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Column: Learning to speak the new language of the novel coronavirus

BY LISA VERSPRILLE BURKETT SANDBRIDGE — I was talking to a friend on the phone recently when I realized we were speaking a new language – Covid.   Rather, our vocabulary contained words and phrases used in a new way: words that… Continue Reading

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Worth Reading: On Pulitzer-winner Chernow’s biography of Hamilton

BY CORTNEY MORSE DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography of the Founding Father, is a must read for American history enthusiasts, particularly those who may have overlooked this giant of the American finance system while he stood… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Plant a tree for a healthy ecosystem — or just a nice spot to nap

Ed. — This originally ran in the Sunday, Aug. 23, print edition. BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — I woke up from a nap the other day, after reading about trees, and I had a visceral feeling of being tethered to the atmosphere… Continue Reading

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Column: I am Christian and Republican, and I am voting for Joe Biden

BY REED HOWARD VIRGINIA BEACH — I believe in the founding principles of America. I want to preserve our Constitution and make true the promises in our Declaration of Independence. In high school, I volunteered for Republican candidates because they spoke passionately… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Finding The Indy’s voter guide in print, next year’s publication dates

  BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY — I have extra copies of our voter guide, which includes Q&As with candidates for City Council and School Board in Virginia Beach. I usually print extra of this voter guide, one of the most popular… Continue Reading

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Column: A word about apples — and varieties of a fall favorite

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH — Nothing seems more American than apple pie – unless it is either apples packed into school lunches or spiced apple cider on Halloween.   Apples are such a part of our national identity that it’s hard… Continue Reading

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Notebook: Virginia Beach GOP backs candidates in nonpartisan local races; Wagner has fundraising edge in mayor’s race

Ed. — From the Sunday, Sept. 20, print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — The Republican Party of Virginia Beach recently endorsed a number of candidates in nonpartisan local races on the general election ballot this year.  The endorsed candidates… Continue Reading

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Notebook: Curtis tops Frost in second vote to be new chair of city GOP; VBEA-PACE endorsements; don’t vote twice, NC peeps

Ed. — This first appeared in the Sunday, Sept. 6, print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — The new chairperson of the Republican Party of Virginia Beach is Bill Curtis, a financial resources manager for the Navy and retired naval… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Plant a tree for a healthy ecosystem — or just a nice spot to nap

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — I woke up from a nap the other day, after reading about trees, and I had a visceral feeling of being tethered to the atmosphere by my lungs and breath. There is a bubble of air around… Continue Reading

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Column: City decisions about land use have real consequences for farms and rural communities

BY KAREN BEARDSLEE KWASNY VIRGINIA BEACH — Weather wreaks havoc on farmland?   So, too, do city decisions.   It’s a bit overwhelming — the myriad articles about the way our ever-changing climate affects our farmland.   A quick look at… Continue Reading