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Editor’s Notebook

Editor’s Notebook: Too much spin makes me dizzy

The problem with political spin is that the public these days usually sees through it. Which is why it was a head-scratcher to see how the polling team at the University of Mary Washington attempted to spin the results...

Editor’s Notebook: Credit where credit is due

Since time immemorial, I have covered the annual opening ceremonies of the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics, held at Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlington. The ceremony, and the Senior Olympics, fell victim to COVID in 2020 but are back for...

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

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...

Editor’s Notebook: Finally, we get some company

For a while there, it looked like Ye Olde Sun Gazette was going to be the only institutional of repute (or perhaps “ill repute”) pressing the Arlington government to get libraries reopened with some semblance of urgency. It was a...

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,...
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