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Etch-A-Sketch Dave LaRock

October 31, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment
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Recent letters by supporters of Dave LaRock have unintentionally revealed why their candidate is so afraid of public debates. In one letter responding to an account of a disturbing tirade about “Sharia law” made by Mr. LaRock at a Back-to-School night, Kristen Kalina first tries to claim that the conversation was “made up,” then offers the sorry admission that it must have taken place in a previous year, “when people were more focused on terrorism.” Her argument seems to be that while it was acceptable to spout off such extreme and ignorant rhetoric back in 2012 or 2011, now that he’s decided to run for public office Mr. LaRock would keep such bigotry to himself – and therefore his intemperate words back then shouldn’t be brought up.

Likewise, Mr. LaRock made some notably hateful and ignorant remarks about Loudoun’s LGBT residents back in 2011 in his attack on another candidate. While it may be true that his extreme anti-gay views were more socially acceptable in 2011 than they are now – and thus are now more likely to harm his campaign – this fact does not excuse or make irrelevant his bigoted remarks. It’s clear that Mr. LaRock has no interest in representing all of his would-be constituents, and bland statements about how he’s (now) focused on “the economy and transportation” do nothing to change this.

Mr. LaRock appears to lack the strength of character to own up to his words: To say either “yes, I said that – and I now realize I was wrong,” or “yes, I said that – and I still believe it,” and let the chips fall where they may. That would at least be honest. Instead, he demands to be shielded from any questions that might undermine the slick “Etch-A-Sketch” version of himself he wishes to present now. The truth is that he has left a trail of extreme rhetoric and hotheaded lawless behavior (willful destruction of private property) that he cannot hide in an open forum not under his complete control. The real Dave LaRock can only appear before his like-minded friends, in private.

David Weintraub
Lovettsville

Clear Choice for 33rd District Delegate

October 30, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Clear Choice for 33rd District Delegate
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This November, voters of the 33rd District have a clear choice between two fundamentally distinct candidates for House of Delegates: Dave LaRock who resoundingly defeated the Republican incumbent in the primary election, and Mary Daniel who just recently entered the race. If campaign conduct has anything to do with how we cast our votes, I prefer the candidate who has remained solidly focused on the issues and who has refrained from finger pointing accusations that have little to do with our main concerns as citizens of the 33rd District, which include but are not limited to taxes, education, traffic, agriculture and standing up to Washington, D.C. … Continue Reading

Stop Your War on Women

October 27, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment
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Mrs. Daniel and her supporters are falsely trying to get voters to believe that Dave LaRock wants to amend Virginia’s constitution and also have women report miscarriages to law enforcement. These messages simply aren’t true. Dave has never supported either of these measures.

In addition, demonstrating the lack of principles of Dave’s opponent and her supporters, these kind of attacks show the eagerness of Democrats to shift the discussion from the real issues that are facing the district and the real problems that matter to them. The facts speak for themselves. … Continue Reading

Support Public Education

October 20, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Support Public Education
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Professional educators in district 33 are proud of their service to Clarke, Frederick, and Loudoun’s 100 + public schools, so when I read that candidates for state legislature could potentially dismantle Virginia’s public education system, I’m alarmed. While instructional needs should guide decisions about funding, we see arbitrary tax limits suggested before local school boards even submit requests.

I attended August’s “meet and greet” for Mary Daniel and expressed grave concern for protection of public education funding. Ms. Daniel sensed my frustration and answered me in thoughtful and articulate manner, reassuring me “educational funding should be a priority for the General Assembly.” … Continue Reading

LaRock Will Make Virginia Even Better

October 20, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on LaRock Will Make Virginia Even Better
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Federal gridlock aside, I’m very optimistic about what the future holds for Virginians and Virginia businesses.
Check out the most recent Forbes ranking – Virginia is #1, ranked “Best State for Business.”

I strongly recommend that you give the article a read. It shows how commonsense values like low taxes, minimizing unnecessary regulation, and preserving freedom through things like Virginia’s “Right to Work” laws have helped Virginia thrive, and will continue to do so if we keep pursuing freedom.

Our dependence on the Federal economy could be a setback, but so could a liberal reversal in Richmond. The latter we have a lot more control over, and that’s why I’m encouraging all my friends to vote for Dave LaRock this fall. Dave is a solid businessman who fights for the same values that are already making Virginia great; sending him to Richmond this fall will go a long way toward helping to make Virginia even better.

Jesse Andrews
Lovettsville

No Response from Daniel

October 20, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion 3 comments
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Just as in any election, I prepare myself with questions to ask the candidates that will be serving our community, and this election is no different. I unfortunately missed Mary Daniel as she and her supporters were canvassing through my neighborhood the last weekend in September. I sent her an email on October 3, expressing my interest in speaking with her for just five minutes. As of today, I still do not have an acknowledgement to my email.

I would think she would want to reach everyone in the community she wants to serve and have the opportunity to share her experiences in business with them. I want someone that answers the phone, answers the mail and be responsive to their constituents. I want what’s best for Virginia and the 33rd District. I am personally fiscally conservative and socially liberal, giving a hand up when needed, not a hand out. A strong government deserves a strong businessman to lead new businesses to Virginia. Ms. Daniel has made my decision easy… my views are best represented by Dave LaRock.

Mary Beth Barbagallo
Purcellville

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

October 16, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
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For those of you who have yet to decide upon whom to vote for in the 33rd House District, let me assure you that Dave LaRock is the only option. Not only is he the candidate with the best understanding of the top issues in our region (transportation, education, and the economy), but he is also the candidate who will listen to you, the constituent, with regard to your questions and concerns, whether he agrees with you philosophically or not. … Continue Reading

Teachers for Dave LaRock

October 16, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Teachers for Dave LaRock
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Having lived in Virginia since 1978, I’ve seen how education has evolved.

I’ve sat in a student desk, and after earning a graduate degree and a teaching certificate from a Virginia university, taught middle and high school in two counties.

I’ve personally seen the number of schools grow and accept children of all nationalities and religions in all shapes and sizes.

I’ve talked to many fellow teachers in teacher networks and other places and many know we could do better than the status quo. … Continue Reading

Vote for Mary Daniel

October 9, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Vote for Mary Daniel
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Mary Daniel is the best choice, hands down, for Delegate in the 33rd district. She has the experience, she understands our region, she is committed to our quality of life. She is a moderate and fiscal conservative. She has worked on behalf of others as an elected official, volunteer, and as a guardian ad litem for children and the disabled. I am opposed to the radicalism of Mary’s Tea Party-connected opponent. There is no other candidate in this race with such a strong background of working for the community. Mary is the best.

Shirley Lyle Volberg
Purcellville

Will the Real Mary Daniel Please Step Forward?

October 9, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion 3 comments
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Her office is putting out adorable flyers showing her as a cute little girl growing up in Berryville – that’s fine and certainly is her right. What surprises me after receiving such feel-good information is the follow-up mail and messages I’ve received sent out on her behalf by the Democratic Committee …it’s nowhere near as polite and even less flattering.

Mary’s been on the campaign trail for months now and her effort should be commended. Her message and platform however continue to say nothing about how she intends to make Virginia a better place to do business and improve our traffic. As a resident of Virginia’s 33rd District and registered voter, I want to hear about her plan as an elected Delegate to make positive changes for our community and state, not more election scare tactics.
This campaign can still be what it should be – a contest of ideas. Dave LaRock has offered plans that involve improving the state. I’m not voting to send someone to Richmond if all they can do is toe the party line and snipe at others. That’s not going to move our state forward at all.

Gregg S. Vest
Purcellville

Common Sense

October 6, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Common Sense
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We residents in Northern Virginia don’t have to agree on every issue, and I’m sure we never will, but I will never understand trying to tear down a political candidate for being, gasp, a moderate.

Mary Costello Daniel may have ideas that are more moderate than her opponent Dave LaRock, but her greatest appeal for me is her common sense. She isn’t entrenched in a movement that alienates me as a woman or a philosophy of political factionalism. Mary understands that anyone who governs in America must govern for all the people and it takes reason, intellect, and courage to formulate nonpartisan ideas that invariably draw fire. Her willingness to reach across party lines in order to oppose extremes seems reasonable to me. … Continue Reading

Bankrupt Democrats Play Women’s Card in 33rd District

October 2, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Bankrupt Democrats Play Women’s Card in 33rd District
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Now it begins. Like clockwork, four weeks before the general election for House of Delegates, the Democratic Party reaches into its bag of worn out tricks and pulls out its dog-eared “women’s card.”

Specifically, Democrat Mary Daniel—who has offered nothing but platitudes on how her party will help the over-taxed, unemployed, under-serviced and stuck-in-traffic voters of the 33rd district since she announced her campaign—has stooped to claiming via glossy flyers that Republican Dave LaRock wants to “force police to investigate women who suffer a miscarriage.” … Continue Reading

What the Current Board of Supervisors Could – But Probably Won’t – Do for a Better Loudoun

October 2, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader Editorial, Opinion 5 comments
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By Malcolm Baldwin

Over the past 21 months, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed its interest in improving Loudoun’s economy, business friendliness and fiscal soundness, while actually working in many ways counter to a sound vision of a vibrant Loudoun County. Despite glimmers of hope in a few areas, future prospects look dim for our board to reverse itself in time to promote a better, sounder vision for Loudoun during its current term.

So, what should citizens know? How can they encourage the board to redirect its efforts and further the vision that most Loudoun citizens could favor and benefit from? … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Radiophysics

6 Jul 2015

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“Radiophysics is a Hoax” – James Inhofe The climate of a planet is stable when the incoming radiation from a planet’s star equals the outgoing heat radiation from the planet itself at the top of the atmosphere. Everything else is …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Supporting a Transgender Child

1 Jul 2015

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– By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, My husband and I are worried because our 14-year-old daughter thinks that “he” is transgendered. It’s true that she’s always been interested in more masculine activities, and this past year she announced to …

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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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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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