Briefly Noted

I. WANT. MY. NORTHERN. NECK. GINGER. ALE!  Last month Coca-Cola announced it would stop selling about 200 brands by the end of the year, cutting its offerings in half. But fans of Virginia’s own Northern Neck Ginger Ale, one of… Read More ›

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TRICK, NO TREAT:  KIDS’ PARTIES AS SUPERSPREADER EVENTS According to Loudoun’s Health Department director, COVID cases in the county continue to climb, and the department is now tracking at least three outbreaks resulting from kids’ Halloween parties. He said these… Read More ›

Listen to the Opposition

By Frank Blechman I am going to begin this column with a confession. I had a really hard time deciding how to frame this conversation. In this blog, I have tried to present myself as a grumpy old guy who… Read More ›

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FAIRFAX POLICE CHIEF RESIGNS Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. will step down in February, capping a nearly 8-year run that brought major reforms to Virginia’s largest police department during an era of change in policing. It was… Read More ›

Ethics and Governance

That “Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion” is a well-known, often spoken proverb. It means simply that an individual in the public forum must avoid attracting negative attention or scrutiny. This saw is employed as a criterion of ethical behavior or conduct above and beyond that… Read More ›

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LOUDOUN INVITES UNIONS In the footsteps of Portsmouth (see last week’s VoxFairfax, Brief Cases), the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has invited unions to speak with county employees as a first step toward unionizing. Prior state law prohibited union organizing… Read More ›

On Being Boring, 2020

By Frank Blechman Fairfax County may have a vibrant economy, historic sites, cultural & ethnic diversity, yet it still manages to be boring. It appears that we like it that way. So little noteworthy happens here that the Washington Post… Read More ›

Private Militias Are a Threat to All

Editors’ Note: Crossposted from The New York Times, October 8, 2020. By Mary B. McCord VoxFairfax has commented upon this issue on several occasions.  Across the nation, local sheriffs have offered sympathetic comments about private militias often encouraging their activities.  Sometimes… Read More ›