Barns and Farms of Loudoun County Art Show and Sale

October 13, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Barns and Farms of Loudoun County Art Show and Sale
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The Franklin Park Visual and Performing Arts Center is seeking artwork for its 11th annual Barns and Farms of Loudoun County Art Show and Sale, an exhibition of original artwork by local artists dedicated to the visual power of Loudoun’s agricultural heritage. Both two and three dimensional artwork is welcome for entry. Entries will be accepted Monday, November 5 through Wednesday, November 7 from 9:00-5:00. To submit art, complete an entry form by visiting www.franklinparkartscenter.org/exhibitions

The Show will be on display in the gallery at Franklin Park Arts Center from November 9 through January 2 weekdays from 9:00 am until 5:00 p.m. and weekends during performances.

The Arts Center hosts art shows throughout the year, and features individual shows by local galleries and artists. … Continue Reading

Loudoun Community Discusses Outreach Programs to Solve Hunger

October 13, 2012 by Contributor Loudoun County Comments Off on Loudoun Community Discusses Outreach Programs to Solve Hunger

Chairman Scott York, Congressman Frank Wolf and Lynn Chapman with congressional aides.

By Lisa Gunderman

Back in May of this year, five denominations around Loudoun County joined forces to organize “Love Your Neighbor, Feed Your Neighbor,” a countywide food drive that resulted in the collection of over 54,000 lbs. of food and over $12,000 in financial donations. This effort was widely supported by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors as they issued a proclamation declaring May 2012 as Hunger Awareness Month. The seemingly only logical next step from the enormous success of the county food drive was to continue to collaborate to find innovative ways of meeting the long term challenges of providing needy families with food. … Continue Reading

150th Anniversary of the Battle of Unison

October 13, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Unison

Unison Heritage Day this year will be a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Unison and a celebration of the new Unison Battlefield Historic District, already being called one of the nation’s best preserved places.

The 8,000-acre, eight-mile-long battlefield, stretching from Philomont through Unison to Upperville, was placed on the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic places last fall.

A reenactment of the November 1-3, 1862, battle will fight through the village for over an hour, starting after 12:30 p.m., with federal and Confederate cavalry, infantry, artillery and costumed civilians. The fighting, which left the village in flames in 1862, will take place largely on Unison Road going past the Unison Store, where the festival is held. Reenactors from Valley Light Horse, Liberty Rifles, 1st Maine Cavalry, CVG, Kevin Yarzo Artillery and other living-history groups will camp in and around Unison Friday, Saturday and Sunday, staging mock battles on all three days, starting near Philomont and ending near Upperville. … Continue Reading

Second Annual Equestrian Trail Ride & Carriage Drive in Lovettsville Park

October 13, 2012 by Contributor Equestrian, Lifestyle Comments Off on Second Annual Equestrian Trail Ride & Carriage Drive in Lovettsville Park

The public is invited to bring their horses and horse carriages to ride or drive in Lovettsville Community Park on Sunday, October 21. 2012. Since the park is not currently open to the public, this trail ride will provide a unique opportunity to see the park property first-hand.

The Loudoun Horse Association, along with The United States Trail Ride, Inc., have joined forces to provide a fun event with the following goals:

  • Show the location of trails and facilities planned for the park once it is developed.
  • Give participants a look at the park’s future equestrian area.
  • Both organizations are donating the net proceeds from the ride to help develop the park’s public equestrian facilities.

On-site registration opens at 8:00 a.m. The registration fee is $35. A copy of each horse’s current negative Coggins report, a signed liability waiver form and an approved helmet are required for all participants. … Continue Reading

News from Berklee College of Music

October 13, 2012 by Contributor Lifestyle, People Comments Off on News from Berklee College of Music

Berklee College of Music announces that Kristen Bergner of Bluemont has earned placement on the Dean’s List for the summer semester of the 2012 academic year. To be eligible for this honor, a full-time student must achieve a grade point average of 3.4 or above; a part-time student must achieve a grade point average of 3.6 or above.

Property Rights Amendment

October 13, 2012 by Contributor Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment
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There’s already a law on the books in the Virginia that stops the government from using its power of eminent domain to take someone’s home or farm or business simply because someone else wants to develop the land, but that’s merely a law, and if the General Assembly ever decides to change the rules, it can, at any time.

That’s why we need to vote “yes” on Question 1 on Nov. 6. Our property rights shouldn’t depend on the whims of politicians. We need to change the state Constitution to guarantee that state and local government can’t take our homes or farms or businesses and hand it over to some developer.

Question 1 specifies that eminent domain cannot be used unless it’s for a true “public use,” such as roads or schools, and it would ensure just compensation, including payment for lost access and profits. It also would prevent the government from taking more land than it needed. … Continue Reading

County Celebrates Opening of New Park and Renovated Community Center

October 11, 2012 by Contributor Loudoun County, News Comments Off on County Celebrates Opening of New Park and Renovated Community Center

The Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services and the Department of Construction and Waste Management will hold two ribbon cutting ceremonies on Saturday, November 3. The opening of the newly renovated Bluemont Community Center will take place at 10:00 a.m. A ribbon cutting at Hampshire Park in Ashburn, VA is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend both events. … Continue Reading

Oatlands Participates in the Loudoun County Fall Color Tour

October 11, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Oatlands Participates in the Loudoun County Fall Color Tour

One of Loudoun’s original farms appears on the Fall Color Tour for the first time this year! Explore the historic grounds of Oatlands on October 20 and 21, during the Loudoun County Fall Color Tour. Each day, visitors to Oatlands can walk the grounds, visit the historic Carriage House and learn about vintage carriages and farm equipment on display. Ayrshire Farm, a certified organic and humane farm located in Upperville, Va., will also exhibit their heritage breed farm animals under the centuries-old trees at Oatlands. A picnic area is available. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase in the gift shop. Additional paid activities, such as tours of the house and garden, are available for guests.

This event is free and open to the public.

Oatlands is a 360-acre self-supporting National Trust Historic Site. The site features a stunning landscape with magnificent gardens, 1804 mansion and 19th century brick dependencies, including the Oatlands greenhouse, the second oldest greenhouse in the nation.

For more information about Oatlands, call 703-777-3174 or visit www.oatlands.org.

The Growing Stage Presents: The Sound of Music

October 11, 2012 by Contributor Behind the Scenes, Lifestyle Comments Off on The Growing Stage Presents: The Sound of Music
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Community Theatre Production at Franklin Park Arts Center

The Growing Stage will present Rogers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” at the Franklin Park Arts Center on Friday, October 19 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, October 20 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, October 21 at 3:00 p.m.. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online at www.growingstage.org.

The Loudoun foothills are alive with the Sound of Music and the von Trapps are not the only family singing. This fall, Growing Stage Inc. expanded to include adults, attracting families for Rodgers and Hammerstein’s famous hit.

“This is such a great opportunity for families to perform together. What better experience than to sing and dance with your children?” said director Karlah Louis. … Continue Reading

Cub Scouts Camp Out

October 9, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Cub Scouts Camp Out
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Cub Scout Pack 1162 braved the cold weather on Saturday night, October 6, and held its annual Fall Camp Out. Over 40 scouts participated in the camp out. The Pack, lead by Kevin Bills, is accepting new members. More information can be found at www.pack1162.org.

And in the Process, We Can Save the Bluemont Post Office

October 9, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on And in the Process, We Can Save the Bluemont Post Office

As outrageous as it is, in the scheme of the challenges we face, the decimation of the United States Postal Service is a small matter. But, like the unwelcome prospect of the closing of the Bluemont Post Office, it ain’t necessary. At all.

What is accelerating is the corporatizing of government. Corporate-run prisons, “charter’’ schools, “private’’ military contractors, corporate-run “traffic’’ cameras and police departments. And on.

In the case of the Post Office, the drive for corporate takeover had its first victory in 1970, prompting then-Sen. Ralph Yarborough of Texas to note, “This postal corporation bill is the `Tonkin Gulf Resolution’ of domestic legislation. I know of no precedent for this bill. The Constitution provides that Congress shall establish the Post Office and Post Roads. We abdicate this constitutional responsibility when we turn the function over to a corporation.’’ And we’ve been abdicating ever since.

Want to reverse this? Then we can’t plead to just have {our} ox not gored. … Continue Reading

Get Lost in Middleburg with Middleburg’s Scavenger Hunt

October 7, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Get Lost in Middleburg with Middleburg’s Scavenger Hunt

The Town of Middleburg invites all weekend warriors, thrill-seekers, explorers and history buffs to discover everything that the town has to offer during its first annual Scavenger Hunt on October 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm.

The Hunt begins at the Pink Box, Middleburg’s visitor center located at 12 North Madison St. This is where explorers can register to participate. The representatives at the Pink Box may also be able to provide some information to amateur explorers throughout the day. Registration for the Scavenger Hunt is free and includes a dining coupon for specials at participating Middleburg Restaurants. Scavenger Hunt participants must be 21 years of age or older. … Continue Reading

Open Letter to Chairman

October 7, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Open Letter to Chairman

Dear Mr. Chairman,

I have read your statement earlier today regarding the alleged misconduct of Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio and am somewhat encouraged that the Board intends to look into this but I don’t see how, however well intended this effort may be, that the Board can “independently” investigate itself.

Accordingly, I have some observations and recommendations.

You must appreciate, how, even the appointment by the board of an “independent” counsel would be suspect if the Board was making the selection.

Given what has already transpired, according to your public statement, this appears to be a legitimate concern.

I am talking about the supposed criminal referral of Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio’s alleged misconduct as to, among other possible subjects of investigation, the misappropriation of public services. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Childhood and Adolescent Depression: Tips for Parents and Caregivers

2 Sep 2015

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depression affects one in every 10 Americans.  And while the CDC’s data on depression currently shows that folks residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia fall slightly …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Suzanne Kane Nature Preserve

2 Sep 2015

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This innocuous little area lay smoldering in my semi-consciousness for several years – and after thousands of passings-by – I finally woke up one morning and just had to find out what was to be found out there. See – …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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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

A Man of Character

3 Sep 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “I thought it would be appropriate to reiterate my thoughts on power and quote something from Frederick Douglass that I believe is quite true,” Manfred Kory wrote to me after reading Lonnae O’Neill’s June 29 column in …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

When To Take Social Security: Timing Is Everything

3 Sep 2015

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As you approach retirement, there are several decisions that can impact the level of income you will receive when you stop working. One such decision will be about claiming your Social Security retirement benefit. More than half of eligible Americans …

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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

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Lifestyle

Rally for the Cure Golf Tournament

3 Sep 2015

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Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s is having their annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the prettiest golf course in Northern Virginia by Golf Magazine and recently awarded a 3.5 star rating by Golf Digest. The format is …

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Irish Sessions at Corcoran Brewing

3 Sep 2015

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Gina Faber and Tony Noerpel have started an “Irish Session” at Corcoran Brewing Company in Purcellville once a month on the second Sunday. The next session will be from noon to 3:00 p.m. on September 13. It is an open session, and anyone can bring an instrument and play along. Tony and his wife, Nancy, visited Ireland last year and were impressed by …

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September Calendar

3 Sep 2015

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Ongoing events Saturdays, September 12 to October 17, Interpreting Scripture Through Visual Arts, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Jonathan Holland, artist and youth pastor, will take you on a journey to create powerful and moving art rooted within the Bible. Cost is $105. Go to opusoaks.org. On Saturday, September 12 at noon, Sunday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m., September 26 at noon and September 27 …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Good Government Reinforces the Family

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By Delegate Dave LaRock Working as the elected Delegate for the 33rd House District has renewed my understanding of the value of a strong family. After decades of raising my family of mom, dad, and seven children and building my family’s business, which provided countless opportunities for mom, dad and …

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Governor McAuliffe Launches Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship

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Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 47 establishing the Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship, which shall be responsible for coordinating and implementing youth entrepreneurship initiatives and fostering the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for young people in Virginia. “The foundation of the new Virginia economy rests on the strength …

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Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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Sports

Las Vegas Tournament Good for Loudoun Teams

2 Sep 2015

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D1 Sports & Athletics 15U Spartan Elite Boys basketball team won the Gold Elite Championship out of 158 teams from across the country at the Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic on July 26. D1SA Spartan Elite defeated Drive Bounce Elite from British Columbia, Canada, in the championship game with the …

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Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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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

Perfection and Expectation in High School

3 Sep 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde If you think about high school, what do you think about? Do you think about the sports and how important they are to some students whose only dream of getting into college is a scholarship? Do you think about the high school student struggling for an …

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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

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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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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