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    An insult and a waste of taxpayer’s money

    The demographics around the country have changed; and the extremists in the Republican Party see the presidency as out of reach.

    In my opinion, Speaker of the House John Boehner is moving forward wasting taxpayers’ money with a frivolous lawsuit against President Obama to pave the way for an anticipated trumped up phony impeachment attempt.

    The far right tea party extremists are looking toward taking both houses of Congress to ambush the Obama presidency and weaken the executive branch of the government. This can happen if the Senate and the House fall in the hands of Republicans after the midterm elections.

    As a result it would insult the intelligence of the majority voters that voted for President Barack Obama; it would weaken the power of the executive branch and give more power to the legislative branch.

    This type of power grab would create a serious sense of disenfranchisement and anarchy. It is my belief some of the most dangerous extremists masquerading as tea party members would rather start a civil war than go through four more years after the Obama presidency with another Democratic president.

    It is sad that John Boehner has made himself part of this madness.



     

    Alfred Wadde

    Loudoun County

    Arcola School is vital to community

    I attended the meeting where the Board of Supervisors voted to defer making a decision on the fate of the Old Arcola School.

    The communities of Winsbury, Briarfield, the new Arcola Center and surrounding local homes do not have a multipurpose community center. Board members implied we could use the new Broadlands Community Center and/or South Riding Community Center. This recommendation is not reasonable since Broadlands is over 5 miles away and requires travel on crowed streets and South Riding is at capacity with South Riding residents. The Arcola Multipurpose Community Center is within walking distance to the two Winsbury communities and the new Arcola Center with its 1,000 plus residential units, and an only 2 mile or less commute for the Briarfield community.

    The board members kept referring to this center as a day care center, but the vision is to renovate the existing Arcola School, a historical register sight, into a community center similar to the Carver Center in downtown Purcellville. The Carver Center offers classes across diverse content areas, including health and fitness, fine and applied arts, dance, education and information. The center has special events bringing in guest speakers on issues of current concern, world renowned musicians, theater groups and a variety of celebrations around cultural discovery and familiar traditions. And like the Carver Center, the Arcola School has a commercial kitchen, which could be available for rent at affordable prices. Because of their varied size, classrooms can easily accommodate both large and small groups. 

    Before a decision is made regarding the future of the Old Arcola School, the Financial, Government Service Board needs to evaluate the use of the school with an expanded-use vision and do a new cost/benefit analysis. This analysis should keep in mind the cost of new construction verses renovation supporting the current and planned communities of the area. They should not base the decision on old data and on comments by a Board of Supervisor’s member that does not live in the community or even the district. 

     

    Denise Kloeppel

    Arcola

    COMMUNITY VIEW: Sterling rolls out the Barrel

    I must confess that I’m a longtime customer of Cracker Barrel and was delighted to be able to attend the pre-opening of the new Sterling country store last Friday at 8 a.m. I drove down Route 28 and automatically turned to the right onto Old Ox Road and there it was as if the sixth sense had kicked in, my not knowing whether to go left or right off 28. The drive during rush hour coming from east of Leesburg took just under 20 minutes.

    The manager, Ashley Washington, pointed to the tables and said, “We have the usual peg game and lantern on every table. We like pleasing people and have this as a home away from home.”

    The new Cracker Barrel fit the mold. The walls are covered with old signs and sepia photos: Funk’s Hybrid Corn, Post Toasties, etc. A CB spokesman said, “We have photos of presidents since we are close to Washington and ones with airplanes since we are close to Dulles Airport.”

    Typically, the country store has a wide variety of paraphernalia: “toys, games, food items, apparel, accessories and other unique items.” Already preparing for Halloween, one display had images of pumpkins, spiders and a skeleton singing into a microphone. Another store once had a broom stick standing up rolling around the floor cackling. And throughout the year they have seasonal items. In addition, audio books are available for rent. You can lay down a deposit, listen to the CD then turn it in at another Cracker Barrel and get your deposit back.

    This Friday morning the restaurant served for free, along with a background of country music, only one dish that they referred to as the Sunshine in advance of the full menu at their official opening this past Monday. The Sunshine consisted of eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, potatoes and biscuits and gravy. 

    Many of the folks attending the pre-opening had learned about it through Cracker Barrel’s press release and were Cracker Barrel people. For instance I asked one what he liked about CB: “Everything!” he said.  Another grinned and said she particularly liked this place because, “It’s close to my home.” And most all commented that their favorite menu item was the pancakes―“because they have crunch.” My favorite is Momma’s Pancakes that includes pancakes, eggs and turkey sausage. A first time experience for one customer, who said, “I like the rocking chairs out front.”  Finally one guy indicated that he always has breakfast no matter what time of day. “Can’t mess up breakfast,” he said.  The term ‘ambience’ came up once and for some reason that sounded too fancy for Cracker Barrel.

    They have two menus, one for breakfast and another for lunch and dinner.  Prices for each dish rarely exceed $10. The breakfast menu has multiple combinations of eggs, pancakes, waffles, fruit, grits, biscuits, gravy, etc. and there is a kid’s menu and is served all day. The lunch and dinner menu contains a palatable extravaganza including country fried steak and catfish as you might expect. Again I saw only two items over $10: sirloin steak at $11.49 and rib eye at $14.49.

    Cracker Barrel Country Store had its inaugural opening in Lebanon, Tenn. in 1969. Since then it has expanded to 628 stores in 42 states.  This one is the 32nd one in Virginia. 

    There was a brief ceremony involving the Cracker Barrel management,  Chamber of Commerce and representatives of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors: Scott York and Eugene Delgaudio.  The management indicated that they expect to bring 200 jobs to Loudoun County.




    Joe Motheral

    River Creek

    LoCo Joe spreads the ‘care”

    Businesses large and small support nonprofits in so many ways throughout Loudoun County. And what an honor for all of us involved with Loudoun Cares to be part oft he LoCo Joe One Year Anniversary event in Purcellville on July 20.

    As the event “beneficiary,” we benefited not only from generous contributions, but also the opportunity to interact with dozens of people who are looking for new and creative ways to invest in nonprofits and community-minded businesses like LoCo Joe.

    At Loudoun Cares we pride ourselves on building community.  Clearly Juanita Tool, the owner/operator of LoCo Joe, prides herself on doing the same.  And what a community outpouring it was!   

    Juanita did it up the old fashioned way. There was fresh/locally grown food, live music, ring toss and balloon darts for the kids and corn hole for the bigger kids.  Add in face painting, a pie tasting contest followed by an auction of the pies and campfire smores for kids of all ages and everyone left the event feeling good and part of something bigger – the Loudoun community.

    So, a heartfelt thank you to the LoCo Joe staff, community volunteers, musicians and patrons who contributed to this fun-filled, incredibly tasty LoCo Joe anniversary extravaganza!

    Susan K. Snyder

    Board Chair, Loudoun Cares

    Medicaid hypocrisy?

    The Foust campaign has been attacking Barbara Comstock for her votes against expanding Medicaid in Virginia. Imagine my surprise to read a report that Foust’s wife, Dr. Marilyn Jerome, is an OB/GYN who is in a practice that does not accept Medicaid patients.

    This might not be relevant to Foust’s campaign except for the fact that she is also the head of the Foust campaign’s “Women for Foust” group.

    What is the point in expanding Medicaid when it is so unpopular with doctors that many, even including Foust’s wife, are unwilling to accept Medicaid patients?

    I noted several weeks ago in my letter (published June 4) that Del.  Comstock had been willing to work with her colleagues in the General Assembly to find workable reforms so that Medicaid could be expanded, but no such reforms were adopted, leading to her opposition to its expansion. It certainly appears from this latest news that Del. Comstock’s position is well founded.

    Robert H. Follett

    Lansdowne

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