Editorials

Editorial: Kill, baby, kill

Spring and summer mean carnage on Rappahannock roads. Mechanized, so-called civilization in the form of gasoline-powered cars and trucks collides with the very life-force that awakens and propels our still-wild co-inhabitants to get to the […]

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Editorial: To honor her memory

For those of us not blessed with lifelong, full-time Rappahannock residency, we knew Ester Settle primarily by reputation. And what a reputation it was: “The little woman with the enormous heart,” in the words of […]

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Editorial: Eye of the Beholder

No, it’s not installation art.

The clear-cutting, the digging, and the constructing are almost done in the county’s far northeastern corner for the new power transmission line — the wisdom of which had been debated and litigated for more than two years. There’s no longer debating the facts on the ground, however: Virginia Dominion Power and its partner, Allegheny Power, won. […]

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Editorial: The Real News

There is no frontpage headline, much less a detailed news story. It does not appear inside any national newspaper, nor even here in the Rappahannock News. And, of course, “breaking-news” status is not merited on […]

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Editorial: Rappahannock Playground?

Pop quiz: what’s the most popular tourism destination in Virginia? Colonial Williamsburg? No. Then it must be Mount Vernon? Sorry, no. Okay, then, it’s got to be Monticello? Wrong, again. It’s a sad state of […]

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Editorial: What Works

Rappahannock County is not too big to fail. That is one proposition upon which all county citizens — no matter how divided over contentious issues like riparian buffers — should agree. In fact, being small […]

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Editorial: What Do You Think?

Typically and traditionally, the editorial page of a newspaper like the one you now hold in your hands tells its readers what to think. Not always imperatively and directly: it’s usually more subtle than that. […]

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Editorial: Healthy Place

Where we live matters. That’s certainly the case when it comes to health, as reported elsewhere in the newspaper this week. But more than health, there’s soliphilia. Soliphilia? No, it’s not a typo, misprint or […]

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Editorial: To the rescue

Deadlines, like the hangman’s noose, concentrate the mind. For the Rappahannock News, Tuesday and Wednesday are the deadline days for any and all stories if they are to be printed in that Thursday’s edition of […]

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Editorial: Let it melt!

Readers have asked how the great snow events of recent days compare with times past. Such queries reconfirm the central place that traditional county-seat weeklies have in local citizens’ lives. For this kind of local […]

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Editorial: Let it snow

Over 30 years ago a small ski lodge was opened in Harris Hollow. The entrepreneurial idea was a good one: It was the closest such recreational facility to all the would-be skiers and snow bunnies […]

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Editorial: Mixed blessings

Land is really what it’s all about here in Rappahannock County. We have no easily exploitable natural resources like coal or natural gas, no industrial base like manufacturing, no entrepreneurial incubator as in Silcon Valley, […]