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September 25th is the birthday of the U.S. Constitution

Our Bill of Rights was approved by the Continental Congress 231 years ago today. It is the peoples’ protection, our ...
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4-H Center is a hidden gem

It has been a pleasure this summer to discover a hidden gem just outside Front Royal with the Blue Ridge ...
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Historical Boycotts

It is often said that words matter.  Historically speaking, this is often seen by using a particular word to connect ...
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Council candidate Rappaport responds to Holloway reading of Town stance on FRPD debt

The following is my rebuttal to the Front Royal Town Council’s insistence that they do not have a Moral Obligation ...
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Historical Policing

One question I like to ask my students is who are the greatest American presidents?  After I gather the list ...
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Bonnie Gabbert responds to Tony Carter on Recall Petition

I would like to address the August 8, 2020, BOS meeting in which Tony Carter brought up the Removal Petition ...
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Guest Commentary: Front Royal, a stationary island as the Tourism revenue stream floats by

In 2013 the author wrote: “Front Royal as an island. ‘Watching the river go by from the head of an ...
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Political Celebrities

Now that the national conventions are over, it is time for the Republicans to comment on the number of Hollywood ...
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Walking Mall Weekend – proposed traffic flow/parking work-around

To the Front Royal Business Community, I hope everyone had a great weekend, even with the bad weather that rolled ...
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When our Senators are afoul of Law

No sooner had the ink dried on my editorial (Winchester Star, August 28) than I see Virginia’s Senate provides a ...
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Pray for our sheriff’s deputies

The importance of prayer is much greater than most of us realize. Prayer is powerful and can change events. Prayer ...
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Commentary: One perspective on the Confederate soldier statue debate

First, I want to congratulate the citizens of Warren County on having a civil conversation on whether to remove the ...
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Keep East Main Street weekend walking mall in place – for people and shelter animals

Regarding the request of “the few” who are calling for a reopening of Front Royal’s East Main Street to traffic ...
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Service Above Self

“Service Above Self.” This motto was coined by Rotarian Frank Collins when he was asked to address participants at the ...
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A Task Force is needed to investigate the EDA and Warren County’s finances

Millions of dollars are presumed lost or stolen, possibly in assets or stashed in off-shore accounts. Do we, the taxpayers, ...
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Our community needs the weekend walking mall

Letter to the Mayor and Town Council: My name is Arline Link with Explore Art & Clay @ The Kiln ...
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How are you handling stress?

Are you feeling stressed? You are not alone if you answer yes. It could be argued that we are living ...
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Statue removal: At whose expense?

I have read the petitions for and against the removal and relocation of the memorial on the Warren County courthouse ...
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District 29: Thank you, to everyone who came out yesterday and cast their votes

Friends, Thank you, to everyone who came out yesterday and cast their votes for me.  I am truly humbled and ...
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Divergent Black Voices

Today I read a post about an article from Fortune magazine that lists 19 Black economists to know and celebrate ...
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Gun laws – Front Royal August 3 Town Council Work Session

The Democrat controlled Virginia legislature passed a law enabling jurisdictions, beginning, July 1, 2020, to control the carrying of firearms ...
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The courthouse soldier’s statue and our history – not as simple as some portray it

I think Mr. Bianchini’s recent article on the Confederate statue/memorial was well written, even if I didn’t agree with everything ...
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Commentary: Is there a better way than targeting the Courthouse lawn Confederate soldier for removal?

Let me open by apologizing for the length of this piece – but I feel at a pivotal point in ...
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‘Drain the Swamp’?

I watched a 32+ minute video of the 21 July Board of Supervisors meeting and was appalled. Many tried and ...
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Revolutions are messy

There are many sayings about revolutions, but my favorite is simply, “Revolutions are messy.” This seems to sum up the ...
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Paul Gabbert apologizes for his miss-speak at last week’s board meeting

To be an idiot or not to be an idiot – That is the proverbial statement I am facing. At ...
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Conflict Resolution – 101: There is a lesson here

The good news for me is that my little book: Ironing It Out: Seven Simple Steps for Resolving Conflict has ...
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Response to Ben Cline on U.S.-Israel alliance

Dear Representative Cline, I write to you as the congressional representative for Warren County. In my letter asking you NOT ...
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Good time for a Back to School Prayer Walk

“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will ...
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Royal Examiner staffer reply to: Retire the ‘Redskins’

The issue of changing the Washington NFL team’s nickname due to racist connotations has arisen previously. And as this reporter/editor ...
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