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Column: Differing General Assembly approaches to Medicaid expansion

BY J.R. HOEFT CHESAPEAKE — In Virginia, we ask 141 people of tremendous skill – and tremendous ego – to come to an agreement after a period of only sixty days on thousands of bills, how to collect and spend tens… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Benefits of a beloved fowl mean it might just be time for a chicken in every Virginia Beach yard

BY J.D. WILSON VIRGINIA BEACH — Why did the chicken cross the road?  To rule the world, of course.  There are some 20 billion chickens in the world, plus or minus a few. This dwarfs any other bird species. Next in… Continue Reading

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Column: In the wake of Florida shooting, a promise to act in the name of preventing gun violence

Ed. – The following is adapted from remarks delivered last month at Town Center during a vigil organized by local members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School… Continue Reading

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Hoeft: We have much in common, Virginia Beach — and much to discuss

BY J.R. HOEFT CHESAPEAKE — We live in an era that seems to reward the sound bite and the tweet. The more staccato and abrasive you are with your language, the more you are rewarded with attention. I am not that… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: I learned to love the land, what it gives us — and sustaining it

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — I can still remember the smells of my first garden back home in small town Indiana. I walked into the garden, saltshaker in hand. I was heading to the big boy tomatoes. My bare feet remember the… Continue Reading

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Column: Celebrating the season of engagements while avoiding stress

BY KENDRA LOUKA PUNGO — Valentine’s Day surely rerouted the planned paths for some people. Only two years ago, the U.S Census Bureau reported $2.6 billion in jewelry merchandise sales in February.  Such as engagement rings.  Valentine’s Day is a marked… Continue Reading

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Column: A football upbringing leads to enduring gridiron appreciation

BY LISA VERSPRILLE BURKETT VIRGINIA BEACH — I am in front of the television for hours on Saturdays during the fall. I’m a college football fanatic. I can watch any team play – usually not rooting for any particular team but hoping… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Sustainable farming practices help prevent erosion

“A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself” — Franklin D. Roosevelt “Civilization itself rests upon the soil” — Thomas Jefferson. BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — Providence Canyon State Park near Lumpkin, Ga., is called Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon. It takes… Continue Reading

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Us: Dr. D. Alex Bergren, principal of Princess Anne Middle School

What can we do in the New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY D. ALEX BERGREN Perhaps this is the kind of thing one would expect to hear from an educator, but the path… Continue Reading

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Us: Chona Santander O’Galvin, a contributor to The Independent News

What can we do in the New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY CHONA SANTANDER O’GALVIN Being an American in 2017 was beyond disheartening. During these divided times, it’s hard to feel like anything… Continue Reading