Op-Ed

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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Raising the Minimum Wage

February 3, 2021

By Joe LaFiandra The new president has implemented a series of progressive executive orders. Other actions are in the wings, including asking Congress to enact an increased minimum wage of…

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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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Can Loudoun’s historic villages be saved?

January 6, 2021

Loudoun County’s rural villages are irreplaceable, and yet, somehow, we seem determined to let the present destroy their past.  “Their buildings and settings document Loudoun County’s history, through war and…

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Bubba

January 6, 2021

By Charles Houston Every publication will have a lengthy year-end retrospective on COVID and on 2020. This is a different story. Bubba was my father’s first cousin, and hence my…

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Only you can prevent fake news

January 6, 2021

By Joe Lafiandra If you are a Democrat or Trump hater, don’t bother reading any further; this piece doesn’t apply to you. If you are a Conservative, Republican, or independently minded person who wants…

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