Our Man in Arlington

January 6, 2016 5:41 PM0 comments

The reconstituted county board on New Year’s Day displayed good-vibes behavior as members delivered their inaugural speeches and agendas. But the seeds of future conflict were discernible in markers laid down by Jay Fisette (“I believe in making smart investments for the future”) and John Vihstadt (“we can find programs […]

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Senator Dick Saslaw’s Richmond Report

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On January 13, the General Assembly will convene. Front and center will be the work of putting together the biennial budget. Governor McAuliffe has proposed a plan that is fiscally responsible and lays the foundation for a new Virginia economy. In 2014, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership noted that “Virginia […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 31, 2015 10:21 AM0 comments

Happy New Year! Two thousand and sixteen will be an interesting year, with presidential politics and economic recovery providing a lot of momentum for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe was in Fairfax last week to participate in signing a joint agreement between the INOVA Center for Personalized Health and George Mason University […]

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Guest Commentary: Watch Night Celebration is Uniquely Falls Church

December 30, 2015 11:29 AM0 comments

I often hear the question of why is it called “Watch Night” and not “First Night” or something else. A quote some years ago from former citizen activist, Dave Eckert explains much about the why “Watch Night.” In 1998, when Barb Cram and I were on the City’s Tricentennial Commission […]

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Editorial: Develop Minds, Then Smash Them?

December 29, 2015 6:27 PM0 comments

What sense does it make to spend so much time and effort every year to develop the minds of young people so they can go on to enjoy meaningful and productive lives, only to elevate an exercise that stands far too much of a real chance of turning those minds […]

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Our Man in Arlington

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When you alight at Reagan National Airport, you’re likely in a travel-fixated hurry. So it might not dawn on you to slow down and stroll to the historic Abingdon Plantation. The airport authority and the National Park Service have created an easy and well-marked walk there from the Metro stop […]

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A Penny for Your Thoughts: News of Greater Falls Church

December 24, 2015 11:39 AM0 comments

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Weather forecasters tell us this won’t be a White Christmas, but the fairy tale images of Santa Claus, Father Christmas. Pere Noel, Kris Kringle, or Saint Nikolaus almost always include snow in the picture. Those children’s fables also focus on good or bad behavior as […]

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Guest Commentary: Radical Teachings Need to Be Challenged

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By James Sledge I can’t imagine what it feels like to be Muslim in America today, to have people look at you with suspicion and hate, as though you were a threat. However, along with my Muslim friends, I do know what it feels like to have your faith misrepresented by […]

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Editorial: Our Area’s Huge ‘16 Election Year

December 22, 2015 6:40 PM0 comments

Whoa! Not only is the region going to be in the 70s, weather wise, on Christmas Eve this week, but it is also forecast to have daily highs in the low 50s going into the New Year, and for Falls Church’s annual Watch Night celebration that shuts down traffic in […]

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Our Man in Arlington

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I have one thing in common with Joan Hitt, matriarch of the construction company family (that’s their name on Virginia Hospital Center’s Family Center for Radiation Oncology): We both spent our childhoods in Cherrydale. That deep-rooted but evolving Arlington neighborhood, she agreed with me, holds rich memories. Born in 1935 […]

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