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Drawn from the 15 weekly community newspapers published by Connection Newspapers.

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Letter to the Editor: Abject Neglect

To the Editor: I've lived in the Route 1 corridor for 33 years. It is in desperate need of revitalization and has been neglected by the Board of Supervisors for decades while they favored development in the western areas of Fairfax County.

U.S. 1 Transit Study: Time to Speak Up

Last week, Virginia’s Department of Rail and Public Transit held the last public hearing on the U.S. 1 Multimodal Transit Study. This study will determine the most appropriate road configuration, mode of transit and accompanying land uses for the U.S. 1 corridor for the next 30 years. As the study ends, public input is absolutely critical.

Letter to the Editor: Meddling with Free Market

To the Editor: Justin Wilson’s latest cockamamie proclamation, which he made during a recent City Council meeting, is a demand that city government tell property owners the rents they may assess their tenants. And if the city doesn’t have the authority now to do so, then at least shame those landlords whom he believes are charging excessive rents.

Letter to the Editor: This Council’s Legacy

To the Editor: Each Alexandria City Council leaves its indelible mark on our community — which ultimately becomes its legacy. This particular council will leave Alexandria with more than a half-billion dollars of debt, with a $64 million a year in debt service. This should in itself be enough to replace most of the Alexandria City Council members, along with the city manager.

Editorial: Coming - Children’s Connection

During the last week of each year, The Connection devotes its entire issue to the creativity of local students and children. The results are always remarkable. It is a keepsake edition for many families.

Letters to the Editor

Weighing ‘Greater Good’s’ Impact

To the Editor: TC lights: This is just another example of the city's total disregard for its residents. How many of the School Board members live in the impacted residential area? How many of our council members?

Saved by the Feds

Commentary

As I wrote in a column several months ago, Virginia has historically ceded decisions to federal authorities on major issues on which the state had been unwilling to move forward, despite the Commonwealth's historic antipathy toward the federal government.

John Geer Killing—An End to Impunity?

Independent Progressive

In August 2013, a Fairfax County Police Officer shot and killed unarmed John Geer as he stood in his doorway talking to police. There were many civilian witnesses, including family, to the SWAT team killing.

Siegel: Alexandria’s ‘Beautiful Mind’

An Alexandria artist has been celebrated as one of the nation’s most Beautiful Minds.

Tease photo

Alexandria to New Orleans

The Human Tragedy of the Interstate Slave Trade Part III

Continued from last week’s Gazette Packet.

Letter to the Editor: A Common Sense Candidate

To the Editor: I recently saw John Foust's new ad on television. In it he claims to have balanced seven budgets but leaves out the big detail that he had to raise taxes to do so.

Letter to the Editor: Why Foust?

To the Editor: As a two term Fairfax County supervisor from McLean, he has balanced numerous county budgets and has found ways to save millions of dollars of unnecessary spending.

Letter to the Editor: Appalling Comment

To the Editor: We have supported both John Foust as our Fairfax County supervisor and Barbara Comstock as our Virginia delegate. Both have been responsive to our concerns.

Letter to the Editor: Questions for Candidates

To the Editor: I'd like to ask Mrs. Comstock and Mr. Foust these questions and hope they will go "on the record" publicly with their answers.

Letter: Why Comstock?

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: The Keystone Pipeline has strong bipartisan support. Therefore it is telling that Democratic candidate John Foust is out in left field opposing this job-creating program that would provide more affordable energy and more tax revenue and more jobs.

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