Guest Commentary: Trump Budget’s Effects on Local Government

April 6, 2017 1:14 PM0 comments

The preliminary budget released by the Trump Administration provides a good picture of how the Administration would cut federal programs, if allowed to do so by Congress and the public. While not final until enacted, this budget document deserves serious examination, especially given the Administration’s promises to reduce federal employment, […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

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Every seat was taken last Thursday, as a special Mason District Town Hall kicked off for a robust discussion about gangs and gang activity in our community. Speakers from the county’s gang unit began by defining just what a gang is – three or more individuals who gather for a […]

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Editorial: Don’t Be Afraid Of Heights

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It is heartening for us to note the shift in the public mood we’ve observed over the course of recent months of deliberations on a new high school for the City of Falls Church. Namely, the appetite for more and higher mixed use commercial projects has not abated, and if […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

April 5, 2017 8:01 PM0 comments

The General Assembly reconvened for the Veto Session April 5. It is the legislature’s turn to act on the Governor’s amendments and vetoes to bills that passed during the regular session. In 2013, Virginians elected Terry McAuliffe as governor. During his tenure in office, Governor McAuliffe has been a firewall […]

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Our Man in Arlington

April 4, 2017 2:14 PM0 comments

Are our emergency responders prepared for a mega-catastrophe? At the scale of, say, a cyber-attack that shuts the entire grid during, worse, a harsh weather event? So asked clean energy activist Scott Sklar this January, addressing Arlington’s top three leaders in emergency response. Their replies to Committee of 100 banqueters […]

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Guest Commentary: Broad & Washington: A Broader Perspective

March 30, 2017 2:49 PM0 comments

By Mary Chaves Last week’s News-Press gave a full-throated cheer for the proposed new Broad and Washington project, including a Class A Office building and a new venue for Creative Cauldron. It virtually ignored the rest of the building, with 273 apartments averaging over 1,000 square feet each, failed to […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

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Campaigning is fun; governance is hard. That’s the lesson learned, again, by the Trump Administration and the Speaker of the House last week, when the proposed bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act was pulled from consideration in the House of Representatives. If legislation is akin to sausage-making […]

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Editorial: Sen. Mark Warner’s Crucial Role

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U.S. presidential press secretary Sean Spicer unloaded an insulting, condescending retort to veteran journalist April Ryan this week, insisting that she is “going to have to take ‘no’ for an answer” to the question of connections between the White House and Russia. He would have us believe the whole matter […]

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Our Man in Arlington

March 29, 2017 1:14 PM0 comments

The county board, after 16 years of indecision, voted March 21 to unload the 117-year-old Reeves farmhouse atop Bluemont Park. The 5-0 vote—taken after nearby neighbors and preservationists had struggled for years for funding and a partner willing to make a go of the estimated $2.5 million in needed renovations—left […]

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Guest Commentary: What We Do Affects the Health of Chesapeake Bay

March 23, 2017 12:40 PM0 comments

By Dan Sze Twice a year, if you are a property owner in the City, a separate fee for stormwater utility appears on your tax bill. Why do we, as individual land owners, pay stormwater fees? Why are home building contractors erecting straw bale enclosures and installing filter socks on […]

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