Letters to the Editor

Hearing from the people

I am writing to express my gratitude to the one-hundred forty voters who opened their doors over the course of the last three weeks and signed my petition for the Hampton District Board of Supervisors seat. Every signature collected brought with it a one-on-one conversation about where our county is now and where it is headed. […]

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Paving paradise

I know many of these developers personally, some who live in the county, and I can tell you that they are biding their time for these kinds of “improvements” to happen. Please don’t open the door to development! . . . (Oh, no, I hate to be fighting this fight again!) […]

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Of fire halls and wineries

One of the things I have learned living in Rappahannock County is this: venue is everything. If you want to know the concerns of the “born heres” and ordinary working folks, you need to have meetings in the public schools, rescue squads and fire halls. If the UCOR organization is to be taken seriously, its representatives should engage with a true cross section of the county. […]

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Bring in a kid

It might be helpful to find a bright computer savvy kid with Adobe Photoshop to provide a rendering for us on the remaining towers. Certainly would have prevented the eyesore we have now. […]

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Repeal the handouts

Historic flooding, tornadoes, wildfires, mudslides and avalanches. The list of catastrophic weather events is long. Many are characterized as unprecedented.This is just the beginning. As carbon levels in the atmosphere rise, so will extreme weather events. […]

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McMansion ‘monstrosities’

There is no escaping the Sperryville cell tower, even from our home four miles away. Its color does not work. Its blue-ish tint seems white and very visible from a distance due its forest backdrop. The new tower is not unlike the McMansions that scar our hillsides. The new tower is just not as obnoxious and infinitely more utilitarian for our county’s residents than the McMansions. […]

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We are Rappahannock

I want to note, publicly, that the successes of our Prom and After Prom were made possible in very large part by the largess and generosity of the Rappahannock community. So from the bottom of my heart, as both a community member and as the Principal of RCHS, I wish to say THANK YOU to my community. You give added meaning to our favorite cheer, that being “We Are Rappahannock!!!” […]

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Simply a plan, not laws

While considering its shortcomings, it is the Comprehensive Plan which is being finalized — not ordinances which subsequently implement and enforce its provisions. Unlike laws, a plan is unlikely to be challenged in court. Rappahannock is incomparably different — let’s keep it that way […]

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Duckling’s never ending love

Duckling came into our lives when Brianna, my beautiful daughter, was a youngster and began riding lessons. Duckling was a wonderfully tempered quarter horse, and we immediately fell in love. On Brianna’s 9th birthday I gifted her Duckling, and an already amazing relationship between a little girl and her horse grew. […]

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Piecemeal approach won’t cut it

I have a few questions regarding the proposed CWS towers. If the Board of Supervisors would take the time to consider and answer the following questions: Are there lower profile options? Are there other locations that would provide a larger area of service? What carriers will be using the towers to provide service to their customers? […]

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Stewards for our National Parks

Who lobbies for us and our parks and our NPS? Is Shenandoah National Park (SNP) 20 or 30 percent of Rappahannock County? Does it matter if you are Republican, Democrat, Independent, conservative, liberal, whatever? Our NPS and our national parks have little voice beyond us. Is there a Boeing or Lockheed Martin lobbyist trail at SNP? […]

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Let’s talk trash

This past Sunday was such a beautiful day I thought I’d spend the afternoon picking up trash alongside the well-travelled road by my home. After all was said and done I had picked up a few large bags of litter, the contents of which would have made quite the study of modern garbology if one wished to analyze it. […]