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Editorial: Board should OK streaming plan

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 1:03 pm

A proposal to live-stream county government meetings online is leaving the committee level for a full vote by the board of supervisors next month. It appears as though former chairman and Henry District supervisor Sean Davis’ promise that his proposal wouldn’t die in committee has come true. We applaud the board members on the rules committee for furthering this initiative, which we hope will greatly expand citizen engagement and government

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  • Letters to the Editor: Week of Jan. 29, 2015

    Posted on January 28, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Photoshop mishap is an embarrassment Virginia must be too close to D.C. It’s hard to believe the stuff going on around this area. The McDonnells, the take-another-whack-at-it subdivision, the Joe Morrissey jailhouse victory, Eric Cantor lecturing on “How to win an election” and now the Hanover Republican Women’s Club. I’m not sure how it works in politics but I’m from West Virginia and when we doctor up or Photoshop a

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  • Editorial: Policy updates burden teachers

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    See no evil. Speak no evil. Hear no evil. Fear not! Hanover students will not have to endure any contradictory or “controversial” viewpoints if their parents say so. Last week, the Hanover School Board approved a set of narrow-minded policy changes in response to mounting criticism over the airing of Thomas Friedman’s “Searching for the Roots of 9/11” in a Hanover High School classroom last fall. We had criticized the

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  • Commentary: Students’ freedom to learn now limited

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    By Ragan Phillips We were outraged as a society when North Korea became so angry, even to the point of threatening revenge by fire-bombing theaters, over the Sony film “The Interview.” How dare North Korea try to restrain us from watching a movie? After Sony withdrew the movie from a scheduled major release to some 3,000 theaters, they were persuaded to re-release. The film screened, to sellout audiences, in more

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  • Letters to the Editor: Week of Jan. 22, 2015

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Rescue Squad in need of ‘Squirrels’ Ashland Volunteer Rescue Squad is already halfway through its fiscal year so I thought I would do a little “squirrel hunting.” Like every volunteer organization, AVRS depends on the overly abundant enthusiasm of the few to help fill in the weak spots in our rosters. We affectionately call these folks “squirrels.” Now, to be an active member, our volunteers are required to put in

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  • Guest Editorial: Free speech at risk

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Last Wednesday, the world was shocked and appalled by the deplorable attacks at the Paris office of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Twelve men and women were murdered for expressing their freedom of speech. Sadly, it is not an isolated incident. In August, journalist James Foley was beheaded in Syria after being held captive for nearly two years. In September, a gruesome video released by terrorists showed freelance journalist

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  • Tomato Patch: At least Bob got away with a Ferrari ride

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    By Greg Glassner H-P Editor Emeritus Several loyal Herald-Progress readers have mentioned in passing that I have not contributed a Tomato Patch column in a while. (OK, only two of you, one at the Post Office and one at the library.) To the doddering old Editor Emeritus, however, two constitutes a groundswell. Truth be known, I have not kept a firm grip on the public pulse since retiring from the

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