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


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


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


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


From the Editor: Regarding journalism ‘personalities’

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Both The Virginian-Pilot and The Daily Press recently wrote about a TV journalist leaving the Hampton Roads market after a few years, treatment the organizations seldom give their own people. It reflects an absurd understanding of… Continue Reading