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Arlington Sun Gazettes Highs & Lows, 12/21/17 Edition

The Arlington Sun Gazette editorial page view on the local scene:

THUMBS UP: To the efforts by local elected officials to meet each year with students in the Arlington YMCA’s Model General Assembly program, giving the students real-world tips prior to the statewide Model General Assembly gathering in Richmond next March.

This year, state Sen. Barbara Favola, Dels. Patrick Hope, Alfonso Lopez and Rip Sullivan and Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos took part in the program with the more than 60 students from a host of Arlington high schools who are participating.

It’s a win-win: The students get the chance to receive feedback on their proposed bills, and the electeds have the opportunity to hear some innovative thinking from the up-and-coming generation.

THUMBS UP: To the four finalists in the Arlington County decal competition, unveiled a few weeks ago.

The public will have its chance to vote through Jan. 15 at

We’ve cast our ballots; have you cast yours?

THUMBS UP: To local civic activist Bernie Berne, who made the effort to turn out a few weeks ago for the County Board’s annual hearing on its legislative platform.

Alas, Berne was the only person among the 230,000-odd Arlingtonians who thought it was worth the effort to weigh in on the package that the local government will forward to Arlington’s legislative delegation in Richmond for what is likely to be a more exciting than usual session in 2018.

Really? Only one person at the hearing? Lordy, the apathy.