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Jim Burton’s Book – The Pentagon Wars Re-Issued

April 1, 2014 Lifestyle, People Comments Off on Jim Burton’s Book – The Pentagon Wars Re-Issued
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Jim Burton’s 1993 book, The Pentagon Wars, has recently been reissued in e-book format by Naval Institute Press and is now available at Amazon.com for Kindle users and Barnes & Noble for Nook users as well as in other e-book formats.  Print on Demand paper copies will also be available shortly, as soon as the publisher corrects a technical problem with their equipment.

The Pentagon Wars won The Washington Monthly Political Book of the Year award for 1993 and was favorably reviewed in a number of publications, including The New York Times (October 3, 1993). It was made into an HBO movie in which Cary Elwes starred as Colonel Burton and Kelsey Grammar played a combination of four or five senior army generals. Over the last 20 years the book (and the movie, when the book was unavailable) has been used as a case study in ethics classes at the Air Force Academy and other institutions as well as military seminars. … Continue Reading

Park and Ride Lots for Western Loudoun

March 4, 2014 Editorial, Opinion 4 comments
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In 2003, the county purchased 22 commuter buses to serve a growing demand for bus service to Washington D.C. The demand has grown exponentially ever since. The county now owns or leases 65 large commuter buses (with plush seats and on board restrooms) and more are being added every year. The buses are often filled to standing room only as more than 3,500 riders prefer the comfortable bus ride over the daily hassle of fighting the traffic on the major east/west arteries leading to points east.

There are now 20 park and ride lots in Loudoun, but unfortunately, only two lots are in Western Loudoun: a permanent county-owned lot just east of Hamilton on Business Rt. 7, and a temporary leased lot at the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Purcellville. … Continue Reading

Is the County’s Word Worth a Plug Nickel?

February 5, 2014 Editorial, Opinion 1 comment
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Should the county light all of Franklin Park’s playing fields including the ones on the upper plateau, one of the highest elevations in the Loudoun Valley? This was the subject of a recent community meeting held by Blue Ridge Supervisor Janet Clarke and Loudoun County staff as they explained Ms. Clarke’s proposal and the government process for implementing that proposal. However, the proposal raises questions about more than just lights. It also raises questions about citizen trust in government and the validity of promises made by a government to its citizens. In short, how binding is a Board of Supervisors vote two decades ago (a vote that carried the force of law) on a board today? A look at the history of Franklin Park offers one lesson, especially in light of the board’s recent vote on Autumn Hill. … Continue Reading

Unreasonable Fiscal Guidance

December 5, 2012 Government, News Comments Off on Unreasonable Fiscal Guidance
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In October, the Board of Supervisors issued fiscal guidance to the School Board to prepare its FY 14 budget at a level that would be lower than the current FY 13 budget, despite the fact that over 2,500 new students will enter the system, two new elementary schools will open, and contributions to the Virginia Retirement System must increase significantly to repay temporary reductions taken by Governor McDonnell during the economic crisis of 2009. The guidance was issued without any discussions with the School Board or School Administration with regard to consequences. Supervisors claimed that the school system is rife with inefficiencies and a bloated administration that can absorb significant reductions without harming the actual education of the county’s children. Yet, not one Supervisor offered a definition of “efficiency” such that an objective evaluation of that claim can be accomplished. In my opinion, the Supervisors are wrong. … Continue Reading

Railing Over Rail

June 17, 2012 Editorial, Opinion Comments Off on Railing Over Rail
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Printed with permission from www.jimburton.org

The Board of Supervisors must decide by July 4 whether or not Loudoun will participate in the Phase II Metrorail project which will bring rail to Dulles Airport and two Loudoun stations west of Dulles. It has been one of the most hotly debated subjects in recent memory. The blogosphere has been full of comments pro and con, some articulate and fact-based, as well as those which have been ideologically based, emotional, or totally irrational. … Continue Reading

Why Launch www.JimBurton.org?

June 5, 2012 Government, News Comments Off on Why Launch www.JimBurton.org?
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By Jim Burton

From January 1, 1996 until January 1, 2012, I served on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. During this period, the County underwent the most dramatic changes in its history. The population grew from approximately 120,000 to over 320,000 as thousands of acres of farmland were converted into sprawling suburban subdivisions. Loudoun became one of the fastest growing counties in the nation, at times even the fastest growing.

The school system grew from 17,000 students in the mid-1990’s to over 67,000 in 2011 as 46 new schools were built and opened. A predominantly all-volunteer fire and rescue system painfully changed to a system dominated by career firefighters and EMT specialists. Demand for playing fields and other recreational facilities soared. Traffic came to a halt. … Continue Reading

Candidates for Board of Supervisors, Blue Ridge District

September 1, 2011 Government, News 1 comment
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Jim Burton has represented both the old Mercer District and the Blue Ridge District. The two Districts contain a wide variety of communities, leading Jim to develop a broad perspective on governing in his role as a supervisor. Jim lives with his wife, Lina in Aldie. He and Lina have two children, four granddaughters and one grandson. Details at www.jimburton.org.

  1. The recession has hit local government pretty hard. What kind of condition are the County finances in this, the third year of the economic downturn?

    Even though we lost 14 percent of our tax base due to plummeting property values, by tightening our belts and making some very difficult decisions, we have come through the recession in far better shape than most jurisdictions. We were able to open seven new schools, retain our AAA bond rating by all three rating agencies, hold the average homeowner’s tax bill in fiscal 2010, 2011, and 2012 to a level below 2009, and finish FY11 with a significant fund balance. Although we see positive signs of a recovery, we are not out of the woods yet. If there is a double-dip recession, we will be faced with some very difficult decisions with long-lasting consequences.

  2. Loudoun County’s Comprehensive Plan seeks to both accommodate growth and protect the rural economy of our county through what’s known as the “Transition Area” – a zoning designation located in between the more urbanized east and the more rural west. The Board of Supervisors recently approved a major new commercial development in the Transition Area called Stonewall Secure Business Park. You voted against this. Can you explain your vote to us in the context of how the Comprehensive Plan is supposed to work, and the “build out” numbers that plan assumes? … Continue Reading

Voter Redistricting Update

March 30, 2011 Government, News Comments Off on Voter Redistricting Update
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Dear Neighbor,

After much debate and not a little vitriol, the Board concluded its redistricting discussions with a narrow majority selecting a revised version of the Miller 5 Plan. The revisions include returning the Hillsboro precinct to my district, the transfer of both Hamilton precincts to Supervisor Kurtz’ district and the trading of two precincts between the districts represented by Supervisors Delgaudio and McGimsey. Although I was the lone vote against the plan when Supervisor Miller first submitted it in February, I was a reluctant 5th vote in favor of the plan’s selection on Tuesday [March 15th]. What changed my mind? … Continue Reading

Windy Hill Hosts Ribbon Cutting

October 19, 2010 News Comments Off on Windy Hill Hosts Ribbon Cutting
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The Windy Hill Foundation will conduct a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, October 16, at 3:00 p.m. to celebrate completion of a $644,500 renovation of 11 single-family cottages on Windy Hill Road at the western edge of Middleburg. One third of the funding for this project ($200,000) came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Another $392,500 was contributed to the project from the Loudoun County Housing Trust Fund and the balance, $52,000, came from Windy Hill Foundation’s local fund raising. Loudoun County will be represented at the ribbon cutting by Supervisor Jim Burton.

Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act Work Program Presented September 1

September 3, 2010 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act Work Program Presented September 1

On September 1 Supervisor Jim Burton of the Blue Ridge District, and Supervisor Sally Kurtz of the Catoctin District hosted a community meeting for the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act at the Loudoun County Government Center. A power point presentation was given by Laura Edmonds, who is an environmental engineer and manager for the Chesapeake Bay project. Also in attendance were David Ward, water resources team, Kevin Haile, erosion and sediment control program administrator, Dan Schardein, zoning administrator and Mark Stultz, deputy zoning administrator.

Click here to view the presentation.

Kurtz and Burton To Meet on Chesapeake Bay

August 21, 2010 Loudoun County Comments Off on Kurtz and Burton To Meet on Chesapeake Bay

On Wednesday, September 1, at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Loudoun County Government Center, located at 1 Harrison Street, SE, in Leesburg, Sally Kurtz, Catoctin District Supervisor and Jim Burton, Blue Ridge District Supervisor, will co-host a community meeting to discuss the Loudoun County Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act Work Program. Loudoun County staff will provide a presentation on the proposed Loudoun County Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act Work Program followed by a question and answer session with meeting attendees.

Information about the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act Work Program will be posted throughout the project on the county website at www.loudoun.gov/chesapeakebay. Questions may be directed to county staff through the Chesapeake Bay Hotline at 703-777-0655 or by e-mail to ChesBay@loudoun.gov. Given the great interest in this matter please allow staff a couple of days to respond to your inquiries.

Burton Addresses Chesapeake Bay Act

July 29, 2010 Loudoun County, News, Uncategorized Comments Off on Burton Addresses Chesapeake Bay Act

Dear Neighbors,

In a Meeting Alert I sent out last month, I promised a fuller discussion of the Board’s consideration of the Chesapeake Bay Act. Before I drafted such a discussion I wanted to make sure that I fully understood the context (historic, scientific, and political), the goals, and the approach. Given the other items before the Board this Spring – the Countywide Transportation Plan, proposed changes to the Land Use Tax Deferral for Open Space, the Kincora Rezoning, the White’s Ford Park Special Exception, meetings with the Bond Rating Agencies – it has been difficult to find the time to undertake such study. This was one of the reasons I moved that the Board table further discussion of the matter until September. … Continue Reading

Burton Addresses Kincora Vote

July 14, 2010 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Burton Addresses Kincora Vote

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On Monday night five members of the Board – Scott York, Susan Buckley, Eugene Delgaudio, Stevens Miller, and Lori Waters – approved the Kincora application, which includes 1,400 residential units in an area planned as the County’s premier employment center. I am deeply disappointed in my colleagues’ decision, especially those who professed a commitment to stand by the County’s Comprehensive Plan and to understand the fiscal correlation between residential development and higher taxes. … Continue Reading


 

 

 

 

Columns

Pie in the Face (with remarks from Ron Paul)

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“In any field, the establishment is seldom in pursuit of the truth because it is composed of those who sincerely believe that they are already in possession of it.” E. T. Jaynes. Everybody prefaces Bernie Sanders name with “pie in …

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 …

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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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Chocolate & Cabernet

Sweetheart's Soirée at Breaux Vineyards

Loudoun Centre Theater: HAIRSPRAY

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Notaviva Vineyards presents 5th annual "My Funny Valentine" comedy show feat. Jason Weems!

Celebrate Valentine's Day at North Gate Vineyard

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

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Breaux Vineyards February Fourth Friday

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THE EDGE: Malone Benefit Concert

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Loudoun School of Ballet Winter Showcase

Our Love is Here to Stay

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VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

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Merlot Vertical Tasting

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

VSA of Loudoun Spring Musical: SPECTRUM’S JOURNEY

North Gate Vineyard Wine Dinner with Chef Sebastian Oveysi

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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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