Though we lose an independent editorial and reporting voice with the "merger" of these two papers, I'm glad to see that, for now, both the Loudoun Independent and the Loudoun Times-Mirror will continue to publish. I feel it's not for long, though. With any continued contraction in the print media market, the new owners likely will completely do away with one paper or the other. In fact, I'd say it's simply a matter of time until the new entity merges the two papers into one.
Best of luck to them!