The Arlington Sun Gazette editorial page view on the local scene:

THUMBS UP: To upgrades that will be coming, over the next few months, to facilities serving clients of the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

The main distribution facility near Shirlington is being redesigned and reconfigured, inside and out, to make for a more streamlined experience for both clients and staff.

The project is expected to be wrapped up sometime around the start of the new year.

The economy has its ups and downs, but the issue of hunger is not one that is ever going to completely disappear. Having better facilities for those being served by AFAC is a positive for us all.

THUMBS UP: To the news that County Board members will at least consider bringing back their traditional New Year’s Day organizational meeting, which was scuttled for 2017 at the behest of 2016 County Board Chairman Libby Garvey.

The rationale for scrapping the meeting – so county staff could spend the holiday with their families – was specious. And it turned out that, when the organizational meeting was held a few days later than usual, the public and the press tuned it out, something that likely would not have happened had it been held in its traditional spot at the start of the new year.

We’re hoping that County Board members admit the change was something of a flop, and return to a tradition that dates back at least 60 years.

WE’RE NOT ENTIRELY SURE WHAT TO MAKE of the news that School Board meetings, which from time immemorial have started at 7:30 p.m., will begin at 6:30 p.m. this coming school year.

We’d be fine with 7 p.m. – that seems not only reasonable but, frankly, preferable – but 6:30? Mmmm, we’ll take a wait-and-see attitude on that one.

School Board meetings have been dragging on longer, in some cases going past midnight. There has been no single cause, although a plethora of construction projects plus a more robust amount of public participation in recent times may have helped lengthen meeting times.

While School Board members have a long way to go before they can be described as (and how to phrase this delicately?) as yappy as their County Board colleagues, they, too, could help move meetings along by paying more attention to the clock.

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