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Thursday, June 14, marks Flag Day, celebrating the resolution adopted by the Continental Congress “that the flag of the United States shall be of thirteen stripes of alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white in a blue field, representing the new constellation.”

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Last week, the Virginia legislature, with my support, took several major steps forward. First, we agreed to expand Medicaid, health insurance for disabled and low-income Americans. Now, more than 36,000 people in the 36th Senate District receive their health care from Medicaid.  This include…

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As one of 21 Republicans in Virginia’s closely-divided state Senate, Fauquier’s Sen. Jill Vogel could have made a big statement last week by stepping out in strong support of Medicaid expansion, a change that will open the federal health-care program for the poor to an estimated 1,600 low-income residents of Fauquier County.

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The nation was left reeling once again this week after another spasm of gun violence left nine students and one substitute teacher dead and another 10 people wounded, including one of the two armed police officers who walked the halls of Santa Fe High School in Texas. 

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Truly, I am astonished the Prince William County Board of Supervisors approved yet another development in an area that simply cannot handle more homes and more kids in a high school that functions in an environment that I consider dangerous.  It isn't a joke when I say that if, G-d forbid th…

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A free press was foremost on our founders’ minds at the country’s founding. This is hardly surprising. Pamphlets and newspapers had been instrumental in unifying the colonies in the war for independence. They recognized the Constitution provided the mechanism for the nation to run, but public opinion was the driving force for the nation’s success.

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I am an educator and live in the Brentsville district. I became interested in our county budget process after noticing other school districts were making their school employees a priority in their proposed budgets. I didn’t see that happening within Prince William County Public Schools’ budg…

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U.S. 1’s revitalization, called Embark, is generating some legitimate questions about the future of affordable housing for current and future members of our community.  The first part of the Embark plan envisions building fourteen miles of bus rapid transit and extending the Yellow Line to H…

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A Winchester Star editorial singled out state Sen. Jill Vogel this week, admonishing her to "stand firm" in her opposition to Medicaid expansion when the General Assembly reconvenes April 11 to hammer out a state budget, a task lawmakers failed to accomplish before adjourning March 10.

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Hundreds of students at the area’s middle and high schools joined nationwide demonstrations against gun violence March 14 to mark the one-month anniversary of the fatal shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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At the start of her campaign to unseat longtime Delegate Bob Marshall, Ms. Danica Roem stated that her openly transgender status, “shouldn’t be a big deal” and that she would be concerned with, “residents not special interests.”

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Veterans in Virginia can trust Ed Gillespie to work hard for them and their families when he is elected Virginia’s next governor. That’s why I am voting for Ed, and I encourage you to do the same on Nov. 7.

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Virginians will elect a new governor next Tuesday. This is a closely watched election, one of only two in the nation. The outcome will have a critical impact on education, transportation and health care.

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On Sept. 5, I brought forward a resolution to the Prince William County Board of Supervisors to condemn the horrendous acts that occurred in Charlottesville and recommend the renaming of Confederate symbols in Prince William County.

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If there was ever a time for us to listen to Joseph Pulitzer, it’s right about now, what with the smaller, and we predict, faster, pages you’ll see in today's newspaper.

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My wife and I bought a home in Gainesville back in 2015. We chose to live in a beautifully landscaped community that made it easy for us and our adopted (former foster) daughter to make a long-term commitment to the area.

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So many people want to discuss, debate and argue about what route should be used for Dominion Energy’s Haymarket transmission line and substation project. This is understandable. Affected residents and businesses are trying to protect their homesteads and properties. Dominion Energy and its …

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In her July 5 letter to the editor “Enough with the Vint Hill rezoning,” Joyce Ferrara writes that while Vint Hill has been an asset for Fauquier residents, she has been “disheartened” to learn that Vint Hill Village, LLC, plans to add 1,500 new homes.

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In reference to the Dec. 5 article “"Coal ash water treatment suspended at Possum Point," Mr. Principi aced it when he said "It's all about selenium."

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Prince William’s proposed 13th high school, slated to open in Bristow in 2021, was in the news this week after the board of supervisors offered the school board an extra $10.6 million to choose the so-called PRICE design instead of the older and smaller model used for the county’s ninth and …

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In reference to the Dec. 5 article “"Coal ash water treatment suspended at Possum Point," Mr. Principi aced it when he said "It's all about selenium."

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Thank you for the great story you did on the Possum Point coal pond issue. If it wasn't for your story I would not have know that the treatment of the water had stopped last September.

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After this election, we continue to be a nation divided by a polarized political perspective. The contrasting elements of the Republican and Democratic parties have been encouraged by the media around us. This idea snowballs as we are shown more contrasting concepts and consequently become l…