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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 11/20/14 edition

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Letter: Expansion of H-B Woodlan Program must be part of discussion

Editor: As a parent of a student who had hoped to attend H-B Woodlawn Secondary program as a ninth-grader but was put on the waiting list at No. 71 (read: “no chance”), I feel that I need to address a comment by Mary Byrne which was published in a recent Sun Gazette.  

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Letter: Arlington talks the talk but does not walk the walk in sustainability

Editor: Arlington likes to tout itself as a progressive community concerned about sustainability. But any measures Arlington takes toward becoming more sustainable are absolutely futile unless the county decides to realistically address Arlington’s housing crisis – I am referring to the nature of new construction undertaken in Arlington in the last decade, specifically, the nature of the single-family homes being built.

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Letter: Arlington School Board should not be in business of wasting tax dollars with poor decisions

Editor: We cannot allow the School Board’s bad planning to waste taxpayer dollars.

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Letter: New construction at Reed/Westover the wrong choice for Arlington

Editor: As elected representatives of our community, the County Board and School Board have the duty to act responsibly with our tax dollars. They did this when they created the new Reed School-Westover Branch Library in 2009.  

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Letter: Wilson School is wrong site to put Arlington middle-schoolers

Editor: As a Long Branch Elementary School parent who would see my own children and neighbors currently in a walk zone to Thomas Thomas Jefferson Middle School bused to a middle school on the Wilson School site, I strongly disagree with your recent editorial endorsing a Wilson school.

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Letter: Sun Gazette missed boat in pressing for Wilson School site

Editor: I am disappointed by the editorial in the Nov. 6 Sun Gazette regarding where to put a new middle school – not because the opinion differs from my community’s desire to return Stratford to our neighborhood middle school, but because it ignores key, publicly available facts. All of these facts make it evident that Wilson is a poor choice for a neighborhood middle school.

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Letter: Changes would benefit Drew School community

Editor: We have joined together, asking the School Board for action during the current capital-improvement process both to address needed change at, and to open up capacity in the vicinity of, Drew School.

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Letter: Democrats must address fallout from election

Editor: Arlington voters have spoken with a loud and clear mandate. They do not want the County Board to go forward with the Columbia Pike streetcar project.

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Letter: Headlines, text should show more respect for political process

Editor: The recent post-election headline “Vihstadt Thumps Howze Yet Again” was a disappointment. The article it goes on to describe Howze as “pummeled mercilessly,” as if a boxing match or football game were being described.

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Sun Gazette editorial: Arlington Democrats need to heed the message sent by voters

It gives us little joy to pour salt in the wounds of a political party – be it Democratic or Republican – that has felt the wrath of the public at the polls. But there are some truths that must be told in the wake of last week’s stunning County Board victory by John Vihstadt over Democrat Alan Howze.

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Letter: Arlington voters sent clear message on fiscal responsibility

Editor: The election is over, and here’s a message from all Arlington residents to county and school officials: You do NOT have a blank check to run the county or schools. We are not cash cows and will not fund a crony, non-transparent government.

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Letter: Democrats were among those sending message to Arlington County Board

Editor: Perhaps the post-election headline should read: “John Vihstadt helps Mark Warner eke out a statewide victory.”

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Letter: Democrats need to field candidates responsive to Arlington’s new reality

Editor: According to the Nov. 7 Washington Post, Arlington County Democratic Committee chairman Kip Malinosky “said that some voters may have mistakenly thought that [John] Vihstadt was a Democrat because his literature prominently featured endorsements from several members of the party and because he presented himself as a ‘fusion’ candidate.”  

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Letter: Shortchanging Arlington students is a sure-fire recipe for disaster

Editor: I was disheartened to learn that I share a name with a recent opinion writer, who in a letter to the editor criticized the County Board and Arlington school spending.

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Letter: Arlington Democrats need to stop trying out excuses and learn from election results

Editor: Low turnout does not explain the election results that are sending John Vihstadt back for a full term on the County Board.

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Letter: Woodlawn community is seeking assurances it has a place in Arlington’s future

Editor: Hans Bauman’s recent letter recommending that the H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program community “seize the moment” and accept a move as a “transformative opportunity,” even though change “kinda hurts,” misses the point entirely.

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Letter: Arlington officials will have to find ways to contend with rising student enrollment

Editor: John Vihstadt won re-election to the County Board on a platform that called for focusing on “needs” rather than “wants.” Two days later, Arlington Public Schools released updated enrollment projections that showed a dramatic increase in those needs.

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Letter: Efforts to bring sanity to pub crawls need to re-intensify

Editor: I read, with dismay, the Sun Gazette’s reporting Nov. 6 on the first permit issued by the county government for a Clarendon pub crawl.  

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Letter: Arlington Senior Babe Ruth needs to reconsider policies

Editor: I write regarding the Senior Babe Ruth league’s obstruction of a new baseball program.

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Arlington Sun Gazette editorial: Why not the Wilson School site for a new middle school?

When he was serving as vice president, Richard Nixon once proffered some famous, if scatological, advice to Dwight Eisenhower about the need to stop mulling over options and come to a decision.

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Letter: H-B Woodlawn needs to seize the moment, not squander it

Editor: As a proud H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program graduate and engaged Arlington Public Schools parent, I urge the H-B Woodlawn community to reconsider its stance regarding a potential move to the Wilson site.

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Letter: Moving Woodlawn to Westover would be a big miscalculation

Editor: Moving the H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program to the Reed School/Westover Library is a colossal mistake for Arlington residents and its students.

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Letter: Rosslyn would be a good spot for new H-B Woodlawn

Editor: Oct. 30 marks the 5th anniversary of the county government’s $22.5 million renovation to the Reed School in the Westover neighborhood. But as Westover residents celebrate this beautiful new building that plays a central role in our community, we now wonder whether the School Board and the County Board will repurpose this facility – at a high cost to taxpayers and families in Westover and throughout the county – in order to house the H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program.  

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Letter: Claims of anti-streetcar contingent do not all hold water

Editor: The anti-streetcar group has made many claims when comparing bus rapid transit to the Arlington-Fairfax streetcar system that will run on Columbia Pike. One of the most repeated is how studies show that BRT brings the same investment as the streetcar at a cheaper cost.

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Arlington Sun Gazette editorial: Search for perfect School Board member is elusive

Arlington is blessed with a nearly flawless candidate for the School Board seat being vacated after two terms by Sally Baird. But there is a catch.

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Letter: Time for Arlington to stand up against ruling clique

Editor: Arrogance is wasting $1 million on a bus stop and operating the Artisphere with major losses every year. Arrogance is saying the streetcar initially would cost one-third what the final cost will be. Arrogance is overtaxing to build up a surplus of more than $200 million in government coffers and then not returning the surplus to taxpayers – especially to retired people on fixed incomes. Arrogance is knowingly building a bikeshare program that will run a $700,000 deficit by 2018.

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Letter: Residents are right in opposing APS proposal on Reed School site

Editor: I oppose any plan to move the H-B  Woodlawn Secondary Program to the Reed School site. In fact, the four civic associations surrounding the Reed School strongly oppose moving the program to Reed. The overwhelming majority of 602 surveyed respondents in the community – 82 percent – oppose any such move.   

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Letter: Use Wilson School site for Arlington middle school

Editor: The plan to create a purpose-built middle school at the Wilson site to help address the capacity crisis is the most practical, fiscally responsible and most beneficial to preserving the quality of life in Arlington we as voters have come to appreciate.

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Letter: Putting new H-B Woodlawn on Reed site is impractical

Editor: The school system’s proposed plan to locate a new H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program on the current Reed School site is a mistake.

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Letter: Advocates for Arlington parks, schools, housing need to work together

Editor: I am one of the people who helped to collect 10,300-plus signatures on the petitions by Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) for more affordable housing, potentially including housing on county-owned land.

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Letter: Vihstadt is the candidate of community engagement

Editor: I want you to know that as a lifelong Democrat, I am voting for John Vihstadt for County Board on Nov. 4.

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Letter: Howze not telling whole truth in discussing housing

Editor: County Board candidates Alan Howze and John Vihstadt used the Cherrydale Civic Association candidate forum to make the crowd-pleasing statement that existing park space ought not be converted to affordable housing nor schools.  

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Letter: Arlington needs a time-out from population growth

Editor: This is in response to the proposal but some affordable-housing proponents to replace the existing Cherrydale Library.

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Letter: Vihstadt campaign proffers misleading information

Editor: John Vihstadt is misleading voters about county-government spending in his campaign for re-election to the County Board.

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Letter: Vote your pocketbook in Arlington County Board race

Editor: The trolley and aquatic-center projects have no real demand. The costs over their lifetimes will approach a billion dollars, given overruns and maintenance. Taxpayer dollars (increased residential real estate taxes) will rob real demands for these public funds.

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Letter: Howze is the Arlington candidate looking to the future

Editor: While there are several important elections on the ballot in November, none might be more important than County Board. After all, local offices often have the greatest effect on our day to day lives. Do the schools have enough space for my kids? Who is going to fix this pothole or make sure the Metro isn’t delayed?

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Letter: D.C. missteps provide clues to what streetcar has in store for Arlington

Editor: The Washington Post on Oct. 23 presented the reality of the District of Columbia’s streetcar launch.  

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Letter: D.C. streetcar debut is a lesson of what is in store for Arlington

Editor: I nominate for quote of the day one from D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, quoted in The Washington Post, on the traffic slowdowns due to the H Street streetcar. “I don’t know that it hurts to slow people down in some instances,” the mayor said.

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Letter: Questions still proliferate on streetcar issue

Editor: As the streetcar discussion continues devolving, I read with dismay as local Arlington politics appear more like our dysfunctional national political discourse, rather than a civilized debate in which both sides present the facts supporting their positions, allowing the undecided to take a truly educated position.

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Letter: Va. voter-ID rules not subject to DOJ review

Editor: A recent Sun Gazette the article about the number of free Virginia voter photo IDs issued by the Arlington registrar mentioned that the Department of Justice had approved the legislation requiring Virginia voters to provide one of a number of specific types of photo identification in order to cast a ballot.   

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Letter: It is teachers, not budgets or buildings, that turn out good students

Editor: Take a moment to look at history for a little perspective.

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Arlington Sun Gazette endorsement: Vihstadt for County Board

After the wild, at times exhilarating special election for County Board in the spring, it’s perhaps inevitable that the rematch between independent John Vihstadt and Democrat Alan Howze would be something of a letdown.

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Letter: Arlington school leaders rushing too fact to address crowding

Editor: Arlington Public Schools is in a frenzied quest to find 1,300 middle-school seats, and I was dismayed to learn that one option being considered is moving the H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program to the site occupied by the Reed School and Westover Library, to make way for a new middle school.

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Letter: Arlington school officials not doing due diligence in finding extra capacity

Editor: I want to register as strongly as possible my dismay with the School Board and its decision-making process.

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Letter: Civic Federation committee position on Public Lands proposal misstates reality

Editor: We are saddened by reports that an Arlington County Civic Federation committee is attempting to defeat a proposal to study potential public sites for affordable housing by trying to whip up public sentiment against outsiders moving into Arlington.

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Letter: County Board candidates pandering to loudest voices in the crowd

Editor: With their comments at the recent Cherrydale Citizens Association candidates’ debate, Alan Howze and John Vihstadt turned this voter into one who will not vote in the County Board election in November. Neither candidate evidences the leadership this county so desperately needs.

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Letter: Howze policies will help young professionals stay in county

Editor: As young professionals entering our 30s, my wife and I have an important decision weighing on our mind: do we start a family in Arlington, or should we settle somewhere farther out?

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Letter: Howze is the candidate with can-do spirit for Arlington

Editor: I grew up a few miles from Arlington, and when I moved back to the area a few years ago, I knew it was the place I wanted to be. Like so many other young people, I chose Arlington for all that it has to offer: ideal proximity, plentiful transit, an abundance of parks and trails, and great restaurants and nightlife.

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Letter: Howze has right economic plan to keep county moving

Editor: As young professionals entering our 30s, my wife and I have an important decision weighing on our mind: do we start a family in Arlington, or should we settle somewhere farther out?

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