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Accreditation: A Mixed Bag

Commentary

The Virginia Department of Education has issued accreditation reports on our public schools. For our area, the results are mixed.

The Dysfunction In the Senate

(and why we need Ed Gillespie for Virginia)

The Senate Majority Leader Mister Reid is a master of the partisan deed.

What’s on the Ballot?

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Every voter in Virginia will vote for U.S senator and their member in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Poll Position

Local academics following the 11th Districts race say there’s really no substitute for the strength of incumbency.

Despite low public opinion of President Obama and a minimally productive Congress, representative Gerry Connolly has plenty going for him as the incumbent seeking re-election in Virginia’s largely democratic 11th district.

Bonds on the Ballot

Arlington puts $200 million in bonds to a public vote.

This year, Arlington is putting the fate of $219 million in the hands of its citizens. On the Nov. 4 ballot, residents will have a chance to vote on four major bonds.

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Mutiny at the Debate

Final Comstock-Foust debate gets emotional as both candidates debate social issues for first time.

The final debate Sunday between Republican Barbara Comstock and Democrat John Foust was arguably the most fiery and combative debate in the race to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R) in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District.

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Down to the Wire

As 10th District race heads into homestretch, Foust, Comstock continue to battle for voters.

The race to replace U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R) in Virginia’s sprawling 10th district has been exactly what political prognosticators said it would be: one of the most watched, most expensive and most contested races in the 2014 midterm elections.

Supporting Streetcar

The following open letter was addressed to Aubrey L. Layne, Jr. Secretary of Transportation Commonwealth of Virginia.

As members of the Arlington County General Assembly delegation, we strongly support the Commonwealth of Virginia’s commitment to provide funding for the regional streetcar system that the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) has included in its six-year improvement program.

Next Tuesday: Time To Vote

Every state and local office that represents Potomac is on the ballot Nov. 4.

If residents want some choice in whom will represent them on County Council, as County Executive, in the Maryland General Assembly, now is the time to engage.

Just a Days Left for Voting Early, Absentee

Virtually every voter in Virginia is eligible to vote absentee, which includes voting in-person absentee at a variety of locations from now through Saturday, Nov. 1. After that, vote on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4 at your assigned polling place.

Letter: Stealth Candidate

To the Editor: Why won’t Comstock speak to us?

Letter: ‘Climate Change’ Becomes ‘Weather Event’

To the Editor: Channeling President Obama ("electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket"), Delegate Plum takes up "green energy" ("Energy Plan Moves VA in Right Direction," Reston Connection, Oct. 22), hilariously hailing President Obama's "much welcomed National Climate Action Plan."

Letter: ‘Gotcha’ Campaigns

To the Editor: Enough is enough! The race to succeed Rep. Frank Wolf in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District is getting uglier by the day.

Column: Our Civic Duty

Commentary

A basic tenet of all levels of civic education is that citizens should vote. We are told of the importance of voting in social studies classes, scouting, and in community groups. Yet, a surprisingly large number of people never learn the lesson. Voter participation in the United States is abysmal when compared to other countries, and Virginia is one of the worst among the states.

Letter: Astonishing Charges

To the Editor: I have been a member of the Great Falls Citizens Association Transportation Committee since 2010 when Delegate Barbara Comstock and Supervisor John Foust led a bipartisan effort, in conjunction with the GFCA and the McLean Citizens Association, to change the VDOT plan for a two-lane turn from Route 7 and a nine-lane-wide intersection at the juncture of Route 7 and Georgetown Pike.