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Sunday, November 27, 2022

Editor’s Notebook

Editor’s Notebook: Up by nine and feelin’ fine!

It was getting down to crunch time in the 1980 presidential election when, in its weekend edition right before Tuesday's polling took place, the Northern Virginia Sun reported that Ronald Reagan was holding a 9-point lead over Jimmy Carter...

Editor’s Notebook: I do the heavy lifting …

… so others don't have to, apparently. Latest proof: Yours truly was toodling on Route 7 between Falls Church and Arlington on Monday morning, listening to WMAL on the radio when the news came on at the top (or bottom)...

Editor’s Notebook: ‘Real’ is of course a subjective term

"In Defense of Real Newspapers" is the headline of the editorial in last week's Falls Church News-Press, referencing an article from a few days before in The Washington Post. That Post article (I saw the headline but had no time...

Editor’s Notebook: In 1972, local high-schoolers were ga-ga for Dick

One of my favorite local-history items has rolled around once again for this week's papers, taking us back to the Oct. 28, 1972, edition of the Northern Virginia Sun. (A nifty 50 years ago? Time flies ....) The Sun was...

Editor’s Notebook: If Dr. Fauci can admit it, how about local school districts?

Editor's Notebook: If Dr. Fauci can admit it, how about local school districts? Type in the phrase cover-your-"patootie” (AKA "backside" AKA "tushie" AKA "vertical smile" AKA "the place where the good Lord split ya") on Al Gore's fabulous Internet and...

Editor’s Notebook: Playing peek-a-boo in the 7th District

Her campaign had a number of excuses as U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-7th) wriggled her way out of a debate planned by the League of Women Voters for this week. First, let me give Spanberger some credit. Were I the...

Editor’s Notebook: Never too late to start!

Here's one from the local-history column, back this week in 1972. There were set to be a lot of new voters in the presidential election, the paper noted, including millions who qualified as the voting age was lowered to 18...

Editor’s Notebook: Am I the great and powerful Oz? (No, not Dr. Oz…)

Many moons ago, there was a vocal Arlington civic activist who postulated the theory that everything that took place in Arlington governance (and he did not approve of most of it) was the result of a behind-the-scenes cabal consisting...

Editor’s Notebook: Will this be a ‘Martha Reeves’ election?

My theory: All present-day phenomena can be related to with a reference back to (pick one) 1960s-70s music; "Match Game"; "The Simpsons"; or "Blazing Saddles." In the case of the upcoming Arlington County Board race, I'm wondering if it's not...

Editor’s Notebook: Who is Kari Lake and why won’t she leave me alone?

The “unsubscribe” button is a wonderful thing to have on e-mails, but only if it actually leads to a person being removed from an e-mail list one does not wish to be a part of. And no matter how many...
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Arlington football teams combine for 17 wins

The four varsity high-school football teams in Arlington this fall combined for a final overall record of 17-27. The Yorktown...
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