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    Editorial | Wednesday, Jan. 21
    EDITORIAL: The bellwether and the bubble
    A crew from a German television network, an affiliate of CNN, came to Loudoun County and the Times-Mirror this week to better understand America.

    How is the county coping with the precipitous decline in federal contracting?
    Is growth slowing?
    Is opportunity waning?
    How do citizens feel about the state of the union?
    How do they feel about the president they re-elected?
    What does it mean to be purple politically?
    How do Loudouners feel about their lives? Their country?

    These are the questions the world wants to know. Why? Because Loudoun County is a bellwether for the changes taking place in American society and within the Capitol District. It’s a place of affluence and promise amid a swirl of uncertainty and transition.

    Loudoun is also a bubble. As the rest of the nation struggled with a recession, Loudoun continued to grow and thrive. The county’s story is well-known: the second fastest growing county in the U.S. and the most affluent in the nation. Somehow it managed to maintain its identity as an attractive place to work and live, even as the rest of the nation struggled to find its way in a turbulent world.

    Preservation amid change. Adaptation amid growth. The world wants to better understand the formula. That’s why news organizations in the U.S. and across the world are watching decisions in Loudoun County about job growth, land-use, economic development, quality of life, preserving its past and what it means to be an American.

    “The future enters into us slowly, in order to transform us into us, long before it happens,” the German-language poet Ranier Maria Rilke wrote.

    We have entered a new year, a new time full of things that have never been. The world is watching. What story will we we give it?

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    Wed., Jan. 7 | 10:30 AM
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    Wed., Jan. 7 | 09:00 AM
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    Tue., Dec. 23 | 05:00 PM
    1 comment
    Church-school question warrants respectful discourse
    Tue., Dec. 23 | 04:50 PM
    Other agendas?
    Tue., Dec. 23 | 04:30 PM
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    Tue., Dec. 23 | 03:49 PM
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    Wed., Dec. 17 | 10:29 AM
    The free exercise of religion
    Wed., Dec. 17 | 10:00 AM
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    Wed., Dec. 17 | 09:30 AM
    1 comment
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    Wed., Dec. 17 | 08:59 AM
    1 comment
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    Tue., Dec. 16 | 10:30 AM
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    Wed., Dec. 10 | 10:30 AM
    1 comment
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    Wed., Dec. 10 | 10:00 AM
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    Wed., Dec. 10 | 09:30 AM
    1 comment
    The private school option
    Tue., Dec. 9 | 09:00 AM
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    Wed., Dec. 3 | 11:00 AM
    1 comment
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    Wed., Dec. 3 | 10:30 AM
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    Wed., Dec. 3 | 10:00 AM
    Faith, not violence, is the path
    Wed., Dec. 3 | 09:30 AM
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    Wed., Dec. 3 | 09:00 AM
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