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Voting Rights

Going to bed on election night it looked as if President Trump might win the election. But as the mail-in ...
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This Thanksgiving, let’s embrace a resilient new tradition

For a holiday grounded in tradition, this Thanksgiving is going to feel unsettling: face masks, socially distanced gatherings around an ...
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Thank you for volunteering

During this COVID-19 crisis, our entire community faces many challenges. This difficult period revealed more than ever the indispensable role ...
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Historic Election?

“In this historic election.” How many times have you heard this over the past two weeks? In truth, there are ...
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A one-man and his merry band’s show of destruction and decimation

Our Interim Town Manager (ITM) Matt Tederick is a very tricky individual. He is also a great manipulator. He also ...
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A little tribute to Happy Creek, Front Royal VA

Unplanned, as we took our morning walk to Happy Creek, musician Richard Lockhart was singing on a picnic table with ...
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Local Housing Market and Short-Term Rentals – An Open Letter to the BOS

I frequently read about and see with regularity the volume of CUPs (Conditional Use Permits) requested for short term rentals ...
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Save Happy Creek Coalition seeks public support in efforts to alter Town plan

Greetings from the member organizations of the Save Happy Creek Coalition (see signature for complete list). Some of us are ...
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Historical vs. Memorial

Instead of looking at the history of the Civil War monuments, which seems to be a big contention to some ...
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A perspective on the Town Council’s view of creek stabilization – Time to catch up with the 21st Century

During the November 9 Town Council meeting, Melody Hotek, president of the Front Royal/Warren County Tree Stewards was assured by ...
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Thoughts on the Happy Creek Stop Order

Oh, boy! Isn’t this miscommunication between County and Town getting a little tiresome? It’s almost like two bullies on the ...
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Blindness or Ignorance?

It is so hard to fathom that people will overlook expository evidence of lying, cover-ups, and misinformation! To believe one ...
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‘Praise’ for interim town manager’s vision of a new ‘Rock-land’ devoid of life

We owe our “temporary” Town Manager a special “thanks” for getting rid of those troublesome trees. Green, leafy, alive – ...
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Front Royal/Warren County Tree Stewards express concerns of wrongful tree removal

In reference to Royal Examiner’s story on October 30, 2020: “The Town of Front Royal Public Works….. to perform channel ...
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Front Royal Unite’s statement on Warren County’s Question 3 results

The results of Question 3 mark the beginning—not the end—of the debate on Front Royal’s Confederate statue. They do not ...
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Reflections on monuments

As a Virginian with pretty deep roots in the state and more than a few Confederate ancestors, I get the ...
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National Unity

With the election this week, I want to address an issue I have heard from both sides but which has ...
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Memorials: A prominent place for honoring

For four decades we served our country, nearly 22 years stationed overseas. In many countries we visited memorials honoring those ...
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Political stereotyping by Republicans called out by Democratic reader

I met a Republican the other day who said he was left-handed. Employing the logic of the Republican Party, I ...
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We cannot afford to leave out truth

Let me begin by saying I am not a politician, nor am I running for any local office. What I ...
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There is a more appropriate place to honor the statue soldiers than in front of the Warren County Courthouse

I have to say that I am proud of Front Royal and all its citizens that are having a peaceful, ...
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Justice is a must – EDA scandal not to be forgotten

Warren County has experienced and been violated through a $21M embezzlement that appears to have extended roots beyond the EDA.  ...
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Thoughts on the Confederate statue removal at the Warren County Courthouse

To the Editor: On August 4, Tony Carter, a member of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, offered a motion ...
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Reader asks ‘What Heritage’

You say it is your heritage, not hate. But what is your heritage, if not hate? What do you call ...
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Response to Mr. Bianchini’s Oct 22 letter and the Courthouse Statue

I certainly believe there has been racial inequality in our history but am aware of no such instances in Warren ...
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A Perhaps Futile Search for a Middle Ground on the Confederate Soldier Statue

(Royal Examiner reporter/editor Roger Bianchini’s response to Gary Kushner’s Oct. 22 Letter to the Editor) Having butted heads philosophically in ...
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Gary Kushner asks ‘Who is Racist’ in Confederate statue debate

Courthouse Statue, Oct. 20 BOS meeting discussion On Front Royal Unites (FRU) Facebook page, Laura Lee Cascada posted on Oct ...
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Supreme Court Nominations

As if 2020 has not been bad enough, with just a few weeks before the presidential election, the beloved Supreme ...
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Don’t just ask about us

The Examiner’s decision to scrutinize the cost of police presence at Front Royal Unites’ recent racial justice events begs the ...
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Front Royal Unites (FRU) birthday celebration for George Floyd

I conducted a one-man counter-demonstration to that event on the bridge on October 14, 2020, and have received criticism for ...
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