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Sun Gazette editorial: Moving local elections to fall makes little sense

The Town Council of nearby Herndon has voted to ask the General Assembly to move council elections from May to November, in the belief that the higher turnout of a general election is a good thing for local governance.

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Letter: Great Falls community united in opposition to proposed development

Editor: At a recent meeting of the Great Falls Citizens Association featuring Basheer and Edgemoore developers and concerned community members, an organization called Citizens for the Heart of Great Falls presented results of a petition on Change.org that opposes development of Haydown Farm.

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Letter: Great Falls development proposal out of character with community

Editor: Regarding the recent Great Falls Citizens Association meeting on the rezoning of the property locally known as Brooks Farm:

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Letter: Parisot gives back to the community he seeks to serve

Editor: Campaigns usually only ask for money and do not return donations to the community. However, Craig Parisot, a candidate running in the 34th House of Delegates District, strongly believes in the spirit of giving even during this busy special election season.

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Letter: Parisot understands importance of economic development

Editor: As a small-business member of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, I am pleased that the Chamber’s political-action committee, NOVABizPAC, has endorsed Craig Parisot.

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Letter: Murphy will advocate common-sense gun laws

Editor: Dec. 14 marked two years since the tragic killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where a lone gunman killed 20 first graders and six adults in a five,minute barrage of bullets.

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Letter: Parisot will restrain government spending, not propose more

Editor: Most of the letters to the editor in support of Kathleen Murphy that have run in the Sun Gazette are about the expanded programs that she supports, such as all-day kindergarten (which is really only “state-sponsored day care”) or  restoring funding for universities.  

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Letter: Murphy sticks to divisive issues in another quest for office

Editor: There she goes again.  

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Sun Gazette editorial: No, Fairfax’s AAA bond ratings are not in jeopardy

Here’s one from the “nice try, but you’re not fooling anyone” file.

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Sun Gazette editorial: Here is one common-sense ethics reform for Richmond

With members of the General Assembly saying they want to close ethical loopholes during the 46-day 2015 session, one place to start would be the way pensions are calculated for members of the legislature who jump to the executive branch to end their careers.

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Letter: Parisot will bring business acument to legislature

Editor: We live in a global economy, and that is especially evident in the thriving international business center that is Virginia’s 34th House of Delegates district.

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Letter: Parisot will work to support veterans

Editor: Selfless service to our great country is the highest honor and privilege anyone can have, and it is an invaluable background for an elected officeholder to have.

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Sun Gazette editorial: With region still in recession (yep), no time for profligate county spending

There was an interesting juxtaposition on the pages of another local newspaper this past week.

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Letter: Murphy is candidate who will improve transportation

Editor: It’s well known that transportation problems are a fact of life in Northern Virginia, and traffic headaches are just the tip of the iceberg. Aging roads and bridges are a critical issue nationwide, including in our commonwealth.

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Letter: Murphy is candidate who will work to create jobs

Editor: Kathleen Murphy, the Democrat running in the Jan. 6 special election to fill the open seat in the 34th House District, believes that creating mutually beneficial conditions is the best way to further the interests of Virginia families and businesses.

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Letter: Murphy has plans for job growth, other priorities

Editor: The Jan. 6 special election is an opportunity to elect an individual who understands that an educated workforce is key to Virginia’s economic future.

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Letter: Parisot represents next generation of political leadership

Editor: Craig Parisot is a new kind of candidate running to succeed Barbara Comstock in the upcoming special election for the 34th Virginia House of Delegates District.

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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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Sun Gazette editorial: A good call on historic preservation

Years and years and years ago, there was talk among the School Boards across the region of building schools that had apartments attached, for use by custodial staffs and their families, if they chose to live there.

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Letter: Murphy has paid her dues, is ready for General Assembly

Editor: I’ve been honored to serve with Kathleen Murphy the last few years on Fairfax County’s Human Service Council, which advises the Board of Supervisors on the needs and investments in human services in the county. I’m proudly supporting her to be the new delegate for the 34th District.

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Letter: Parisot will be strong voice for local region

Editor: I am not a political person, but I recently attended a young-professionals event and met Craig Parisot, the Republican nominee running in the upcoming special election for the 34th District House of Delegates seat, and I knew we had a new kind of candidate on our hands.

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Letter: Murphy is candidate with commitment to transportation issues

Editor: Beginning with her announcement for the 34th House of Delegates special election that is coming in January, Kathleen Murphy has stressed the importance of investing in transportation infrastructure.  

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Sun Gazette editorial: It will be a low, low turnout for special election

What if Virginia threw an election, and nobody showed up? That may be the case Jan. 6, when special elections for a number of House of Delegates seats – including the 34th District in the local area – will go to the voters just as the General Assembly gets ready for the 2015 legislative session.

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Letter: FCPS needs to do a better job on forecasting enrollment at individual schools

Editor: While more than 52 percent of the Fairfax County government’s budget goes to Fairfax County Public Schools, many people do not realize that some schools receive more than 30 percent as much as other schools per pupil.

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Sun Gazette editorial: Being Mr. Radical-Centrist didn’t help Warner much

When it comes to politics, there are three types of victories: Winning; winning ugly; and winning ugggggggly.

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Sun Gazette editorial: Now on to the 2015 campaigns

With the 2014 election season now behind us – can we get a “hallelujah!” from the chorus? – it’s not too soon to start looking toward the 2015 ballot.

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Sun Gazette editorial: Where did Foust campaign lose its bearings?

One presumes that fees paid to campaign consultants are non-refundable, but John Foust – good lawyer that he is – probably could make the case that he has been ill-served by those giving him advice in his campaign for Congress.

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Letter: Comstock is the candidate of solutions

Editor: As a voter, I am really impressed with the record of Barbara Comstock.

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Letter: Comstock ready for challenges that await in Congress

Editor: According to numerous news sources, there is a 95-percent chance the Republicans will control the Senate after the national elections next month. The Republicans are expected to retain control of the House, as well.

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Letter: Foust campaign distracts from real issues

Editor: I am puzzled by the John Foust campaign. Over the entire campaign, he has made incessant attacks on Barbara Comstock, has been vague and generalized.

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Letter: Foust reiterates views that got him in trouble

Editor: “What on earth is he thinking?” That was the thought running through my mind when I heard John Foust double down on his deplorable comment that Barbara Comstock had “no real job.”

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Letter: Comstock claim of bipartisanship rings hollow

Editor: During the debate between the candidates for the 10th District at the McLean Community Center on Oct. 26, Barbara Comstock repeatedly referred to her bi-partisanship in the Virginia House of Delegates. However, when you examine the legislation that she cited as bipartisan, it is rather revealing.

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Letter: Comstock is right fit for 10th District

Editor: Barbara Comstock is a perfect fit for the 10th Congressional District.  She is a moderate, smart and issue-oriented representative, who focuses on her constituents and legislative solutions rather than hyperpartisanship or over-the-top rhetoric. She is exactly who we need in Congress.

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Letter: Climate change is cornerstone issue of election

Editor: I take issue with Lolita Mancheno-Smoak’s letter, published in the Oct. 23 Sun Gazette.

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Letter: Comstock does not represent values Wolf does

Editor: I am puzzled by your comparison of Barbara Comstock with Frank Wolf in your endorsement for the 10th District. Your description of Frank Wolf is absolutely contrary to Barbara Comstock’s record.

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Letter: Comstock is prepared for Congress, Foust is not

Editor: I have been an active member of the Great Falls Citizens Association transportation committee since 2010, when Del. Barbara Comstock and Supervisor John Foust led a bipartisan effort, in conjunction with the GFCA and the McLean Citizens Association, to completely change the proposed VDOT plan for a two-lane turn from Route 7 and a nine-lane-wide intersection at the juncture of Route 7 and Georgetown Pike.

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Letter: Comstock takes simplistic view on key issues

Editor: Throughout the debate between Barbara Comstock and John Foust at the McLean Community Center, Comstock referred to offshore drilling as the funding source for her most critical priorities. This included job creation, transportation, and even federal jobs.  

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Letter: Foust proved maturity at McLean debate

Editor: Sunday’s debate between our two McLean neighbors competing to represent us in Congress was a credit to all.

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Letter: Despite poor word choice, Foust was right

Editor: All of us in the D.C. area need legislators who will work together to represent our region’s interests. Most people are fed up with politicians who mislead us and each other with double-talk and double-dealing. We need to be able to trust them and to have them trust each other.

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Letter: Debate showed Comstock is ready for challenges ahead

Editor: As a long-time resident of McLean, I was looking forward to the debate between Del. Barbara Comstock and Supervisor John Foust because they are both from this area. But, when I left the McLean Community Center, I knew my vote was going to be cast for Del. Comstock.

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Letter: Foust is not ready for prime time

Editor: If there were any doubts about Supervisor John Foust’s readiness for higher office, they were put to rest at Sunday’s debate at the McLean Community Center. The verdict: he is not.

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Letter: Comstock has command of the issues

Editor: There was a clear winner in the debate on Sunday afternoon between Del. Barbara Comstock and John Foust. Comstock showed a command of the issues and displayed confidence in her answers, while John Foust struggled to explain why voters should pick him.

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Letter: Democratic leadership offers no good reason to support Foust

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Letter: Foust is the candidate of more national debt

Editor: The most important issue for me in this year’s election is the economy. In Sunday’s debate between Barbara Comstock and John Foust, the candidates had a stark difference in opinion on what America needs to get the economy back on track.

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Letter: Foust is logical successor to Wolf

Editor: Frank Wolf was one of only a handful of moderate, reasonable Republicans who had the wisdom and courage to refuse to join the Tea Party stampede and sign Grover Norquist’s “No Tax Pledge.” Not so Barbara Comstock.  

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Editorial: Barbara Comstock is the right choice for 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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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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