Op-Ed

The Morality of Housing

June 2, 2021

By Charles Houston I called actor Eddie Murphy. “Eddie, this is Charlie Houston in Virginia. How’re you doing, guy?” “Do I know you?” he answered. “Not yet, but I want…

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The continuing small-town power struggle in Purcellville

June 2, 2021

-View from the Ridge- In the ongoing saga about how big Purcellville should get, what residents old and new want to preserve – or tear down, and how to keep…

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In Opposition of the PRO Act

June 2, 2021

By Grafton deButts One of the greatest threats to America’s economic recovery and future growth is currently being debated in Congress. The PRO Act, a bill which seeks to undermine…

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Charlie Houston’s Greatest Hits

May 5, 2021

By Charles Houston  My Op-Eds have almost always been about protecting western Loudoun County, often taking a circuitous route to make my points. What if all the columns were distilled…

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Dinner for Four

March 31, 2021

By Charles Houston “What are you going to serve them?” Robert Rood asked his wife. “Barbecue. Collard greens. Black eyed peas. Pecan pie from Mom’s,” Byne answered. “They served us…

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Do you know how big a trillion dollars is?

March 31, 2021

By Joe Lafiandra With the passage of the $1.9 trillion dollar stimulus and the current $28 trillion national debt, don’t you think it would be important to really understand how…

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Mercy, Mercy Me

March 3, 2021

By Charles Houston Marvin Gaye’s lyrics are apt for Loudoun:  “Hey, mercy, mercy me, oh Hey, things ain’t what they used to be What about this overcrowded land? How much…

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The failing Electric Power Grid – The coming perfect storm

March 3, 2021

By Joe LaFiandra The events in Texas last month show how vulnerable the electric power grid is. At one point over two million homes were without power. The cause was…

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The end of capital punishment- A good thing

March 3, 2021

 By John P. Flannery Whatever one thinks of capital punishment, there must be general agreement that the state should never execute an innocent man or woman. Our criminal justice is…

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ZOC

February 3, 2021

By Charles Houston ZOC – pronounced “zock” – is the County’s new Zoning Ordinance Committee, which is charged with helping to write a new zoning ordinance for the county. It’s…

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