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Editor’s Notebook: Whipple-palooza runs wild

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As former Arlington Chamber of Commerce poobah Rich Doud was wont to borrow from the Blues Brothers and say: “We’re putting the band back together!”

In this case, it was the seasoned citizens and those who love them of the Arlington County Democratic Committee, who came together Sunday afternoon to enshrine Tom and Mary Margaret Whipple into the pantheon of “Distinguished Democrats” who have served the local party long and faithfully.

The parade of notables included Chuck Robb, Tim Kaine, Don Beyer … and even a few who HADN’T served as Virginia’s lieutenant governor, too.

Last year, when Democrats lauded the equally worthy Sharon Davis, the event was “virtual,” but this time it was held in the Williamsburg neighborhood under sunny autumn skies.

To know where you’re going, you have to know where you’ve been, but far too few Democrats (or Republicans for that matter) want to look back any farther (or further, take your pick) than when they themselves showed up on the scene. That’s too bad, because there are some legends in local governance of both parties still going strong, and worth spending some time with.

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN: Continuing our Arlington theme, it turns out that, back in 1936, there was a debate going on in the community about whether Arlington County should … [hold for suspense] … try to become a city.

And guess what? Here we are in 2021 and that’s probably one of the topics that will form part of the Arlington County Civic Federation’s ongoing discussion of governance issues.

Which, if past is prologue, means that 85 years in the future, or 2106 to be exact, the community probably will get around to discussing it yet again.

Not planning on being the one to cover that story …

PRO AND CON: We have a couple of letters to the editor in the hopper about Arlington’s new logo. Good reading.

Frankly, of the choices the Arlington County Board had in front of it, I’d say they picked one of the less-inspired options. In fact, I did say it, a couple of days ago, I think.

  • Scott McCaffrey
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