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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.

EDITORIAL: Speaking truth to power puts journalism in the ‘Spotlight’

There’s a vision of heroism in the movie “Spotlight” that brings a knowing nod to those in the profession of journalism. It’s about showing up every day and doing the job.

EDITORIAL: Leesburg’s leaders should end gamesmanship, respect those who seek to serve

Leesburg’s elections are supposed to be nonpartisan, but the actions of the council have become increasingly partisan. Kelly Burk, the vice mayor, said she spent Tuesday morning apologizing to friends and neighbors. “Monday night’s town council meeting was an abysmal failure,” she wrote.

From the Editor: The shape of change—the Times-Mirror gets a facelift

Change, shape and operations are part of the equation for newspaper publishing in this day and age. They provide structure and process for the journalism that is delivered to the community.

EDITORIAL: Virginia’s incumbent protection program must end

Five different reform bills, all aimed at nonpartisan redistricting, were defeated in a single bloc vote in the House of Delegates Privileges and Elections Subcommittee. Several bills would have set nonpartisan criteria for drawing General Assembly and congressional districts — including, as the law stipulates, “respect for political boundaries,” contiguity, compactness and communities of interest.

EDITORIAL: Blame the media

Cruz and Sanders give “the media” too much credit. And just what is that bogeyman they call “the media? Newspapers? TV networks? Magazines? Bloggers? Internet sites? Facebook?

OP-ED: Working together to fight the heroin scourge  

A sixteen-year-old high school student buying syringes in a local drug store; a 24-year-old college graduate dead of an overdose; grieving parents trying to warn friends, family and community members of the growing danger. 

EDITORIAL: Dr. King’s words still ring true

Decades after his death, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s words continue to ring true across Loudoun County, the nation and the world.
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