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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 12/25/14 edition

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

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Letter: Arlington school leaders should not shortchange technology funding

Editor: It’s that time of year again: Arlington Public Schools has projected a massive shortfall in next year’s budget and is proposing a wide range of budget cuts.

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Letter: Serve the greater good in planning new Arlington school facilities

Editor: Having worked for Arlington Public Schools for 36 years as a reading teacher and, after retirement, with the adult-education program, I have a bit of institutional memory where the school system is concerned.

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 12/18/14 edition

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Letter: Open space, schools need to coexist in Arlington

Editor: Open space is not empty space and is not without value. In Arlington, one of the most densely populated counties in the country, open space is a precious commodity that contributes to the high quality of life.

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Letter: Arlington builder did the right thing

Editor: Thank you to Arlington Restoration Builders for saving the house at the corner of 19th Street North and North Illinois Street.

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 12/11/14 edition

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Letter: Remember to thank Garvey for stance against wasteful Arlington projects

Editor: I am a staunch supporter of John Vihstadt and was delighted to see the support he garnered in the recent election, and have no wish to downplay the role he has played in recent months regarding the Columbia Pike trolley.

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Letter: North Arlington wants Columbia Pike to succeed

Editor: I felt sad after reading the Nov. 27 letter to the editor by Grant Maloney about the streetcar.

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Letter: With streetcar scrapped, Arlington can now tackle pressing issues

Editor: County Board Chairman Jay Fisette proclaims loudly that the decision to eliminate the Columbia Pike and Crystal City streetcar projects is not in the spirit of “the Arlington Way.”

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Letter: Election results do not confirm a north-vs.-south split among Arlingtonians

Editor: Since Arlington is divided into streets, roads, etc., with “North” and “South” designations, one can assume that the debate between North and South Arlington regarding the streetcar draws its line in the same place the county does, along Arlington Boulevard.

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Letter: New school would destroy TJ Garden in Arlington

Editor: We, the undersigned, are members of Ambassador Girl Scout Troop 557 (Arlington) and the “Founding Farmers” of the Thomas Jefferson Middle School Garden (“TJ Garden”). We started the TJ Garden in 2010 for our Girl Scout Silver Award project when we were a Cadette troop at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

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Letter: Thank a Salvation Army bell-ringer with a treat

Editor: The next time you go to a Safeway where they have Starbucks coffee, offer to buy the Salvation Army volunteer a hot drink and perhaps a treat. It will brighten up their day – and yours.

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Sun Gazette editorial: Time for Arlington government to stop pleading poverty

And so it begins for yet another year.

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Letter: Arlington taxpayers getting ripped off to pay for wants of outsiders

Editor: The new homeless shelter at the corner of North Courthouse Road and 14th Street North must be sold back to the private sector now, and the funds from the sale must be returned to Arlington taxpayers in the form of tax relief.

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Letter: Fairfax, Arlington need to work together on new plan for Pike transit

Editor: This letter responds to two recent Sun Gazette articles: “Columbia Pike streetcar Project, Baileys Crossroads Revitalization Could Be in Peril” and “Fairfax Officials Vow to Press on With Revitalization of Baileys/Skyline.”

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Letter: Streetcar battle was not a north-vs.-south issue

Editor: I wanted to tear my hair out while reading Grant Maloney’s letter in the Nov. 27 edition, in which he blamed the streetcar outcome on the divide between North Arlington and South Arlington.

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Letter: Streetcar forces need to move on, start building bridges to opposing side

Editor: In the aftermath of the streetcar’s cancellation, I am really disappointed in the reactions of the supporters.

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Letter: Geography was not determining factor in streetcar battle lines

Editor: I am disappointed to see so many references to the streetcar decision  expressed as a “North Arlington vs. South Arlington” choice. I have  lived in both North and South Arlington over the past 48 years, and I  don’t recall any issue being described in this manner.

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Letter: Trackless trolleys could be answer to Columbia Pike issue

Editor: In the streetcar kerfuffle, have trackless trolleys been considered as a compromise?

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Arlington Sun Gazette editorial: Will we hear the real streetcar story?

Someday, the full story behind the change of heart on the Columbia Pike and Crystal City streetcar projects by County Board members Jay Fisette and Mary Hynes may come to light.

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Letter: The streetcar’s a curse; here’s the story in verse

Editor: Twas the night after the election, and all through the county,

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Letter: Streetcar decision flies in face of Arlington policies

Editor: You mean it’s OK to build more lanes for more buses and cars, but not OK to build streetcars? It’s OK to build more parking spaces and parking garages and service stations, but not streetcars? It’s OK to build bus-rapid transit through Crystal City, but not streetcars? It’s OK to widen streets and build new roads, but not to build streetcars?

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Letter: Nixing the streetcar will be step toward fiscal sanity

Editor: A big high-five to our County Board for the decision to cancel the streetcar project.  I hope this is a turning point in how our elected officials will proceed in managing their wants and Arlingtonians’ needs.

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Letter: Find a way to put transit under, not on, Columbia Pike

Editor: Now that the Columbia Pike streetcar idea is gone, who would like to join me in channeling the streetcar energy into doing a better job and put a Metro Line under Columbia Pike, like we should have done 20 years ago?

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Letter: Ball is now in court of streetcar opponents

Editor: So the streetcar is dead. What comes next?

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Letter: Streetcar vote will not be enough to save Democrats

Editor: Did the Big Three on the County Board change their mind on the streetcar because it was the correct decision, or are they more concerned with job security? I suspect it’s the latter.   

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Letter: Streetcar decision will fundamentally alter Arlington social fabric

Editor: A few weeks ago, when the weather was nice, I went to shoot some hoops at a park near my house. While I was making shots, I took my wallet out and left it on the side of the basketball court. I left forgetting about my wallet until two hours later, when I promptly rushed back to the park.

It was nowhere to be found, and I walked home upset with myself for the

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Letter: Arlington simply may have grown to its logical capacity

Editor: Rather than try to solve each challenge facing Arlington as a separate issue, the County Board should take a look at the underlying cause for all of the difficult demands made on them.

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Letter: Arlington residents fed up with extravagant spending

Editor: I consider myself an almost native of Arlington County, since I’ve lived here since I was 6 months old. I’ve been reading in the Sun Gazette about pros and cons on the proposed trolley and the proposed super-swimming complex at Long Bridge Park.

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Letter: Area around Arlington park a clear danger to children

Editor: I live near the popular new Rocky Run Park at Fairfax Drive and North Barton Street. A four-way stop sign is needed, as is a better fence to confine the young children.

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Letter: Different voting methods would help Arlington governance

Editor: After years of discussion, planning and investment, Arlington’s streetcar projects have been brought to a screeching halt by Vihstadt’s victory.

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Letter: Woodlawn cannot be substantially enlarged without negative impacts

Editor: Community attention has been directed at the H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program’s size and instructional model during the current process to relieve middle school overcrowding.  

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Letter: H-B Woodlawn does not need to prove its worth to anyone

Editor: Did “a proud H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program graduate and engaged Arlington Public Schools parent” really say, in a recent letter to the editor, that H-B has “traditionally struggled to prove itself”?  

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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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