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Editorial: Silver linings

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Last week, our home state landed in headlines across nation. Sadly, the old adage, “Any press is good press,” didn’t apply in this instance. In what many saw as inevitable, former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were found guilty of a total of 20 counts related to their use of the state’s highest office and the influence that comes with it to line their pockets. The news of

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  • Letters to the Editor: Week of Sept. 11, 2014

    Posted on September 11, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    Diogenes’ lantern shines on Ashland Legend has it that Diogenes, the famous philosopher of Ancient Greece, took up his lantern and wandered the land looking for an honest man. If he had been fortunate enough to walk to Ashland, he could have ended his search at the Iron Horse Restaurant; that is where I had the misfortune to leave my pocketbook after enjoying a delicious meal last Thursday night, Aug.

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  • Editorial: Water inequality

    Posted on September 4, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Monday was Labor Day, the traditional holiday for activities like fishing, swimming, canoeing, or just laying in the sun and bearing witness to those who enjoy the water by actually getting in it. We’re thankful that Virginia, for the most part, is still a state where citizens can enjoy their local creeks, rivers, streams, ponds, lakes and bays. Each year, we’ve seen positive indicators in the Chesapeake Bay that the

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  • Letters to the Editor: Week of Sept. 4, 2014

    Posted on September 4, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Brat platform is dumbfounding Your interview with Dave Brat in the Aug. 25 edition is dumbfounding! Does he not know the U.S. House of Representatives has already voted more than 50 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act and failed? It is here to stay and he cannot repeal it.  What’s more, is it’s working. In Virginia more than 250,000 people who were not insured in 2012 now have private

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  • Editorial: Standardized

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Wednesday, the state board of education released Standards of Learning (SOL) test scores for the 2013-2014 school year. Overall, student achievement improved on what the state called “challenging” mathematics SOLs, first introduced three years ago. The online mathematics SOL tests – taken by Virginia students since 2011-2012 – require students to apply critical-thinking skills as well as knowledge of mathematics to solve multistep problems, DOE said when announcing the new

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  • Commentary: Time to speak out for a sound investment

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 10:31 am

    By Ragan Phillips Hanover County has a number of core strengths that make it an outstanding place to live. County residents enjoy a quality of life not found in large cities.  Another strength of Hanover would be the public school system. The quality of public schools is a critical factor for people who are relocating their families or deciding to open a new business. Any time we write a check

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  • Letters to the Editor: Week of Aug. 28, 2014

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 10:29 am

    U.S. Senate is GOP’s to lose in November President Obama’s immigration mess, ISIS’s Islamic militants’ hostile takeover of Iraq, Hamas versus Israel, Ebola virus now on American soil, Ferguson riots, a mountain of growing U.S. debt and a disconnected president are all gifts to the Republicans. Add to that the IRS scandal, the EPA war on oil, coal and nuclear energy and the multitude of other federal government scandals. Only

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