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From the Editor: When a scammer reached out to me, I reached back with a quid pro quo

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The day before our nation celebrated independence from the Crown, I got an urgent email that seemed to be from the president of a university where I teach. Except maybe I should mention this email came… Continue Reading

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Hoeft: We need to look into our own hearts while searching for moral ideals in divided American times

BY J.R. HOEFT   It’s been difficult to avoid the drama surrounding President Donald Trump, the nuances associated with those who are investigating him and a whirlwind of other misguided events that have been in the spotlight. Honestly, I have… Continue Reading

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Amid “Trump wave” washing over Virginia, GOP’s Knight wins in the 81st House District; Davis returns in 84th House District; victory for incumbents in Virginia Beach constitutional offices

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Voters on Tuesday, Nov. 7, chose state Del. Barry Knight, R-Virginia Beach, to return in the 81st House District, but he said it was a bittersweet victory as other Virginia Republicans fell — including at… Continue Reading

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Editorial: President Trump reminds the nation how character counts

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS President Trump designated Sunday, Oct. 15 through Saturday, Oct. 21, as National Character Counts Week in a proclamation that cannot be faulted. “Our actions – often done first out of duty – become habits ingrained in the… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Rhetoric is a tool that is only as good as the person using it

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The words we use matter, and there is a word I care about that is unfairly maligned in our increasingly partisan discourse. That word is rhetoric, misused by opponents of certain ideas as shorthand for what… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Trump’s Twitter beef with the press isn’t about partisanship but power

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — I recently wrote about what some call “fake news,” a term that is inexact to the point of uselessness. It generally means stories presented to mislead by including fabricated material, whether in whole or in part.… Continue Reading

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Elections: Davis reflects on run for lieutenant governor, race against challenger in 84th House District

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – State Del. Glenn Davis, R-84th District, is shifting gears to seek reelection to the General Assembly following his defeat in a primary to be the GOP nominee for lieutenant governor.  Davis came in third… Continue Reading

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Primaries: Democratic candidates stress Medicaid expansion during forum hosted by party committee

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – Candidates seeking the Democratic nomination in the Tuesday, June 13, primary elections for two Virginia House of Delegates races say Medicaid expansion is a major concern for their campaigns. Candidates Kimberly Anne Tucker and… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach officials tell Sandbridge civic league members sand replenishment is planned for 2018

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE – City officials this past month briefed civic league members on plans to conduct the next major sand replenishment project here. The target remains 2018 — though whether federal dollars will help is uncertain. Dan Adams, coastal… Continue Reading