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MEET A VIRGINIAN: Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe was the first African-American to compete at the highest level of professional tennis. After an early retirement due to heart surgery, Ashe used his sports profile and legendary poise to promote human rights, education, and public health. He was born in… Read More ›

The Postal Worker’s Christmas

Editors’ Note: Reprinted from The New York Times, December 18, 2018 by Sarah Anderson My grandfather was part of a long tradition of postal workers who sacrificed Christmas Eve with their families to deliver holiday packages. VoxFairfax has previously commented upon… Read More ›

History Redux

Editors’ Note: Reprinted from an editorial in The Roanoke Times, December 15, 2018. In 1965, Nazi George Lincoln Rockwell got 1.2% of the vote–5,730 votes (including 346 in Fairfax County, the highest total in the Commonwealth) for Governor of Virginia Nazis… Read More ›

Sixteen Tons

Ernest Jennings Ford, better known as Tennessee Ernie Ford, died of liver failure in a Reston hospital on October 17, 1991, after attending a White House dinner hosted by George H.W. Bush. Ironically, on October 17, 1955, Sixteen Tons, the… Read More ›

The Art of Name Game Fame

Once upon a time, among folks of a certain age, having a nickname or street name was mostly a badge of honor, emblematic of status in the community. However, in contemporary political parlance, such appellations have morphed into taunts or… Read More ›

The Sanctuary Effect

For the most part, our major political parties define themselves by way of issues but their most concrete representation and identity occurs in the person of their candidates.  Each of the major political parties brags to the voter about the… Read More ›