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Column: For high school seniors graduating during a pandemic

BY BETSY MORRIS BACK BAY — For our graduating seniors: This is a unique time in history in which the entire world is connected by uncertainty and worry. We are all adjusting to an altered lifestyle, and it feels like we… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: We need to stop treating sustainable agriculture practices as edgy ideas

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — I read a book, Children of the Mind, by the science fiction writer Orson Scott Card, which used the terms “edge nations” and “center nations” to discuss cultures on the fringe compared to dominant ones.  I then… Continue Reading

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Letter: The kids are home from school so we should have a talk

Dear Editor: I hope you might please share with your readers a few things kids could do with their father during the school hiatus in Virginia Beach amid public health concerns about spreading the coronavirus. I’ve been noodling on all… Continue Reading

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Column: My 4-H journey led me to learn responsibility, start a business, work to educate others

BY REAGAN VAUGHAN VIRGINIA BEACH — The idea of a 10 year old taking care of a 740-pound animal would seem bizarre to an outsider’s eye – especially with the amount of responsibility and accountability a child would have to… Continue Reading

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Editorial: Restore local ownership to save The Virginian-Pilot

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — The coming move of The Virginian-Pilot’s newsroom from South Hampton Roads to the Peninsula is a culmination of events that reflect not only technological change but how journalism is devalued in our divisive digital culture.… Continue Reading

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Column: After scheduling a school year’s start on Rosh Hashana, Virginia Beach should consider its growing religious diversity

BY ERIC MICHAEL MAZUR Virginia Beach Schools Superintendent Dr. Aaron Spence on Friday, Jan. 30, sent a letter to “Virginia Beach City Public School Jewish Community Families” because the first day of school for the 2021-2022 academic year will fall… Continue Reading

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Us: Mark Michielsen of VFW Back Bay Post 1211

Ed. — The Independent News asked people to write about lessons from their military service, past or present, and most responses ran this summer and are now online at our website. To read the previous works from this series, please search… 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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Column: In life, there is a time to coach and a time to encourage

BY CORTNEY MORSE DOUCETTE PUNGO — I have an 11 year old who loves soccer. She wants to be Megan Rapinoe or Alex Morgan. I want her to build confidence and learn the virtues of focus and tenacity.  She had two games… Continue Reading