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Ending childhood hunger in Virginia

One in six of Virginia’s students do not have regular access to food at home. Thousands rely on school meals as their only consistent source of quality nutrition, making the holiday season a time of anxiety and hardship for them.
Fractured: 1968, a year like no other

The way one views 1968 says less about the year itself than about the viewer’s personality and politics. A Rorschach test for what you value. A prism through which all other years are viewed.
Moving on with vigor (and vignettes)

Downsizing is complicated. On the surface it seems that I am just clearing space. However, as my treasures went home with other people this weekend, I realized there is an unanticipated process happening.
Why I will vote for Donald Trump

The next president will be in a position to appoint Supreme Court justices who will protect and defend our Constitution or drastically savage it. If nothing else were on the line, this would be enough for me. The future of…
The case for . . .

Point and counterpoint: Walter Nicklin and Ron Maxwell explain once and for all why you should vote for (respectively) Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.
Theater on the rocks

This summer the stone-maestro himself, John Henry, entered the playwriting lists as the author of “Arguing with God,” set for an encore performance Sept. 11 at Henry's amphitheater near Flint Hill.
Why is it suddenly a novel idea?

Last week Rappahannock citizens along with the rest of the nation celebrated and commemorated the birth of the nation on the Fourth of July. Hopefully, almost everyone knew what we were actually commemorating. You hear the mantra, “No taxation without…
A gift of the sea

In the face of rising seas, the land knows what to do. But we have other, futile ideas.
Big changes in . . . oh, nevermind

Page through the last few decades of local history and you'll note a theme: Rappahannock citizens, both old and new, do not take kindly to makeovers. And yet this place has been made over, some would say drastically, since the…
RappU and me: A match made in heaven

When my husband and I bought a weekend home in Rappahannock County, I wondered how we would get the opportunity to meet new people. When RappU published a list of course offerings, I decided to see if there was anything…
Save the farm, save the Bay

The five-year court battle is over. The Supreme Court of the United States, by declining to hear the case, has affirmed two lower courts’ decisions that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not overstep its bounds by setting total maximum…
Opinion: ‘The voice of the people’

The Foothills Forum survey's headlines: We love this place. We value our privacy. We like our services. We’re more disposed to change than you might have heard. And with nearly 1,400 households responding, a rate more than doubling expectations, all…