Op-Ed

Folks

November 3, 2021

By Charles Houston Do you like living in western Loudoun? I think you do, and I bet that question conjures images of virgin mountains, rolling pastures and quaint villages. Horses…

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Purcellville voters are not fooled and will surely say so on Nov. 2

October 6, 2021

View from the Ridge There’s a special election in Purcellville on Nov. 2. The choice for voters – how to fill the Town Council seat vacated by Ted Greenly. Erin…

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Small-Town Purcellville fighting for its life; Special Election Nov. 2

September 1, 2021

View from the Ridge Just when you thought the fight to retain Purcellville’s small-town character couldn’t get more urgent, it does. In a special election on Nov. 2 voters will…

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ZOC parks some cars

August 2, 2021

By Charles Houston I’m on the Zoning Ordinance Committee, which is helping craft a new zoning ordinance for the county. The old ordinance is 23 years old and 1,004 pages.…

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Homestay Home Occupation permits now available

July 12, 2021

Homestay Home Occupation Permits are now available to Town of Leesburg residents who wish to make their homes short-term rental properties. In October 2020, the Leesburg Town Council adopted its…

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“A Brilliant Idea”

June 30, 2021

By Charles Houston Byne Rood was catching up on emails late in the day when her husband Robert returned from work with his usual “Hey, babe.”  “Hey yourself,” she returned…

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Speckles is one lucky rooster

June 30, 2021

By Joe Lafiandra I read everything, which include obscure legal notices in local and national papers. Most people aren’t interested in these notices of abandoned bicycles, foster care plans or…

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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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