Our Man in Arlington

November 8, 2016 5:11 PM0 comments

While voters pondered the globally portentous, certain Arlingtonians channeled their passions to more local concerns. The county’s ongoing remaking of the athletic fields of my youth has polarized two communities. One imbroglio involves a three-year-old dispute over whether to install nighttime lighting for two new synthetic turf soccer fields at […]

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Guest Commentary: After More Than 50 Years, a Return & Tour of Cuba

November 3, 2016 12:33 PM0 comments

My husband and I recently spent a week in Cuba, a trip that has been on my bucket list for many years. My family lived there from mid-1958 to mid-1959. My dad was an executive with Esso (predecessor of Exxon), which operated a refinery in Cuba. I have pleasant memories […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

10:24 AM0 comments

Tuesday is Election Day, although thousands of people in Fairfax County, and millions across America, already have voted in those states that allow early voting. Despite the preference polls, TV ads, and modern technology, the votes still must be counted individually, district by district, state by state, providing great anxiety […]

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Editorial: Yes on Library Bonds, Clinton, Beyer, Bennett

November 2, 2016 6:37 PM0 comments

Two powerful entities with no business doing so – Russia and the FBI – have intervened in our democracy to influence a presidential election by vastly improving the chances of real estate crook Donald Trump to get elected next Tuesday. Still, we do not see Virginia falling into the Trump […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

6:25 PM0 comments

Next week we will have a newly elected President of the United States. After this long and contentious campaign season, my guess is that everyone will be greatly relieved our nation will be opening a new chapter in history beginning January 20, 2017. Here in Virginia we are quickly turning […]

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Our Man in Arlington

November 1, 2016 12:04 PM0 comments

In another of the myriad ways Arlington stands out from other parts of Virginia, our citizens are welcoming Syrian refugees. Other jurisdictions—due to fear of terrorism, strapped budgets or politics—are offering less hospitality to the 10,000 who came as the U.S. share of the 4 million fleeing Syria’s war zone. […]

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Guest Commentary: Why the Library Referendum Should Pass

October 27, 2016 12:31 PM0 comments

By Chet DeLong The suggestions made by Ms. Godwin in the October 13 News-Press guest commentary raise several issues, some of which I will address here. First, she disagrees with City Council priorities – her privilege – but the City Council members have thought long and hard about the City’s […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

10:16 AM0 comments

In 1950, Virginia was a rural state with a rural tax base. Today, Virginia is an urban state, still fed by a rural tax base. Real estate taxes formed the basis of local government revenues then, and local governments, counties especially, rely overwhelmingly on the property tax to fund needed […]

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Editorial: May the Healing Continue

October 26, 2016 6:31 PM0 comments

It has been a year since the News-Press in this space proposed a healing of the acute pain for many that a terribly unfortunate episode in Falls Church’s history caused. On the eve of a hotly-contested F.C. City Council election, we wrote in our editorial in the Oct. 25, 2015 […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 25, 2016 5:38 PM0 comments

For Halloween, I offer three fresh Arlington ghost stories, all from reliable sources. I report, you decide. Start with Arlington Hall. Back when that white-columned edifice on Arlington Blvd. was a girls school (1927-42), there was a student named Mary. She became pregnant and committed suicide, as I was told […]

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