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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: Use of anonymous sources sometimes a moral choice for journalists, seldom an easy one

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — There is discussion of anonymous sources on the national scene, which is timely because I made a decision to use an unidentified source in a story published earlier this month in an edition of The Independent… Continue Reading

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Air Force letter: Belote campaign improperly used uniform picture, military status in campaign materials

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Democrat Dave Belote, a retired Air Force officer, improperly used his uniform and military status while campaigning for the 8th state senate district, according to a letter a senior Air Force official wrote to the campaign. Conrad… Continue Reading

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Belote campaign says it used uniform photo appropriately, but some uses may be inconsistent with regulation

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — The photograph shows Dave Belote, a retired Air Force officer running for a state senate seat here, standing before an American flag. He is in uniform in the picture, and he is saluting. This photograph,… Continue Reading