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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

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Farmer John: Searching for balance in our world, systems that produce our food

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — We experienced the fall equinox on Monday, Sept. 23. The Earth was poised between light and dark, day and night. Now, on our side of the planet, we are heading more toward night, toward dark.  We… Continue Reading

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Column: A family trip to the waterpark slides one parent toward a milestone

BY ADAM JONES VIRGINIA BEACH — Gone are the days of neighborhood playgrounds and trips to the zoo that once captured my two daughters’ imaginations. As preteens. their entertainment tastes have matured to the summertime excitement of theme parks and go-carts.… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Our local newspaper of record, and the political ads to come

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — This past month, there was some discussion by Virginia Beach officials about The Virginian-Pilot changing its arrangement with the city in regards to publishing City Council agendas prior to meetings. For years, The Pilot has done… Continue Reading

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Editorial: Hansen’s departure is more complicated than some outlets say

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Some news outlets falsely reported that the recent resignation of Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen resulted from how the city has faced the mass shooting at the municipal center. “Virginia Beach official resigns over mass… Continue Reading

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Column: On an early morning run, an encounter with two entangled birds

BY CORTNEY MORSE DOUCETTE PUNGO — Sometimes my 11-year-old daughter and I get up early to go run. Actually, she runs. I walk.  It’s barely light when we’re out, so we drive to the middle school she will soon attend and… Continue Reading