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Arlington Sun Gazette editorial: Is County Board field up to the task

Since the field of contenders to succeed Mary Hynes and Walter Tejada on the County Board began to coalesce a few months ago, there have been whispers among those we respect in what can be loosely described as the Arlington Democratic establishment that those entering the race may not quite be ready for prime time.

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Letter: South Arlington schools provide solid educations

Editor: Recently, there have been letters and talk about the relationship between affordable housing and the percentage of free and reduced-price lunch students in schools in South Arlington. Having taught 20 years in South Arlington, I am particularly sensitive to the content of these discussions.

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Letter: All candidates should get attention from media

Editor: I found your April 9 editorial opinion [“Our View: The Conundrum for Non-Democrats”] disturbing.  

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Arlington Sun Gazette editorial: The threshold for independents, third-party candidates

About 20 intrepid souls gathered at Shirlington Library last week for a forum put on by the Arlington Green Party, discussing ways that independents and third-party candidates could find success in running for local office.

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Letter: Affordable-housing effort taking Arlington in wrong direction

Editor: Your coverage of the County Board’s work session regarding the draft Affordable Housing Master Plan [“County Board Takes its First Formal Look at Housing Plan,” April 2] was grossly incomplete.  

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Letter: Artisphere will not be missed

Editor: My wife and I have visited the Artisphere at least six times, and never found many folk there. And small wonder: there was little to see.

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Letter: Let those who want the water park pay for it

Editor: Folks who live here and are often desperate to stay are not dreaming of a dip in the pool or laying down as they wend their way along the lazy river [“County to Take Another Look at Aquatics Center,” March 26].

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 4/2/15 edition

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Letter: Give Artisphere chance to grow

Editor: I oppose closing the Artisphere.

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Letter: Arlington needs to fund restoration of Reeves farmhouse

Editor: One of Arlington’s unique treasures, the historic Reevesland farmhouse adjacent to Bluemont Park, has been boarded up and neglected for 14 years. The county government purchased the farmhouse and two acres from the children of the late Nelson Reeves, soon after he died a few weeks shy of his 100th birthday. He was Arlington’s last dairy farmer and a legendary gardener.

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 3/26/15 edition

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Letter: Arlington officials should turn over sports-league-management efforts

Editor: I write regarding the March 26 public hearing on Department of Parks and Recreation program and service fees for the upcoming fiscal year.

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Letter: Arlington Democrats disrespectful to African-American women

Editor: I attended the March Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) to hear County Board and School Board candidates at Walter Reed Community Center. Listening to the seven candidates, I was unimpressed hearing “promises of change” and “progressive values.”

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 3/19/15 edition

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Letter: Not enough history left in Wilson School to preserve

Editor: I am a student at H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program, and while I will have graduated by the time the school is moved to the new site on Wilson Boulevard, I (and many others here) are concerned about goings on about the possible historical designation of the Wilson School building on the site.

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Letter: Arlington Democrats apparently still in denial

Editor: Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) members who heard Walter Tejada’s speech on March 4, reported on the front page of the March 12 Sun Gazette, have got to have been wondering exactly what he was trying to do.

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Letter: Arlington government dropped ball on trash collection after storm

Editor: I want to give Arlington County a Thumbs Down.

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Letter: Wilson School is worth preserving

Editor: Reading the Sun Gazette March 12 editorial on historic designation for Wilson School, I experienced the following feelings: surprise, stampeded, saddened.

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

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Letter: Arlington should move away from NIMBYism on I-66

Editor: Interstate 66 improvements being considered by county leaders [“County Board Thinks I-66 Proposal Has Merit,” March 2]?  This would be an incredible turnabout if true, and high time, too.   

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Letter: Arlington would benefit by designating Wilson School as historic

Editor: I would like to clarify a statement incorrectly attributed to me in the Sun Gazette’s Feb. 26 reporting of the School Board’s action rejecting historic status for the Wilson School.

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Letter: Drones in civilian hands can pose dangers

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Letter: Arlington talks a good game on environment, but that is about it

Editor: As many residents will recall, last year the Arlington County government was planning to institute year-round green recycling, so that all yard waste, including grass clippings, would be picked up weekly and not go into the regular solid-waste stream, hence reducing landfill/disposal fees.  

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Letter: Put politics aside for betterment of Arlington

Editor: It should be obvious to Arlingtonians now, nearing the end a very demanding winter, and that a planned renovation of the water-distribution system within the confines of the county is necessary.  

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 3/5/15 edition

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Letter: Drones post threat to Reagan National and to Arlington

Editor: News flash: French authorities have begun investigating sights of drones close to sensitive sites in Paris, including the presidential palace and Paris’s Bois de Boulogne park.

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Letter: Staff ideas on Rosslyn site are not beneficial to community

Editor: As part of the Western Rosslyn Area Planning Study (WRAPS) process, Arlington County staff have recommended giving away part of Rosslyn Highland Park in exchange for a developer paying for a new fire station. The North Rosslyn Civic Association opposes trading public land for the benefit of a private developer in this ill-advised bargain.

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Letter: Arlington government still has plenty of fat to cut

Editor: So, the county government wants to raise real estate taxes again.

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Letter: Affordable-housing proposal will benefit developer, not public

Editor: Robert Rosen, chair of the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH), a government contractor for Arlington County, indicates that APAH’s  proposed apartment buildings (“Columbia Hills”) will “bring benefits to community” [Letters, Feb. 19].  

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Letter: Sheriff should not get to decide which laws to enforce

Editor: I was astounded to read in the letter by Sheriff Beth Arthur [Sun Gazette, Feb. 19] that “local law enforcement doesn’t have the authority to enforce federal [immigration] laws.”

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 2/26/15 edition

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 2/19/15 edition

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Letter: Arlington needs to up its game on economic-development front

Editor: Some believe Arlington County is having a financial crisis. Is “crisis” too strong a term? I am not sure how bad it may be, but I have my own financial problem.

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Letter: Arlington sheriff details reasoning behind change of policy

Editor: This letter is in response to the Feb. 5 article, “Arlington GOP raps Sheriff’s decision on ICE Requests,” concerning my decision to amend the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office (policy regarding requests from the US Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain an inmate past their release date on local charges.

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Letter: County Board support of Arlington affordable housing remains critical

Editor: As the volunteer chair of the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) and an Arlington resident for almost 35 years, I am writing to thank Arlington County leadership for taking a progressive role to maintain housing affordability in our award-winning community.

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Letter: Teachers deserve adequate compensation

Editor: It seems like teachers may well raise a finger about your recent opinion [Highs & Lows, Feb. 12] on teacher salaries – but it won’t be a thumb.

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 2/12/15 edition

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Letter: Use vacant commercial space to house Arlington students

Editor: Has there been any discussion of retrofitting space in some of Arlington’s vacant commercial buildings to provide additional capacity for Arlington Public Schools?  

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Letter: Arlington officials should take over country clubs, use air above I-66

Editor: It is good news that School Board members will consider the use of existing county-owned and privately-owned buildings in their search for space.

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 2/5/15 edition

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Letter: Construction a K-8 school is a win-win for Arlington

Editor: County Board member John Vihstadt is right in his assertion that having to build a new H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program at the Wilson site while preserving the old Wilson building may be an “extremely expensive” venture [“Wilson School: Preserve It or Knock It Down?” Sun Gazette, Jan. 29].

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Letter: Arlington County Board abdicated its responsibility

Editor: I am deeply disappointed in the County Board’s lack of action on moving forward with an elementary school on the northwest parking lot next to Thomas Jefferson Middle School and Community Center.

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Letter: Wilson School is worthy of restoring to past glory

Editor: But for this attached picture, no one today would remember what a truly monumental building the Wilson School was even in 1932, 22 years after it opened standing tall over the farms and small buildings of rural Rosslyn.  

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 1/29/15 edition

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Letter: County should plan ahead when it has the chance

Editor: What I would have said at the County Board hearing on building an elementary school on TJ Park if I’d planned ahead:

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Letter: Arlington needs to pay for its wants with existing funds

Editor: The remit announced for the Arlington Community Facilities Study task force, at least as described in recent Sun Gazette articles, looks to me both too limited and too forward-looking to bring the scrutiny needed as the county government makes facilities choices.

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Letter: Arlington gymnastics parents should be compensated for overcharges

Editor: In January, the county manager’s task group on gymnastics determined that parents had been substantially overpaying for their children’s gymnastics through the Department of Parks and Recreation.

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 1/22/15 edition

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Letter: Service comes in many forms, including Scouting

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Letter: Arlington Philharmonic is credit to community

Editor: On Jan. 11, the Arlington Philharmonic began its 2015 season with an excellent performance which included Franz Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony,” conducted by Maestro Scott Wood, and “Piano Concerto Number 3 in D Minor” by Rachmaninoff, played exceptionally by pianist Sara Danespour (three standing ovations!).

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