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Editor’s NotebookEditor's Notebook: A belated, but heartfelt, bon voyage

Editor’s Notebook: A belated, but heartfelt, bon voyage

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I’m a little late to this, for which I apologize, but nonetheless wanted to pay tribute to Jackie Steven upon her departure from Arlington Independent Media, where she was a fixture for decades.

Fun fact: Some years ago, when a previous hierarchy here at the Sun Gazette Organized-Crime Family thought it would be a good idea for us to include daily video “news updates” on our Website, we used the facilities of AIM and enjoyed an exceptionally positive relationship with Jackie and the staff there.

(That video-updates idea died after a few months. And no, I was not the Ron Burgundy-style anchorman; newsreading duties were done by the much more broadcast-appropriate Meghan McMahon, then of our advertising staff.)

Anyway, Jackie has been with AIM through thick and thin. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get out to the going-away festivities but surely will run into her out and about in the near future. She deserves an “attaboy” as well as an opportunity to take life in a new direction.


I LOVE A GOOD TINKLING MATCH: Last Tuesday afternoon’s Arlington County Board meeting provided an interesting back-and-forth between board members Christian Dorsey and Takis Karantonis.

We had coverage [HERE] so that you could enjoy the full blow-by-blow, but I’m on Team Dorsey on this one. He’s right that it’s dumb, dumb, dumb for the county school system not to accept negative at-home COVID tests to allow students back in class.

As Dorsey noted, we’re in sniffle season, and forcing parents to go searching out professional tests with fast turnarounds so their kids can get back in class expeditiously would seem to encourage parents not to report that their children are sick at all.

NO INFLATION WHEN WALKING (EXCEPT FOR THE PURCHASE OF SHOES): One of the nicer things about now living within walking distance of Sun Gazette World Headquarters is the ability to leave the chariot parked and walked back and forth the 20 minutes needed.

– Scott McCaffrey

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