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Monday News: “When Was America Great, Again?”; “Trump’s Asymmetric Warfare”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, May 16.

  • School Board Member James Lander Endorsed Democrat Tannia Talento for Arlington School Board in Upcoming Endorsement Caucus

    Lander’s Endorsement Signals Majority of School Board Members Support Talento

    Arlington, VA- School Board Member James Lander endorsed Democratic Candidate Tannia Talento for Arlington School Board this week, adding his name to Talento’s long list of endorsers one week before the upcoming endorsement caucus.

    Lander joins School Board Chair Emma Violand-Sanchez and School Board Member Reid Goldstein in supporting Talento’s bid for the Democratic endorsement for School Board, indicating the support of a majority of the sitting School Board Members.

    Lander, who was first elected to the School Board in 2009 and then re-elected in 2013, emphasized Talento’s leadership and collaboration skills as reasons for his support.

    “I have been impressed with Tannia’s deliberate efforts of outreach and engagement to various parts of our school communities. She has demonstrated a willingness to listen, learn, and, I believe, is a passionate advocate on the behalf of all our students,” Lander said. “Tannia’s collaborative approach will benefit the School Board’s efforts as we work to continually improve student achievement and address our rapidly growing student population.”

    Talento, a 12 year resident of Arlington and a first generation American, expressed her gratitude for his support.

    “James Lander has been a voice for many of the issues we have been talking about on the campaign trail and I am grateful for his support. I look forward to the election next week, and I am optimistic that our message of advocating for every student has resonated with Arlington,” Talento said.

    Talento has lived in both north and south Arlington, and has been involved in numerous Citizen’s advisory committees over the past 5 years. She is seeking the Democratic endorsement during the Arlington County Democratic Committee’s endorsement caucus, which takes place over two days: May 19th from 7pm to 9pm at Drew Model School and May 21st from 11am to 7pm at Washington Lee High School. For more information about Tannia or her campaign, please look at her website: http://www.tanniatalento.org.

  • Gene

    The NY Times op-ed “When was America great, again?” is very silly. The programs that originally tilted in favor of white men have now been expanded to cover everyone. African-Americans as a whole are more supportive of unions than whites.

    And is there something wrong with people wanting manufacturing jobs to be more plentiful? There’s nothing racist or sexist about this. The problem is that Trump’s ideas on how to accomplish this are idiotic.

    • Quizzical

      The NY Times article assumes turning the clock back 50 years — that would be 1966. The first thing I thought of was how many soldiers did we have in Vietnam in 1966? The answer is about 385,000.

      I suppose if we are going to set our time machine to take us back to when America was really great, we wouldn’t want to pick a time of war, or a time of economic depression or recession. That really narrows down the choices.

      But it is a silly exercise — why even try to make sense out of Trump’s slogans when he hasn’t even pretended to lay out a coherent plan for what he wants to do and how he intends to do it.

      I’ve got this bad feeling that he is just going to turn out to be Reagan-lite, and that all he would do is combine tax cuts with a ton of deficit spending on the defense budget. And that he might win.

  • Video: Richmond Town Hall on Restoration of Rights, Hosted by Del. Delores McQuinn, featuring Gov. McAuliffe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4f8Tgiq68Y