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Commentary: In Loudoun, a mismatch between need and affluence

As explained by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, “A Mismatch Between Need and Affluence,” American communities with high standards of living often have low charitable giving rates.

EDITORIAL: Fumblerooski on Metro

The play calls for the quarterback to receive the snap from the center then deliberately leave the ball on the ground, technically fumbling it. As the backs run to the right, a lineman waits for the defense to follow, then picks up the ball and runs to the left.

EDITORIAL: Security is vital at Dulles Airport, but so are our freedoms

Of all the landmarks in Loudoun, none expresses who we are and how we live so dramatically as Dulles International Airport. Dulles is our gateway to the world, a symbol of our progress, a shining beacon of our aspirations.

EDITORIAL: There’s nothing cynical about the First Amendment. Express it.

It didn’t take cynics long to trip on the First Amendment. More than 500,000 people, including busloads from Loudoun County, marched in Washington in an historic, peaceful expression of American freedoms. Then came criticism from those who seem to have an issue with The First.

EDITORIAL: For $1 billion, citizens should expect accountability from Loudoun County Public Schools

The school district shrugs off criticism with a protectionist approach to its problems. It rejects anti-discrimination policies addressing vulnerable minorities, students and employees alike. It thumbs it’s nose at recommendations from Virginia’s attorney general, the ACLU and community leaders (see letter below). And it ignores the same anti-discrimination policies that have been adopted by other school districts in Virginia, including neighboring Fairfax County.

EDITORIAL: Closed meeting for ‘open’ discussion brings shame on Leesburg Council

Just a couple months ago, the candidates for Leesburg Town Council asked the voters of Leesburg to trust them with their votes. In return, they pledged to bring transparency and new leadership to a dysfunctional, political council that masquerades as nonpartisan.

Herring: As LGBT vote nears, Loudoun School Board should affirm county’s commitment to inclusion

The state's attorney general, a Loudoun County resident, weighs in on a controversial issue facing the Loudoun County School Board.

EDITORIAL: Loudoun school system’s protectionism must end; Wayde Byard should step down

As with most secrets, things went terribly wrong. The band director stepped down from his position at a Florida school after an investigation by school police substantiated claims that he made sexual advances toward a student. The report lead to allegations of sexual misconduct with students when he was at Dominion.

EDITORIAL: The right to know comes home at Montpelier

Just as the Times-Mirror is distributed to homes and sites throughout Loudoun County on Thursday, the newspaper’s editor will be speaking at James Madison’s home in Orange County on an enduring idea about newspapers and government.

EDITORIAL: Good people

They have renovated historic buildings in Leesburg and opened new businesses there. They founded 100WomenStrong to improve the quality of life for residents of the county. They installed a solar grid on their property to promote the feasibility of community energy. They financed an Academy Award-winning movie on how journalism makes a difference.

Dorothy McAuliffe: Hunger does not take a holiday

Thousands of children in the commonwealth rely on school meals as their only consistent source of quality nutrition, making the holiday season a time of anxiety and hardship for them. For too many families, hunger does not take a holiday.

EDITORIAL: Transparency and citizen participation must be central in development decisions

Several stories flew under the radar as Loudoun was consumed with electing a new president and re-electing a member of Congress. One was about relaxing the rules for development in rural areas of the county.

EDITORIAL: Donald Trump’s momentous idea

While most of America wasn't looking, Trump saw the details of impending change.

EDITORIAL: Messages and meaning at the Middleburg Film Festival

In just four years, the Middleburg Film Festival has earned a place among such iconic film festivals as Sundance, Telluride, Tribeca, Toronto, Melbourne, Berlin, Venice and Cannes. The film festival’s quaint venues – a converted ballroom at Salamander Resort, a performing arts auditorium at an elementary school, a library-museum for horse enthusiasts, a spartan reception hall in Upperville and the barrel room of a local winery – differentiate the festival from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s showplaces.

EDITORIAL: A troubled political psyche

Citizens in Loudoun, considered a pivotal county in the presidential election, are so troubled by the candidates – their assertions, their rhetoric, their performance and their values – that some have asked psychologists to assess whether a candidate they oppose has a personality disorder or sociopathic tendencies.
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