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


Editorial: Vote Now to Avoid the Earthquake

Early voting available for most voters now; vote by Nov. 3.

The news is all about Donald, Hilary, Bernie, Carlie, Joe and Jeb. That’s next year, November 2016. The election in less than a month matters here in Northern Virginia. What are your priorities?

Letter: Appeal to Save the Trees

To the Editor

Why are beautiful, healthy trees being cut down all over the Headquarters of the Reston Association?

Letter: Before Libraries Go Digital

To the Editor

It has been suggested that we don't need libraries or books anymore as everything is available digitally and on the Internet.

Column: Not Up to the Challenge

It is not easy to admit that you are not up to a challenge that hundreds of your constituents face each day, but that’s what happened to me last week. ProgressVA sponsored the “Live the Wage Challenge” asking elected officials, community leaders, advocates and everyday citizens to walk in the shoes of a minimum wage worker by living on a minimum wage budget for one week.

Column: Finally the Outrage

Several times I’ve been asked why we don’t see major outrage in Fairfax County over law enforcement excesses.

Commentary: Preserving Trees

Madam Chairman, on many occasions, our Board has stated its strongly held belief that tree preservation is an essential element in our environmental plans and in our efforts to protect and improve the quality of life in our county.

Commentary: Gun Shop Location Puts Children at Risk

The decision by the owners of the NOVA Gun Shop to locate their new retail store adjacent to Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean is unwise and inappropriate, and potentially puts the health and safety of schoolchildren and faculty at unnecessary risk.

Letter: Strategic Insight

Letter to the Editor

At the candidate debates at the Great Falls Grange this week, Craig Parisot (candidate for House Delegate Virginia’s 34th District) pointed out that Virginia once was on the path to be a great science and technology business hub.

Letter: Dedicated to Serve

Letter to the Editor

While some saw gender bias at play during the Fairfax County Board of Supervisor debates between Jennifer Chronis and John Foust, I saw a tough woman willing to accept the difficult challenges facing Fairfax County governance.

Letter: Complete Contrast

Letter to the Editor

I attended the Great Falls Citizens Association debate at The Grange, and despite the rain, I’m very glad I did.

Letter: Our Fundamental Freedoms

Letter to the Editor

There are some very fundamental freedoms, which we enjoy in America. Government does not give us our freedoms, but one of its purposes under our Constitution is to protect them. One fundamental freedom we have is to worship our God in our own way, or not. Government cannot tell us we cannot and cannot tell us how, or where. Let us be vigilant about this, and not let it be lost, even one pebble at a time.

Letter: Another Look at Gun Control

Letter to the Editor

The photos illustrating the front page Gun Shop Protest article of September 30 - October 6, 2015 clearly demonstrate the diversity of our McLean community.

Letter: A Platform to Move Virginia Forward

Letter to the Editor

Craig Parisot just released an excellent plan to bring economic growth to our region. His plan is comprehensive and promising.

Letter: Small-Business Association Endorses Parisot

Letter to the Editor

Craig Parisot has been endorsed by Virginia’s leading small-business association.

Letter: Opposing Brooks Farm Development Proposal

Letter to the Editor

In a Sept. 28 letter to county supervisor John Foust, GFCA President Eric Knudsen detailed GFCA's opposition to the Brooks Farm development as currently proposed.