• We Think: School Board Schizophrenia

    We Think: School Board Schizophrenia

    March 22, 2017. This week the Loudoun County School Board showed leadership — almost. The unanimous vote to terminate the continuous employment of Dominion High School principal John Brewer was decisive and, we believe, correct. It signaled the board’s belief that leadership starts at the top, and that principals are accountable for what goes wrong in their schools. And

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  • We Think: County Board Stewardship

    We Think: County Board Stewardship

    March 22, 2017. Loudoun County’s annual budgeting process has never been without controversy, but this year’s has been the most exceptional in memory for things done right. It helps when the local economy is sound and tax revenue is up, but that doesn’t diminish what we believe was the crafting of a fiscally responsible FY 2018 budget that advances the quality

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  • We Think: Anti-Semitism Rears Its Ugly Head

    We Think: Anti-Semitism Rears Its Ugly Head

    February 22, 2017. Our nation is experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of overt, hateful, anti-Jewish acts. They’re called examples of anti-Semitism, but that term continues to elude the public’s embrace of a single definition and often gets comingled with discussions of anti-Zionism and Israel that distract from the underlying point. We’re calling these acts anti-Jewish here

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  • We Think: Loudoun Students Protest

    We Think: Loudoun Students Protest

    February 14, 2017. Last Friday, a few hundred Loudoun County high school students used the last period of the day – for some a study hall period – to register their opposition to President Donald Trump’s immigration order and perhaps other things. In an effort known to and managed by LCPS school officials, they walked out and,

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  • We Think: The Trump Watch

    We Think: The Trump Watch

    January 20, 2017. The 45th president of the United States was inaugurated today, inheriting a fractured nation along with the unique opportunity to be a healer. Or not. It’s President Trump’s watch now. Barack Obama took office eight years ago calling for hope and change, and dazzling the nation with his rhetoric. But it’s hard to mount a convincing argument that America is a kinder, gentler and stronger

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  • We Think: So Early, So Wrong

    We Think: So Early, So Wrong

    January 10, 2017. The 2017 Leesburg Town Council, under newly-elected Mayor Kelly Burk, is off to an inauspicious start. We’ve heard grumblings about poor communication and divisiveness before the new Council even got started, and the way it selected Hugh Forsythe to fill a vacancy will surely add fuel to the fire. The Tribune addressed this in an article published today.

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