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Peskin Op-Ed: The bell test

The reading of “The Polar Express” is a cherished family tradition. On Christmas Eve, my grandchildren pile on my lap as I read the story in my best storyteller voice. We consider friendship, bravery and the spirit of Christmas in a magical journey to the North Pole. When the final page is turned, I ring a silver bell and ask whether they heard the reassuring sound of believing.

EDITORIAL: Without light, Purcellville languishes in the dark

These things aren’t supposed to happen in Purcellville. It’s a town that’s supposed to work -- an ideal, almost nostalgic, community where people get along, families thrive and life is good. But now spirits arrive to cast the town into darkness.

EDITORIAL: Purcellville raising the bar for bad government

Some observers have likened the situation – one sparked by the town hiring a convicted felon to investigate its police chief – to a reality TV show. That's tempting, but not quite right: Reality TV producers tend to have some idea what they're doing.

EDITORIAL: Remembrance, hope and the Thanksgiving to come

Sitting down with family and friends this week, there will be acknowledgement for the blessings that bring us to the table. Prayerful thanks will be extended for the present and future. The joys of union and reunion will be acknowledged in knowing nods to the feast and the commotion. Glasses will be raised for all the ways that life interrupts and renews itself without warning.

EDITORIAL: With a loud statement, Loudoun rebukes the ugly rhetoric of politics

Civility was the secret sauce in the race for Virginia governor.

EDITORIAL: Benediction—life after Nov. 7

This year’s campaign for elected office is a sad and shameful affair. The political tone coming from our highest office -- as well as the unseemly tactics of candidates and supporters in the commonwealth and county -- is nothing if not offensive.

EDITORIAL: Inheritance at the Middleburg Film Festival

Each October we come to a seemingly perfect part of Virginia to better understand our existence. Embraced by the grace, charm and beauty of Middleburg, life is revealed in the context of an imperfect world.

EDITORIAL: The man in the corner

Constituents of local state legislature districts packed a community meeting room at the Rust Library in Leesburg to hear and ask questions of three candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates.

EDITORIAL: The Amazon payoff

Amazon’s announcement that it will grace some fortunate community with its second headquarters -- a $5 billion palace home to 50,000 employees and the harbinger of innumerable riches -- has set off a frenzy of choose-me bids that rival the awarding of the Olympic games to a deserving city. Count Loudoun County among them.

EDITORIAL: Two hours in Waterford

Amid the noise over the role of Southern heritage in Confederate statues, there is an alternative story, one that has been nearly silent since the Civil War. It’s about the honor, pride and courage of a people. “Come to Waterford,” it whispers. “Here we honor the rich, historical narrative of the largest antebellum, free black population in Loudoun County.”

EDITORIAL: Leadership requires confronting symbols of the past

There are times in elected life when leaders are asked to make difficult choices or take unpopular stands at a pivotal moment. This is one of those times.

EDITORIAL: First Amendment 2.0

Be careful before you invite Brian Davison to become a Facebook friend. You shouldn’t expect warm and fuzzy posts from a tenacious rabble-rouser who wages personal campaigns for free speech, accountability and freedom of information.

EDITORIAL: Better Angels, better understanding

Each day, the American discourse seems to sink to a new low. Settled fact is reinterpreted as fake news. Political manipulation distorts whether a foreign power meddled in our democracy. The President of the United States tweets insults and betrays the Boy Scout creed. The nation engages in a debate over health care as if we were mortal enemies, not as citizens looking out for one another.

EDITORIAL: A bridge too far

Geography is lost on members of Loudoun County’s Board of Supervisors, who embrace a fantasy that they can bridge the Potomac with a new crossing from Loudoun County that eases traffic congestion and fosters an agenda for growth.

EDITORIAL: President Trump’s troubling tweeting

From the beginning, there was something special about Twitter. When the online social network arrived in 2006, it was immediately placed on the watch list of consequential inventions.
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