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Green Runs For Supervisor Seat

April 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, News Comments Off on Green Runs For Supervisor Seat
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Craig Green, a nine-year veteran of the Hamilton Town Council has launched a Democratic campaign for the Loudoun Board of Supervisors Catoctin District seat currently held by Republican Geary Higgins. Green, a Hamilton resident since 1978, is an e-commerce consultant, and holds an MBA degree.

Green said his platform is centered on improving our world-class school system while focusing growth efforts on jobs and furthering our unique economy.

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Mike Turner To Run for BOS – Ashburn District

March 13, 2015 by Contributor Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Mike Turner To Run for BOS – Ashburn District
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Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Mike Turner has announced he will run for the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors seeking to represent the Ashburn District. On his website Turner notes that he is the first resident of Lansdowne Woods, formerly known as Leisure World, ever to run for the county board. … Continue Reading

York Will Not Seek Re-election

January 8, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Government, Loudoun County, News Comments Off on York Will Not Seek Re-election
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Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York (R-At Large) announced Wednesday during a county Board of Supervisors meeting that he will not seek a fifth term in office this November. York had previously announced late last year that he did plan to seek re-election.

York, who commenced his service first as a planning commissioner, then as Sterling District Supervisor, has led the county board for 15 years as chairman. Over the years he has run for office as a Republican, then as an Independent for one four year term, returning to run again as a Republican.

Leesburg attorney Charles King announced earlier this week that he would be seeking the Republican nomination for Chairman of the Board, presenting York with the prospect of a primary challenge. King recently represented Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio (R- Sterling) in a legal challenge stemming from a former employee’s allegations of misuse of office.

Statement from Senator Mark R. Warner

November 7, 2014 by Contributor Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Statement from Senator Mark R. Warner
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“Earlier Friday, Ed Gillespie called to inform me that he would be conceding the election, and I commended him on a hard-fought campaign and wish him and his family well. I am sure Ed Gillespie will continue to contribute to the debate in Virginia and the nation.

“Representing Virginia has been the honor of my life, and I am gratified that the people of the Commonwealth have rehired me for a new term. On Tuesday, Virginians sent an unmistakable message both to me and Congress as a whole: end the gridlock and get to work. … Continue Reading

At the Polls…

November 4, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Elections, News, Uncategorized Comments Off on At the Polls…

As the votes roll in, check here for today’s election results.

We will update this article as we receive word from the polls.

Updated 12:45 p.m., November 5 CS=County Subtotals O=Overall
Senate:
Ed Gillespie: CS: 45,483 / O: 1,052,993
Mark Warner: CS: 45,027 / O: 1,068,931
Robert Sarvis: CS: 2,080 / O: 53,169

House of Representatives:
Barbara Comstock: CS: 49,928 / O: 125,865
John Foust: CS: 39,481 / O: 89,894
William Redpath: CS: 1,468 / O: 3,393
Dianne Blais: CS: 412 / O: 944
Brad Eickholt: CS: 1,117 / O: 2,441

Leesburg Mayor
Tom Dunn: 3,243
Kristen Umstattd: 6,191

Leesburg Town Council
Cathleen “Kelly” Burk: 5,198
Dwight Dopilka: 2,787
Suzanne Fox: 4,204
Fernando “Marty” Martinez: 4,114
Jeffrey Phillips: 2,934
Kevin Wright: 3,428

Hillsboro Mayor
Rodger Vance: 26 Uncontested
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Voter Registration Deadline for November Election is October 14

October 12, 2014 by Contributor Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Voter Registration Deadline for November Election is October 14
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Loudoun County election officials remind citizens that 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 14, is the deadline to register to vote or update a registered voter’s address for the upcoming election on November 4. If you are registering to vote by mail, the application must be postmarked no later than October 14.

Citizens may also apply to vote online at www.vote.virginia.gov. Anyone who is not sure if they are registered to vote may check their status at www.vote.virginia.gov. … Continue Reading

Campaign Corner

October 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Campaign Corner
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Republican Candidate for the United States Congress 10th District
barbaracomstockBarbara Comstock is currently a member of the House of Delegates serving McLean, Great Falls, and parts of Vienna and Loudoun County. Comstock was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2009 and re-elected in 2011 and 2013.  She currently serves as the Chairwoman of the Science and Technology Committee and is the only woman serving as a Chairman in the House of Delegates. She also serves on the Transportation, and Commerce & Labor Committees.  Comstock previously served as a senior aide to Congressman Frank Wolf, a senior Justice Department official, a senior partner in a law firm and a small business owner. She has lived in McLean, VA for the past 33 years where she raised her three children with her husband, Chip.

Today the real battles we face aren’t about left vs. right – it’s about past vs. future; the status quo vs. moving forward. … Continue Reading

Fraser Wins!

May 6, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Elections, News, Our Towns Comments Off on Fraser Wins!
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Kwasi A. Fraser won the election for mayor in Purcellville .

He defeated Councilman Keith Melton, and the unofficial count is Fraser 868 votes to Melton’s 539 votes. Fraser’s term will begin July 1, as Mayor Bob Lazaro’s term will expire on June 30.

The three newly elected town council members are: Benjamin Packard with 901 votes, Karen Jimmerson with 841 and Doug McCollum with 791. Purcellville Police Lieutenant James Rust came in fourth, with 761 votes.

Fraser and Jimmerson talking to voters

Fraser and Jimmerson talking to voters

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As the Results Roll in

May 6, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on As the Results Roll in
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The Blue Ridge Leader will continue to update as the the election results come in. Keep checking back here for the results.

Purcellville

Mayor
Kwasi Fraser – 868
Keith Melton – 539

Town Council
Karen Jimmerson – 841
Benjamin Packard – 901
Doug McCollum – 791
James Rust – 761
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From the Candidates

April 30, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Elections, News 3 comments
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Why should you vote for me?

Mayoral Candidates

Kwasi Fraser

Fellow citizens, we have arrived at a critical juncture when overcrowded schools and unwanted zoning changes can still be prevented. But we must act now to balance new development with the needs of our “small town” community. As your mayor, I will implement plans to accomplish our goals, and I am committed to working unceasingly to achieve the results you deserve. … Continue Reading

Candidate Debates Highlight Rivalry and Fact-Checking Issues

April 30, 2014 by Andrea Gaines Elections, Elections, News 1 comment
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May 6 Elections Turning Out To Be A Big One

Over 100 people attended the April 23 Blue Ridge Leader & Loudoun Today-sponsored candidates debate/forum. The debate was held at the Carver Center and moderated by former ABC News anchor Bettina Gregory.

The candidates participating in the BRL forum/debate included Kwasi Fraser, who is running for Purcellville mayor against current Purcellville Vice Mayor Keith Melton and three candidates for town council, including Karen Jimmerson, Doug McCollum and Ben Packard. … Continue Reading

Interview: Kwasi Fraser

April 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Elections, News 2 comments
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Kwasi Fraser, a businessman and entrepreneur, settled in the Town of Purcellville because his family liked its balance of old and new and its small town warmth. Career-wise, he has significantly contributed to the bottom line at AT&T, Sprint Nextel, Marriott International and Verizon. He brings to his campaign an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University, an Executive Education certificate from Harvard Business School, a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Stony Brook University, and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate from the Project Management Institute. He is also certified in and has a working knowledge of Lean Six Sigma – a framework highly recognized for its ability to drive efficiency, improve cost savings and increase revenue. Fraser, and his wife Angela, and their three children live in Locust Grove. … Continue Reading

Interview: Ben Packard

April 1, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Elections, Elections, News Comments Off on Interview: Ben Packard
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Ben Packard grew up in the San Francisco region of California. He attended University of Utah and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. While there, he met and married his wife, Tiffany Packard. After finishing law school, he moved to Virginia to pursue a career in intellectual property law. Ever the student, he then earned a masters degree in chemistry at George Mason University, while working on the Hill and various law firms in Washington, D.C., and now works at a patent examining attorney for the United States Patent and Trademark office, specializing in small molecule bio-affected drugs. He resides in Hirst Farm with his wife and three children: Jacqueline, Spencer and Morgan.

BRL: Why are you running for town council?
Packard: I believe many residents have a strong interest in what happens in Purcellville but lack the time or energy to actively participate. I want to represent those residents to make sure all points of view are heard and considered. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

The Noisy Economist

25 Jul 2015

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“[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists [economists] spend their time analyzing states of rest, balance, equilibrium.” – Yanis Varoufakis [1] Updating the evolving global surface temperature anomaly monthly for the Loudoun County …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Help for Shark Phobia

8 Jul 2015

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Dr. Mike, We go to the Outer Banks every summer as a family, but our seven-year-old daughter is now freaked out by the reported shark attacks at the Outer Banks. Thanks to her older siblings teasing her about sharks, she …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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Brandon Park

3 Jun 2015

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Considering its location – amidst the swirl of transportation axes, commercial and industrial scenery, residential neighborhoods, and the shadow of the busy downtown section of Leesburg, I was surprised to have this quiet little oasis of (mostly) green to myself …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

Saving The Art Of Letter Writing

1 Jul 2015

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– By Samuel Moore-Sobel This year a woman in France received a letter in the mail. What made her experience unique was that the letter had been written on January 27, 1877, and was intended for her great-grandfather. Steve Insekeep, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

The Marital Agreement

2 Jul 2015

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– By Amy & Dan Smith In Virginia, as in most states, a marital agreement can be entered into before or after marriage. It can cover a variety of topics but commonly addresses issues pertaining to the disposition of property …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Barns of Rose Hill Presents Lúnasa

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Friday Night Jazz with Maddy Curtis and Caleb Nei

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

Culinary Garden Summer Music Series

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

Friday Night Live with Emma Rowley & Saffron Gourmet Food Truck

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Editorial

How Did We Get Here And How Do We Get Out?? A Summary Of Purcellville’s Sewer Debt And Strategic Solutions

1 Jul 2015

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– By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville Many of our fellow citizens are baffled by the proposed increase in our already high water and sewer rates, and not just about the increase that was proposed for the Fiscal Year 2016 but also about the proposed increases over the next nine years. This quote from one of our citizens to a …

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Lifestyle

Artist’s Profile: Michele Sommers, Mural Artist – The Beauty Of Life, Evolving Over Time

2 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Two things defy reason when it comes to mural artist and painter Michele Sommers. The first is her irrepressibly humble attitude towards her talent. The second is the absolute divinity of her work. I knew that in writing about her in this way she would be thinking, Oh … come on … I’m not THAT good! …

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Kicking Off Farm To Fork With Music

1 Jul 2015

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Kicking off this year’s Farm-to-Fork Loudoun project is the second annual Farm, Fork & Art, with music added: a special concert from home grown, award winning folk and Americana singer-songwriter Andrew McKnight. Farm, Fork, Art & Music begins at 6 p.m. sharp at the unique Trinity House Cafe located at 101 E. Market St. in Leesburg on Wednesday, July 22, …

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Hillsboro Celebrates Independence Day July 3

1 Jul 2015

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Bring your friends and family to Hillsboro’s Old Stone School on Friday, July 3 for the annual Independence Day Celebration. The celebration will be preceded by the second of four seasonal outdoor markets which will open on July 3 at 4 p.m., and the Independence Day festivities begin at 6 p.m. at the Old Stone School located at 37098 Charles …

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Wild Loudoun

Ancient Oaks – The Great Providers

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines She feeds the birds. She shelters the mammal. She cools the air, provides us with shade and conserves the water and soil. She is the mighty old oak, an ecosystem unto herself. All except the smallest living things function as an ecosystem of sorts – whether harboring the bacteria and microscopic plants that break down organic …

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Around Virginia

Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Bipartisan Legislation Hopes To Reduce Wasteful Spending

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U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have teamed up on a bipartisan proposal to empower federal workers to identify and cut down on unnecessary federal spending. The Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2015 would build on existing law by expanding a program that allows U.S. government …

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Sports

Upper Loudoun Little League Pre-Game Ceremony

1 Jul 2015

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– By Carri Michon The Majors championship game for Upper Loudoun Little League dawned with prospects of stormy weather. Nonetheless, a nice crowd assembled for the pre-game ceremonies in the light rain. Following the announcment of the AL Royals and the NL Pirates teams, the ULLL Hometown Heroes scholarship given …

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WLVBC Ignite Takes 2nd at Tournament

13 May 2015

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Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U15 Team Ignite placed second at the NVVA 15’s Spring Fling Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, May 10 at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Leesburg. Ignite met the host team, NVVA 15 Fairfax Black, in the finals. “I’m proud of each player for pushing hard through 10 …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

Locks Of Hope Easy, Helpful

1 Jul 2015

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– By Mary Rose Lunde I’m not the first one who has written about and done what I am about to describe, and I hope I’m not the last. It’s not an action that seems heroic, but it does make a difference. The best part is that no one is …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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Minimum Wage: A Wrench in the Gears

3 Jun 2015

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By Delegate Dave LaRock You may have read in the news recently that the second-largest city in the United States, Los Angeles, voted to raise …

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