Croll: Got pain? Break Up with Sugar

I’m having my left hip replaced this week because of a degenerative bone condition with which I was diagnosed 17 years ago. I was in enough pain last June to have my hip replaced then, but my stubborn “I’ll tough it out” attitude, a demanding home life and two pre-paid summer vacations resulted in me scheduling the surgery for mid-November when it would be less disruptive. At the time, five months didn’t seem like a long time to wait.

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Why School Board Elections Matter This Year (A Lot)

Whether or not you have children enrolled in Loudoun County Public Schools, the upcoming general election is an important one. At least six of the nine seated School Board members will be new since six current board members, myself included, are not running for re-election. It takes five votes to pass any legislation, policies or other action items so the new School Board will likely have a tremendous impact on the future of public education in our county. The quality of our schools attracts not only homeowners but businesses like Amazon and Google.

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A Call for Collaborators in Education

A few years back, I learned of an incident at a private school in McLean where a teen student who identifies as white shared a picture on a group chat headlined “Black Lives Matter” Olympics. The events depicted in the image showed individuals engaged in criminal activities and an obvious smear of the social justice movement. Another student, who identifies as black, on the same chat thankfully, spoke out and acknowledged that he found both the picture and sender to be “racist or, at minimum, of a racist nature.”

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