Holiday season is upon us and our collective good wishes go out to family, friends and community. This winter we have the opportunity to unify in a decision that will have an impact on our town, Rappahannock County, our businesses and our populace for decades to come – I speak of the special-use permit that would allow the expansion of lower-cost apartments in the Old Washington School building on Mount Salem Avenue.
For those of you who may know me only as “Mayor Gene’s widow,” I should note that I’m also a former member of the board of the Child Care and Learning Center (CCLC), serving in the 1980s. I am also a mother and grandmother who values education at every age and level. But this isn’t about CCLC; rather, it is about deciding who we are as a community, and whether we wish to be an inclusive and diverse village.
I miss Gene every day, and often ask myself in trying situations, “What would Gene do?” And the answer points to the proper path. In this case I think he would see an outcome with many assured positive benefits to our community, on the one hand, and only speculation, on the other, that a negative event might occur.
Gene would try to find a way to unify the citizens of the town, especially its leaders, in seeing the long-term advantages of our beloved Little Washington being a full spectrum of race, religion, age, occupation and income, and supporting this special-use permit unanimously.
I urge you to join me in asking our leaders to have the wisdom and vision to choose the diverse and inclusive path and to grant this requested use. I hope we can unite and continue to be a welcoming and caring community.