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Monday, October 18, 2021

Editor's Notebook

Editor’s Notebook: You think Harry cared what they thought? Nah.

Here’s one from the archives of the Northern Virginia Sun edition of Oct. 24, 1944. An article reported that national Democrats were grumbling that U.S. Sen. Harry Byrd was hurting President Roosevelt’s re-election prospects by not coming out and supporting...

Editor’s Notebook: That explains it!

Some data came over the transom this week from the airline trade group Airlines for America, which suggested that Reagan National Airport – which has been terribly negatively affected by the impact of the COVID era – was primed...

Editor’s Notebook: Dems to Joe: ‘Stay home’?

We're getting down to brass tacks when it comes to the Virginia gubernatorial race, and on Tuesday, it was announced that former President Barack Obama was coming into Virginia to stump for Terry McAuliffe, as were First Lady Jill...

Editor’s Notebook: Is ‘Bipartisan Terry’ the tonic for Democrats’ woes?

An interesting Terry McAuliffe gubernatorial campaign showed up on TV (that thing we all used to watch before other electronic devices took over that task …), and the ad seems to mark a change of strategy. Now appearing on...

Editor’s Notebook: Do they think they’re fooling anybody?

“Sanctimonious political hacks” is not a phrase we throw around often here at the office – and we throw around lots of phrases – but when it fits, it fits. And for purposes of today's discussion, it fits nine of...

Editor’s Notebook: Another theater troupe is back

Sunday night traditionally finds me on nestled horizontally and semi-comatose on a couch at home (any home, but normally my home), but last night night found me in Crystal City, where Synetic Theater was back in its performance venue...

Editor’s Notebook: Just a false alarm. This time. Next time?

For those who believe that mere random coincidences occur in the universe – yours truly is sometimes dubious they actually exist – it was quite the big one Wednesday morning. At the same time Washington-Liberty High School was in lockdown...

Editor’s Notebook: A fatal self-inflicted wound for McAuliffe?

The textbook political definition of “gaffe” is a politician who accidentally says what he’s really thinking, even though he doesn’t want the public to know. If Terry McAuliffe ends up failing to sink the political equivalent of a gimme-putt and...

Editor’s Notebook: ‘Don’t you know who I am’ is never a good look

We’ll have coverage this week of a verbal altercation that took place last week when Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney Steve Descano and his chief deputy reportedly took offense at being forced to go through metal detectors to get into the...

Editor’s Notebook: Last one to leave, turn out the lights

We’ll have an update this week on the crisis – oops, County Manager Mark Schwartz says it is not a crisis (yet) – in Arlington police staffing. As a Sun Gazette editorial noted more than a year ago – when...
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