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Sun Gazette editorial: In incautious comment coud haunt John Foust

“Cautious” is a pretty good descriptor for Democratic Fairfax County supervisor, and congressional candidate, John Foust. Perhaps after events of recent weeks, he’ll learn to be even more so.

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Letter: Foust comments showcase his shortcomings

Editor: John Foust seems to have discovered one of those worse-than cures to treat political foot-in-mouth disease: suggest you do not consider elective office to be a real job, then list your opponent’s superior qualifications and experience to serve in the post you seek for yourself.

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Letter: Explanations by Foust are not fooling anyone

Editor: John Foust chose to explain his “I don’t think she’s even had a real job” comment about Barbara Comstock a poor choice of words that was taken out of context.

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Letter: No need for personal attacks, Mr. Foust

Editor: In Leesburg on Aug. 21, John Foust, in discussing his congressional-campaign opponent Del. Barbara Comstock, said “I don’t think [Comstock’s] even had a real job.”

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Letter: Foust needs to focus on issues, not insults

Editor: It has happened elsewhere when Republican women ran for office, and now it is happening here: A personal smear of the female Republican candidate, Barbara Comstock, by her male Democratic opponent, John Foust, who implied that Ms. Comstock was unfit for office because she has never had a “real job.”

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Letter: Yes, voters do understand importance of research, development

Editor: In response to Barbara Stephens’ letter [“Comstock’s Record Disqualifies Her for Congress,” Aug. 21], Ms. Stephens sounds uninformed about voters of Virginia’s 10th Congressional District.

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Sun Gazette editorial: Election results show two Virginias growing steadily apart

Two of last week’s special elections for the General Assembly across Virginia provided a glimpse not only of the partisan divide, but evidence that it’s only going to get worse.

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Letter: Stick with facts when discussing candidates

Editor: I’ve known Supervisor John Foust and Del. Barbara Comstock for a number of years. I hold each in high regard. I have observed that both have worked tirelessly for their constituents.

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Letter: Do not use FDR, JFK to promote Republicans

Editor: Although I will vote for John Foust in the 10th District congressional election, I certainly respect Glen Sjoblom’s support support of Del. Comstock [“Comstock Has Best Experience to Be Effective Leader in Congress,” Letters Aug. 14].

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Letter: Foust trumps Comstock in support for transit

Editor: Katie Winter’s letter to the Sun Gazette [“Foust’s Ineffectiveness on Metro Doesn’t Bode Well for Future,” Aug. 14] twisted the truth so far my head was spinning.

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Letter: Republican contender is wrong more often than right

Editor: The real meat of your recent profile of 11th Congressional District Republican nominee Suzanne Scholte was contained in the paragraph that began, “If elected . . .”

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Letter: Comstock is right to promote research, development

Editor: In her Aug. 21 letter, “Comstock’s Record Disqualifies Her for Congress,” Barbara Stephens asserts that “no average voter either wrote [about] or cares about [Del. Comstock’s] Research and Development Expense Act.”

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Sun Gazette editorial: Non-partisan redistricting a non-starter in Richmond

Rounding out their support of a trifecta that no doubt also included motherhood and apple pie, House of Delegates candidates David Foster and Rip Sullivan last week affirmed support for “nonpartisan redistricting” of legislative seats in the General Assembly.

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Sun Gazette editorial: Keep Metro pillars artistry-free

After several weeks in operation, everyone should be getting used to the sights and sounds of Metro trains rumbling overhead as the Silver Line passes through Tysons Corner and heads west. After the long wait, it’s a welcome development.

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Sun Gazette endorsement: 48th House of Delegates special election

Voters in the 48th House of Delegates district – at least those inclined to brave the depths of summer to cast ballots – go to the polls Aug. 19 to pick a successor to Democrat Bob Brink, whose 16-year tenure ended June 30 when he accepted a job in the McAuliffe administration.

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Letter: Foster has experience, focus to work well in Richmond

Editor: “Can a Republican win an election in a district that includes Arlington?”

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Letter: Foster would add to, not subtract from, partisanship in Richmond

Editor: I received a mailer from David Foster, the Republican candidate in the August 19 special election for the House of Delegates in Arlington and McLean, in which he deplored “hyper-partisanship” and promised to “bring reason to Richmond.”

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Letter: Dominion, McDonnell were right, Foster was wrong, on offshore wind

Editor: In the Aug. 5 debate between Rip Sullivan and David Foster, who are vying for the 48th District House of Delegates’ seat, Foster implied that wind energy wasn’t a big deal by saying that “one problem with windmills offshore is the wind is not always blowing.”

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Letter: No need for lectures from Foust on health care, Medicaid

Editor: Last year, John Foust supported a candidate for House of Delegates, Kathleen Murphy, who said that the problem of doctors not taking Medicaid patients should be solved by forcing doctors to take them.

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Letter: Foster’s experience on education isn’t enough in this race

Editor: I write to respond to Louise Epstein’s letter [“Foster is Candidate of Specifics on Education”] in the July 31 edition.

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Letter: Foust did little to help with Silver Line

Editor: John Foust was against the above-ground Metro Silver Line before he joined the bandwagon for it.

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Letter: Does Comstock want to impeach Obama?

Editor: Barbara Comstock routinely touts Frank Wolf as her mentor and role model. That is fine, but on some issues that does not necessarily represent the desires of voters in the 10th District.

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Sun Gazette editorial: Va. Republicans step in it, again

When it comes to politics, our only bias on the editorial page is against foolishness. And – boy, oh boy! – some in Virginia’s political realm seem to be terminally foolhardy when it comes to how they present themselves to the public, don’t they?

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Sun Gazette editorial: Governor right to stay out of Redskins’ controversy

Give Gov. McAuliffe credit for steadfastly refusing to be sucked into the largely media-created controversy over the name of the Washington Redskins.

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Letter: Silver Line is not benefiting everyone who wants to use it

Editor: Relating to the coverage of the Silver Line opening, I wanted to share a perspective that was not covered: the inability of so many Vienna residents to USE this new Metro line which we have eagerly awaited.  

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Letter: Comstock’s actions speak louder than her professed bipartisanship

Editor: I understand Marty Smith [Letters, July 31] wants to put Barbara Comstock in a very favorable light, and asks that we consider her record instead of “aggressive campaign attacks.” Unfortunately, her actual record leaves far too much to be desired.  

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Letter: Lack of support for transportation by Comstock is troubling

Editor: As the Sun Gazette documented the celebrations to mark the opening of the new Silver Line, which will improve the lives of countless residents in Northern Virginia, the editorial page once again included a letter to the editor on July 31 praising the positive record of Barbara Comstock.  

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Letter: Foust will advance cause of human rights in Congress

Editor: July 28 will go down as an historic day for equality in Virginia, as the day the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of marriage equality.

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Letter: Sending a partisan to Congress will not help things

Editor: I read with mounting frustration the letters to the editor in your paper advocating for Barbara Comstock that clearly are written by her staff or public-relations staff, not average voters.

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Letter: Foust has skills needed to get job done in Congress

Editor: To represent McLean in the 10th Congressional District, we need someone with the vision to position our area to thrive in this changing economy, someone who works hard and follows through, and someone dedicated to constituent services.

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Letter: Foster trumps Sullivan in understanding of education issues

Editor: On Aug. 19, voters in parts of Arlington, McLean and Falls Church will select a new member of the House of Delegates for the 48th District.

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Letter: Sen. Warner should stick to job he is paid to do

Editor: Pritha Roy [“Warner’s Devotion to Innovation Helping Commonwealth, Country,” Letters July 31] is correct that the United States has for decades been a leader in technology and innovation in many fields. I was intrigued by the examples she provided – the cotton gin; airplane and personal computer – but was confused by her linking them to U.S. Sen. Mark Warner’s promotion of government support of “technology centers” and other government programs.

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Sun Gazette editorial: Now, on to Phase 2 of the Silver Line

If self-congratulatory speeches from politicians could be harnessed as a fossil fuel, Saturday’s opening ceremony might have provided enough juice to keep the new Silver Line running indefinitely.

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Letter: Comstock’s pursuit of data centers not worthy of celebration

Editor: I would like to clarify the recent assertion that Del. Barbara Comstock is a leader in bringing high-tech data-center jobs to Virginia.

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Letter: Comstock promotes bipartisanship while Foust does not

Editor: Franklin Roosevelt once noted, “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to do so wisely.” I recommend we choose Barbara Comstock instead of John Foust in the November election for our representative to the U. S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s 10th District.

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Letter: Residents in 10th District deserve better than Foust

Editor: It’s been sad to see that in the congressional race for Virginia’s 10th District, the only thing the Democrats have done is go on the attack, instead of offering constructive solutions.

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Letter: Republicans in Richmond acting shamefully

Editor: Congratulations to our Republican legislators in Richmond. They have been successful in stopping health care coverage for approximately 400,000 Virginian residents. What an accomplishment!

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Sun Gazette editorial: Expired photo-IDs no threat to sanctity of ballot box

State election officials in coming months will have the chance to show the public that they’re being reasonable when it comes to enforcing new rules on voters’ providing photo IDs when they head to the polls in November.

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Sun Gazette editorial: Fairfax election officials make right call

On the issue of accessibility to the polling place, the Fairfax County Electoral Board deserves credit for authorizing absentee voting in the 48th House District special election to be held for a number of days in McLean.

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Letter: Warner’s support for innovation makes him worthy of re-election

Editor: For generations, the U.S. has led the world in technological innovation. We invented the cotton gin, the airplane and the personal computer, to name a few. Each of these creations changed the way business was done.

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Letter: VDOT needs to focus on core responsibilities

Editor: I need some help with a problem neighbor. She refuses to keep her grass cut. What can I do? How can I get her attention?

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Sun Gazette editorial: Filing requirements for candidates seem perfectly reasonable

We give Mark Gibson, who tried but failed to qualify as an independent in the 11th Congressional District race, credit for a classy departure. He didn’t throw a tantrum, simply acknowledging that he and his “small, dedicated group of community volunteers” were unable to get all the signatures they needed to make the ballot.

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Letter: No need to impugn Fairfax teachers

Editor: First of all, I want to make it clear that agree with several of the points that you made in the July 3 editorial [“Our View: Goodbye Early-Release Mondays”]. I completely support a full day of instruction for elementary students. Short Mondays are difficult for planning purposes, and they also present a challenge for working parents.

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Letter: Comstock will bring common sense, innovation to Congress


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Letter: Comstock understands R&D requirements of American business

Editor: I have been impressed with Barbara Comstock since she knocked on my door five years ago, asking my support in her bid for House of Delegates. She was re-elected twice and has proven to be a compassionate, caring and energetic representative.

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Sun Gazette editorial: No way to run a democracy

It would be easy to throw stones at William Howell, the Republican Speaker of the House of Delegates, as being the one ultimately at fault in what we see as an irresponsible timetable for filling the 48th District House of Delegates seat that has been vacated by Democrat Bob Brink. But the situation is somewhat more complicated.

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Letter: Comstock is devoted to serving needs of constituents big and small

Editor: Like U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, Del. Barbara Comstock is always there for her constituents, from the soccer mom to the high-tech executive.

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Letter: Vienna police misinterpret law on BB guns

Editor: I noticed in the July 3 Public-Safety Notes an item concerning the Vienna police warning a resident and his minor son that firing a BB gun within the town limits violated a town ordinance.

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Sun Gazette editorial: Good riddance to early-release Mondays

We are not always charitably disposed to the leadership of Fairfax County Public Schools, but we do have to give the School Board and top staff credit for standing up against pressure and relegating to the past early-release Mondays for elementary-school students.

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Sun Gazette editorial: Ride-sharing services need to be regulated, too

It’s a battle royale between cab companies and their drivers, united on one side, and these new car-sharing start-ups, like Uber and Lyft, on the other.

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