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Sun Gazette endorsement: Comstock in the 10th District

For 34 years, U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf has represented Virginia’s 10th District with dignity. Time and again, he stood up for what is right, went to the mat for his constituents and, when appropriate, pursued alliances across party lines on local, national and global issues.

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Letter: Fairfax bond will have broad impact in community

Editor: We are writing about the Nov. 4 voter referendum on transportation bonds for Fairfax County.

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Letter: Comstock is an independent thinker

Editor: John Foust has been touting that he has passed seven balanced budgets in Fairfax County. What he is failing to mention is that budgets are required to be balanced by law.

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Letter: Foust is a creature of far left of Democratic politics

Editor: John Foust is just a blue-blooded partisan who only cares about toeing the party line and doesn’t care about doing the right thing.

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Letter: Comstock will be able to bridge partisan divide

Editor: “She is a caring person.” “Barbara takes the time to address the issues that affect female veterans.” Barbara has a “personal touch.” These are some of the quotes made by supporters of Barbara Comstock.

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Letter: Foust has left a trail of broken promises

Editor: Here we are a mere two weeks away from the election, and the mainstream press is reliably ignoring John Foust’s long tax-hiking record.

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Letter: Foust is the right choice for working moms in 10th District

Editor: A lot of the debate in the current election for the congressional seat being vacated by Frank Wolf has centered on women’s reproductive rights and efforts to curtail those rights.

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Letter: Foust seems a tad too fond of raising taxes

Editor: John Foust, unlike Barbara Comstock, has a love of raising taxes. John Foust hasn’t met a tax that he would not want to cut, and recently said that he would raise taxes if elected to Congress.

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Letter: Comstock not cut from the same cloth as Frank Wolf

Editor: Frank Wolf enjoyed broad support in the 10th District, and indeed throughout Northern Virginia, even among political opponents, because his ethical conduct and dedication to his constituents were unquestioned in 34 years in Congress.

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Letter: Position of Foust on health care is by far superior to Comstock

Editor: Genaro Pedroarias recently wrote an impassioned letter in support of Barbara Comstock. Unfortunately, it was missing some key information.

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Letter: Foust needs to get his priorities straight

Editor: As Iraqi cities fall one by one to ISIS and the terrorist threat to the homeland is only increasing, John Foust is talking about climate change.

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Letter: Comstock is up to the challenge that awaits her

Editor: Although the nation stands as an amalgamation of various peoples from a variety of different backgrounds, one unifying strain has always been our mutual contributions to a stable, prosperous civic culture.

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Arlington Sun Gazette editorial: One last chance for candidates to make an impression

Time is ticking away, but we’re not yet ready to make an endorsement on either the County Board race that pits incumbent independent John Vihstadt against Democratic challenger Alan Howze, or the School Board race between Audrey Clement and Democratic-endorsed Barbara Kanninen.

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Sun Gazette editorial: Yes to Fairfax transportation bond

Fairfax voters headed to the polls this fall are faced with a $100 million transportation bond on the ballot among the various political races.

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Letter: Comparing Foust to Vincent Callahan was a disappointment

Editor: The invidious suggestion [“Foust Will Service His Constituents in Even-Handed Manner of Callahan,” Letters Oct. 9], comparing John Foust to the late Vince Callahan, and the poor man not yet cold in his grave and no way to defend his good name, besmirches your opinion pages.

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Letter: Comstock is too extreme to succeed Wolf

Editor: In several recent elections, I voted for Republican Frank Wolf. As a moderate Democrat, I disagreed with him on many issues, but I admired his service to Northern Virginia and his willingness to deal with many local problems on a pragmatic basis.

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Letter: Foust supporters are cherry-picking their data

Editor: Two recent letters defending Supervisor John Foust’s record on taxes made an important omission. David Danner’s letter of Oct. 9 stated that over the past five years, the Fairfax County budget has increased less than 2 percent per year, about the same as inflation.

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Letter: Support for Obamacare disqualifies Foust

Editor: What’s in a number? When someone throws out a number, what does that really mean?

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Letter: Foust is the candidate of broken promises

Editor: The Foust campaign was caught in another lie when the independent Annenberg Policy Center rated the Foust attack ad about abortion against Barbara Comstock as FALSE and noted that this ad was part of a nationwide pattern of Democrats making this attack.

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Letter: Comstock the candidate of common-sense values

Editor: John Foust’s new TV ad caught my eye the other day.

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Editorial: Connolly is the best choice for the 11th District

There are two Gerald Connollys out there, contained in the same mustachioed man.

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Letter: There is an alternative to Foust, Comstock on ballot

Editor: There is an alternative to “Comfoustock” to vote for this November.

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Letter: Foust has been responsible balancing needs, taxes

Editor: I read the letter from Marcia Close in the Oct. 2 edition with some mirth and disbelief.  

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Letter: Foust is right candidate for next generation of leadership

Editor: As the campaign for the 10th District heats up, I have noticed that in the TV ads for Barbara Comstock, she never speaks directly to the viewer. You hear her speak only in the required tag at the end.  

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Letter: Foust avoids taking a position on key energy issue

Editor: Barbara Comstock supports the Keystone Pipeline XL for economic and energy-security reasons, but at least as of late September, John Foust’s position remained unstated.

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Letter: Foust would parrot Connolly in tax-and-spend philosophy

Editor: Can’t wait for the meal tax to pass in Fairfax County. Then, whenever they  come up short in Fairfax they can have a “temporary rate increase,” as Vienna officials are suggesting in order to pay for expansion of the Vienna Community Center [Sun Gazette, Oct. 2].

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Letter: Foust is inclusive, Comstock is divisive

Editor: There is only one candidate running for the 10th District that we can trust not to further erode the backbone of the D.C. region’s economy.

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Letter: Foust is right about Comstock’s job-creation skills

Editor: I am sure Republicans were ever so delighted that John Foust’s comment about Barbara Comstock’s work experience can be so easily distorted and attacked so gratuitously. But is this really the level of debate on critical issues that we need from candidates for Congress?  

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Letter: Comstock will be a friend to taxpayers when in Congress

Editor: John Foust’s new ad that claims that he has balanced seven budgets and has cut approximately $5 million in “waste” as a Fairfax County Supervisor is inaccurate.

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Letter: It is Comstock who is best for women’s health

Editor: I was compelled to write after viewing John Foust’s TV attack ad against Barbara Comstock. Foust twists the truth at every turn.

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Letter: Foust will be bipartisan in spirit of Vince Callahan

Editor: The passing of former Del. Vince Callahan reminds us that he was a fast-disappearing breed.

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Letter: Why is Comstock avoiding public scrutiny?

Editor: For many of us, candidate debates are the only redeeming factor of the campaign season. Amid the onslaught of mailings and TV ads, it’s refreshing to watch candidates engage in face-to-face debate.

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Sun Gazette endorsement: Beyer in 8th District congressional race

U.S. Rep. Jim Moran’s decision to retire opened up both opportunities and challenges for the 8th District Democratic establishment. The party rose to the challenge.

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Letter: Warner not the bipartisan moderate he would have you believe

Editor: Beware of Mark Warner. He is not who he says he is.

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Letter: FCPS needs to go back to old ways of teaching math

Editor: For at least a decade, schools have de-emphasized computation skills, which relied on memorization of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division math tables and facts prior to studying pre-algebra and beyond.

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Letter: Comstock ready to get the job done in Congress

Editor: I attended the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce 10th District congressional candidate debate, and was alarmed by John Foust’s performance.

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Letter: Foust will support military, veterans while in Congress

Editor: John Foust is the candidate in the 10th District congressional race who has shown he deserves the support of veterans.  

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Letter: Foust has balanced tax rates with community needs

Editor: From the horrors portrayed in recent letters to the editor, it’s as if John Foust has turned our county into “Taxachusetts” during his service as a supervisor, apparently never meeting a tax he doesn’t want to hike, one writer claimed.

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Letter: Foust will be voice for common sense in Congress

Editor: A recent letter to the editor accused John Foust of running a “nasty” uninformative campaign against Barbara Comstock. But is it really negative campaigning to highlight an elected official’s voting record? Isn’t it better to see what someone does, as opposed to what they say?

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Letter: Foust proves most thoughtful candidate in 10th District

Editor: In the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce debate, Barbara Comstock’s lame excuses for voting against the historic, bipartisan transportation bill last year would be laughable if she weren’t a candidate for Congress.

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Letter: Foust will best represent voters of 10th District

Editor: As we move closer to the election and we learn more about the positions of the Congressional candidates for the 10th District, it is clear why there’s a shift in favor of John Foust. His team has done a fine job of communicating the differences with his opponent, Barbara Comstock.

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Sun Gazette editorial: Don’t middle-schoolers deserve more time to sleep, too?

Let’s see if we have this right: For a decade, battles raged in Fairfax County Public Schools over later start times for high-schoolers.

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Sun Gazette editorial: Write now, or forever hold your peace

We have fielded a few complaints in recent weeks that the letters-to-the-editor section has been somewhat one-sided, being dominated by supporters of one candidate in the contentious race to succeed Frank Wolf in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Letter: Comstock supporters parrot same old talking points

Editor: Week after week, you have published letters from Del. Comstock’s adherents. They could have come straight from her campaign brochures.

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Letter: Tax-raising Foust is a one-note Johnny

Editor: There are many weeks still left until the election, and we have already been bombarded with negative attacks from Democratic congressional candidate John Foust. So since he’s told us nothing about himself, I thought I would look for myself at his record.

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Letter: Foust promised tax relief, but never delivered

Editor: When John Foust first ran for supervisor, he published a flyer that detailed his vision, including his promise to “lower the tax burden on homeowners.”

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Letter: Foust would be part of problem, not solution, in Congress

Editor: I recently saw John Foust’s new ad on television. In it, he claims to have balanced seven budgets but leaves out the big detail that he had to raise taxes to do so.

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Letter: Foust puts partisanship over pragmatism on environmental issues

Editor: The Keystone Pipeline has strong bipartisan support – from Republicans and Democrats, unions, businesses and even The Washington Post. Therefore it is telling that Democratic candidate John Foust is out in left field opposing this job-creating program that would provide more affordable energy, more tax revenue and more jobs.

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Letter: Foust support for Obamacare is a deal-kiler

Editor: Remember the promise that if we liked our health-care plan, we could keep it? It recently was reported that 250,000 Virginians could lose their health-care plans due to Obamacare.

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Letter: Comstock has commitment to fight human trafficking

Editor: An article in the Sept. 18 edition of the Sun Gazette, “Petersen Raps FCC Chair Over ‘Redskins’ Comments,” refers to “the nickname . . . the Washington Redskins.”

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