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Khan: A Muslim Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a holiday where we give thanks and be grateful for what we have. I am thankful that I have a home in this chilly weather, and that I have a loving family to support me.

I am also grateful that I have a Mosque in which to pray since a lot of people do not have a place to pray in their community. As an American Muslim teenager, Thanksgiving is just a normal day for me. It’s my duty, every day, to always be thankful and grateful for what I have because there is always someone out there who is less fortunate than myself. You should never be envious of your friend because she has got the latest IPhone or new UGG boots; instead you should be thankful for what you do have, like a family and a religious community, because these are the things that count, and these will help you in the long run.

Hannah Khan

South Riding

Klemens: Remember Alzheimer’s family caregivers in November

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and during this time we recognize the impact of caregiving and honor the more than 15 million Americans caring for someone with Alzheimer’s.  In 2016, these caregivers provided an estimated 18.2 billion hours of care valued at over $230 billion.

My mother was a caregiver for my father, who passed away at the age of 78 from Alzheimer’s.  Caring for my dad took a huge toll on my mom physically, emotionally and financially.  Towards the end of his battle with Alzheimer’s, my mom had to help my dad with all of his personal care needs, including bathing, dressing, and grooming.  My father often refused to cooperate with my mom, making her role as a caregiver even more challenging.  Furthermore, my mother experienced a sense of isolation as the demands for caring for my father increased.  She was unable to participate in activities outside the home such as going to church, lunch with friends, or simply running errands.  Unfortunately, my mother was not aware of resources or support programs in her community that may have eased her burden.

Importantly, Congress is currently considering legislation that would provide much needed support to our nation’s family caregivers – the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act (S. 1028/ H.R. 3759).  Endorsed by the Alzheimer’s Association and the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, the RAISE Family Caregivers Act would facilitate the creation of a national strategy to address the many issues facing caregivers, including education and training, long-term services and supports, and financial stability and security.

In September, the Senate unanimously passed the Act, sending a clear message of support to our nation’s family caregivers.  I am thankful to Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine for supporting the RAISE Family Caregivers Act.  It is now time for the House of Representatives to take the same action and pass the RAISE Family Caregivers Act.  Please join me in asking Representative Barbara Comstock for her support.  To learn more about the resources for Alzheimer’s Family caregivers, visit alz.org/nca.


Krista Klemens

Alzheimer’s Congressional Team member to Rep. Comstock
43448 Palmetto Dunes Terrace, Leesburg, VA 20176


Voell: Leesburg Council and food trucks

The Leesburg Town Council should seriously reconsider its protectionist approach to regulating food trucks (“Leesburg food trucks still in limbo,” Nov. 15). It is both wrong and unconstitutional for local governments to place burdensome restrictions on food trucks merely to protect brick-and-mortar businesses from competition.

Food trucks pose no threat to public health or safety. They promote safety as eyes on the street, increase foot traffic (for restaurants, too!), activate underused spaces and enliven the culinary scene. Routine partnerships between local breweries and food trucks, moreover, only benefit Leesburg small businesses and their patrons as well as Leesburg as a whole.

There is no reason for Leesburg to forgo something the rest of Loudoun County welcomes and enjoys: tasty eats served by thriving mobile vendors. Town councilmembers should encourage local business by embracing food trucks and letting Leesburg residents choose where to eat.

Zack Voell, Maffucci Fellow at the Institute for Justice


Williams: A solution to the Confederate statue in Leesburg

Tandy: Supervisors shirk responsibility with Dominion station vote

Houston: Amazon would be a nightmare

Sell: LaRock and Randall’s ‘war of words’

Hughes: Let us hear from our candidates in person

Centner: Blame GOP for Russian meddling

Eisert: Herring blamed for toll increases

Dickinson: Constituent defends LaRock’s record

Flannery: Political discourse: Has it grown futile?

Steinberg: Somone else’s problem

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