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EDITORIAL: As we ‘pause,’ so does our humanity

As we gather in our homes to embrace our families during Thanksgiving this week, we are presented with a moral dilemma: From the relative comfort and security of our community, how do we respond to a world in turmoil? The question causes us to consider our humanity, our place in it and how we should respond.

MEMO FROM THE PUBLISHER: Community newspapers are the thing of the future

The responsibility of journalistic trust intensified last week when my company acquired Leesburg Today, Ashburn Today and LeesburgToday.com. We have an even higher calling to leave no stone unturned in the most dynamic county in America.

EDITORIAL: A new day for news in Loudoun County

Anyone who was worked at a newspaper in the past two decades understands the disruption that has resulted in the restructuring of the news industry in the digital age. I worked at two of the nation’s largest newspapers as they confronted painful transitions.

EDITORIAL: Phyllis Randall—The right leaders at the right time

In her interview with Times-Mirror reporters and editors several weeks ago, Phyllis Randall shared a personal story of perseverance. Bullied as child because of a hearing problem, she vowed to overcome any obstacle.

EDITORIAL: Show your power. Vote.

In Loudoun we take the right to vote for granted. Only 28 percent of those who registered to vote in the 2011 local elections held the county. We are governed today by the 28 percent.

EDITORIAL: Our decision to not endorse candidates in 2015—and likely the years ahead

We try to be open-minded in our coverage and in our editorials. We strive to approach issues with facts, knowledge and context. We pull good ideas from opposing sides of political thought.

EDITORIAL: The politics of kindergarten in Loudoun County

Loudoun County is one of only three counties in Virginia that doesn’t have full-day kindergarten. Elected officials in our progressive county say they cannot afford to offer something that more than three-quarters of American school children already have. It’s about priorities.

EDITORIAL: Leesburg looks to its soul

It's hard to find anyone who doesn't love Leesburg. It's a picture postcard of an historic town, 257 years in the making, that has survived the worst of what most people call progress. The family-owned shops are unique, the restaurants are inviting and the living is good. So good that it has been ranked as high as fourth nationally on "Best Places to Live" lists from CNN Money and Money magazine.

EDITORIAL: A test of character

Last week we were sanguine about the opportunities the upcoming local election held for Loudoun County. Based on ideals, values and the qualities of character, we presented a citizen’s agenda for leadership. It only took a few hours for the demon known as Loudoun County politics to spoil the vision.

EDITORIAL: A citizen’s approach to election coverage

Today, the Times-Mirror begins a new approach to election coverage. Rather than relying on the candidates to set political discussions in local elections, we’re focusing our coverage on what’s important to citizens. It starts with The Loudoun Agenda, a citizen’s platform for addressing the consequential issues the community faces as it transitions to an unfamiliar future.

EDITORIAL: Local justice system turns a blind eye to alleged victims of Calvary Temple

Every weekend, former members of Calvary Temple gather across the Triple Seven Road in Sterling seeking retribution by a church that they contend has inflicted sins upon their families. They follow church leaders to events intended to recruit new followers, waving placards that warn of church tactics that shatter lives.

EDITORIAL: Rooting for laundry

With baseball’s Nationals sinking faster than the stock market, the return of a certain football franchise to Redskins Park came just in time to restore interest to the dog days of summer.

EDITORIAL: Public access should not stop at the door of the courthouse

Last week, the Daily Press of Newport News filed suit against the commonwealth Supreme Court's Office of the Executive Secretary to obtain a database of basic court case information that it maintains.

EDITORIAL: August in Loudoun County

On summer days such as this, simple truths are revealed to the humble that are obscure to the powerful. Here's how to discover your inner August in Loudoun.

EDITORIAL: Secrecy threatens freedom in Virginia

In Virginia, if you want to know what the State Police found investigating the worst mass murder in U.S. history, or what the consultants Hampton taxpayers hired to look into a proposed aquatics center found, or what Newport News council members had to say about the city manager's performance last year, you're out of luck.
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