Earlier this month, a Trump campaign sign appears to have been set on fire in Leesburg.
Domestic terrorists in the Midwest had their plans thwarted after discussing kidnapping governors in Virginia and Michigan because of their COVID-19 policies.
The Times-Mirror has received several emails and calls from Loudoun County residents concerned with what amounts to voter intimidation during early voting at the polls.
In nearby Frederick, Maryland, a man left threatening notes in the mailboxes of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris supporters. The man has since been charged with a federal crime.
Guys, we need to do better.
While this newspaper scrapped candidate endorsements six or so years ago, we plan to forever endorse — to urge — exercising your right to vote.
We also continue the call for civility in politics and respect for our neighbors. With pandemic and political anxiety awash across the nation, kindness and decency is needed now more than at any point since the terrorist attacks of 9/11 — and perhaps even more so now.
There’s nothing wrong with being passionate about your politics. There’s plenty of room for robust and respectful debate. But disparagement toward our fellow citizens is never called for, and threats of violence are downright repugnant.
“Civility is not a tactic or a sentiment,” President George W. Bush said in his 2001 inauguration speech. “It is the determined choice of trust over cynicism, of community over chaos.”
Let us take those words to heart. Let us choose trust and endorse community.