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Blue Ridge Leader News – Sunday, May 29, 2011

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Remembering the Day

Selflessness, dedication, and bravery; I’m waging that those and similar words will be used- quite effectively, in most instances- not only across Loudoun County on Monday May 30, but from coast to coast in our United States. Having attended numerous Memorial Day Observances in both Sterling and Leesburg over the past 15 years or so, I can highly recommend these events to anyone interested in boosting their patriotism, or gaining reassurance during times of a loved one’s deployment, or taking the opportunity to mix with local citizens of like values.

You know, over the past year, we’ve heard lots of politicians and many of their constituents talk about tearing this country apart over some relatively trivial matters- like babies fighting over a prize rattle; well, from seeing the importance placed in the unity of this nation, at observances just like the ones scheduled for tomorrow in Leesburg, Sterling, Purcellville, Lovettsville and elsewhere, I can assure you that our country possesses great force and great spirit with which to maintain itself.

I am constantly impressed, on Memorial Day, of the attention to detail, the precision of timing, and all the rest of what I guess you could call the pomp and circumstance of the occasion.

The impeccable dress of men and women in uniform, the often-familiar tunes of local bands, and the stirring words of chosen speakers (individuals who’ve experienced command, deployment, and-or combat on a first-hand basis), all these elements combine for- at least in me- a very strong feeling of reassurance in the might of these United States.

We’ve faced untold forces of various forms over the past two hundred-odd years, and we’re still here; Americans yet retain the annual opportunity to acknowledge and thank those who’ve done a great deal to provide us these very rights and privileges.

So, for all the above reasons, I strongly urge attendance at one of the many Memorial Day Observances; judging from my experience, you’ll probably be thanked for being there.

And, if the living members of our US Military are grateful for your presence, imagine how the ones who made the ultimate sacrifice would feel about your humble expressions of support.

No Whiteboard Jungle

Well, if the educational system in Loudoun County is any kind of yardstick of the use of 21st Century learning equipment in classrooms, you might do well to invest in some companies that manufacture a powerful new teaching tool. The local School Board endorsed the used of over $4 million the other night for the purchase of 838 high-tech screens known as ‘interactive white boards.’

Now, these gizmos are basically a Jetsons-age blackboard; they’re large enough (two by three feet or so) for kids to see them from the back of the classroom, and pretty much act as a giant screen for a teacher’s computer.

Anyway, the School Board’s authorization essentially puts a plan in place to install these things in the classrooms at all grade levels, in all public schools across Loudoun.

I’ll keep my powder dry on the subject for now, not having seen the devices in action; I’m sure they’re wonderful teaching tools.

Melting Pot

The US Census tells us that we’re in for an influx of diverse culture in these here parts; the latest data from the Bureau shows a dramatic increase in the Asian population in this region. The Washington DC area experienced a 60% rise in this sector of of residents over the first decade of the millennium.
In Loudoun County, people of Indian origin now approach the 20,000 figure.

This trend is matched- regionally- by the numbers of Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Filipino and other Asian populations.

Why is this occurring?

Well, Dulles International Airport is awfully handy, as is the world community of Washington, DC; we also possess criteria such as educational opportunities- from public schools to institutions of higher learning- as well as numerous sources of a high-income employment.

I guess my question would be: “Why wouldn’t someone want to move here, given the chance?”

Current residents gain the benefit of learning about other people, and I’m all for as many different restaurants and food shops as possible.

Tim Jon for the Blue Ridge Leader

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