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


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.

Letter: Local Foundation Hosts DaVinci Challenge

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: True innovation begins when dreamers finally decide to give substance to their ideas. Leonardo da Vinci once said, “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”

Letter: Ebola: Panic in All the Wrong Places

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Ebola is spreading to epidemic proportions in West Africa. There are no uncontrolled cases of Ebola in the U.S. In spite of this, it is the people of Africa who need to worry more, and Americans who need to worry less. However, the virus is not taken nearly seriously enough by the people of West Africa.

Commentary: Protecting Those Threatened by Domestic Violence

September marks 20th Anniversary of Violence Against Women Act.

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) – landmark legislation in which our nation committed new prevention and response resources so that our mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends would no longer have to suffer in silence through domestic abuse.

Letter: Focusing on Suicide Prevention

Letter to the Editor

To kick off National Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 8-12), the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is announcing its goal to reduce the annual suicide rate in the United States 20 percent by 2025.

Editorial: Change Is Coming, Right?

Legislators on changing the culture of cash and gifts in Virginia: Crickets.

With former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen facing what could be decades in prison after their convictions for corruption, a reasonable person might reasonably expect that members of the General Assembly would be gearing up to make some big changes.

Letter: The Donors (Money) Behind Comstock, Foust

Letter to the Editor

Please find below some interesting facts about our 10th district candidates. I retrieved this information from Opensecrets.org, a nonprofit website dedicated to adding transparency to the money behind our candidates.

Letter: Comstock Masters Business Issues

Letter to the Editor

On Wednesday, Sept. 3, the candidates for the 10th Congressional District had their first debate before the Fairfax and Prince William Chambers and the Northern Virginia Technology Council. The contrast couldn’t have been more stark.

Letter: Programs To Be Proud Of

Letter to the Editor

In her letter in the (“Opposing Medicaid Expansion,” Connection, August 20 – 26, 2014) Elinor Bartlett made it clear that she strongly opposes Medicaid expansion in Virginia. Fine, but while I strongly support her right to hold and express such a view, I cannot accept her use of irrelevant, unsupported, and factually wrong statements about Social Security and Medicare in support of her position.

Letter: ‘The Wizard’ 114 Years Old

Letter to the Editor

I enjoyed the article on the Claude Moore Farm bookshop very much (“The Bookshop Worth Exploring,” McLean Connection, September 3-9, 2014).

Column: The Legacy of Bob McDonnell

I had no idea what to expect when the jury announced it had reached its verdicts on the charges against former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, but when the verdicts were announced I was stunned.