Letter: An ‘absurd idea’ that would ruin Rappahannock

I was absolutely shocked to read in the Rappahannock News that the county would even consider opening a Family Dollar store. Rappahannock has always been special because we don’t have Food Lion, pharmacies, Family Dollar, McDonald’s – I could go on and on.

I’m from generations of Rappahannock people: When I lived there, no one thought anything about driving to Culpeper, Warrenton, Front Royal, Luray, Charlottesville, Winchester, etc., because the thinking was that Rappahannock would always stay as it is. How lucky are we! Culpeper and Warrenton have been ruined; now they are working on ruining Madison.

This absurd idea would completely open the door for everything to come in. Where I live, in Westmoreland County, Va., I have to drive 20 minutes to get to anything. I don’t mind it at all because I was so used to doing it in Rappahannock.

Rappahannock County is so special for all of us and that is thanks to the older generations who made it what it is today. And the comment from the woman who had to drive 15 to 20 minutes to get a cookie sheet – and the poor child had to wait until she went back home and baked the cookies to send them to her grandchild. She said she drove 180 miles from Pennsylvania; she had to have known what the county had, so next time she should bring her own cookie sheet or send one to her daughter. Most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.

I love that some of the people who move into the county because it is so special turn out to be the ones who want to change it. Why not just live in Culpeper and have all these businesses, and not enjoy the beauty of this county, the peacefulness, friendliness, the rural way of life?

Like I said, if we allow this, it’s going to open the door and Rappahannock will end up like Culpeper – a complete mess, higher taxes, more schools, etc. It has nothing to do with the “monied crowd,” as one person wrote – it has everything to do with saving this special county and keeping it as it is today.

I just couldn’t believe anyone would want to even think about ruining Rappahannock. The only people who would want this would be the seller and the buyer. Please, everyone who has lived here for generations – stand up, write letters to the paper and stop this injustice.

Catherine Fletcher Littleton
Hague, Va.

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