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As your local, weekly newspaper, the Connection’s mission is to deliver the local news you need, to try to make sense of what is happening in your community, to gather information about the best things in and around your community, to advocate for community good, to provide a forum for dialogue on local concerns, and to celebrate and record achievements, milestones and events in the community and people’s lives.

Editorial – Election 2016: Much at Stake Nationally, Locally

Possible record turnout should motivate more early voting.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, and in some ways that seems like it can’t possibly come soon enough.

Commentary: Responding to the Zika Threat

There have been 50 reported cases of Zika in Virginia, all linked to foreign travel, as of early August.

Last week, for the first time ever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was forced to issue a domestic travel warning to pregnant women planning to visit Miami, a popular getaway destination.

Editorial: Laser Focus on Safety

While Metro lapses can’t be excused, it’s much safer than driving; maintenance-related safety issues also plague area bridges and roads.

Intense scrutiny on the safety and maintenance record of the Washington region’s Metro system is resulting in continuing revelation of lapses, and ongoing inconvenience with repair schedules shutting down entire lines and the end of late night service.

Editorial: An Open Letter to Readers and More

Buy an ad in our annual Newcomers and Community Guide, please.

Has your organization been featured in the Connection Newspapers, or the Alexandria Gazette Packet or the Mount Vernon Gazette or the Centre View or the Potomac Almanac?

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.

Editorial: Be Part of Our Annual Community Guide

Share tips in upcoming Newcomers and Community Guides.

The Connection’s annual Newcomers and Community Guides will publish Aug. 24 with a deadline of Aug. 17.

Editorial: Getting Home Safely on Independence Day

Independence Day is a national celebration, and for many, that celebration includes alcohol. The summer overall and July 4 in particular are times of greater risk for drinking and driving.

Arlington Letter: Hurdles to Clean Energy

Letter to the Editor

Bella Jones [Letter, “Benefits of Clean Energy,” June 22] is right that “a strong, growing clean energy sector could provide an abundance of high-paying jobs” in the Commonwealth (“Benefits of Clean Energy,” June 21), and she is also right that “Virginia could be a leader in clean energy.”

Column: Continuing Together as One Arlington

Commentary

The following is a statement issued last week from the Arlington County Board concerning immigration.

Arlington Column: Join in Effort To Reduce Gun Violence

Commentary

I was moved and inspired last week by my colleagues — starting with the great civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis — who had the tenacity and creativity to launch a sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives to demand a vote on solutions to gun violence.

Commentary: Congress Must Act to Stem Gun Violence Epidemic

Last week, America woke to what has become an all-too-common nightmare. A man driven by hate and armed with assault weapons carried out our nation’s worst mass shooting.

Potomac Letter: In Mourning

Letter to the Editor

The chairman, the board of directors and ordinary members of the Montgomery County Muslim Foundation strongly condemn the barbaric attack on innocent civilians in Orlando by an individual that claims to belong to our faith.

Arlington Letter: Benefits of Clean Energy

Letter to the Editor

In recent days, Governor McAuliffe has been receiving a lot of pressure to back down from his commitments to our climate and environment.

Arlington Letter: We Are One Community, One Nation

Letter to the Editor

Deeply disturbed by the Orlando massacre, I wanted to help the wounded, help those families, help that community, but I was feeling at a loss.

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