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Arlington Sun Gazette editorial: What to do about Confederate names?

From 1984 to 2000, Virginia celebrated perhaps the most bizarre hybrid holiday ever: Lee-Jackson-King Day.

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Letter: Landlord did right thing in gun-store proposal

Editor: Arlington owes a debt of gratitude to Kostas Kapasouris for severing his lease with Nova Firearms for the operation of a retail gun store in the Cherrydale neighborhood.  

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Letter: Those opposing gun shop proved to be bullies

Editor: The most disturbing thing – by far – about the dust-up over the proposed gun shop in Cherrydale is that adjacent shop owners were threatened with boycotts by some members of the anti-gun crowd.

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Letter: Affordable housing is part of social safety net in Arlington

Editor: I serve as the board president for Doorways for Women and Families, and I am writing in support of the Affordable Housing Master Plan and its implementation framework.

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Letter: Arlington housing proposal not ready for prime time

Editor: We should all thank County Board member John Vihstadt for choosing not to rubber-stamp the request to advertise the county’s Affordable Housing Master Plan and its implementation framework.

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Letter: Tejada acting out is a sign of frustration over changing times

Editor: In your article about Arlington Republicans firing back against attacks from County Board Vice Chairman Walter Tejada, you quote “one very senior Arlington Democrat” asking of Mr. Tejada, “Has he lost it?”

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Letter: Why are winter potholes still not filled?

Editor: A couple of weeks ago I was driving home from Falls Church down Lee Highway.  All of a sudden – kabam! –the crunch of metal on my right front tire of my brand new car was a realization that I had driven through the cluster of potholes near the intersection of Lee and North George Mason Drive.

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 7/23/15 edition

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Letter: Arlington acting shamefully over fire-station relocation

Editor: The Arlington County government should be ashamed of itself for the way it planned and structured a recent meeting on the future of Fire Station #8.

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Letter: Arlington fire-station proposal is an affront to history

Editor: mI am a native Arlingtonian and I am a lifelong resident of the Hall’s Hill/High View Park community. Unfortunately, I walked away from the July 9 meeting regarding the status of Fire Station #8 feeling personally disrespected and disappointed that the County Board representative and the fire chief had made a decision to move the station without one reason that pertains to saving lives or public safety.

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Letter: Rewriting history is no way to move forward

Editor: As a recent graduate of Arlington’s pubic schools, I have learned a lot about Virginia history and understand the views of other Arlington high-school students. The argument that Washington-Lee High school should be renamed is rooted in a poor understanding of how Robert E. Lee’s actions and how they affect current students.

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Letter: No need to change name of Washington-Lee High School

Editor: We are a multi-generational, multi-ethnic group of Washington-Lee High School alumni, parents and supporters from Arlington and beyond. We support the high school and its name, and we oppose any efforts to change it.

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Letter: Lee was hardly the traitor some make him out to be

Editor: I find it very sad how easily some of my fellow Arlingtonians are able to summarize Robert E. Lee as nothing more than a traitor.  

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Letter: Political-correctness is running amok over Confederation symbols

Editor: I am a senior citizen and graduate of Washington-Lee High School. At my age, reading history – especially American history – is a passion.

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Letter: GOP using Confederate-symbols battle as a smokescreen

Editor: As we go into an election season, Republicans are using the proposed removal of historical references to the Civil War as a smokescreen to protect unlimited gun rights in the U.S. I would like to point out that historical flags and names do not kill people; guns kill people.

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Letter: Deal with modern-day racism before worrying about Confederacy

Editor: Recent letters regarding removal of all references to Southern leaders during the era of the War Between the States shows a lack of appreciation for this milestone in our country’s history.  

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Letter: Arlington Democrats need to confront their own brand of racism

Editor: Arlington County Board Chairman Mary Hynes was quoted in The Washington Post as saying board members plan to ask the county’s legislative delegation to sponsor a bill changing the name of Jefferson Davis Highway.

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Letter: Arlington school site should get historic status

Editor: As the School Board considers whether the past (and future) Stratford Junior High School should be designated as a local historic district, we should take seriously the school’s significance in the state’s long sordid fight over what freedom means.

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Letter: Arlington housing plan is benefit to schools, community

Editor: Many of us have grown and changed with Arlington.

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Letter: Affordable housing should be spread across Arlington

Editor: One hundred ninety-four residents throughout Arlington recently urged the County Board to reconsider passage of the draft Affordable Housing Master Plan. We believe that the draft plan and its implementation framework falls short of ensuring the geographic distribution of affordable housing throughout the county, in order to enable all residents an equal opportunity to the county’s services.  

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Letter: Diversity in schools is good, not bad, for educational outcomes

Editor: As a retired Arlington principal, I am amazed to hear some parents fear that diverse populations in their children’s schools will detract from their education.

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Arlington Sun Gazette editorial: The next battle over school preservation

Call it “Wilson School 2.0” – a new battle could soon rage over preservation of an Arlington Public Schools building.

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Letter: Arlington fire-station plan is dismissive of history

Editor: Apparently our current fire chief has little or no regard for the High View Park/Hall’s Hill community. It appears he has already made the decision to move Fire Station #8 regardless of how residents feel about it.  

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Letter: Arlington staff are not shining in proposal to move fire station

Editor: Thus far the performance of Arlington County staff on the project to move Fire Station #8 has been subpar, at best.

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Letter: Fix appears to be in when it comes to Arlington fire station

Editor: I have attended now two meetings regarding Fire Station #8, and there seems to be an air of inevitability from Arlington County with regards to its relocation. County officials flaunt their studies, which all – coincidentally – produce the same result.  

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Letter: Effort to remove name of Lee is a knee-jerk reaction

Editor: I was disappointed that writers calling for the removal of Robert E. Lee’s name from public roads and schools failed to do their homework, and mischaracterized General Lee. A little research would have yielded the following:

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Letter: Disingenuousness abounds among critics of Arlington housing proposal

Editor: It’s been said if you repeat something often enough, people will believe it. In its July 2 edition, the Sun Gazette enables such behavior.  

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Letter: Arlington housing proposal will benefit entire community

Editor: I’m one of the longtime homeowners in Arlington who wishes to raise his voice in support of the county’s Affordable Housing Master Plan.

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Letter: More density is not the answer for Arlington

Editor: As I travel some of Arlington’s Canyon Boulevards (Clarendon, Fairfax, Washington and Wilson), I suspect that I am not the only person who is asking the question, “how dense can we get?”

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Arlington Highs & Lows, 7/9/15 edition

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Letter: Arlington fire-station-selection process must be more responsive

Editor: The county is at it again. Its proposed development of the 26th and Old Dominion site is expensive, shortsighted and has a lot for everyone to dislike.

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Letter: Why rush to select site for fire station?

Editor: I am writing regarding the planned development at 26th and Old Dominion. I don’t doubt that some kind of development will happen at this site. I take exception to moving forward without a full site plan for this location, and without input from a community task force.  

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Letter: Arlington officials eschew public opinion on fire station

Editor: Our County Board continues to demonstrate that it does not value citizen input. It has repeatedly misled residents of the Old Dominion and surrounding neighborhoods regarding planning for county-owned land in a residential setting.

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Letter: Arlington County Board should delay decision on fire station

Editor: In case you missed it, the County Board plans to vote in early fall on the industrial development of one of the last remaining open-space parcels in the county at 26th and Old Dominion.  

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Letter: Time has come to pass Arlington housing plan

Editor: I have been struck by some of the comments in letters to the editor opposing the county’s draft Affordable Housing Master Plan and Implementation Framework. A letter in the July 2 edition decries doing “radically more than our fair share,” which seems to be defined as more than what neighboring jurisdictions are doing. Yet, the writer doesn’t make clear why Arlington should be considered comparable to other jurisdictions.

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Arlington Sun Gazette editorial: Ups, downs of county manager’s tenure

This week marks the first time since the early 1980s that Barbara Donnellan is not part of the Arlington County government workforce. After spending 32 years rising through the ranks, including the last four-and-a-half as county manager, she has moved into a well-deserved retirement.

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Letter: Arlington housing proposal raising all kinds of red flags

Editor: When it comes to the proposed Affordable Housing Master Plan, I foresee the Trolley Folly all over again.

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Letter: Critics of Arlington housing plan need to be more transparent

Editor: How sad! Judging from the full-page advertisement sponsored by “Concerned Arlington County Homeowners” in recent issues of the Sun Gazette, it seems Arlington civic life has degenerated to the point that some disgruntled residents apparently feel comfortable engaging anonymously in public mudslinging and fear-mongering.

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Letter: Arlington needs discuss on changing school names

Editor: It is easy to cast stones at the Southern states that have maintained Confederate symbols on their license plates and state flags, even flying a Confederate battle flag on the grounds of a state capitol. And yet here at home we generally ignore our own veneration of the Confederacy.

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Letter: Confederate names have no place in modern Arlington

Editor: In the wake of the Charleston massacre, Arlington needs to purge itself of monuments to the Confederacy, especially Washington-Lee High School, which my daughter will attend this fall. The school is named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 6/25/15 edition

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

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Letter: Siting of Arlington fire station deserves broader discussion

Editor: Apparently the county government has learned little from the events of the past several years, in which the County Board was forced to retreat on high-profile decisions after community backlash regarding fiscal irresponsibility and lack of transparency.

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Letter: Arlington board does its duty on Reevesland vote

Editor: Has the Sun Gazette lost its objectivity and balance in its reporting? It certainly seems so in its recent coverage of Reevesland.

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Letter: Vihstadt appears obstuctionist on housing issue

Editor: John Vihstadt raised issue after issue at the June 13 County Board discussion of the  affordable-housing task force’s report.

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Letter: Advertising attacking housing plan should come out of shadows

Editor: It would be a benefit to the community, and I would like to invite the leadership of the “Concerned Arlington County Homeowners” to a public discussion about the “Trojan Horse” they claim the proposed Affordable Housing Master Plan is [advertisement, June 18].

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 6/18/15 edition

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Letter: Is Vihstadt going wobbly on his Arlington constituents?

Editor: After reading two stories in the June 11 Sun Gazette, I am a bit concerned about the recent behavior of County Board member John Vihstadt.

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 6/11/15 edition

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

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Letter: Supporter of Arlington gun shop paints false choice

Editor: Robert Molleur of Manassas, in defense of a gun shop in Arlington, asked in a June 4 letter to the editor if a parents discovered an intruder, would they call the County Board or wish they had a firearm.

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Letter: Critics of Arlington gun shop need to be consistent

Editor: If the anti-gun-store crowd wants to stop a retired Marine from exercising his constitutional right to lawfully sell guns and ammo in dear old Arlington, then we better order the pawn shop a half-mile away to stop selling the guns and ammo it’s been selling for 30-plus years.

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