Arlington Opinion

Arlington Opinion


Editorial: More Voters Might Not Mean Much More Voting

Governor’s action brings Virginia in line with 39 other states.

Last week, Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) restored 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.

Arlington Column: Veto Session Keeps Virginia in Mainstream

Every April, the General Assembly returns to Richmond for a one-day “veto session.” This is when we vote on Governor McAuliffe’s amendments to bills — and his vetoes of bills — that passed during our regular winter session. We accept or reject the amendments, and sustain or override the vetoes; then, as citizen legislators, we return to our communities. For the rest of the year, much of our

Editorial: On the Guilty Plea of Adam Torres

Geer’s death exposed “obfuscation … and a lack of public accountability.”

Adam Torres, charged with murder in the death of Springfield resident John Geer, was the first Fairfax County Police officer in the history of the department to be charged in such a death.

Arlington Letter: Hardly Non-Partisan

Letter to the Editor

I am writing in response to the article [April 13-19 edition] entitled, “More than Tolerance,” about the Muslim Town Hall Meeting held April 9 at the Arlington Library.

Editorial: Award-Winning Connection Newspapers

Still striving to be the Connection to your community.

Connection Newspapers won dozens of awards from the Virginia Press Association for work done in 2015.

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Letter: Help Prevent Child Abuse

If you see a blue pinwheel dotting the landscape in April, we hope you will pause and think about what it represents--National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Arlington Letter: National Issue in the Neighborhood

Letter to the Editor

It is no secret that firearms regulations are a “hot-button” political issue in this particularly contentious election year. And sadly, a series of attempts to strategically place gun stores near educational institutions, and the densely populated residential neighborhoods around them, have turned Arlington County communities into microcosms of this national debate.

Arlington Letter: Argentinean National Day Celebration

Letter to the Editor

It is interesting to share the wonderful and challenging moments in the history of the Argentinean National Day Festival Celebration. The committee pioneered the idea of sharing with the Argentine, Hispanic and international community’s some of the food, arts, and culture of Argentina. It has always been a pleasure to showcase events in Arlington and to present young artists and famous performers at the acclaimed "Festival Argentino."

Editorial: Money to Treat Addiction, Mental Health Issues

Affordable Care Act could pay for help, better health for 100,000 uninsured people in Virginia with mental illness or addiction issues.

Poor people without health insurance in Virginia are being unnecessarily tortured, in some cases to death, by a General Assembly that refuses to expand Medicaid.

Commentary: Congress Must Act on the Growing Opioid Epidemic

Our nation is in the midst of an exploding opioid epidemic.

Commentary: Progress on Ad Hoc Commission Recommendations

Thoughtfulness and deliberation should not be construed as resistance or foot dragging.

A tremendous amount of progress has already taken place to implement many of these recommendations.

Editorial: Purple State

Nonpartisan redistricting could support the best interests of the population, not the politicians.

Arlington Letter: Continue Fighting World Poverty

Letter to the Editor

Last week, I joined 200 volunteers from all 50 states on Capitol Hill to advocate for global health funding on behalf of the ONE Campaign, a nonpartisan advocacy group that pushes for effective government programs to fight extreme poverty and preventable disease in the developing world, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

Arlington Letter: Support Clean Power

Letter to the Editor

In Sen. Adam Ebbin's recent commentary on the General Assembly session (“Governor’s First Vetoes and Ongoing Supreme Court Battle,” March 9), he concluded that Governor McAuliffe was right to veto legislation (SB21) that attacked the state's implementation of the Clean Power Plan.

Arlington Column: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

... of the 2016 General Assembly session.

The Virginia General Assembly finished its work for the 2016 legislative session a day early and adjourned a “long” 60-day session where we made progress on many issues but fought bitterly on several others. Because the improving economy has led to increased revenue collections, we were able to invest in critical areas and make a sizable deposit to our Rainy Day Fund without increasing taxes.