Guest Commentary: The Complex Problem of Day Laborers in Falls Church

June 9, 2016 10:34 AM0 comments

By Greg Cox Most Falls Church residents have observed groups of day laborers outside the U-Haul facility on Broad Street and across the street at the Staples shopping center. Undoubtedly there are different reactions to this, ranging from sympathy to anger. Seeking a solution that is responsive to multiple viewpoints, […]

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From the Front Row: Kaye Kory’s Richmond Report

June 8, 2016 5:23 PM0 comments

One of the more rewarding compensations of arriving at late-middle age is an increased appreciation of the inevitability of certain historical trends. I’m not talking cosmic, here, or millennia, but certainly decades, even centuries. Say, from the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In this case, the trend I’m thinking […]

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Our Man in Arlington

June 7, 2016 4:12 PM0 comments

Like many parents whose kids have moved beyond the school system, I have faded in recent years from the PTA and school policy activism in which I once reveled. So I was pleased to get my feet wet again last month when I was asked to help judge college scholarship […]

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Guest Commentary: FamilySearch & the Freedmen’s Bureau Project

June 2, 2016 2:20 PM0 comments

Falls Church citizen Paul Allen, founder of Ancestry.com, recalled “As a boy, I watched ‘Roots’ on TV and was moved by that story. Alex Haley powerfully captured in his stories what he called the ‘hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage. We started Ancestry.com with the hope that every person in […]

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Editorial: Prejudice is Not A Popular Right

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A determination of prejudice and bigotry can never be subject to a popular vote, as the entire history of the civil rights movement attests. To argue that the name change of J.E.B. Stuart High School should be subject to a popular vote is flawed for just this reason. The same […]

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Our Man in Arlington

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This month we mark the 50th anniversary of one of Arlington’s noblest out-of-the-limelight institutions – the Gulf Branch Nature Center. I’ve long maintained a personal relationship with that contemplative haven near my boyhood home. But for thousands, Gulf Branch embodies Arlington’s visionary environmental progressivism – a movement that today finds […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

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Fairfax County’s land use process relies on two documents, the Comprehensive Plan and the Zoning Ordinance, as the basis for determining all land uses in the county. The Plan is a guide for decision-making, and anticipates change over a 20-year period. The Ordinance contains specific regulations to implement the Plan. […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

June 1, 2016 7:08 PM0 comments

Last month I spent some time in this column discussing K-12 education and new pathways to college and careers for our Commonwealth’s high school students. This month we turn our focus to higher education. There are many challenges across the higher education landscape, but three stand out as having adverse […]

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Guest Commentary: Barbara Johns – Honoring a Young Virginia Hero

May 26, 2016 1:25 PM0 comments

By Ken Longmeyer Led by several students at J.E.B. Stuart High School, “Students for Change,” a consensus is developing in our community that J.E.B. Stuart was not and is not an appropriate name for a school. Many residents of the Stuart Community feel that the Fairfax County School Board should […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

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Recent weather notwithstanding, Memorial Day weekend signals the start of summer in our community. Mason District Park’s free summer concert series, Spotlight by Starlight, begins on Wednesday, June 1, with an American Roots concert by Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys. The concerts at the park, 6621 Columbia Pike in Annandale, […]

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