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War Madness

July 25, 2014 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on War Madness
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The Dying Gaul

By John P. Flannery

In a world that prefers to war, can’t get enough of it, innocents are killed, and those senseless incidents in turn provoke more war.

It happened in the Ukraine and the testosterone is running high. Ukraine calls to the West to put up or shut up with military force, not just economic sanctions. The US saber rattles in response. Partisans insist we must do more.

It could be as “simple” an error in the Ukraine as giving the separatist “freedom fighters” weapons that they should never have had. The Russians entrusted these weapons in the Ukraine conflict. They thought they’d trained them no doubt. When the plane went down, the “freedom fighters” said they’d downed a military transport. When they found out otherwise, the separatists went dark. The United States weighs giving these weapons to other “freedom fighters” in Syria. … Continue Reading

Good News – Virginia Budget Passed

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I hope folks have heard the good news that Virginia has passed a two-year budget, and passed it without allowing our new governor to force Medicaid expansion on Virginia. Disaster averted!

Trust me; opting out of Medicaid was the right decision for all people in Virginia, rich or poor. The more I learn about Medicaid, it is clear that, like other welfare programs, it adds a huge burden to working folks while it squanders their money in a vast bureaucratic system with woefully inferior results.

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T-Mac Does an O’Bama

June 24, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on T-Mac Does an O’Bama
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Everyone by now has heard that the Virginia Legislature was able to pass a budget without medicaid expansion. This has infuriated the Governor who has declared he will veto only that which he doesn’t like and proceed with O’Bama’s plan, despite the unconstitutionality of his veto.

It all gets a little arcane. However succinctly put, the Governor cannot unilaterally decouple the conditions placed on the spending bill from the money or the other way around, the money from direction on how to spend the money. Basically, the T-Mac is like the teenager who is given money and told to go to the store and buy very specific items and then gets mad because he’s not given the discretion to spend it on what he wants. … Continue Reading

De-couple Medicaid Expansion from the Commonwealth’s Budget

June 11, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on De-couple Medicaid Expansion from the Commonwealth’s Budget
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At a September 25, 2103, debate sponsored by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, then Mr. McAuliffe declared, “No budget will be shut down in Virginia over the Medicaid expansion.”

Mr. McAuliffe also said on the campaign trail that ‘These things should never be used as bargaining chips for our budget.’ I agree with Mr. McAuliffe, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s budget should not be held hostage for a liberal agenda of expanding Obamacare in Virginia. … Continue Reading

There’s a New Gang in Town – And Isn’t It Time?

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For many, the recent town-wide elections in Purcellville present all of western Loudoun with a significant opportunity to launch a more citizen-focused future.

On July 1 there will be a new mayor and a decidedly different balance of power on the Purcellville Town Council, as four new members with fresh policy views join the group.

Growth is here and will continue. But, the question of exactly where that growth will occur, whom it will benefit and who will pay for it now has the opportunity to be answered – out in the open. … Continue Reading

Bed and Breakfasts – Boon or Threat to the Rural Economy?

June 3, 2014 Editorial, Opinion 3 comments
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By Malcolm and Pamela Baldwin

Breaking news, in case you missed it: the Board of Supervisors has created new rules for bed-and-breakfast establishments in Loudoun, among them an increase in the number and frequency of events – such as weddings – B&Bs are allowed to host on their properties. At the same time, the board also tightened fire safety, building code and health-related requirements for the B&Bs themselves and any separate event buildings on their properties. Overall, the board and the B&B community view the changes as a boon to Loudoun’s rural economy, which increasingly depends on tourism. Some, however, see B&Bs as actual threats to that same rural economy, with the Piedmont Environmental Council, a long-standing advocate for rural amenities and landscapes, leading the opposition. But, Loudoun’s Rural Economic Development Council representing farmers, rural businesses, horticulturalists, the arts, wineries, B&Bs, and park and recreation advocates, strongly favored the new B&B measures. So who is right? … Continue Reading

Medicaid Expansion Doesn’t Make Financial Sense

May 19, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Medicaid Expansion Doesn’t Make Financial Sense
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I am a fifteen year-old from Round Hill. I have heard quite a few people discussing the controversial issue of Medicaid expansion recently, and one thing that I do not understand is why most people do not know that much about the subject. On one side, you have the group of people who favor Medicaid’s expansion, thinking that it will be for the benefit of everyone in Virginia if all can enjoy affordable care. On the other side of the argument, there are the people who think that Medicaid expansion doesn’t make any financial sense, believing that the Medicaid budget will be paid through ridiculously high taxes once the government withdraws support of the plan. … Continue Reading

Virginia Still Doesn’t Have a Budget

May 19, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Virginia Still Doesn’t Have a Budget
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With less than six weeks to the new fiscal year, Virginia still doesn’t have a budget. Why? Governor McAuliffe is holding it hostage unless the legislature signs onto the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. He is willing to carry out his fiscal scorched earth campaign upon the citizens of the Commonwealth if he can’t get his no-limit credit card to the Obama and Hillary progressive fantasyland.

The Governor is using the state budget as leverage, threatening to take Virginia over the fiscal cliff on June 30 if he doesn’t get his way. This has become more than an adolescent temper tantrum, he is holding hostage essential services including funding for schools, teachers, roads, law enforcement, local governments, colleges and universities. … Continue Reading

Medicaid Russian Roulette

May 19, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Medicaid Russian Roulette
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This budget game of Russian Roulette that Gov. Terry McAuliffe is playing with the General Assembly over the Medicaid expansion issue is now causing real financial panic by our local governments.

Because of this Medicaid impasse, more than $10 Billion in expected state aid that makes up three-fourths of local budget revenue is being held hostage by our political leaders in Richmond. … Continue Reading

Medicaid Russian Roulette

May 13, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Medicaid Russian Roulette
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This budget game of Russian Roulette that Gov. Terry McAuliffe is playing with the General Assembly over the Medicaid expansion issue is now causing real financial panic by our local governments.

Because of this Medicaid impasse, more than $10 Billion in expected state aid that makes up three-fourths of local budget revenue is being held hostage by our political leaders in Richmond. … Continue Reading

Immensely Grateful

May 13, 2014 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Immensely Grateful
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I am immensely grateful to my family, friends, and supporters who so generously contributed their time and effort to my campaign. It was inspiring and enjoyable to meet so many residents of Purcellville during the campaign, which further affirmed that my message was their message. You took the time to share with me your ideas, your concerns, your aspirations, and I appreciate your willingness to share what matters most to you.

Going forward, we need to take a coordinated look at our community and work together in the best interests of our citizens. We must to be pro-active and not re-active. We need to continue to fight against development that does not truly benefit our community or truly contribute positively to our local economy. We must work in partnership with our county and state legislatures to obtain our fair share of county and state tax dollars. As a town we need to be better communicators and we need to be more transparent with your tax dollars and strive for a sound financial foundation, which will help grow our local economy and provide the funds to meet the needs of our residents. … Continue Reading

Thank You, Citizens of Purcellville

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I’d like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to all the residents of Purcellville for their wonderful support during my campaign for mayor.

It was very rewarding to meet you and to have the chance to hear your feedback as I campaigned door to door. Ultimately, the decision to run was mine alone, but I could not have done it without the support, dedication, and counsel of you, the citizens of Purcellville. And, for that, I am deeply grateful.

I look forward to working hard, every day, to earn your continued trust, and I welcome your additional feedback as we go forward, together, to make our community a place of which we can all be proud. … Continue Reading

Will the Voter’s Changing Mood Express Itself on May 6?

April 30, 2014 Columns, View From the Ridge Comments Off on Will the Voter’s Changing Mood Express Itself on May 6?
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Interesting …
Businesses and homeowners in Purcellville took up the cause of parents to the east, west, north and south fighting to save their small schools.

If you drove through the village of Hamilton to the east and the village of Lincoln to the south you saw signs of every kind demanding to “Save Lincoln Elementary,” “Vote For Kids,” “Save Hamilton Elementary,” and “Small Schools = No New Debt.” And, then those same signs started popped up in Purcellville proper. And, then there was a very-well attended school board meeting on Monday, April 21, followed by a 6-3 vote on Tuesday, April 22 which settled, for now, whether these small community-based schools would close. And, the answer was, NO. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

Asterisk No More

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Moods come and go, but greatness endures.” These prescient words were uttered by President George H.W. Bush, a man who knows firsthand the truth of his own saying. In 1992, President Bush garnered only 37 percent of …

Second Bull Run

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It may not have been a battle, but – seeing as how it was my second attempt at getting a good look at Bull Run Creek – coupled with the fact that I’m a native Northerner – I felt a …

Snowmageddon III?  Seven Survival Tips for Parents

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. “snOMG,” “snowmageddon,” “snowpocalypse,” and “kaisersnoze” are a few terms to describe what just happened in Northern Virginia. The storm was reported to be the second worst storm on record. And while many children and teens gladly …

What Is a Sport?

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By Mary Rose Lunde On January 10, hundreds of talented dancers from across the East Coast competed at the Universal Dance Academy Regional Championship at West Springfield High School. Tensions were high and the stakes couldn’t have been greater. What …

Six Things to Know to Weather a Market Downturn

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It’s natural to be nervous when the markets head for negative territory. Keep a positive perspective with these six investing reminders. It can be very unsettling for investors when their portfolios and the markets start heading for the red and …

El Nino Evolution

Figure 3. Sea-surface height as inferred by by NASA satellites during the current El Niño (December 27, 2015, at left, from Jason-2) and at a comparable point during the last “super” El Niño (December 28, 1997, at right, from TOPEX/Poseidon). Warmer temperatures in the upper ocean result in higher sea-surface heights, as the seawater expands. In 1997, the above-average sea surface height was generally more intense and peaked in November. In 2015, the area of high sea levels was less pronounced but considerably broader. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. (see [4])

Figure 1 shows the annual global temperature anomaly since 1980 up to November 2015 using the NASA GISS data set [1]. NASA has not yet published December’s data though BEST has [2] and yes 2015 was the hottest year on …

Editorial

Grief and Greed

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By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …

Op-ed

Oh No, It’s the Christians!

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By Nicholas Reid In the hours and days following every massacre perpetrated by radical Muslims, there is one unifying theme across most news coverage of the massacre, wherever it may …

Dear Editor

Job Well Done!

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Kudos to Town Manager Rob Lohr and his awesome hard working staff. You did a fantastic job of snow removal throughout the Town of Purcellville this past week. Mr. Lohr …

View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input …

Student News

Four Scouts Achieve Eagle Scout Rank

3 Feb 2016

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Joel Gicker, Kyle Siecker, Sam Soltis and David Watson achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at Blue Ridge Bible Church in Purcellville on January 9. The four Eagles are members of Troop 711 of …

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8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Calendar

February 2016
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Loudoun Valley Boys Basketball Spirit Night at Coach's Corner

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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5K Race to Benefit Riverside High School Athletic Department

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Music Together Classes - Winter Session

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Gallery Coffeehouse: READERS THEATRE "LOVE LETTERS" BY A. R. GURNEY

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Mad Cap Puppets: UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

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LAST HAM STANDING COMEDY IMPROV

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CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT: Year Of The Monkey

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Loudoun Symphony presents A LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

Gallery Coffeehouse: THE COMEDY CULT IMPROV

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theatre, 100 Lunches" by Jack Sharkey & Leo Sears

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Lifestyle

Creation and Evolution in Native American Spirituality

9 Feb 2016

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In celebration of Evolution Weekend, an annual event led by clergy to encourage serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science, St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville has invited Roger and Deborah “Turtle” Swartz to guide a discussion of traditional Native American Spirituality and its wisdom in celebrating human relationship to the earth. In a …

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Run and Walk To Your Nearest 5K Pregame Event Happening on Super Bowl Day In Leesburg

3 Feb 2016

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There is a new Running Company, the Pace Makers Running Company, in town and they are on a mission to help the local population with their health goals while raising money for selected charities. The race at The National Conference Center in Leesburg on February 7, is to help benefit the Riverside High School Athletic Department. The upcoming race on …

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Lovin’ Leesburg for All Its Beauty

3 Feb 2016

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By Hannah Hager We may be in the thick of winter, but this home on Cherry Spring Lane will melt your heart. Come spring you’ll fully be able to enjoy this simple, yet elegant brick home and its surrounding green pastures enclosed by miles of black wooden fences. Beyond your immediate yard are sweeping views of the mountains and valleys …

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Around Virginia

Education Savings Accounts Make Big Move in House

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The Virginia House of Delegates gave a strong push to House Bill 389, Delegate Dave LaRock’s (R-33rd District) innovative Education Savings Account legislation, as the House Education Committee voted 13-9 in favor of advancing the bill forward. “This is definitely an exciting development for parents and students in the Commonwealth,” …

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Kaine to Hold Hearing on Opioid Abuse

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On Monday, February 1, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, will hold a field hearing in Loudoun County to examine the ongoing fight against opioid misuse and abuse among older Americans. Kaine has met with families, law enforcement and business leaders across Virginia …

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Youth Can Apply for 2015 Livestock Exhibitor Scholarships

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Youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2015 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program are eligible to apply for 12 new scholarships being offered by the State Fair of Virginia. Scholarships will be offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate …

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Sports

Western Loudon Volleyball Club “Hitmen” Team Finishes Second

3 Feb 2016

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The Western Loudon Volleyball Club U14 boys team, called the “Hitmen,” finished second in a tournament held January 17. This is the first ever boys team for the WLVBC (and only the second boys club in the area). Coach Allan Kotmel led the seven-member team. WLVBC started eight years ago, …

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ODFC West Travel Soccer Program Shines

2 Dec 2015

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The Old Dominion Football Club West boys and girls middle school travel soccer program scored big the weekend of November 21 and 22.  The girls Quest Premier 22 team took home the championship in the U12 Girls Premier Division of the Hunt Country Classic located in Fauquier County. The boys …

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