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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.

EDITORIAL: The lesson of the schools compromise—start with respect and participation

Many children accompanied their parents to rancorous hearings on how they would be “rezoned.” They heard themselves described as “minority,” “low-income,” “non-English speaking” and “low-performing.” The lesson they heard from those guiding the county’s schools was that some children matter more than others. Even elementary students can understand the meaning behind those words.

EDITORIAL: Elizabeth Zabriskie

While fate brought an abandoned baby into the hands of a Titanic survivor in May 1917, acts of humanity guided the rich, long life of Elizabeth Zabriskie, the child who would become known as Lib. Mrs. Chaffee arranged for Lib’s adoption by a professor at Oberlin College and his wife.

EDITORIAL: The myth of the decline

The noise coming from the presidential campaign says America is in decline because of a villain known as Washington. The candidates should pay attention. The news coming from Loudoun County, just one part of the nation’s Capital District, suggests otherwise. Here’s what the candidates missed in just a few days as the campaign became ever more distant and misinformed:

EDITORIAL: Loudoun should see justice through the eyes of many experiences

Philip E. Thompson has been opening eyes ever since he became president of the Loudoun County branch of the NAACP. He challenged hiring practices by Leesburg and Loudoun County officials that led to the creation of a diversity commission. He identified the undertones of racism in the monument to Confederate soldiers that sits outside the county courthouse.
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