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Oh, Mokomandy. Where do I even begin with how many beautiful nights and bites I’ve had with you? You were my go-to place to take friends and family, knowing that you would outdo yourself every time. Not in a showing off kind of way, but in a “what dish will leave us wanting more — but not to…

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Loudoun County’s strategy for preserving its rural areas is based on a false premise. The 2019 Comprehensive Plan asserts that, if we cluster rural housing in low-density residential subdivisions — “clustered subdivisions” — then the land surrounding those subdivisions will be preserved for …

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After a contentious public hearing on July 27 that lasted more than three hours, the Middleburg Planning Commission voted unanimously to delay its decision to approve or reject Banbury Cross Reserve, a development of 38 homes on 570 acres located near the town’s eastern boundary. An estimate…

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Loudoun County Public Schools will now be 100 percent distance learning in the fall. This was a no-win situation for the School Board, but the basic fact is they can’t guarantee the safety of the children, teachers and administration. We are seeing it everywhere — schools cannot open safely.

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In general, I believe that positions that make policy should be elected, and positions that don’t, and are more administrative in nature, should not be. Loudoun County has a very traditional form of government that elects “constitutional officers” — the commonwealth’s attorney, clerk of the …

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This letter is to Supervisor Caleb Kershner (R-Catoctin) regarding your answer to the Loudoun Times-Mirror on whether you believe the Confederate monument in front of the county courthouse in Leesburg is appropriate in 2020 America and if you support removing and/or relocating it. I want to …

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Supervisor Kershner, your suggestion that the Confederate statue on Loudoun’s courthouse grounds is “solely a tribute placed by loving family members to remember their fallen” is incredulous. If that was the sole purpose of the statue, it would have been placed in Union Cemetery, near their …

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We know a lot more now than we did in March when we started dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. We also know that it has always been “easier to criticize than it is to create” and many people have used this opportunity to criticize the steps taken by Gov. Ralph Northam (D). It’s also very di…

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For many Americans, “space” means leaving the Earth’s atmosphere and exploring the galaxy. They think of this weekend’s SpaceX launch. Or going where no one has gone before on “Star Trek.”

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In these sad and anxious times, it is difficult to focus on the future. Despite the challenges, however, our county government continues to move forward as best as it can on important long-term issues, including the fate of Loudoun’s rapidly diminishing rural areas.

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In 1863, Abraham Lincoln gave our war-torn nation one of the mightiest speeches ever delivered. The Gettysburg address commemorated those who gave their “last full measure of devotion,” at a time when our nation was ripping itself apart. In his eulogy on the slain president two years later, …

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