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Politics/Government

Up in the Hollow: The Second War of Northern Aggression

Over the years Ben Jones has heard a lot of his Yankee friends say, “You people down South seem to be still fighting the Civil War.” The South was bad; the North was good. Abe Lincoln was the finest American who ever lived. This is the myth of the victors, who get to write the history books. […]

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Nature

Up in the Hollow: Y’all thrum back now, y’hear?

And as they gathered for the final ritual of departure, the 2nd Battalion of the 2nd Corps of the 2nd Horde, all 170 billion of them, began to fall silent. There, in Harris Hollow, they bowed to the Great Pharaoh Baba Loo Bop, Lord of the Vast Cicada Hordes. […]

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Letters to the Editor

Letter: Big Belter is watching

Am I the only one bothered by the scattered little signs which read: “Seat Belt Enforcement Area?” It isn’t just that there is far too much of this kind of unsightly litter about already. And […]

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Up in the Hollow

Up in the Hollow: Spring has arrived, not giant snails  

You think we’ve got problems around here? Check out this recent lead paragraph from Reuters News Service: “South Florida is fighting a growing infestation of one of the world’s most invasive species: The Giant African Land Snail, which can grow as big as a rat and gnaw through stucco and plaster.” […]

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Business

Up in the Hollow: Smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette!

Mark Twain famously said that it was so easy to quit smoking, he had done it a hundred times. Ben Jones only quit once, back in 1978 — he had smoked maniacally for over 20 years. And Family Dollar? They actively try to cultivate smokers, calling them “repeat customers.” […]

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Politics/Government

Up in the Hollow: Wouldn’t give a nickel for a dollar store

Many of us have made the complete absence of nationally franchised commercial outlets in Rappahannock a point of pride, writes Ben Jones. That should absolutely include Family Dollar, the kind of “discount chain” outfit purposely designed to run local mom-and-pop operations out of business. […]

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History

Up in the Hollow: A long way from Puddleville

I had heard the name, but that’s about all I knew about Gene Patterson. As time went by, I learned more – a lot more – and everything I learned bolstered that first impression. He was indeed a good man, one of the best that came out of the South in the 20th century. […]

From the Rappahannock News

Up in the Hollow: Baseball, the boy and ‘The Man’

It was not just love at first sight; it was adoration, idolization and devotion. Ben Jones was five years old when he saw the picture of Stan Musial on the cover of a sports magazine. In his famous crouch, his bat high, he was the picture of relaxed concentration. […]

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Up in the Hollow: Laws and sausages

A surprise counter-offer to People Inc.’s apartment proposal by a group including the mayor and councilman raises all kinds of questions for Ben Jones, who says he doesn’t think “these fellows were elected to do business with themselves, or to indicate their ‘nay’ vote in such a unique way.” […]

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Up in the Hollow: Praise the Lord, pass the ammo

One could not help feeling the frustration in James P. Gannon’s editorial letter, but his targets, those he holds responsible for this sorry state of affairs, include many of the Tea Party’s usual suspects. And the 1950s were . . . “normal?” […]

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Politics/Government

Up in the Hollow: Setting our sights higher

Since the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, Americans of all political persuasions have been having a renewed dialogue about the role of firearms in our country; hopefully we’ll treat it with the objectivity and wisdom it deserves. […]