Author: Charlie Clark

Local Commentary

Our Man in Arlington

I’ll confirm the rumors that I am a baby-boomer. So with schools reopened, I’m stuck with two assumptions about today’s students: They’re no longer learning the all-important but old-fashioned cursive writing, and their exposure to U.S. history, due to time constraints, trails off somewhere around World War II.

Local Commentary

Our Man in Arlington

“The Arlington Story,” a history pamphlet published by Arlington Public Schools in 1962, offered a matter-of-fact explanation of what today might be called voter suppression. “A capitation or ‘poll’ tax is required by the Virginia Constitution,” reads the essay edited by teacher and Arlington Historical Society member Seymour Stiss. “It is a tax of $150 that is levied on voters. In order to vote, the citizen must have paid this tax for three years previous to the time of voting. This payment must be made six months before the election.”

Local Commentary

Our Man in Arlington

The New York Times this May compiled a list of ‘50s-era American highways being re-thought in an age when environmental concerns and past racial injustices in land use are at the national forefront. Arlington’s section of Route 1, that elevated structure that pierces Crystal City, made the cut.