Our Man in Arlington

May 23, 2017 4:13 PM0 comments

If I make it to my 90s, I hope some younger scribe squires me around my boyhood haunts for some history-invoking reminiscing. I recently spent an afternoon in the car driven by Arlington homebuilder Scot Harlan, scribbling snippets from running commentary of his father Jack, age 92, and mother Jean, […]

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Guest Commentary: The Conversation Still Matters the Most

May 18, 2017 2:43 PM0 comments

By Danica Roem If you’re from Falls Church, chances are you haven’t driven down a dirt road close to home in a little while. That’s quickly becoming the case for many residents in the Town of Haymarket in western Prince William County, where a spur of residential growth has doubled […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

9:59 AM0 comments

Renewable energy is heating up (pun intended) in Fairfax County. Since the Solarize Fairfax County program began in early April, more than 750 households have signed up for free solar assessments, and to learn more about pricing and finance options with private contractors. Four contracts already have been signed, a […]

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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

May 17, 2017 8:01 PM0 comments

The 2017 General Assembly Session was Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s final as Governor. In Virginia the Governor is not allowed to run for reelection. As the deadline for final action on all bills passed earlier this month, he set a record for the most Vetoes ever, acting as a brick […]

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Editorial: Falls Church In 40 Years?

7:38 PM0 comments

As citizens in Falls Church are routinely invited or otherwise subjected to “visioning” exercises that try to divine what the Little City ought to look like in the coming years, even 40 years out, the question arises, “Who cares?” We don’t mean this in a nasty way, but from the […]

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Our Man in Arlington

May 15, 2017 5:46 PM0 comments

I’m duty-bound to congratulate Erik Gutshall for his resounding win in the Democratic “firehouse primary” for county board last week. He achieved a victory that in the past has commonly gone to those who try a second time. And his prospects for winning the seat in full in November are […]

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Guest Commentary: Cottage Criticism is Just More NIMBY Opposition

May 11, 2017 11:31 AM0 comments

By Paul Barkley & Hal Lippman So…here we go again…yet another in the seemingly endless stream of NIMBY-inspired (Not in My Back Yard) opposition to proposed development projects of one stripe or another. While such opposition is understandable — and even inevitable — given our City’s small size and likelihood […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

9:59 AM0 comments

Maintenance of public infrastructure – roads, bridges, dams, ports, etc. – is challenging for government at all levels. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) releases a periodic report that scores each state, and the scores are disappointing. The 2017 Report gives the nation, as a whole, a grade of […]

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Editorial: Development is Key To F.C.’s Future

May 10, 2017 7:30 PM0 comments

Here’s the dilemma: For all the ruffled feathers and cawing around town these days taking developers to task for a variety or real or imagined transgressions, the only losers in the event these developers are made to fail are the City’s kids. That’s right, the loss of revenue that will […]

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From the Front Row: Kaye Kory’s Richmond Report

7:05 PM0 comments

There are many different rankings of the states on various measures of performance, such as business economics and employment, educational access and outcomes, public health and overall effectiveness of government. Ballotpedia, a non-partisan online site that covers state government politics, compiles 19 of these measures into a single “State Quality […]

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