Editorial: The Way We Were & Are

February 3, 2016 6:32 PM0 comments

One of the more remarkable things about how the human mind works is its adaptability to new information about the surroundings it deems it has to contend with. The old information is out the window just like that, and the new information is just like it has always been there. […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 2, 2016 5:22 PM0 comments

Arlingtonians are still a bit sore from the fight over the cancelled streetcar. You could tell last week when county manager Mark Schwartz released first details of a new plan for easing clogged traffic along Columbia Pike—an approach called “premium bus service.” While too preliminary for cost estimates, the plan […]

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Guest Commentary: The Long-Term Effects of Partisan Redistricting

January 28, 2016 12:00 PM0 comments

By Ellen Salsbury & Sara Fitzgerald The recent town hall with the city’s General Assembly representatives provided an example of participatory democracy at its finest: A good turnout of citizens and city officials, raising their concerns in civil language and asking thoughtful questions at the beginning of the annual legislative […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

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The snow hanging off the roof defies gravity. How long can it teeter on the edge without crashing to the deck below? 40 hours so far… This historic blizzard reminded me of the January 1966 storm that also shut down the region. As young college graduates in our first Capitol […]

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Editorial: City of F.C. Wrestles ‘Snowzilla’

January 27, 2016 7:37 PM0 comments

Twice in the last six months, the venerable New Yorker magazine dedicated its venerable cover to the subject of climate change with cartoons, one last July depicting an elevated old New York subway track with its pylons underwater, and one this month showing the ice rink at Rockefeller Center, with […]

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Our Man in Arlington

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Count among Arlington’s notable yesteryear residents “Old Blood and Guts.” Gen. George S. Patton Jr. (1885-1945), famous for leadership in two World Wars, ivory-handled pistols and slapping scared soldiers in Sicily, was colorfully portrayed by George C. Scott in the 1970 movie. Stateside, Patton’s life’s drama unfolded at homes in […]

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The Unfathomable, Part 2

4:28 PM0 comments

By Samuel Waters Second of a two-part column Why were all of these answers similarly insufficient for me to fully believe in a life after death with God? What was more, these adults who were guiding me in spiritual wisdom didn’t come across as particularly scientific in the way they […]

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Guest Commentary: Virginia’s Sensible Health Care Reform Plan

January 21, 2016 11:00 AM0 comments

By Sean Connaughton Health care is everywhere these days. It’s a hot topic in national, state and local politics. With all that talk, it can be tough to cut through rhetoric that unfortunately has become polarizing since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010. What I’d like you to do […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

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The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors began its “LOBs” review on Tuesday, the first of many day-long budget meetings that will examine what the county does, and how well it is done. LOBs stands for Lines of Business, and the LOBs exercise is the first step in a multi-year process […]

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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

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The 2016 General Assembly session is underway. This year is a long session, lasting 60 days, during which the General Assembly will pass a biennial state budget based largely on the budget proposed by Governor Terry McAuliffe. We will also hold committee meetings and subcommittee meetings to consider more than […]

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