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Editor’s Notebook

Editor’s Notebook: A question for Arlington School Board candidates

The Arlington branch of the NAACP tonight holds its annual candidate forum, and among those participating will be contenders for School Board. The moderator – Wilma Jones Kilgo – is a seasoned pro at this and certainly needs no help...

Editor’s Notebook: We have been here a looooooooong time

I have been with the Sun Gazette for years, but no matter how lengthy my tenure, I remain a rookie compared to Dave Facinoli, our sports editor. Dave already was a fixture when I first arrived, and before that...

Editor’s Notebook: The need for speed, political-style

When it came to Arlington County Board candidate forums this month, the Arlington Committee of 100 and the Arlington County Civic Federation took different tacks. Not necessarily better or worse than the other. Just different. Specifically, this week’s Civic Federation debate...

Editor’s Notebook: Seems a sign of nervousness, not strength

Dropped into my mailslot at home earlier this week was a political mailing proclaiming “Endorsement Announcement” with an image (seemingly Photoshopped together) of Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin with former President Donald Trump. Youngkin “has my complete and total endorsement,”...

Editor’s Notebook: It worked for the Lincoln-Douglas debates

The Arlington County Civic Federation tonight holds its annual candidate forum, which for the second year in a row will be presented in an online format owing to, well, you know. Sometime over the summer I had a brainstorm, but...

Editor’s Notebook: Even if shiny, it will still stink

Back during the 2016 presidential campaign, I embarked on a little test – asking my Democratic friends and/or acquaintances, including those in elected office, what they had thought about Tim Kaine’s performance in the vice-presidential debate. Most of my respondents,...

Editor’s Notebook: My most visceral 9/11 moment

We are now upon the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the most visceral moment I had came late in day. At the time, I was living on the top floor of a Columbia Pike apartment building (the...

Editor’s Notebook: Parsing last night’s candidate forum

Not a bad showing by the three Arlington County Board independents running against incumbent Democrat Takis Karantonis, as campaign season kicked off with the Committee of 100 debate last night. Audrey Clement, Mike Cantwell and Adam Theo presented themselves well...

Editor’s Notebook: Get those moving vans ready!

The Virginia Redistricting Commission is out with its first iteration of proposed House of Delegates districts for Northern Virginia, and the plan as currently concocted puts a number of local delegates together in the same district. At the moment, this...

Editor’s Notebook: Let’s spice up the campaign coverage, por favor

Flaccid, limp, lifeless, languid, droopy, pendulous. But enough about my personal problems … what we’re really talking about today is the coverage of local political debates. And with campaign season heating up (although in the local area it’s usually more “tepid”...
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