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EDITORIAL: Douglass School’s legacy remains relevant today

“Douglass High School, the first accredited black high school in Loudoun County, has stood in Leesburg for nearly 75 years as a symbol of the strength of the community that persevered through nearly insurmountable obstacles to fight for equality.”

EDITORIAL: Joy Maloney and the Rashomon question

How can the same incident be viewed in different ways by different people? That is called the Rashomon question. It comes from a classic Japanese movie that explores the subjectivity of perception. Observers of an event are able to produce substantially different but equally plausible accounts of the event. Rashomon presents a story from several points of view exposing each person's truth about the story.

EDITORIAL: Doing our job, covering the candidates

This week the Times-Mirror became an unwilling member of the growing club of news organizations that have been denied credentials by the Trump campaign. They include The Washington Post, Politico, BuzzFeed, the Des Moines Register, the Huffington Post and The Daily Beast.

EDITORIAL: Convince, don’t confuse on voter restoration

While we appreciate the governor’s enthusiasm for Virginia, as well as his respect for Virginians, we think he’s overreached on the issue of voting rights for felons.

EDITORIAL: At any site, on any platform, FOIA’s intent should guide transparency

Few organizations have been as vigilant about open government as the Times-Mirror. We’ve held elected officials accountable for holding closed-door meetings, conducting secret votes and withholding public records. We’ve filed our share of Freedom of Information Act objections and requests. And we’ve editorialized for the elimination of exemptions that have diminished the intent of the law.

EDITORIAL: At a vigil in Leesburg, questions for America

As the nation mourned the latest victims of inexplicable violence, about 150 people came to the Town Green in Leesburg on a steamy evening to stand as one against the madness.

EDITORIAL: Fairways, fundamentals and Billy Hurley III

Family matters to Billy Hurley III. Last year's Quicken Loans National was one of the worst tournaments imaginable for him, and it had nothing to do with playing golf.

EDITORIAL: ‘Ah, summer’

As the unsettling undertones of current events added to our discomfort, we were given a sign. Those who looked up at the sky June 20 saw what's called the "strawberry moon," the nickname for June's full moon, which happens to coincide this year with the summer solstice.

EDITORIAL: Loudoun’s GOP supervisors choose politics over courage in gun violence debate

Last week, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors could have taken a small step to address gun violence. But six supervisors, all Republicans, tabled a resolution recognizing National Gun Violence Awareness Day.

EDITORIAL: Here’s to the crazy ones

It has been suggested that the ceremonies that send Loudoun’s best and brightest into the world have gotten out of hand. High-fives. Wild cheering by family and relatives. The blaring of air horns. Demonstrative celebrations by graduates. Decorated caps and gowns. Commencement ceremonies held at pop music venues.

EDITORIAL: The long view on Short Hill

The creation of the mountain, hundreds of millions of years in the geologic past, was both violent and dramatic. Its destruction goes on before our very eyes at an imperceptible pace.

EDITORIAL: Conflicting ideas create tension in the viewshed

Cognitive dissonance is the feeling of uncomfortable tension that comes from holding two conflicting thoughts in the mind at the same time.

EDITORIAL: Sister cities bring junkets and jokes, not economic development

We’re all for the economic and cultural benefits of working together on a global scale. That’s how today’s economy works. But we’re living on a small planet now. Connections are instantaneous. Almost anyone can create relationships and conduct business with people throughout the world.

EDITORIAL: Stories of courage and crime are served by open records

We’re proud to run stories about Loudoun’s heroes, whether they are civilians or law enforcement authorities just doing their jobs. But rather than wait a year for an awards ceremony, we’d prefer to tell the stories when they’re news, when they happen.

EDITORIAL: Loudoun County needs a vision, not the same process and an expected result

In years such as this one, the supervisors slightly increase taxes to keep the county running smoothly. Each year the fastest growing county in the U.S. requires more money for this purpose.
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