A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

November 2, 2017 10:00 AM0 comments

Election Day is Tuesday, November 7, and Virginia voters are preparing to elect candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General. Also on the Fairfax County ballot are state delegate races and a school bond referendum. Registered voters may vote at their regular polling place on Tuesday, from 6 a.m. […]

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Guest Commentary: Straight, White, Wealthy, Able-Bodied, Christian Male

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By The Reverend John Ohmer Dear reader, if you are LGBT, or a person of color, or economically poor, or female, or living with a disability, or Muslim or Jewish, or don’t identify with any faith tradition, thank you for reading, but please know that this plea is not directed […]

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Editorial: Nov. 7 Election Endorsements

November 1, 2017 10:19 PM0 comments

Next Tuesday, Nov. 7, there is a Virginia-wide general election, one of only two statewide elections in the U.S. this year. It is the first one since the controversial presidential election of a year ago when Hillary Clinton won Virginia but Donald Trump won the national Electoral College despite losing […]

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Our Man in Arlington

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Can jailtime change a person for the better? I recently toured the Arlington County Detention Facility, accompanied by a committed manager of inmate programs and a self-made inspirational instructor. College professor Sly Young told me his tale of how the few hours a week he spends in the jail educating […]

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Congressman Beyer’s News Commentary: Where I Stand on Gun Legislation

October 26, 2017 12:00 PM0 comments

All of us were horrified by the mass shooting in Las Vegas weeks ago, the worst in modern American history. Since that day hundreds more Americans have been shot. The epidemic is with us constantly, inflicting suffering and death on American families. I strongly believe that Congress has a moral […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

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The Arts Council of Fairfax County presented its annual Arts Awards on Friday, and Dan Sheehy of Mason District was honored with the 2017 Arts Achievement Award. Most residents may be familiar with Dan as the founder and leader of the wildly popular Mariachi Los Amigos, which began in his […]

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Guest Commentary: Barbara Rose Johns Should Be Stuart High’s New Name

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By Ken Longmyer With the vote by the Fairfax County School Board to rename Stuart High School scheduled for tonight, Oct. 26, I would like to summarize why I believe that “Barbara Rose Johns High School,” is the most appropriate and strongest name for our high school and to ask […]

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Editorial: Barbara Johns High School

October 25, 2017 10:43 PM0 comments

Tonight is apparently the big night when the Fairfax County School Board convenes at the Luther Jackson Middle School near the intersection of Route 50 and Gallows Road in the greater Falls Church area of Fairfax County to decide on a new name for the high school that currently goes […]

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Our Man in Arlington

October 24, 2017 2:05 PM0 comments

Twice recently I heard mention of one of our area’s grimmer historical tales, that of a serial murderer who by day was a jazz musician and salesman in Arlington. Melvin Rees (1933-95) went down in the annals of infamous killers, websites for which I was steered to by jazz buff […]

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Guest Commentary: How to Judge Success When Helping Homeless Families

October 20, 2017 9:54 AM0 comments

By Christopher Fay The common mantra among providers of housing and services for the homeless is “the solution to homelessness is housing.” Another common saying is, “we are in the business of housing the homeless, not ending poverty.” The purpose of “Housing First,” the current methodology promoted by federal, state, […]

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