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Courage Has a Complicated Definition

February 5, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Schools 1 comment
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By Mary Rose Lunde

Courage is the most valued trait a person can have, but what really is courage? “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.” This famous quote written in Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” teaches readers the ideals of courage. It is not in fact a man with a gun but far much more. Having read this as a freshman in English, I was baffled at first about the true meaning of this quote. I only now realize, as I’m about to head off into a new adventure, college, that if I am to succeed I need to have real courage. … Continue Reading

Mulch Day Coming to Woodgrove

February 1, 2014 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Mulch Day Coming to Woodgrove
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The Woodgrove Wolverine Athletic Booster Club (WWABC) would like to announce that March 22 is Mulch Day at Woodgrove. You can order your spring mulch now online at www.gotmulch.org. Double Shredded Hardwood Mulch (three cubic feet bags) is available at $4.50/bag for one-39 bags and $4.00/ bag for 40 or more bags. Free Delivery by Wolverine athletes on orders of 10 bags or more within a 10 mile radius of Woodgrove High School. Or you can pick up your mulch at Woodgrove on Saturday, March 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All monies raised will go towards the Woodgrove Athletics End of Year Celebration, Scholarships, and supporting the mission of the WWABC.

Homeschoolers Compete in Spelling Bee

January 29, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader Schools 1 comment
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The 2014 Loudoun Homeschool Spelling Bee was held on Januart 18 at the Purcellville Library. The junior bee was open to first through fourth graders, and the senior bee was for fifth through eighth graders. A total of 18 students competed.

The junior bee first place winners were Ethan Maher (first grade), Ethan Gonzalez (second grade), Samantha Stock (third grade) and Cayla Marino (fourth grade).

The senior bee first place winners were Kaitlyn Maher (fifth grade), Melissa Turner (sixth grade), Nino DeBarros (seventh grade), and Luke Thornburgh (eighth grade). These spellers will advance to the next level of the Scripps competition which is the Loudoun County Regional Bee. … Continue Reading

Packages of Thanks from Potomac Falls

January 8, 2014 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Packages of Thanks from Potomac Falls
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By Mary Rose Lunde

“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than you or for someone else.”
This quote, from the novel “Allegiant” by Veronica Roth, depicts the assumption of bravery. But bravery is much more. Consider the bravery of a student being bullied by another student. Aren’t they considered brave? Isn’t bravery just another form of deception in pretty packaging?

True bravery resides in everyone, it is only those that allow it to show that deserve the honor of being called brave. These brave heroes are soldiers. They lay their lives down to protect the innocent and leave the familiarity of home for the sake of others. And how do we honor these brave soldiers, who risk their lives for us on a daily basis? Easy, we send them addressed care packages from home that show our appreciation. … Continue Reading

Grove Homeroom Best for First Quarter at Woodgrove

December 21, 2013 by Contributor Schools Comments Off on Grove Homeroom Best for First Quarter at Woodgrove
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The Woodgrove High School Student Council Association continued rewarding Wolverines that deserve it during the past month.

Under the new leadership of sophomore David Fischer, the Wolverine Spirit Plate committee got going in full swing for the year. Fischer heads up the group that makes recommendations on what events should be used as class competitions and then tackles the painstakingly slow task of crunching through all the collected results once the homeroom tallies come in. … Continue Reading

LCPS Retains Attorney To Investigate Bullying By Principal

November 6, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on LCPS Retains Attorney To Investigate Bullying By Principal
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In late October, the Loudoun Education Association, representing 3,400 school employees, requested that the Loudoun County Public School system investigate allegations that Loudoun Valley High School’s principal had bullied teachers and pressured them to inflate grades. A group of more than 300 LVHS parents have joined a FaceBook page discussing the issue.

The principal in question, Sue Ross, indirectly addressed the issue during an announcement at LVHS. Ross was hired as principal at the school eight years ago.

LVHS Parent Teacher Organization President Karen Dillon is organizing a meeting anticipated to occur during the week of November 4, indicating on the group’s FaceBook page that the “ invitation will be extended to LVHS administration, all teachers, all parents and any children who would like to come. This meeting is not to answer all kinds of questions, it is to get information regarding the investigation.” … Continue Reading

Middleburg Charter School Application Moves Forward

October 2, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Middleburg Charter School Application Moves Forward
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The Loudoun County School Board voted Sept. 10 to initiate an application for conversion of Middleburg Elementary School to a charter school. The School Board will review the application under the policy and regulations they had amended previously to incorporate recent changes to Virginia charter school law. Those changes allow for local school board initiated charter applications that bypass review by the Virginia Board of Education.

The School Board was clear that this initiation of action does not guarantee that the application will be approved. The board also said that considering the application under the new school board initiated option was justified by the lengthy history of effort from Middleburg community members and student parents in working to resolve the problem of falling enrollment that was undermining the viability of the community school. … Continue Reading

First BLAST (STEM) Session Held at UVA

August 7, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on First BLAST (STEM) Session Held at UVA
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The initial BLAST (Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology) Session was held at UVA-Charlottesville Campus for three days, July 7-10. Eighty ninth and tenth grade students from Southwest, Southern Piedmont, Charlottesville and greater Richmond areas attended and had the opportunity to live in university dorms, eat in a university dining hall and participate in scientific and technical activities in university classrooms and labs. The purpose of this STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is to introduce students to STEM early in their careers.

The activities included robotics, small engineering projects and “Gee-Whiz” demonstrations of various scientific and technical capabilities in University facilities in the School of Engineering. In addition, a number of technology professionals including university professors, a former astronaut and technology industry officials participated in the program. The objective of the Session was to provide the students with a firsthand introduction to what the students might experience if they choose Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as a profession. … Continue Reading

New Leader at Middleburg Academy

August 3, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on New Leader at Middleburg Academy
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Middleburg Academy welcomed Colley W. Bell III as its new head of school on July 1.

“We are excited to draw upon Mr. Bell’s lifelong love of independent schools and his demonstrated leadership qualities,” said Michael S. Hoover, chairman of Middleburg Academy’s Board of Trustees. “Everyone we’ve spoken to who has worked with Colley invariably describes him as an engaging and motivating figure, one who succeeds at getting people to accomplish challenging things.” … Continue Reading

Frederick Douglass Elementary School Memorial Wins 2013 AASLH Award of Merit

July 20, 2013 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Frederick Douglass Elementary School Memorial Wins 2013 AASLH Award of Merit
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The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) recently announced that Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) is the recipient of an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards for the Frederick Douglass Elementary School Memorial. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 68th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. The Frederick Douglass Elementary School Memorial is one of only six Virginia projects to receive an Award of Merit in 2013.

The Frederick Douglass Elementary School Memorial traces the history of school desegregation in Loudoun County, from 1930 to 1970. The exhibit is a permanent installation in the lobby of the Frederick Douglass Elementary School in Leesburg which opened in August 2012. The school sits on the site of a former school, also named Frederick Douglass Elementary School, which was built in 1958 as a segregated school for African-American students. The school remained segregated until 1968 when all public schools in Loudoun County were integrated. In 1982, the school closed and the building was converted to a support facility. … Continue Reading

Board of Supervisors Moving To Rescind Special Exception Requirements for Schools

July 2, 2013 by Mary M. Bathory Vidaver News, Schools Comments Off on Board of Supervisors Moving To Rescind Special Exception Requirements for Schools
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Sounding slightly less certain than a year ago, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors proceeded with its effort to rescind the special exception requirement with its mandatory public hearings for public schools. At its June 5 business meeting, the board directed staff to initiate an amendment to the zoning ordinance eliminating the special exception (SPEX) requirement for public schools in almost every zoning district. Over the next six months, staff will undertake the necessary public process to pursue such an amendment. The board’s final vote is expected in December.

The Loudoun County School Board and its staff have long lobbied for such a change to the ordinance. As reported in The Blue Ridge Leader last July, Sarah Howard-O’Brien of the Loudoun County Public Schools’ planning staff estimated that the change would conservatively save the county $50,000 per application, but “the real savings,” albeit hard to quantify, would be the months saved and the efficiency gained by a single focus on a site plan. In July 2012, citing greater efficiencies, process streamlining, and cost savings, a unanimous board agreed to pursue such a change. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Student Named a Safety Patrol of the Year

June 7, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Loudoun Student Named a Safety Patrol of the Year
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Lesley Nolasco was honored for being an exceptionally hard worker and for her, respectful and collaborative attitude. Her academic strengths are reading and writing. As a Safety Patrol, she is known for politely reminding parents to walk in the crosswalk and students to walk, not run. Her Principal describes her as a “quiet leader that cares about the students and staff at her school.”

Woodgrove High School Scholarship Recipients

June 4, 2013 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Woodgrove High School Scholarship Recipients


The Woodgrove Wolverine Athletic Booster Club announced their 2013 Athletic Scholarship recipients.  The $1,000 scholarships are entirely funded by the annual “Fore the Wolverines” Golf Tournament which brought in over $10,000 in profits this year.

Applications were scored on athletic accomplishments, GPA, leadership. community service, employment, honors and awards, and an essay.  This year’s extremely talented and deserving Athletic Scholarship recipients are:  Kevin Barr, Michael Lokie, Peter Volpone, Sam Weber, Olivia Becker, Maggie Buxton, Keira Hornyak, and Alexandra Juzbasich.  Also, Alexandra Guendert was awarded the Woodgrove Spirit and Leadership Scholarship, also valued at $1,000, for her display of Wolverine spirit and leadership throughout the community. 

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Sustainable Planet

Shell Games

16 Jun 2015

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“Let me be very very clear, for us climate change is real and it’s a threat that we want to act on. We’re not aligning with skeptics.” – Ben van Beurden, chief executive officer of Royal Dutch Shell [1] “What …

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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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Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

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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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