McPoland: Remembering History, Duty and Sacrifice

The statue in memory of Loudoun’s Confederate soldiers on the courthouse grounds serves as a reminder of the sacrifices and sense of duty by Loudoun men and their families. They responded to the call to defend Virginia at a time when loyalty to particular states was equal to or greater than the concept of a national union. In the mid-1800s we were essentially “these United States,” a collection of states. Like our soldiers today and in many other conflicts, mostly young men during 1861-1865 died and suffered because of a sense of duty and honor to a perceived greater cause.

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McNerney: Starting the School Year on the Right Foot

Chapter 9 of my book, “Homework – A Parent’s Guide To Helping Out Without Freaking Out!,” was actually written by a group of 7th graders. I was invited to my son’s English class to teach them about the writing process. It became a great opportunity for me to understand the minds of middle schoolers and what they want from their parents.

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