Etch-A-Sketch Dave LaRock

October 31, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment
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Recent letters by supporters of Dave LaRock have unintentionally revealed why their candidate is so afraid of public debates. In one letter responding to an account of a disturbing tirade about “Sharia law” made by Mr. LaRock at a Back-to-School night, Kristen Kalina first tries to claim that the conversation was “made up,” then offers the sorry admission that it must have taken place in a previous year, “when people were more focused on terrorism.” Her argument seems to be that while it was acceptable to spout off such extreme and ignorant rhetoric back in 2012 or 2011, now that he’s decided to run for public office Mr. LaRock would keep such bigotry to himself – and therefore his intemperate words back then shouldn’t be brought up.

Likewise, Mr. LaRock made some notably hateful and ignorant remarks about Loudoun’s LGBT residents back in 2011 in his attack on another candidate. While it may be true that his extreme anti-gay views were more socially acceptable in 2011 than they are now – and thus are now more likely to harm his campaign – this fact does not excuse or make irrelevant his bigoted remarks. It’s clear that Mr. LaRock has no interest in representing all of his would-be constituents, and bland statements about how he’s (now) focused on “the economy and transportation” do nothing to change this.

Mr. LaRock appears to lack the strength of character to own up to his words: To say either “yes, I said that – and I now realize I was wrong,” or “yes, I said that – and I still believe it,” and let the chips fall where they may. That would at least be honest. Instead, he demands to be shielded from any questions that might undermine the slick “Etch-A-Sketch” version of himself he wishes to present now. The truth is that he has left a trail of extreme rhetoric and hotheaded lawless behavior (willful destruction of private property) that he cannot hide in an open forum not under his complete control. The real Dave LaRock can only appear before his like-minded friends, in private.

David Weintraub
Lovettsville

LCSO Seeks Potential Victims of Lovettsville Based Dog Sitting Service

October 30, 2013 News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Seeks Potential Victims of Lovettsville Based Dog Sitting Service
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is seeking potential victims who used a Lovettsville based dog sitting service and may be unaware items were taken from their home. The suspect in the case, Christina L. Garrett-Gates, 38, operates Christy’s Canine & Pet Care, LLC. In July, a resident in the 38400 block of Kalb School Lane in Lovettsville became aware that prescription medicine was taken from their home while they were out of town. Detectives were able to identify Garrett-Gates as a suspect as the family was utilizing her pet sitting services while they were away. Garrett-Gates was charged in July with Larceny and Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic. Detectives have recently received information that leads them to believe there are additional victims and the suspect may have used her access to their homes to take prescription drugs from their residences. If you believe you were a victim, you are asked to contact Detective C. Staub of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-737-8757.

Clear Choice for 33rd District Delegate

October 30, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Clear Choice for 33rd District Delegate
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This November, voters of the 33rd District have a clear choice between two fundamentally distinct candidates for House of Delegates: Dave LaRock who resoundingly defeated the Republican incumbent in the primary election, and Mary Daniel who just recently entered the race. If campaign conduct has anything to do with how we cast our votes, I prefer the candidate who has remained solidly focused on the issues and who has refrained from finger pointing accusations that have little to do with our main concerns as citizens of the 33rd District, which include but are not limited to taxes, education, traffic, agriculture and standing up to Washington, D.C. … Continue Reading

Climate Discussion with Climate Scientist Jennifer Francis

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Rapid Arctic Warming and Extreme Weather Events in Mid-Latitudes: Are They Connected?

Wednesday – November 6, 2013
Music and Refreshments start at 6:00 p.m. – Program begins at 7:00 p.m.
Music by Tara Linhardt and Buddy Dunlap
Hosted by REHAU
1501 Edwards Ferry Road, NE, Leesburg, VA

Featured speaker: Jennifer Francis, PhD

“Extra heat entering the vast expanses of open water that were once covered in ice is released back to the atmosphere in the fall. This has led to an increase in near-surface, autumn air temperatures of two to five degrees C (3.6 to nine degrees F) over much of the Arctic Ocean during the past decade. All that extra heat being deposited into the atmosphere cannot help but affect the weather, both locally and on a large scale. And there are growing indications that some weather phenomena in recent years — such as prolonged cold spells in Europe, heavy snows in the northeastern U.S. and Alaska, and heat waves in Russia — may be related to Arctic amplification.” Jennifer Francis [1] … Continue Reading

Stop Your War on Women

October 27, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 1 comment
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Mrs. Daniel and her supporters are falsely trying to get voters to believe that Dave LaRock wants to amend Virginia’s constitution and also have women report miscarriages to law enforcement. These messages simply aren’t true. Dave has never supported either of these measures.

In addition, demonstrating the lack of principles of Dave’s opponent and her supporters, these kind of attacks show the eagerness of Democrats to shift the discussion from the real issues that are facing the district and the real problems that matter to them. The facts speak for themselves. … Continue Reading

Halloween Safety Tips

October 27, 2013 News, Public Safety Comments Off on Halloween Safety Tips
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The Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management reminds citizens to stay safe this Halloween by following a few simple tips courtesy of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office:

Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.
Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Always walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat. … Continue Reading

Support Public Education

October 20, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Support Public Education
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Professional educators in district 33 are proud of their service to Clarke, Frederick, and Loudoun’s 100 + public schools, so when I read that candidates for state legislature could potentially dismantle Virginia’s public education system, I’m alarmed. While instructional needs should guide decisions about funding, we see arbitrary tax limits suggested before local school boards even submit requests.

I attended August’s “meet and greet” for Mary Daniel and expressed grave concern for protection of public education funding. Ms. Daniel sensed my frustration and answered me in thoughtful and articulate manner, reassuring me “educational funding should be a priority for the General Assembly.” … Continue Reading

LaRock Will Make Virginia Even Better

October 20, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on LaRock Will Make Virginia Even Better
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Federal gridlock aside, I’m very optimistic about what the future holds for Virginians and Virginia businesses.
Check out the most recent Forbes ranking – Virginia is #1, ranked “Best State for Business.”

I strongly recommend that you give the article a read. It shows how commonsense values like low taxes, minimizing unnecessary regulation, and preserving freedom through things like Virginia’s “Right to Work” laws have helped Virginia thrive, and will continue to do so if we keep pursuing freedom.

Our dependence on the Federal economy could be a setback, but so could a liberal reversal in Richmond. The latter we have a lot more control over, and that’s why I’m encouraging all my friends to vote for Dave LaRock this fall. Dave is a solid businessman who fights for the same values that are already making Virginia great; sending him to Richmond this fall will go a long way toward helping to make Virginia even better.

Jesse Andrews
Lovettsville

One Suspect in Custody in Purcellville Home Invasion

October 20, 2013 News, Public Safety Comments Off on One Suspect in Custody in Purcellville Home Invasion

LCSO Seeks Whereabouts of Second Suspect David C. Russell, Jr.

One suspect is in custody and the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a second suspect in connection with an October 14 home invasion style armed robbery at an apartment in Purcellville. Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit identified and arrested John C. Barwis, 23, of Ashburn on Tuesday on charges of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Barwis is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center without bond. … Continue Reading

No Response from Daniel

October 20, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion 3 comments
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Just as in any election, I prepare myself with questions to ask the candidates that will be serving our community, and this election is no different. I unfortunately missed Mary Daniel as she and her supporters were canvassing through my neighborhood the last weekend in September. I sent her an email on October 3, expressing my interest in speaking with her for just five minutes. As of today, I still do not have an acknowledgement to my email.

I would think she would want to reach everyone in the community she wants to serve and have the opportunity to share her experiences in business with them. I want someone that answers the phone, answers the mail and be responsive to their constituents. I want what’s best for Virginia and the 33rd District. I am personally fiscally conservative and socially liberal, giving a hand up when needed, not a hand out. A strong government deserves a strong businessman to lead new businesses to Virginia. Ms. Daniel has made my decision easy… my views are best represented by Dave LaRock.

Mary Beth Barbagallo
Purcellville

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

October 16, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
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For those of you who have yet to decide upon whom to vote for in the 33rd House District, let me assure you that Dave LaRock is the only option. Not only is he the candidate with the best understanding of the top issues in our region (transportation, education, and the economy), but he is also the candidate who will listen to you, the constituent, with regard to your questions and concerns, whether he agrees with you philosophically or not. … Continue Reading

Teachers for Dave LaRock

October 16, 2013 Dear Editor, Opinion Comments Off on Teachers for Dave LaRock
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Having lived in Virginia since 1978, I’ve seen how education has evolved.

I’ve sat in a student desk, and after earning a graduate degree and a teaching certificate from a Virginia university, taught middle and high school in two counties.

I’ve personally seen the number of schools grow and accept children of all nationalities and religions in all shapes and sizes.

I’ve talked to many fellow teachers in teacher networks and other places and many know we could do better than the status quo. … Continue Reading

Sustainable Loudoun’s Energy and Economic Forum

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“I made a mistake.” FED Chair Alan Greenspan in testimony before Congress, October 23, 2008.

“You’ve heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession …We have sort of become a nation of whiners” John McCain’s economic advisor, and former senator Phil Gramm in an interview with the Washington Times, July 9, 2008, eight months after the recession officially began.

“As of 2011 there is no clear agreement of what kind of economics works and what does not.” Charles Hall and Kent Klitgaard, “Energy and the Wealth of Nations”.

“We often underestimate how much uncertainty there is in terms of our understanding of the economy. If you pretend that we know more than we do, you are in danger of constructing policies that can be counter-productive.” 2013 Economics Nobel Prize winner, Lars Peter Hansen [1]. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

 

 

Columns

The Holocene Climate

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(Public Input Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, 7 March, 2017) Figure 1 shows the climate variation over the last million years. The low points on the curve correspond to ice ages when glaciers up to a mile thick covered New …

Choosing To Forgive

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel “Truly forgiving is the ability to say, ‘Thank you for giving me that experience.’” James Arthur Ray vaulted into fame on the Oprah Winfrey Show back in the mid-2000’s. Stunned hearing these words while watching The Rise and …

Five Key Retirement Questions

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Beyond asking yourself where you see yourself and even what your lifelong goal are, effective retirement and longevity planning begs some very big questions. Review the points below and consider how housing, transportation and health considerations all play a role …

Work Woes

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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D. Dr. Mike, I’m a manager at a large tech company and my boss has directed me to fire someone on my team, but as a Christian, I just can’t do it. It’s true that the employee …

Joy or Suffering

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By Mary Rose Lunde No one likes to suffer. When given the chance, many people would choose to laugh rather than cry, to sit in silence with their friends rather than talk through their feelings, because not even their friends …

Wage Radio

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I will always remember – very fondly – the first time I ever set foot on the property at 711 Wage Drive Southwest in Leesburg, Virginia. It was a warm, sunny July morning in 1997, and I’d driven all the …

Speaking Truth to Power

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“With public sentiment nothing can fail. Without it nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln On Thursday evening, February 23, I requested the Board of Supervisors pass a proclamation resolving to support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22 [1]. …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016

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Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016

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Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016

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Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Wine & Chili Weekend

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Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale

Joshua Carr River Safety Foundation Rummage Sale
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”Homage to Mother Earth”

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Nebbiolo Vertical Tasting

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event
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”Homage to Mother Earth”

”Homage to Mother Earth”

GALLERY COFFEEHOUSE: Readers Theater, “One Slight Hitch”

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Lifestyle

Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Presents STEM Career Fair March 28

16 Mar 2017

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Anyone interested in a career in the rapidly growing field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is encouraged to attend an upcoming STEM Career Fair in Loudoun. The Loudoun Workforce Resource Center, in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC)’s Loudoun campus and NOVA SySTEMic Solutions, is holding a STEM Career Fair Tuesday, March 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 …

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Keep Loudoun Beautiful—Greater Lovettsville Area Volunteers Needed

16 Mar 2017

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The Keep Loudoun Beautiful spring clean-up takes place the entire month of April and greater Lovettsville needs volunteers. Bags, vests, gloves and grabbers are available at the Lovettsville Community Center during normal business hours, Monday-Friday. This is a great group or individual activity that can be scheduled around your availability. E-mail Lovettsville Area Leader, Laura Lieberman, for details and to …

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National Awkward Moments Day

8 Mar 2017

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?Laughing at Yourself Is the Best Medicine No one knows who invented National Awkward Moments Day, Saturday, March 18. That’s no surprise, since it probably came about as the result of one stunningly awkward moment that the owner of that moment was hoping to forget. We surveyed our readers and friends to ask them about their most awkward moments, sharing …

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Editorial

Priscilla Nabs Plum Planning Commission Post

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Appointment Shocks Many On January 3 Supervisor Tony R. Buffington Jr. (R-Blue Ridge) nominated Tom Priscilla for the Loudoun County Planning Commission to represent the Blue Ridge District. Priscilla was …

Op-ed

Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!

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– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West

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– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

Why Williams Gap Road Should Not Be Paved

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Today, most residents of Loudoun County know nothing about Williams Gap, even those living on Williams Gap Road (Route 711). Knowing who “Williams” was, why a gap in the Blue …

Vote No To the Minor Special Exception

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We are a group of Loudoun County citizens who will be adversely affected if the board grants a special exception for the Catesby Farm property at your upcoming meeting. You …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm

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By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

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Protecting Free Speech

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By Dave LaRock (R-33) As elected officials and members of the legislature, our most fundamental responsibility is to protect God-given constitutionally protected rights. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits the government, including governmental public colleges and universities, from infringing on free speech and the free exercise of …

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Walbridge To Run for State Delegate in the 33rd District

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Tia Walbridge announces her run for the District 33 seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Walbridge is a wife and mother of two daughters and an active member of the Round Hill community. “Like many people in our district, my family has found its prosperity in a Virginia-based small …

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Office Building on Capitol Square To Be Named After Civil Rights Pioneer Barbara Johns

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Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the newly renovated state building located at 202 N. 9th Street on Capitol Square in Richmond (currently known as the 9th Street Office Building) will bear the name of civil rights pioneer Barbara Johns. The building, which reopened last year, houses the Virginia Attorney General’s …

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Sports

Vikings Runner-Up at the State Championship 

8 Mar 2017

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The Loudoun Valley Vikings are the boy’s runner-up at the VHSL 4A State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Roanoke College.  During the 2015-2016 school year, the Loudoun County School Board approved Indoor Track and Field as a Tier 2 (self-funded) sport.  The seven boys competing scored 48 points, second …

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WLVBC U14 Boys Finish 3rd at VA Beach Event

23 Feb 2017

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The Western Loudoun Volleyball Club’s U14 Boys Team garnered 3rd place in their first travel tournament of 2017, the Virginia Beach Invitational. This event was held Feb. 18-19 and featured more than 24 teams from the U14 to U18 age group. The team was second on their net on day …

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