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From the Editor: Journapocalypse now

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY — Earlier this year, I published an editorial about the terrible situation at The Virginian-Pilot, which is being moved to the Peninsula, and I urged folks with cash laying around to buy our local daily back from Tribune.… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: As school days near, savoring the last day of a summer together

Ed. — This column originally ran in the Friday, Sept. 20, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — On Labor Day, the end of our summer, we are together in the madhouse, making coffee, figuring out chores, awaiting the start of the… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Our local newspaper of record, and the political ads to come

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — This past month, there was some discussion by Virginia Beach officials about The Virginian-Pilot changing its arrangement with the city in regards to publishing City Council agendas prior to meetings. For years, The Pilot has done… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Princess Anne Area Library closes for renovations, Henley constituent forum time change and distribution notes

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The recent temporary closure of Princess Anne Area Library for renovations means, among other things, that a lot of folks may wonder where to find copies of The Independent News. The library is a very popular… Continue Reading

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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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From the editor: Say, that photo of Bobby Hanig sure looked familiar

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Early last month, I saw an online ad attacking Bobby Hanig, chairperson of the Currituck County, N.C., Board of Commissioners, while he was still seeking the Republican nomination to be the North Carolina State Representatives… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Parental pain as we meet our match in second day of unresolvable Pungo sock crisis

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — It started on a Sunday with a basket of unmatched socks, as all great tragedies do. My wife set it in the living room and instructed the kids to pair them. We have three girls, two… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: On shared disciplines of military service and farming

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Bobby Vaughan and I spoke well before Veterans Day, when I was working on a story that involved the Farmer Veteran Coalition’s efforts to build strong roots in Virginia, connecting veterans to agriculture. I’d hoped to… Continue Reading