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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

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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: A word about the art of Rick Friday; reintroducing The Independent News’ community work

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Farmer, writer and artist Rick Friday, whose cartoons appear in The Independent News, made national news last year after a cartoon criticizing salaries of Big Ag executives angered an advertiser of Farm News, which canned him.… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Virginia Beach’s Kenneth Chandler discusses building net worth by building a network

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Dr. Kenneth Chandler, deputy city manager in Virginia Beach, spoke with students from eighth through 12th grades last month during the annual African American Male Summit at Princess Anne High School. The event had been… Continue Reading

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Editor: Indie pic Eyes of the Roshi, lensed in Knotts Island and Virginia Beach, skeds hometown preem at MOCA

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The Independent News seldom gets to engage in the sort of H’wood biz “slanguage” pioneered by Variety. So you may want to sit down before reading on. A glossary of terms appears at the bottom of… Continue Reading