Our Man in Arlington

June 15, 2016 7:17 PM0 comments

For this Father’s Day, I’ll honor my old man by sharing some intimate information that he himself never knew. The late Keith Clark (1923-81) spent nearly half his life as an Arlingtonian (I count six addresses beginning during World War II). As an intelligence professional, he was comfortable with secrecy. […]

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Editorial: Decouple the Campus Project

June 9, 2016 12:30 PM0 comments

From a number of standpoints, we see both the inevitability and the benefit of hitting the “restart” button on the West End Campus Development Project in Falls Church. The proposal to abandon the current approach and to treat the two component parts – the educational and commercial – of the […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

10:51 AM0 comments

A meals tax is one of the few additional revenue sources available to localities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Code of Virginia, 58.1-3833, defines a meals tax as a “tax on food and beverages sold, for human consumption, by a restaurant…not to exceed four percent of the amount charged […]

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

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

11:09 AM0 comments

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

10:05 AM0 comments

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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