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


Think Longscapes, Not Landscapes

Trees: What’s not to love? They provide amazing beauty, shade, and moisture to cool our homes and photosynthesis to provide food for wildlife and people. They filter our drinking water and air; trap nutrient-laden sediment run-off before it reaches the Potomac and the Bay; stabilize stream beds; sequester pollutants; increase biodiversity and property values; and, remove carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, from the air.

Does Change in Voter ID Laws Matter?

More than 22,000 active voters in Northern Virginia are without the required ID.

For the current election, new, more stringent voter identification laws are in effect.

Letter: Hitting the Ground Running

Letter to the Editor

Barbara Comstock, a candidate for Congress in the 10th District, has a proven record of getting results.

Letter: Poor Site for Recycling Plant

Your article headlined, "Sound Argument," shows the sound reasons this junkyard must be rejected by the City Council. This dispute is not about recycling.

Letter: Action-oriented Leaders

Ed Gillespie's campaign continues to lack substance. I hope that Virginia can see through the empty words and instead vote for the candidate who provides real action and real results – Mark Warner.

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Residents Have Their Say

Assisted-Living facility could pose traffic, drainage, noise problems.

As the number of senior citizens in Fairfax County continues to grow, so does the need for an assisted-living facility for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Column: What Is It About Virginia?

By Kenneth R. “Ken” Plum, state Delegate (D-36)

There really are not many native Virginians living in Northern Virginia. The growth of the region has come primarily from people moving here from other states or countries.

Column: A Special Shout-Out

By Kenneth R. “Ken” Plum, state delegate (D-36)

I know my constituents join me in a special thank-you shout-out to Barbara Shearer who has been my legislative assistant for over twenty years and who is retiring at the end of this month. Although a state legislative office is technically part-time, Barbara’s attention to details of constituent request and dependable follow-through gained for my office a reputation for having the best constituent services of any office of an elected official with many having full-time staff members.

Letter: Inspirational Experience

Letter to the Editor

As a participant in Delegate Barbara Comstock’s Young Women in Leadership Program, I wish to comment on how much I appreciated this unique experience.

Editorial: Deadly Medicaid Debacle

Literally killing poor people who could have health care, while refusing to give Virginia’s economy a boost.

The poor people of Virginia are so seriously harmed by the actions of the Virginia General Assembly in refusing to expand Medicaid at little additional cost to the Commonwealth that those harmed should have some legal recourse.

More Mothers Choosing to Breastfeed at Inova

I love it when a plan comes together. Last year in this space, I told you about Inova Alexandria Hospital’s initiative to promote the best possible beginning for newborns and their mothers by encouraging exclusive breastfeeding.

Letter: Supporting Comstock

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: I recently attended the VA 10th District Town Hall that was hosted by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce. Only one candidate embodied the forward thinking, bipartisan leadership that we need to get the job done in Congress and that’s Delegate Barbara Comstock.

Letter: Thank You Letter to the McLean Community

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: On the afternoon of Aug. 24, McLean & Great Falls Celebrate Virginia presented An Afternoon with the Madisons at the McLean Community Center.

September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month

In Fairfax County alone last year, there were over 150 suicides.

The numbers are staggering. In the United States, one person dies by suicide every 18 minutes.

Letter: Springfield Seniors Deserve Better

Letter to the Editor

On Sept. 13, 2014, I received The Herrity Report with the remarkable absence of any report on the Lorton Workhouse that he had earlier denounced as a wasteful bailout of a mismanaged operation. Supervisor Herrity failed to report that on Sept. 9, 2014, the Board spent another $3 million for an events center that could lose more of our taxpayer money.