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


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Fairfax County: Support for Police Auditor, Civilian Review Panel

Supervisors discuss independent oversight recommendations from Ad Hoc Commission.

Details of an independent auditor for Fairfax County police and a civilian panel to review cases of alleged FCPD abuse of authority or misconduct are still being hammered out. However there was general agreement among County Supervisors at the July 19 Public Safety Committee meeting that they are in favor of moving forward with the recommendations from the Ad Hoc Police Practices Review Commission to create both entities for accountability.

Commentary: A Day a Year Health Care

In a few days I will be driving about six hours from my home in Reston to Wise County in Southwest Virginia to volunteer at the Remote Area Medical Health Clinic at the county fairgrounds.

Letter: Clarifying Constitutional and Legal Rights

To the Editor

I want to offer a few corrections to the Commentary by Jennifer Boysko (D-86) in the July 6-12, 2016 edition of the Oak Hill-Herndon Connection (“Time to Stand Up to Anti-women Regulations.”)

Letter: Keeping Young Minds Engaged in Summer

To the Editor

Summer means warmer weather and time for vacations. But it’s also a time when the average student loses nearly two months of academic knowledge.

Letter: Taking the Lead on Climate Change

To the Editor

Senator Tim Kaine took the the floor of the United States Senate, and displayed the potential for being a climate champion.

Letter: Taking Exception

To the Editor

The Last week’s Connection included a Letter to the Editor from Elizabeth Torpey Bradsher ("School Board Politics and Transgender Policy.") I

Mount Vernon Letter: Save Taxes, Re-think Systems

Letter to the Editor

Every year in Fairfax County, we hear from our Board of Supervisors (BOS) that programs must be cut and taxes must be raised to balance the budget. Perhaps a more appropriate approach would be to closely examine county operations and eliminate wasteful practices.

Mount Vernon Letter: Christian Courage

Letter to the Editor

The Rev. Dr. Keary Kincannon thoughtfully addressed the issues of racial inequality and how race may affect law enforcement encounters in his commentary, “Still Much To Do on Race Relations” [Mount Vernon Gazette, July 14].

Mount Vernon: A Musing

I have a favorite T-shirt that has the following printed across the front: “George Washington For President.”

Alexandria Letter: Residents Deserve Better

Letter to the Editor

Alexandria is not on the worldwide map of historical significant places by happenstance.

Alexandria Letter: Compile Better Data

Letter to the Editor

When we were surprised by the Bike Share station on S. Royal Street and asked the city why proper outreach and permitting was not followed, it came to my attention what a poor job that some city staff does disseminating data and information to City Council, committees and commissions.

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Alexandria Column: America Let’s Do Lunch

Senior Services of Alexandria

More than 10 million (1 in 6) seniors in the U.S. face the threat of hunger and more than 15 million (1 in 4) are living in isolation.

Centreville Letter: Financial Literacy – A Big Concept for Small Learners

Letter to the Editor

As parents, we often contemplate new ways to support if not catapult our children into exciting and memorable experiences both academically and socially, all in the name of making them "well-rounded."

Editorial: Voting, for Former Felons and Others

In a Democracy, we’re best served by more voter participation.

Today, the Virginia Supreme Court will hear an expedited challenge to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D) restoration of the voting and civil rights of more than 200,000 Virginians who were convicted of felonies, served their time and completed any supervised release, parole or probation requirements. The restoration of voting rights moves Virginia into the mainstream.

Commentary: Summer Is Here: Time to Visit State Parks

Eighty years ago this month, Virginia created the first state park system in the United States.