development Center

July 3, 2014 12:10 PM2 comments

By Todd Ray The City of Falls Church had a problem. It was renting surplus space to the Easter Seals Child Development Center of Northern Virginia, a much needed social services program, but its growing public school system was in need of the space. Ending Easter Seals’ lease meant losing […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

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Happy 4th of July! I hope all the parades, picnics, and fireworks will be terrific! There are so many places in the world today where the “rockets’ red glare and bombs bursting in air” actually are military armaments, not carefully planned colorful displays we enjoy at the Mall or local […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

July 2, 2014 6:42 PM0 comments

June proved to be a very turbulent month in Virginia politics. History will show that the fight for expanding healthcare to hundreds of thousands of hard working Virginians is the right thing to do. It is correct on a moral level and on an economic level. You cannot claim to […]

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