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Sun Gazette editorial: How much are Fairfax County supervisors worth?

In the grand scheme of things, whether members of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors earn $75,000 a year (their current pay) or $95,000 a year (as may be on the horizon) is of little impact to anyone but those serving in office. It’s not going to break any budget.

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Sun Gazette editorial: In government, how come everyone is reviewed as above average?

The Vienna Town Council will decide soon whether to establish a three-tiered compensation system, designed, the argument goes, to reward top-performers.

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Letter: Time to get behind World Police and Fire Games

Editor: I love this community. There are so many ways to serve a community as diverse and as vibrant as ours.

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Letter: Surely VDOT can do better in moving traffic

Editor: When I was a teenager, my family made a holiday trip to see my mother’s family who lived in a little town called Inverness in central Florida.

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Sun Gazette editorial: In defense of school systems’ snow decision-making

A thumbs down to those of you, and let’s see a show of hands (you know who you are) who made a big stink last week when school systems across the region, including Fairfax’s, opened on Jan. 6 rather than keep doors shuttered in the wake of a pending snowstorm.

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Sun Gazette editorial: No crocodile tears from us over demise of Olympic bid

Whew: Boston beat out the Washington region for the privilege, if that’s the right word, of being the U.S. nominee in the upcoming process to determine which worldwide city hosts the 2024 Summer Olympics.

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Letter: Virginia should enact increase to minimum wage

Editor: The editors think it’s “silly” to believe that Virginians need a raise [“The Politics of Va.’s Minimum Wage,” Editorial Jan. 8].

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Letter: Do not leave out tree organization among those helping in McLean

Editor: With respect to the January 8 article “Myriad Organizations Help McLean Thrive,” there was obviously not enough space to mention all the organizations that add value to life in McLean, but our organization – MTF – uses an acronym that also starts with the letter “M” and is sometimes confused with MCA, MPC, MCF, MPA, MRC and MCC.  

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Letter: Hunger is a real threat for many across nation

Editor: Hunger is a silent crisis in the U.S. Every day, children in every county wake up hungry. They go to school hungry. They turn out the lights at night hungry. As many as 17 million children nationwide are struggling with what is known as food insecurity.

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Letter: In-state-tuition process now a slap in the face

Editor: I have lived in Virginia and paid Virginia state taxes since 1974. My only child, a daughter, was born in Germany to U.S. parents that were Virginia residents posted in Germany at that time.  

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Letter: Congress, and nation, need to address debt issues

Editor: The U.S. government is $18 trillion in debt, and that number is rising every day. If Congress wants to make a lasting impact on our budget deficit, its members need to pass a balanced-budget amendment.

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Sun Gazette editorial: Serious, or silly, on minimum-wage increase?

Democrats hoping to claw their way back into relevance in Richmond apparently have settled on using the issue of the minimum wage to bring voters out in legislative elections come November.

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Sun Gazette editorial: Will county staff soon get a whole week off in December?

We are not grinches. We did not have a problem with government workers – at the federal, state or local levels – getting off the Friday after Christmas to make it a four-day holiday.

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Letter: General Assembly needs to act on trafficking issues

Editor: Human Trafficking Awareness Day is Jan. 11, but it is an issue also coming before the General Assembly this session.  

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Sun Gazette editorial: Murphy far from perfect, but the preferable choice in the 34th

The election of Republican Barbara Comstock to Congress has left a vacant seat in the 34th District House of Delegates, to be filled by voters in what likely will be a super-low-turnout special election next Tuesday.

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Letter: Parisot will keep needs of students in his mind when in General Assembly

Editor: Though I’m only a junior in high school, I’ve been volunteering for campaigns for a few years now. I’m excited that I am finally old enough to register and vote, but I’m even more proud to be casting my very first ballot in the special election on Jan. 6 for a candidate like Craig Parisot.

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Letter: Parisot has capacity to handle tough issues in Richmond

Editor: I write in support of, and will vote for, Craig Parisot in the Jan. 6 House of Delegates special election.

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Letter: Parisot will be a voice for veterans

Editor: Our veterans are returning home from deployment overseas and seeking gainful employment after their service to our country. Yet today’s employment opportunities for our veterans are much like it is for our recent graduates: jobs are few and far between, and often offer below average compensation and benefits.

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Sun Gazette editorial: Saluting the service of Reps. Wolf, Moran

We long supported U.S. Reps. Frank Wolf (R-10th) and Jim Moran (D-8th) in their re-election bids, but it would be a disservice to history to suggest that we agreed with everything they did or how they did it.

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Letter: Parisot will ensure schools get solid funding

Editor: As parents of young children, including a daughter in kindergarten at Churchill Road Elementary School, my wife and I want the best possible educational experience for Fairfax children.

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Letter: Parisot has plan to address transportation

Editor: Like every commuter in this area, I have a profound interest in supporting a candidate who can best address our transportation issues. One of the biggest sore spots for all commuters is Route 7; the expansion projects seem to never end.

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Letter: Murphy deserves praise for her advocacy of women

Editor: I was troubled by the dismissive tone of the letter in the Dec 18 issue of the Sun Gazette, criticizing the Kathleen Murphy campaign for highlighting the issue of women’s reproductive rights.

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Letter: Parisot is prepared to work with all segments of the community

Editor: Craig Parisot, a candidate for House of Delegates District 34 in the Jan. 6 special, recently received the endorsements of the Chinese-American and Korean-American Republican communities and their leaders.

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Letter: Parisot is candidate ready to tackle the future

Editor: I recently met Craig Parisot, a candidate for Barbara Comstock’s vacated seat. Having read about his background before meeting him, I walked away with high hopes for him as our next delegate.

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Letter: Murphy will be represent residents of 34th District

Editor: Regarding a recent letter to the editor [“Murphy Sticking to Same Decisive Issues that Failed her Two Years Ago,” Dec. 18]: Kathleen Murphy is one of us long-time residents of the 34th District. Two years ago, she lost by the slimmest of slim margins. Unlike others before her, she will go to Richmond to represent the centrist views of her district.

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Letter: Has Rep. Wolf gone AWOL from constituents?

Editor: Retiring U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) apparently has gone AWOL from his constituents.  

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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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