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Uranium Estimates

January 18, 2012 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet, Uncategorized Comments Off on Uranium Estimates
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“However it is conducted, mining will bring destruction as well as wealth.” Editorial “Beyond Mining”, Nature Geoscience, Vol. 4, October 2011 [1].

This is a remarkable statement. Simply put, all mining activity destroys wealth as well as it creates wealth. We can readily appreciate that the high grade deposits will likely yield more wealth than their exploitation destroys and that poor quality deposits will destroy more wealth than they create. We can also appreciate there are few high quality deposits and lots of poor quality deposits and this is called a resource pyramid. In terms of uranium deposits there exists a few ores with grades in excess of two percent natural uranium content in Canada, but nowhere else. There exists only a few hundred kilo tons of natural uranium at this grade in total but several hundred billion kilo tons in the earth’s crust at about 0.0001 percent. Humans always exploit the high quality resources first and only mine lower quality resources as the best resources become depleted. There is a fallacy among economists that higher prices simply make more resources available ad infinitum. I’ll call this the infinite resource hypothesis. It is not true, of course. At the point where more energy is required to mine the resource than the resource contains it is all over. This does not even have to include environmental destruction or negative health impacts which are difficult to measure but still quite real. The exploitation of Canadian tar sands, which economists and the media mistakenly refer to as “oil”, is a painful example. Mining tar is an elaborate, inefficient and expensive way to liquefy natural gas. The energy recovered minus the energy invested may be negative even without consideration of the human and environmental costs. … Continue Reading

Fossil Fuels Estimates

January 4, 2012 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Fossil Fuels Estimates
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“Human beings are wandering around with brains that are fabulously limited. We’ve got the core of the average lizard.” Wrapped around this reptilian core is a mammalian layer (associated with maternal concern and social interaction), and around that is wrapped a third layer, which enables feats of memory and the capacity for abstract thought. “The only problem is our passions are still driven by the lizard core. We are set up to acquire as much as we can of things we perceive as scarce, particularly sex, safety and food.” Even a person on a diet who sensibly avoids coming face-to-face with a piece of chocolate cake will find it hard to control himself if the chocolate cake somehow finds him. Every pastry chef in America understands this, and now neuroscience does, too…. “In that moment the value of eating the chocolate cake exceeds the value of the diet. We cannot think down the road when we are faced with the chocolate cake.” … Everywhere you turn you see Americans sacrifice their long-term interests for a short-term reward. – Michael Lewis quoting UCLA neuroscientist Peter Whybrow in Boomerang, 2011.

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Lobbyists

December 27, 2011 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Lobbyists
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“We are thoroughgoing liars, even to ourselves. Our most prized possession – language – not only strengthens our ability to lie but greatly extends its range.” Robert Trivers, The Folly of Fools [1]

In my November 13 article in the Blue Ridge Leader [2], I mentioned a pro-nuclear friend whom I had asked for information which might support the viability nuclear energy. At the time he had not delivered. Since then he recommended the World Council of Energy 2010 Survey of Energy Resources report [3] which is very useful, fact-based and loaded with content. The uranium and nuclear energy chapters were written by Hans-Holger Rogner, whom I’ve written about in prior articles and of whom I have high regard [4]. Not that I necessarily agree with him on any point but I do take his opinion seriously. I am preparing a few articles on his report chapters but it will take some time as research and fact checking is required. Rogner’s report is exactly the kind of information I was expecting from my friend. And it is exactly the kind of meaty information which is worth digging into. More recently, he sent me a link to a content free TV interview with a nuclear power industry lobbyist [5] with the comment: “This story will be of interest to you.” … Continue Reading

Virginia’s Nuclear Challenge: Energy Demand, Government Costs and Ratepayer Savings

November 17, 2011 by Contributor Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Virginia’s Nuclear Challenge: Energy Demand, Government Costs and Ratepayer Savings

By Jane Twitmyer, Guest Columnist

The Chinese response to an estimated immediate energy shortfall of was to up their 2015 offshore wind installation goal from five GWs to 30 GWs. Shanghais 100MW East Sea Bridge wind farm was the first offshore wind project put into operation outside of Europe. Evidently it demonstrated the potential of wind energy to the Chinese.

Saudi Arabia, whose very name is synonymous with oil, just announced a plan to replace their oil income providing the Middle East with all the solar energy it can consume. The Saudi desert actually has the solar potential to produce four times the world’s current electricity demand. … Continue Reading

Uranium Supply and Limits to Growth

November 13, 2011 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Uranium Supply and Limits to Growth
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“However it is conducted, mining will bring destruction as well as wealth.”

“The exploration of even deeper, riskier and lower-grade deposits will become economically viable as prices go up.” Editorial “Beyond Mining”, Nature Geoscience, Vol. 4, October 2011.

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On November 11, 2011, Friday evening starting at 6:00 p.m., at George Washington University Virginia Campus, Ashburn off of Route 7, the Piedmont Environmental Council, George Washington University and Sustainable Loudoun are hosting a discussion forum on uranium mining in Virginia. The public is invited free of charge and Harris Teeter has donated some food so come early and meet the vendors and the speakers. No advanced registration is required. The program speakers are: … Continue Reading

To Question Uranium Supply

October 28, 2011 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on To Question Uranium Supply
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“However it is conducted, mining will bring destruction as well as wealth.” Editorial “Beyond Mining”, Nature Geoscience, Vol. 4, October 2011.

Tony Noerpel

On November 11, 2011, Friday evening starting at 6:00 p.m., at George Washington University Virginia Campus, Ashburn, off of Route 7, the Piedmont Environmental Council, George Washington University and Sustainable Loudoun are hosting a discussion forum on uranium mining in Virginia. The public is invited free of charge and there will be some food. No advanced registration is required. This article is extracted from my presentation. … Continue Reading

America Is Broken, What Now?

October 22, 2011 by Contributor Columns, Sustainable Planet 1 comment

This is a guest column from John Robb originally posted on October 18, 2011. Robb is an author, an entrepreneur, a former USAF pilot in special operations and author of the book Brave New War, in April 2007. Robb proposed a new theory of warfare in his book called “open source warfare” which made the cover of Nature magazine (one of the world’s two most prestigious science magazines, the other being Science). He was named one of the “Best and Brightest” by Esquire Magazine, and invited to speak at a plethora of venues (the DoD, CIA, NSA, NIC, Highlands Forum, Center for Biosecurity, and many more).

I founded Sustainable Loudoun after having come to the same conclusions as Robb and we fully endorse the resilient community approach. However there is one difficulty with the implementation of local resilience having to do with external forced and Robb alludes to this. A small community cannot maintain isolation from undermining forces. A West Virginia holler would make an ideal setting for a resilient community however these have been poisoned by the coal mining industry. Resilient communities in the Louisiana Bayou are being destroyed by the fossil fuel industry and fertilizer runoff from Midwestern farms up to a thousand miles away. Closer to home Pittsylvania County, Virginia is threatened by the nuclear power industry in the same way as the communities surrounding Fukushima. While it is necessary to establish isolated sustainable resilient communities it is not sufficient. It is also necessary for those communities to organize cooperate and defend each other’s survival. … Continue Reading

Uranium Mining in Virginia

October 16, 2011 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet, Uncategorized 1 comment
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On November 11, 2011, Friday evening starting at 6:00 p.m., at George Washington University Virginia Campus, Ashburn off of Route 7, the Piedmont Environmental Council, George Washington University and Sustainable Loudoun are hosting a discussion forum on uranium mining in Virginia. This article is extracted from my presentation.

“Trends are more important than the present state; look which way you are moving and ask what might make you stop. That is the most important lesson of dynamics; anybody can understand it without mastering advanced mathematics.” Foster Morrison, The Art of Modeling Dynamic Systems, Dover, 2008

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Virginia Earthquake Shakes U.S. Awake to Nuclear Power Danger

September 25, 2011 by Contributor Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Virginia Earthquake Shakes U.S. Awake to Nuclear Power Danger
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This article is republished from the August 19, 2011 edition of the San Francisco BayView with their kind permission and that of Dr. Janette Sherman.

Dr. Sherman is an internist and toxicologist. She is the contributing editor of “Chernobyl – Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment.” The information in the book will help you understand the serious and continuing hazards from nuclear power. She can be reached at www.janettesherman.com and toxdoc.js@verizon.net. … Continue Reading

Comments from the Right – Part 2

September 20, 2011 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Comments from the Right – Part 2

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” Joseph Goebbels

“No credible climate scientist now doubts that humans have had an effect on Earth’s climate during the last two centuries, primarily by causing increases in the concentrations of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere.” William F. Ruddiman, Plows, Plagues, and Petroleum, Princeton University Press, 2005.

“We should see scientific and technological innovation as an important pillar and make greater effort to develop new industries of strategic importance. Science and technology is a powerful engine of economic growth . . . We will make China a country of innovation. . . We will accelerate the development of a low-carbon economy and green economy so as to gain an advantageous position in the international industrial competition.” Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, World Economic Forum, September 10, 2009. … Continue Reading

Comments from the Right – Part 1

September 11, 2011 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Comments from the Right – Part 1
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“Ideology makes people stupid. Employing ideology as the basis for policy is a recipe for disaster. Surviving in a complex, uncertain environment requires flexibility, pragmatism and, perhaps above all, self-awareness….A pox on ideology. Let’s try reality for a change.” Andrew Bacevich [1]

In my most recent article, Running Mates and Candidates [2], I criticized the Republican Party for being ideological and living in an imaginary world, and promised to print rebuttals from two Republicans. Both critics are anonymous to me. One is a “Ron Paul libertarian” Republican (RPR) and the other is a more conventional Republican businessman (CRB) from a southern state who ran for congress against a libertarian Republican (and lost in the primary). Interestingly RPR agrees with me. I guess he appreciated that I am also highly critical of the Obama administration. … Continue Reading

Running Mates and Candidates

September 7, 2011 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet Comments Off on Running Mates and Candidates
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{I wrote the original draft for this article several weeks ago and before Paul Krugman scooped me in his NYT column [1]. I was a bit nervous about publishing it because I do have many good friends who are Republican and while I’m committed to telling the truth, I didn’t want to jeopardize those friendships either. A good friend arranged to have a draft reviewed by two anonymous (to me) Republicans. One is a “Ron Paul libertarian” Republican and the other is a more conventional Republican businessman from a southern state who ran for congress against a libertarian Republican (and lost in the primary). While I made some language modifications to my draft, my reviewers could not offer any information which alters the conclusion in any way and in fact one of the reviewers agreed with it. In my next article, I will publish their comments with discussion.} … Continue Reading

The Pleistocene Climate

August 25, 2011 by Tony Noerpel Columns, Sustainable Planet, Uncategorized Comments Off on The Pleistocene Climate
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The second closest star to our solar system is Alpha Centauri. While stars come in hundreds of varieties from white dwarfs to red giants, Alpha Centauri is a G2 star which is the same type as our sun having the same luminosity, size and life span. The significance of this classification is that there is some probability that it has a retinue of planets similar to our sun and that one of the rocky ones nearest Alpha Centauri might be similar to Earth, have a similar stable near circular orbit and be within the star’s habitable zone. The habitable zone of our sun begins someplace further out than Venus which is too hot and closer than Mars which is too cold for life such as ours, or perhaps any life to have evolved. Alpha Cenauri’s imagined rocky planet may have life and an intelligent species may have evolved. We can certainly pretend this is so. It is only 4.37 light years from the sun and communications while slow is not unimaginable. … Continue Reading

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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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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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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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