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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 7/21/16 edition

The Arlington Sun Gazette's editorial page view on the local scene.

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Letter: Clear away a vestige of segregationist past

Editor: Those who see it necessary to rectify the segregationist manner of organizing names on Arlington’s World War I memorial [article, July 11] might turn their attention to a much more current vestige of Arlington’s segregationist past.  

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Letter: Be creative in siting new Rosslyn fire station

Editor: This letter responds to your July 14 article “H-B Woodlawn to Be Field-Less For A Time.”

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Arlington Sun Gazette editorial: Can WMATA really cut 500 jobs?

Paul Wiedefeld, the newish general manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, believes the system can eliminate 500 jobs, or about 4 percent of the total workforce, without a significant impact on service or safety to the Metro system and its riders.

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Letter: Why is Arlington staff sticking with call to move fire station?

Editor: I was disappointed, but not surprised, to read County Manager Mark Schwartz’s misleading statements to the County Board that moving Fire Stateion #8 to the Old Dominion Drive and 26th Street North site instead of rebuilding it at its current site was “the most cost-effective solution” and “the best way” to increase the number of people who are within six minutes of fire and EMS service.

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Arlington Sun Gazette editorial: A win for McDonnell, but not so for Virginia

To the surprise of just about no one, the U.S. Supreme Court last week vacated the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell.

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Letter: Give Ultimate Frisbee squad credit as state champs

Editor: As a Washington-Lee High School parent and supporter of the boys soccer team, I wish to congratulate the team for its great success this past season and for winning its first state championship. 

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Letter: Williamsburg Circle intersection is in need of help

Editor: I fully agree with Jim Clarke’s assessment of the intersection at Williamsburg Circle (CVS) [Letters, June 23].

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 6/30/16 edition

The Arlington Sun Gazette's editorial page view on the local scene.

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Letter: Arlington has no sense of urgency on housing needs

Editor: When it comes to the housing crisis in the county, recent press accounts suggest Arlington officials harbor little sense of urgency and scant appreciation for the link between affordable housing and economic development. 

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Letter: Many Arlington seniors need a break on their taxes

Editor: Your June 23 Highs & Lows section commented on exemptions from real-estate taxes for seniors that “someone with hundreds of thousands of dollars (or more) of equity in a home has the means to pay taxes like the rest of us.”

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Letter: McAuliffe needs to do more on carbon-reduction efforts

Editor: In the past, Gov. McAuliffe has voiced his support of the Clean Power Plan. Yet he hasn’t taken action yet on a state plan to meet the EPA’s carbon-reduction goals.

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 6/23/16 edition

The Arlington Sun Gazette's editorial page view on the local scene.

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Letter: Enforcement efforts needed at Arlington intersection

Editor: I am getting very tired of almost getting hit in the Williamsburg (CVS) Circle at the intersections of Williamsburg Circle, Little Falls Road, Powhatan and Sycamore Street.

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Letter: Top Arlington school officials have blundered on capacity issues

Editor: While I agree with Michael Beer [Letters, June 16] that the Arlington County government and school system together need to do a much better job of adding more school capacity, his solutions are really only naïve hopes and clichés that more studies and political promises will solve this problem, and he absolves any current board member or staff person from any responsibility for serious mistakes.  

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Letter: Democrats need to coalesce at local, national levels

Editor: This year, I’ve been on both the winning and losing sides of Democratic primaries.

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 6/16/16 edition

The Arlington Sun Gazette's view on the local scene.

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Letter: Arlington needs to own up to school-capacity crisis

Editor: On June 9, parents from across Arlington spoke publicly, pleading for the School Board to build enough high-school seats for all of Arlington’s students.

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Sun Gazette endorsement: Libby Garvey in the Democratic primary

Though not without reservations, we believe Libby Garvey is the superior choice for the community in the June 14 Democratic County Board primary. Here is why.

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Letter: Gutshall will work collaborative on school-enrollment crunch

Editor: My vote on June 14 is for Erik Gutshall for County Board, because tackling the dire situation with overcrowded schools and rising enrollment is a priority for him. 

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Letter: Gutshall will keep Arlington progressive

Editor: Arlington Democrats have a choice to make – a very important one – in the June 14  Democratic County Board primary election. The choice will affect Arlington’s future for years to come.  

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Letter: Garvey has the experience Arlington needs

Editor: I have known Libby Garvey for almost 20 years. During that time, on both the School Board and the County Board, she has constantly and consistently impressed me with her willingness to listen carefully and thoughtfully to any idea brought to her.  She then weighs all the pros and cons, the many other factors involved, and comes to a decision that is best for everyone in the county, not just for a select few.

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Letter: Garvey has the right combination of skills for County Board

Editor: I support Libby Garvey’s reelection bid for Arlington County Board.  I find her very responsive to citizen concerns and I appreciate that she votes her values, which I usually share.  I’m generally happy with our County Board’s actions, but I also appreciate a leader who makes sure we consider our decisions carefully.

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Letter: If you like Vihstadt, consider Gutshall

Editor: I am an Arlington Democrat who supported John Vihstadt in 2014 because I wanted a capable, alternative voice on the County Board. I support Erik Gutshall for the same reason.  

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Letter: Garvey is not as inclusive as you might be led to believe

Editor: In 2000 and 2004, I was Libby Garvey’s campaign manager for her successful re-election to the School Board. In 2005, I was her campaign manager, for the first three months, when she lost the Democratic primary for the 45th District of the House of Delegates.

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Letter: Garvey reneged on support for Reevesland

Editor: Soon after she was elected to the County Board, a group of us met with Libby Garvey, seeking her support for the renovation of the Reevesland farmhouse.

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Letter: Arlington will need one, maybe two, new high schools

Editor: A recent letter by Todd McCracken’s recent letter claimed, “As recently as 2007, available data showed a shrinking school enrollment,” and that “enrollment and projections from 2010 . . . was the first time those data showed . . . convincingly that the enrollment growth was not a ‘bubble.’”

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Arlington Sun Gazette editorial: The Arlington County Board race

Just a few months ago, it appeared that the impossible was going to happen – that County Board Chairman Libby Garvey, who for the past two years had sparred with, and for a time even opted out of, the Arlington County Democratic Committee, would be unopposed for the Democratic nomination for a new term.

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Letter: Gutshall will support new-era transit in So. Arlington

Editor: I recently had the opportunity to speak with Libby Garvey as she was canvassing in my South Arlington neighborhood. It was a good conversation about the recent number of cancelled or delayed capital projects in South Arlington. 

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Letter: Garvey puts residents ahead of party establishment

Editor: Since the Democratic primary election is really the only election that counts, it is incumbent on all Arlingtonians – Democrats, Republicans, Green Partiers and independents – to vote in the June 14 Democratic County Board primary. Whichever party you support, you can, and should, vote; no party loyalty oath is required.

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Letter: Garvey is working for Arlington, not a political party

Editor: Nobody works harder than Libby Garvey to make all of Arlington a better place to live, work and raise kids and grandkids, and to make Arlington government just work better for residents and businesses. Nobody.

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Letter: Is Garvey trying to set up a shadow government?

Editor: The idea of a “Blue Ribbon Panel” on strategic priorities, as proposed by the County Board, dismayed me.  

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Letter: How did Garvey miss signs of student-population growth?

Editor: Libby Garvey’s failure to deal with rising student enrollment when she was on the Arlington School Board has made today’s school-overcrowding problem worse.  

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Letter: Gutshall has record of openness, inclusiveness

Editor: Recent letters to the Sun Gazette have discussed a variety of reasons for supporting Erik Gutshall for the Democratic nomination to a seat on the County Board. Here are mine.

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Letter: Garvey took action based on best interests of public

Editor: I am writing to express my deep disappointment in the manner in which Erik Gutshall is conducting his campaign for County Board.

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Letter: Arlington does not need another rubber stamp in office

Editor: The upcoming County Board election between Libby Garvey and the Arlington County Democratic Committee’s (ACDC) hand-picked challenger, Erik Gutshall, is a critical one for all Arlington residents.

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Letter: Gutshall attempting to scare seniors into voting for him

Editor: That moment a few months back when I saw Libby Garvey had picked up a primary challenger for County Board, I knew it was The Revenge of the Ancien Regime.

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Letter: Arlington has more pressing needs than aquatics center

Editor: I disagree with letter-writer Tony Taylor [May 26] that it is time to start building an Arlington aquatics center in Crystal City that is probably going to cost Arlington taxpayers a lump sum of $45 million and then millions of dollars of annual operating subsidies.  

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Letter: Time to own up to Arlington school overcrowding

Editor: Arlington Public Schools projects a deficit of 4,660 seats in 10 years. Unfortunately, schools already are overcrowded, and this is negatively impacting students’ learning and development.

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Letter: Plan to address Arlington school crowding falls short

Editor: With an exploding school population leading to hundreds of Arlington students spending their school days in trailers, Superintendent Patrick Murphy’s proposed solution falls far short of meeting the needs.

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Sun Gazette editorial: Stick a fork in the R-word controversy

It was fascinating that The Washington Post last week detailed results of an exhaustive poll and follow-up interviews of Native Americans, all of which determined that there was no groundswell of opposition to the “Redskins” in Washington Redskins.

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 5/26/16 edition

The Arlington Sun Gazette’s editorial page view on the local scene.

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Letter: Time to get moving on Arlington aquatics center

Editor: The aquatics center at Long Bridge Park has been in the news again recently, after having been on hold since early 2014. 

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Letter: On school issue, county leaders fall short of the Arlington Way

Editor: On May 14, the County Board on a 4-to-1 vote dealt a major blow to the “Arlington Way.”  

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Letter: Garvey, Gutshall taking black community for granted

Editor: After listening to County Board candidates Libby Garvey and Erik Gutshall at a May 7 forum, it became clear I could not vote for either candidate in the June 14 primary.

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Letter: Garvey is fiscally responsible, committed to progressive values

Editor: Libby Garvey has a record of demonstrated leadership through a set of core progressive values. She has a long history of votes that support our world-class school system, parks and recreation and affordable housing, and ensuring our most vulnerable are not forgotten. 

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Letter: Gutshall the logical successor to greats of Arlington governance

Editor: As a 42-year Arlington resident, and at the age of 80,  this year I’m supporting Erik Gutshall in the Democratic County Board primary.

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Letter: Gutshall will build on tradition of excellent governance

Editor: I take strong exception to the companion letters appearing in the Sun Gazette portraying the Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) as “bullies” and defending County Board Chairman Libby Garvey as a well-meaning innocent who did no more than dissent from “party dogma.”  

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Letter: Gutshall will promote civic engagement, empowerment

Editor: The County Board’s sudden reversal on appointing a new Blue Ribbon Panel on Strategic Priorities is no surprise. What is surprising is that County Board Chairman Libby Garvey and her colleagues thought it was a good idea in the first place.

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Letter: Do not reward Garvey and her erratic performance

Editor: Last year, Arlington voters turned to two new, younger voices to continue building the progressive Democratic consensus that has made Arlington one of the most desirable places in the nation to live.

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