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Smackdown of county governance draws both praise, flak

A proposal by five former presidents of the Arlington County Civic Federation to demand more accountability of county-government leaders itself has run into criticism from some quarters. And the result could be a grab-your-popcorn-here-comes-a-battle December meeting as the measure is...

‘Big things are hard’: Former Fairfax board chair lauds Metro extension

Of the many people who have earned the right to take a personal victory lap with the extension of Metrorail service to Washington Dulles International Airport now complete, put Kate Hanley near the top of the list. With decades of...

Just for the day, coffee will be a big bargain at Dulles

On Nov. 17, 1962, President John F. Kennedy and former President Dwight Eisenhower were on hand as the brand-spanking-new Dulles Airport was dedicated, becoming the nation’s first airport purpose-built for the jet age. And had they been asked to pay...

Editor’s Notebook: Do they really need more than five?

One of the proposals that has been floated by the Arlington County Civic Federation to modernize Arlington’s governance is increasing the number of County Board members and School Board members from the current five to at least seven. Now, let’s...

Civic Federation governance package wins support of delegates

Despite a surprising number of "no" votes that seemed to catch proponents by surprise, delegates to the Arlington County Civic Federation on Nov. 15 approved a package of proposed changes to county governance. The adopted proposal has no force of...

Editor’s Notebook: Governance proposal gets qualified support

The number of "nay" votes (20) certainly seemed to surprise supporters, but with 57 "ayes" the Arlington County Civic Federation's three-year-long effort to propose changes in Arlington governance was approved last night. (Click here for coverage, at least preliminary coverage.) The...

Commentary: Arlington needs to support communications network

Increasingly, most people rely on their smartphones for daily communication and Internet access. Mobile-network operators report traffic grew 40 percent between 2021 and 2022.

New online-tutoring service picking up student converts

Arlington Public Schools’ secondary-school students already have received more than 113,000 minutes of support through a new-for-2022 initiative with an online contractor that offers assistance through tutoring and review of work. More than 2,060 Arlington students at 13 schools have...

APS takes legislators ‘to school’ in preparation for 2023

Arlington Public Schools on Nov. 10 welcomed members of the county’s General Assembly delegation to a “take your legislator to school” event at Cardinal Elementary School. “They got to see, first-hand, the hard work and dedication” of school-system personnel, School...

Editor’s Notebook: Back when Billy brewed controversy

For those not old enough to remember the extended family of Jimmy Carter, trust me that they were a wacky bunch. Miss Lillian, the mother of the brood, once remarked that if she'd known in advance how much trouble...

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