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Sun Gazette editorial: Voters have sent a message, but will it be received?

Politicians across Northern Virginia, of every political persuasion, have been put on notice by the actions of local voters last week. A rebellion appears in the making.

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Letter: Decision-making shows disconnect between public, officials in Fairfax

Editor: I loved all three letters regarding the monolithic Tysons Corner Metrorail structure, which in my view turns a suburban Virginia environment into the equivalence of urban Detroit or urban Chicago, where elevated trains roll by the windows of many residents and graffiti is looked upon as art.  

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Letter: Who is making the decisions about the future of Tysons?

Editor: In reading the April 10 story about the Capital One skyscraper in Tysons Corner, I could not help but be dismayed.

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Letter: Taxpayers are not paying cost of beautifying Tysons

Editor: In response to several letter-writers in the April 10 edition, the Metro Beautification Task Force is a volunteer group of people dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Tysons.  

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Sun Gazette editorial: Reaching for the sky in Tysons

What a pleasant situation: Nearly everyone seems in agreement that Capital One’s plan to build a 470-foot-tall corporate headquarters building in Tysons Corner represents, all things considered, a net plus for the region. For multiple reasons:

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Letter: Tysons trestle beautification should have been announced on April Fool’s Day

Editor: When I started to read the front-page article [“Art, Lighting Pondered to Make Metro Less Monolithic,” April 3] about Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova’s concern about not “incorporating aesthetics” into Tysons Metro pillar designs, I thought it was a late April Fool’s joke. And then I realized that she was serious. And that she had convened an “advisory group.”

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Letter: Effort to make Tysons trestles pretty is a farce

Editor: I was reading your “Art, Lighting Pondered to Make Metro Less Monolithic” [April 3] with great enjoyment until I suddenly realized, to my horror, that this was not a comedic article worthy of The Onion but a real-life story.

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Letter: Fairfax blew opportunity to underground Metro, and now is paying the price

Editor: “I looked up at the beams and infrastructure and thought, ‘Rats, why didn’t we incorporate aesthetics into the design?’”

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Editorial: Republicans will have to come together if they want to retain Wolf seat

Of the three congressional districts across Northern Virginia, only the 10th appears to be in play this year. U.S. Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-11th) seems a sure bet for re-election, and whichever Democrat comes out on top in the crowded 8th District primary field is guaranteed election in November.

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Editorial: Kudos to Carter for taking time with next generation

Former President Jimmy Carter was at a book-signing in McLean last week, and we were pleased to see he spent some quality time with the young people in the audience.

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Editorial: Cut out the posturing and adopt a budget already

They may end up being wrong, but those who pay attention to the legislative process in Richmond are suggesting that local residents buckle up – it could be months before the General Assembly and governor can work out a budget plan that is palatable to all sides.

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Editorial: A Nifty, if not always easy, 50 for Reston

Most Northern Virginians have at least a vague familiarity of the history of Reston. Established by, and named after, Robert E. Simon (RES-ton, get it?), the “new town” was emblematic of some progressive thinking in urban/suburban planning in the 1960s.

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Letter: Fairfax, N.Va. seniors deserving of break on real estate taxes

Editor: Just wondering which “local government” you were referencing in your March 20 editorial “Nix the Tax Rebates.”  I am not aware of an area in Northern Virginia that allows a homeowner to have “a half-million dollars or more in assets (not counting the house) and a household income that is the envy of most Americans….” in order to qualify.

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Sun Gazette editorial: Address housing in Tysons the right way

Trying to stay ahead of the wave of pending redevelopment, leaders in Tysons Corner have been doing the right thing in discussing how to ensure that residents of modest means have a chance to live there.

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Sun Gazette editorial: Wealthy seniors do not need local tax breaks

As budget season for local governments continues, with most of the localities pleading poverty and planning to reach deeper into the pockets of taxpayers in the coming year, we return to one of those issues that is sure to make us unpopular with a certain segment of the population.

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Sun Gazette editorial: Fairfax should re-focus on government transparency

Merni Fitzgerald, who has been the face and voice of the Fairfax County government’s public-information apparatus for years, has headed off to retirement. We wish her well, and don’t necessarily fault her for what we will lay out in coming paragraphs.

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Letter: Kudos to Rep. Wolf for his focus on stuttering

Editor: I would like to respond to your inspiring article “Rep. Wolf Asks for Support of Those Who Stutter” [March 13].

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Editorial: Supervisors Drop the Ball in Advertising Higher Tax Rate

Memo to Fairfax County homeowners: You now know who your allies are on the Board of Supervisors. Unfortunately, it’s a very, very small list.

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Supervisors Need to Fund All Services, Including Education

Editor: I am not usually one to respond to comments in newspapers as I realize that the chance of my letter ending up published is between slim and none, but I have to respond to your Opinion of March 6.

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Editorial: Who Gets the Final Say on School Budgets?

Ukraine is not the only place where civil war threatened to erupt last week. In Fairfax County, Loudoun County and the city of Falls Church, there are battles raging between School Boards and the elected bodies (Boards of Supervisors and City Council) that hold ultimate responsibility for allocating taxpayer money.

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Editorial: Mayor Seeman Was Devoted to Town She Served

Even when it became clear some weeks back that Vienna Mayor M. Jane Seeman was losing her battle against cancer, she continued to attend Town Council meetings when she could. It was emblematic of the dedication to her town.

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FCPS Teachers Deserve Raises; Some Others Might Be Able to Wait

Editor: Some long-time residents may remember the beloved middle-school band teacher who became an administrator a dozen years ago. The difference between last year’s average salary for an instrumental music teacher ($67,500) and the average salary for the “specialist” position he now holds (more than $110,000) may partly explain why he chose to leave the classroom.

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Editorial: In the End, Policing Needs to Be About Serving the Community

In the abstract, a policy of the Fairfax County Police Department, which officials recently reiterated in the wake of mid-February’s onslaught of snow, is totally logical. Problem is, life doesn’t take place in the abstract – and certain policies that would seem to work well need to be continually monitored to ensure they indeed are going according to schedule.

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Editorial: Later Start Time for High-Schoolers Will Have No Measurable Impact

It’s looking reasonably certain that School Board members ultimately will cave to parents who have complained for years that, if only their high-schoolers could sleep in a little later in the morning, all would be right with the world.

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Time for Supervisors to Move Forward, Approve Oakcrest Plan

Editor: Disappointment was the general sentiment of the Oakcrest School community when we heard that no action was to be taken by the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 11 concerning our proposal related to the move of the school to Vienna.

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Sensible Gun Proposal by Favola Nixed by GOP

Editor: Thanks to state Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31st), the General Assembly had the opportunity to keep guns out of the hands of those convicted of sexual battery and the assault of family members – not permanently, but for five years following the conviction.

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Editorial: Judicial Restraint Should Be Applauded in Same-Sex-Marriage Ruling

Whether or not her ruling stands up through the appeals process, Virginians owe U.S. District Court Judge Arenda Wright Allen some thanks for proceeding forward on the issue of same-sex marriage with restraint and dignity.

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Editorial: Tsk, Tsk, Tsk to Vienna Officials

Vienna town officials last week put out a media bulletin noting the pending arrival of, as they put it, “Winter Storm Pax.”

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There Is Compromise Possible on Oakcrest Proposal

Editor: As a member of Supervisor Catherine Hudgins’ outreach committee regarding Oakcrest, I must correct your Feb. 13 editorial on Oakcrest School’s planned move to Vienna, where you suggest that “compromise seems an impossibility at this point.”

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Editorial: Tysons Can Build on Successes, Overcome Obstacles

Last week’s installation of officers of the TysonsRegional Chamber of Commerce provided the opportunity for Gerald Gordon, president of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority, to both trumpet the prospect of Tysons’ future, but also to raise some alarm bells.

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Editorial: Time to Make a Decision on Oakcrest School and Move On

The last time we waded in on Oakcrest School’s move from McLean to Vienna, and its requested changes from the plan approved earlier by the Board of Supervisors, we merely suggested that each side in the battle make a conscientious effort to work toward some middle ground.

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Attorney General Needs to Defend Va. Laws, Not Subvert Them

Editor: The Sun Gazette is worthy of high praise for publishing Jan Childress’s ludicrous letter [“The Voters Have Spoken: Time for Others to Get Over It,” Feb. 6] concerning Attorney General Mark Herring’s refusal to defend the commonwealth’s laws.  

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Editorial: Move Expeditiously, But with Care, on Transportation Spending

The Board of Supervisors last week took another step toward moving ahead with improvements in transportation countywide, adopting a $1.4 billion package of upgrades.

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Editorials: Still More Questions Than Answers on Medicaid Expansion

As the General Assembly careens toward the halfway mark of its 2014 session, the fate of Gov. McAuliffe’s top priority – Medicaid expansion – remains an open question.

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Herring Should Be Defending Va. Constitution, Not Playing Politics

Editor: Although Attorney General Mark Herring is entitled to his opinions, he took a solemn oath to defend and uphold the laws of the commonwealth [“Is Herring Abusing His Office Already?” editorial Jan. 30].  

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The Election Is Over: Let Attorney General Do His Job

Editor: Yeah, the Sun Gazette is a right wing rag of a local paper – we all get that – but can’t you find something more newsworthy to write about than the fact that Attorney General Mark Herring is not going to defend Virginia’s outdated ban on gay marriage [“Is Herring Abusing His Office Already?” editorial Jan. 30]. ?

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Advertisement Perpetuated Misconceptions About Vaccines

Editor: I was dismayed to see the full-page ad for the National Vaccine Information Center in the Jan. 23 Sun Gazette.

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Editorial: No Need for Another Activist as Attorney General

Virginians of all political stripes, and on all sides of the same-sex-marriage debate, have reason to be concerned by last week’s actions by new state Attorney General Mark Herring.

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Residents Have Aired Legitimate Concerns Over Bus Proposal

Editor: I am a resident of the Creek Crossing/East Street neighborhood. Two years ago, we were approached by Fairfax County Department of Transportation with the proposal of Fairfax Connector Bus 432 route through Creek Crossing/East Street.

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Bus Proposal Would Serve the Public Good

Editor: In an area such as Northern Virginia, more public transportation should be praised and encouraged not condemned. The traffic in the area is already nightmarish, so why argue with proposed efforts to ease our commutes [“Neighbors Give Fairfax Officials Grief Over New Bus Routes,” Jan. 16]?

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Editorial: Another Member of Congress Calls It Quits

December’s announcement by U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) that he was calling it a day on a congressional career lasting more than 30 years didn’t really take anyone by surprise. But last week’s announcement of a similar nature by U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-8th) certainly was a stunner to those who watch the local political scene.

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Editorial: Unequal Growth at Airports a Cause for Concern

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is sounding an alarm when it comes to a shifting balance between Northern Virginia’s two airports.

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Opponents of Vienna Bus Route Are Not Using Logical Thinking

Editor: I’m amazed at the ignorant opposition to the proposed bus route along Creek Crossing Road [article, Jan. 16].  

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Editorial: Political Exodus in Vienna to Have an Impact

When it rains, it pours, and after years of relative political stability in the Town of Vienna, there is going to be exceptional change in the coming months.

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Editorial: Sen. Howell Sets Right Tone in Remarks

Few in the local area may actually have seen it, but we thought state Sen. Janet Howell (D-32nd) did a strong job providing the Democratic response to departing Gov. McDonnell’s last State of the Commonwealth speech.

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Editorial Mischaracterizes State of Va. GOP

Editor: How can you say [editorial, Jan. 9] that the lieutenant governor pick of the 2103 Virginia Republican convention, E. W. Jackson, was a blunder?

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Editorial: Wacky Times Ahead in 10th District Race?

“Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right. Here I am . . . stuck in the middle with you.”

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Editorial: A Mixed Message on Highway Speeds

Hmmm. We’ll file this under “break the law, or we’ll charge you with breaking the law.”

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Editorial: MCA Enters Its Second Century

The new year rings in the 100th anniversary of the McLean Citizens Association (MCA), which through the years has helped to define – in ways good and, sometimes, not always so good – the evolution of the community.

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Editorial: Departure of Wolf Necessitates Strong Candidates on Both Sides

U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) was first swept into office in the Ronald Reagan landslide election of 1980, ousting Democrat Joseph Fisher, who himself had benefited from a wave election (the post-Watergate vote of 1974) to defeat venerable Republican U.S. Rep. Joel Broyhill.

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