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Letter: Connecting to essays about “Us” in The Independent News

Dear Editor: The Dec. 15 edition of The Independent News, you featured essays from several people, and you asked readers to respond about what we can do to build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization. After reading essays from… Continue Reading

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Us: State Del. Barry D. Knight of the 81st Virginia House District

What can we do in the New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY BARRY KNIGHT To try and answer your question of how to be more inclusive in our community: I am glad that… Continue Reading

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Us: Chona Santander O’Galvin, a contributor to The Independent News

What can we do in the New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY CHONA SANTANDER O’GALVIN Being an American in 2017 was beyond disheartening. During these divided times, it’s hard to feel like anything… Continue Reading

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Us: Rabbi Israel Zoberman, founding rabbi of Congregation Beth Chaverim

What can we do in the New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY ISRAEL ZOBERMAN My first exposure to Poland was at age six months in 1946 when my family of Polish Holocaust survivors… Continue Reading

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Us: City Councilmember Barbara Henley of the Princess Anne District

What can we do in the New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? “Let there be peace on earth And let it begin with me.”  BY BARBARA HENLEY Not only are these the words that… Continue Reading

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Us: Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond, founder of the African American Cultural Center of Virginia Beach

What can we do in the New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY AMELIA ROSS-HAMMOND From the beginning of time, humans joined together to form communities because it gave a sense of security. The… Continue Reading

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Us: Poetry by Dr. Luisa A. Igloria

  Letter, Fumbling Around in the Dark Again “They can be like the sun, words. They can do for the heart what light can for a field.” — St. John of the Cross Dear fellow pilgrim, today the road seems… Continue Reading

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Us: The Rev. David Ryu, lead pastor at Charity United Methodist Church

What can we do in the New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY DAVID RYU A  pastor received a brand new appointment to a church that had a long history in their city. For… Continue Reading

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Us: Dr. Scott D. Miller, president of Virginia Wesleyan University

What can we do in the New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY SCOTT D. MILLER One of the most complex issues for any higher-education president is campus security — not simply guaranteeing physical… Continue Reading