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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 2/4/16 edition

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Letter: Hold businesses accountable for snow-clearing

Editor: I have been an Arlington County resident for more than 30 years. As I write this on the evening of Jan. 26, our street has not seen a plow once. We are all still completely snowed in.

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Letter: There are bigger problems than tie-less County Board members

Editor: From time to time issues of a strikingly serious nature come to the public’s  attention. The formal portrait of the 2016 County Board, which appeared online, shamelessly showing three male board members without neckties, should certainly be included in this category. 

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Arlington Highs & Lows, 1/28/16 edition

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Letter: Recycling effort just a ploy to make Arlington look good

Editor: In recent weeks you’ve printed letters from Jim Clarke [“Year-Round Yard-Waste Collection Not Needed in Arlington”] and Pamela Stratton [“Here Is One Way to Cut Arlington Spending”] in which they expressed opposition to the upcoming yard-waste-pickup program, saying that it is a big waste of taxpayer money.

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Letter: County Board to blame for Arlington school crowding

Editor: While Arlington’s elementary-school overcrowding may seem like old news, high-school overcrowding is just beginning. Washington-Lee, for one, is projected to be 527 students over capacity in 2019 and 1,000 students over capacity in 2025.

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 1/21/16 edition

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Letter: Year-round yard-waste collection not needed in Arlington

Editor: I read Pamela Stratton’s Jan. 14 letter to the editor concerning the year-round yard-waste collection program, and I think she nailed it.  

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Letter: New Arlington street-lighting not meeting dark-sky needs

Editor: Arlington officials have always said that their new streetlights are dark-sky compliant. The county-government’s Web site made this claim:  “Old lights will be replaced with ‘dark-sky’ technology, to save energy and reduce light pollution. Dark-sky light fixtures focus downward and illuminate only the areas that need light.”

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 1/14/16 edition

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Letter: New Arlington leaders must fulfill promises of inclusion

Editor: I would like to commend new County Board members Christian Dorsey And Katie Cristol for their New Year’s Day remarks, focusing our vision on rebuilding faith in Arlington government and helping the county’s most vulnerable.

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Letter: Here is one way to cut Arlington spending

Editor: At their New Year’s Day organizational meeting, both County Board member John Vihstadt and new chairman Libby Garvey said there were ways to scrub the budget and eliminate or defer unnecessary spending.

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 1/7/15 edition

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Letter: Arlington voters need to take back their county government

Editor: On Dec. 29, I went to Arlington voter-registration office to gather information on our November 2015 election for County Board. What I found out from the supervisor there were facts about who votes and who doesn’t vote in Arlington County.

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 12/31/15 edition

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 12/24/15 edition

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Letter: Stop complaining about names of streets, schools

Editor: For some time, I’ve been reading the articles about, and letters from, people who take exception to the names of our streets, highways and schools in Arlington. My thought has been, “Hey, why have you chosen to live in Arlington if these names are so disgusting to you?”

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Letter: Arlington Democrats need to brush up on history

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Letter: Be vigilant when using new Glebe Road

Editor: I am afraid for the walkers, joggers and bicyclists (not to mention the animals) that use New Glebe Road to compete with cars.  

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Letter: Arlingtonians act like infants over helicopter noise

Editor: Arlingtonians complaining about the sound of military-helicopter flyovers is akin to a 22-year-old liberalized Arlington-raised kid complaining to mama about the remnants of the diaper rash he had when 8 months old.

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 12/17/15 edition

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Letter: We can hope Arlington leaders end profligate ways

Editor: Two items in the Dec. 3 front-page story on how the Arlington County Board allocates end-of-fiscal-year cash should be of special interest to county taxpayers.

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Letter: Garvey was winner in battle with Arlington Democrats

Editor: I applaud the Arlington County Democratic Committee’s vote to bring Libby Garvey back into the fold [Sun Gazette, Dec. 10], after shooting her down in flames with a flick of the switch 18 months ago.

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Letter: McAuliffe putting Virginians at risk with action on guns in buildings

Editor: Gov. McAuliffe seems to be bucking to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate and paying back support, while jeopardizing Virginians by establishing gun-free zones in state-agency buildings. 

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 12/10/15 edition

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Commentary: Doing nothing is not an option on I-66

Drive Interstate 66 inside the Beltway during rush-hour just one time and you’ll quickly discover congestion is terrible. Drive it every day for years, there is no question something has to be done. I-66 is ranked among the most traffic-clogged roads in the country.

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Letter: Housing advocates again misguided in their efforts

Editor: A long list of Arlington clergy signed a letter to you last week supporting Arlington County funding to finance the sale of the Arlington Presbyterian Church on Columbia Pike for $8.5 million and for the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) to build a new 173 apartment project there.

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Letter: Housing project an example of faith community doing its part

Editor: I am writing in support of the future affordable-housing apartments on the Arlington Presbyterian Church site.

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Letter: Arlington board should support Columbia Pike housing proposal

Editor: I would like to express my support for the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing’s (APAH) proposed 3507 Columbia Pike (Arlington Presbyterian Church) development, which will be heard at the County Board meeting on Dec. 12.

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Letter: Clement is a credit when she runs for office

Editor: I will start by stating that I am very appreciative of your efforts to keep Arlington residents informed of important matters impacting the quality of life and work in Arlington County. I depend upon your efforts to keep abreast of pending matters, which I believe every citizen should have information about in order to make educated decisions. 

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Letter: Arlington principal was an outstanding person

Editor: Having recently celebrated Thanksgiving, we would be remiss if we did not give thanks that Dr. Ralph Stone – who died in September – was such an important person in the lives of thousands of students, parents and faculty of Taylor Elementary School.

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Letter: Give the holiday cheer to bell-ringers

Editor: To spread Christmas cheer,  the next time you shop at a grocery store that has a Salvation Army bell-ringer and a Starbucks booth, why not buy him/her a Starbucks drink to warm them?

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Sun Gazette editorial: How much change is good for WMATA board?

A new year is likely to bring major change to Virginia’s representation on the board of directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) board.

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 12/3/15 edition

ON THE VERY SAME DAY last month that the Arlington County government announced it was facing a potential budget deficit for the fiscal year that begins next July, County Board members voted to allocate about $20 million in funds left over from last year’s budget on a host of projects that apparently weren’t important enough to make it into the budget in the first place.

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Letter: Arlington should support conversion of church property to housing

Editor: We are writing as a collective body of Arlington clergy to express our support for the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing’s (APAH) proposed redevelopment of 3507 Columbia Pike (Arlington Presbyterian Church), which will be heard at the December County Board meeting.

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Letter: Use Arlington government surplus on Wilson School preservation

Editor: Last spring, the Arlington School Board voted against the wishes of the Arlington/Ft. Myer Heights residents and Arlington Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board for restoration of the historic Wilson School on Wilson Boulevard, in part because of cost concerns.

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Letter: Arlington County Board just can’t help itself

Editor: If nothing else, the Arlington County Board is not boring to watch.

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Sun Gazette editorial: Defer quick action on I-66 tolling proposal

It may be, when a complete vetting is completed, that the McAuliffe administration’s proposal to add tolling to Interstate 66 inside the Beltway proves to be a smart move.

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 11/26/15 edition

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Letter: Ballston project seems to be over-optimistic effort

Editor: As usual, Arlington’s economic planners don’t seem to have a great grasp on economic reality.

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 11/19/15 edition

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Letter: Tolling on I-66 is not a bad concept

Editor: Marty Smith of McLean [“Tolling on I-66 Will Benefit Few,” Nov. 12] writes that imposing tolls on Interstate 66 inside the Beltway – most of which lies within Arlington – is a terrible idea that will benefit few. I disagree.   

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Letter: Arlington schools should have done more for Veterans Day

Editor: Each year, Veterans Day presents an opportunity for those of us that enjoy the freedoms and liberty provided and protected by those that defend us, to take the time: to show our respect, to honor their memories and to say thank you.

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Letters: Congress should stop playing games with budget, EPA

Editor: Appropriating funds to keep the federal government running is a primary responsibility of Congress. As we have seen, it is not easy – and if they fail, a government shutdown has real, painful consequences for people across the country.

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 11/12/15 edition

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Letter: Be sure to support Scouting for Food

Editor: I am a Boy Scout in Troop 111 in Arlington, and I would like to bring to your attention an upcoming annual food drive for the needy, “Scouting for Food.”

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 11/5/15 edition

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Sun Gazette endorsement: Arlington County Board

In endorsing Michael McMenamin for County Board last week, we promised to return now to our second choice for the two seats on the ballot.

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Letter: Changes to Arlington recycling not environment-friendly

Editor: I recently found attached to my trash bin a new magnet stating what was now recyclable in Arlington, as apparently this has changed.

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Letter: Why can’t affordable-housing advocates be honest about their goals?

Editor: A recent Sun Gazette article [“County Officials Promise to Give Priority to Shirlington,” Oct. 22] highlights the hypocrisy (at the taxpayers’ expense) of both the County Board and the affordable-housing advocates.

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