Editorial: A Time for the News to Shine

February 22, 2017 9:04 PM0 comments

When the president of the United States announces to the world that the free press is “the enemy of the people,” we have an extraordinary situation, indeed. The only other president to come anywhere close to saying something like this was Richard Nixon, and he was caught on tape saying […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 20, 2017 2:32 PM0 comments

The unease that the Trump era has brought to polarized communities worldwide broke open at Yorktown High School last week. It became a lesson in deconstructing how words get interpreted. The clash at my alma mater started when teachers became disturbed by recent harsh language from some students they saw […]

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Guest Commentary: Give Little City’s Trees the Respect They Deserve

February 17, 2017 8:54 AM0 comments

By Karen L. Jones City trees are tough – they withstand a lot of abuse and generously provide residents with beauty and shade. There are countless benefits to an urban forest. According to the EPA, trees can: • increase property values and “curb appeal” • produce oxygen, clean the air […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

February 16, 2017 10:30 AM0 comments

Budget season has begun! Fairfax County Executive Edward L. Long, Jr. released his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018 on Valentine’s Day. While there were few surprises, there also wasn’t much “love” in this proposed budget. Real property values remain relatively flat, with residential equalization increasing only .68 percent, with […]

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Editorial: 3 Moving Parts Of New School

February 15, 2017 9:50 PM0 comments

There remain three major moving parts as all hands are on deck to commandeer a successful outcome for development of the 36-acre high school campus property. We remain, as we have since Day One of this newspaper almost 26 years ago, hopeful of and committed to outcomes that will be […]

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Delegate Simon’s Richmond Report

9:35 PM0 comments

Last week was as busy a week as we are going to have during this year’s 45-day short session. On Sunday, we got our first look at the House Appropriations Committee’s amendments to the Governor’s budget. On Monday and Tuesday, we debated and voted on hundreds of bills and resolutions […]

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Our Man in Arlington

February 14, 2017 3:53 PM0 comments

Olympic champion swimmer Tom Dolan spent his Arlington youth so “ultra-competitive,” he would challenge you to a milk-drinking contest. His “complete disdain for losing was greater than the joy of winning,” he recalled. The two-time gold medalist who set a world record at age 18 spoke to fans and boyhood […]

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Guest Commentary: Not to Run From History, But to Learn From It

February 9, 2017 12:09 PM0 comments

By John Ohmer & Nikki Graves Henderson This Saturday, The Falls Church and the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation will jointly dedicate a stone sidewalk plaque in front of the historic building of The Falls Church. The intention of this plaque is to convey to the public that we hold in […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

10:01 AM0 comments

Despite the tweets emanating almost hourly from the White House, and the battle for supremacy in the Congress, the everyday work to provide for community needs gets done at the local level, mostly with locally generated revenue. Fairfax County residents may observe the presidential and congressional shenanigans more closely than, […]

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Editorial: New High School Closer to Reality

February 8, 2017 8:13 PM0 comments

In what seems like no time at all, the momentum toward a reasonably-priced, high quality and community-supported new high school project has escalated, raising hopes that there may be time to craft referendum language for this November’s election. We urge the relevant persons at City Hall and school headquarters to […]

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