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Editor’s NotebookEditor’s Notebook: Locked and loaded, ballot-wise

Editor’s Notebook: Locked and loaded, ballot-wise

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It took a mere 3 days for my request for an absentee ballot to be processed and the ballot to land in the mailslot, and then just another day for me to commune with my conscience and mark the ballot before sending it on its merry way.

(I should offer $1 million to anyone who could successfully determine how I voted in each of the races and referendums on my ballot. I can confidently say that, absent simply blind luck – a broken clock is right two times a day, as they saying goes – nobody would be able to hit the target. I am a quirky voter following my own muse.)

My ballot’s on its way back to the elections office, so for me this one is over. Except for covering the remnants of the local campaign season.

SPEAKING OF CAMPAIGN SEASON: The Arlington NAACP County Board and School Board debate of Monday night was interesting, certainly different in format from the previous Arlington Committee of 100 and Arlington County Civic Federation debates in a couple of ways:

  • No opening statements, which given that I (and probably many of those tuned in) had heard at the previous debates, was perhaps a blessing.
  • The moderator more actively pushed back at the candidates; when they weren’t answering the question (in her view), she broke in and pressed them to get back on track. Again, since it was different from previous debates, it was a breath of fresh air this time around – and it was nice to see candidates’ feet being held to the fire.

Still putting some of that coverage together (I’m a semi-professional wordsmith, not a short-order cook, you know…) but we’ll have it all tied together in coming days.

There are a couple of additional debates in the offing, but here in the real world, the County Board and School Board races are effectively over. The Democratic candidates for office made no blunders throughout the first three debates, and it would take a really unusual situation to make the races competitive at this point.

FALLS CHURCH-IANS PROVE SANE (BUT BY A NARROW MARGIN): Last week I referenced the poll-du-jour of the Falls Church News-Press, which asked its readers (and the grammar is the Falls Chuch paper’s, not mine): “Should all businesses eventually require proof of vaccination from its customers?”

A nifty 50 percent of respondents said “no” while 43 percent said “yes” and 7 percent said they were not sure.

So, sanity ruled, but it was a little too close for comfort. As one office-mate said resignedly about the lockdowns and mask-ups and this’s and that’s imposed by the powers that be of our modern era: “They’re never going to let us out of this.” Perhaps an apocalyptic view, but not necessarily a wrong one.

  • Scott McCaffrey
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