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Letter: Law enforcement’s role

Dear Editor: On Tuesday, Aug. 7, neighborhoods throughout Virginia Beach joined forces with thousands of communities around the U.S. for the 35th Annual National Night Out. I wanted to reflect on some things that I have observed around our city… Continue Reading

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Column: Building a bear — and memories — on a summer day together

BY LINDA RUSSELL VIRGINIA BEACH — With all of the coverage throughout the country after “Pay Your Age Day” overwhelmed Build-A-Bear stores this past month, I had to go back to my one and only visit to the Build-A-Bear Workshop at… Continue Reading

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Column: On Memorial Day, remembering those who answer our nation’s call

BY LINDA RUSSELL VIRGINIA BEACH — I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. You might say that I was a child of the Depression. I learned about war like many women did back in those days – through husbands, fathers,… Continue Reading

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Letter: Connecting to essays about “Us” in The Independent News

Dear Editor: The Dec. 15 edition of The Independent News, you featured essays from several people, and you asked readers to respond about what we can do to build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization. After reading essays from… Continue Reading

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Column: Air show memories reflect upon a long relationship with Oceana

BY LINDA RUSSELL VIRGINIA BEACH — I expected the normal complaints about the Oceana Air Show and, sure enough, some weeks back in a local paper’s letters to the editor someone complained about the flyovers. The original solution to the noise and… Continue Reading

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Column: A citizen’s empowering relationship with Ruth Hodges Fraser, Virginia Beach’s city clerk

BY LINDA RUSSELL VIRGINIA BEACH — Unless you attend the city council meetings or other events, such as those involving the Sister Cities chapter in Virginia Beach, you might not recognize her face or know her name. She is not a… Continue Reading

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Letter: There are many ways to get involved in Virginia Beach

Dear Editor: Even before your Friday, Nov. 11, edition of The Independent News and your column [“The work doesn’t stop in Washington, D.C.”] you have encourged us to get involved. I would have to agree. I would also like to… Continue Reading

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Column: The price of cigarettes for a Virginia Beach family

BY LINDA RUSSELL CARDINAL ESTATES — I met Robert in Columbia, S.C., in 1960. He had just joined the Navy after serving in the South Carolina Army National Guard. His mom noticed how thin he looked in most of the pictures he… Continue Reading