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Arlington Sun Gazette editorial: First take on County Board race

With two weeks until the pivotal Democratic County Board primary, the time has come to start culling the field in terms of an endorsement.

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Letter: Arlington leadership fails on Reevesland decision

Editor: Nelson Reeves owned and operated the last dairy farm in Arlington, and his storied agriculture legacy should inspire today’s children and future generations about growing food and community. He was my neighbor, and he was an exemplary person and gardener extraordinaire.  

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Letter: Faulty decisions on affordable housing will have lasting impact

Editor: In April, you published a cogent letter from Maura McMahon highlighting that Arlington County’s draft Affordable Housing Master Plan would abandon the county’s longstanding goal to “distribute committed affordable housing within the county, neighborhoods and projects.”

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Letter: Cherrydale is wrong location for gun store

Editor: If you believe a May 19 confirmation from the company, it’s a surefire deal: Nova Firearms will be opening in a vacant spot in Cherrydale. It’s the storefront formerly housing Curves and, needless to say, it’s thrown local residents a curve. To put it mildly.

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Letter: Time to address Va.’s ballooning Alzheimer’s needs

Editor: Thank you, U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-8th),  for cosponsoring the HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act, which will provide care and support services to those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. I hope we can count on you to support the $300 million in additional funding for Alzheimer’s research in fiscal 2016.

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 5/21/15 edition

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

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Letter: Time to celebrate Arlington school-bus drivers

Editor: There seem to be recognition awards for a number of different Arlington Public Schools employee categories, but where is the award for bus drivers?

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Letter: Come together to make Arlington housing plan work

Editor: I have served as the Arlington County Civic Federation representative to the Affordable Housing Study Group for the past two-plus years, along with 17 other community representatives, county-government housing staff and consultants from George Mason University.

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Letter: Arlington affordable-housing plan far from world-class

Editor: As a development consultant, I have visited myriad “affordable”/subsidized housing projects throughout Latin America. I am struck by the fact that Arlington County, which purports to be a “world-class” urban community, is beginning to show symptoms similar to those in poor urban areas one typically finds in the Third World.  

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Arlington Sun Gazette endorsement: Our pick in Democratic School Board caucus

The looming departure in December of School Board member Abby Raphael after eight years of service will leave a challenging void to fill. While some will grumble she has been too big a backer of Superintendent Patrick Murphy, we have found Raphael’s sharp mind and oversight skills beneficial during her two terms in office.

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Letter: Arlington civic engagement should not be limited to just those who have time

Editor: A recent sentence in a Sun Gazette article on the Democratic School Board caucus struck a chord: “Sharon Dorsey said that APS tends to listen to the ‘squeaky wheel’ while those who don’t have the time, energy or connections to press their case are often largely ignored.”

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Letter: Candidate explains why he opposed Arlington school bond

Editor: In a May 7 letter [“Goldstein Needs to Explain Some Past Positions”], I was criticized for questioning the 2006 school-bond proposal. I am happy to respond.

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 5/7/15 edition

Our editorial page view on the local scene.

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Letter: Candidate Goldstein needs to explain past positions

Editor: There’s a troubling omission from the community-engagement list at School Board candidate Reid Goldstein’s Web site:

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Letter: Must have been a slow news day to focus on Arlington dog licenses

Editor: I’m writing in response to the divisive article, “Arlington: Many Dogs, But Does Anyone Pay the Required Taxes on Their Canines?” [April 23].

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Letter: Goldstein does not have temperament for elected office

Editor: Reid Goldstein is a candidate for Arlington’s School Board. But if we evaluate Mr. Goldstein’s past actions, it is apparent that he is unfit for any elective office in Arlington County.

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Letter: There is help for new mothers experiencing post-partum issues

Editor: Having a new baby: the happiest time of a woman’s life, right? Not always.

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Arlington Sun Gazette Highs & Lows, 4/30/15 edition

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

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Letter: New voting equipment will be a plus for Arlington

Editor: Regarding “Current Voting Machines to Be Scrapped Now” [April 23], I couldn’t be happier to hear this news.

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Letter: Arlington needs more consistent resources for gifted students

Editor: In your April 2 article “Arlington School Board Chair Still Wary of Sending Students to TJ,” James Lander expressed his concern about Arlington’s ongoing participation with the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology, and discussed a possible future alternative in Arlington.

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Letter: Arlington school leaders unresponsive to needs of Montessori students

Editor: I am writing in response to your article a few weeks ago entitled “Search Ramps Up in Quest to Find Seats for Students.”

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Letter: Arlington students helping to do part to bridge gap with Champions Together effort

Editor: In my 20-plus years in Special Olympics I still, on occasion, make the same mistake. I miss the boat. I underestimate the abilities either cognitive or physical of our Special Olympics athletes; athletes with intellectual disabilities.

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Letter: Goldstein has commitment to serve Arlington students

Editor: We had the pleasure of working along with Reid Goldstein on the Long Branch PTA and when he led the H-B Woodlawn Parent Advisory Committee. Goldstein’s dedication to inclusion of all students and families, and his relentless work to ensure information was shared with parents were remarkable and demonstrate his passion for education and ensuring success for every student.   

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Letter: Goldstein has worked tirelessly on Arlington school issues

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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

Our editorial page view on the local scene.

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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

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

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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

Our editorial page view on the local scene this week.

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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: 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: 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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Letter: Arlington government dropped ball on trash collection after storm

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

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

Our editorial page view on the local scene.

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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: 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: 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: 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

Our editorial page view on the local scene.

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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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