Letters to the Editor

Can’t make this stuff up

National Security official, posing as llama farmer, uncovers local tabloid’s plot to sabotage her Farm Tour Day. Same ‘National Security’ official purports to read fellow taxpayers’ minds and files frivolous lawsuits on their behalf, costing the very taxpayers she was “protecting” tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees. (She didn’t ask me). […]

Letters to the Editor

Kavanaugh from all sides

Comments from: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam; Jack Wilson, Chairman, Republican Party of Virginia; Corey Stewart, 2018 Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate; Sen. Tim Kaine, Virginia Democrat; and Sen. Mark Warner, Virginia Democrat. […]

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Taste of Rappahannock — take two!

The most frequent comment we heard from the guests was: best food ever. So first: to the “Chefs of Rappahannock County” and foremost in our hearts, Chef Rachel of Griffin Tavern who coordinated all of the food served and prepared two dishes (and thank you and a shout out to Debbie Donehey who “loans” Chef Rachel to us for weeks of work). […]

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A summer of stories, lessons and the power of listening

And so I’ve come back a few times to Rappahannock because it’s not a place with just one story. It’s not just a place of come-heres and been-heres, or even, really, a place with people that embrace those labels. It’s a place that is dynamic and ever changing, a place with people who are fighting for its future in their own way and recognize the importance of that change. […]

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‘Anger into action’

I’m speaking out by channeling my anger into action. For the first time in my life I will be an activist. I will vigorously support candidates for elective office who value country over politics. Candidates such as Leslie Cockburn. I will Act Locally. I will volunteer. I will knock on doors. I will talk with my neighbors. I will donate money. […]

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Pay sooner or really pay later

I am outraged by the horrible, misleading headline, “Llama Farmer’s suits against county, taxpayers move forward.” Ms. Bragg did a service for the taxpayers of this county. It is those supervisors, who have foolishly fought this suit, rather than settling early at a negligible cost. […]

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Newspaper ‘nothing more than a tabloid’

Two of my Farm Tour volunteers were initially hesitant about helping me during the Farm Tour no thanks to your smearing article. Thankfully, they were able to determine independently that your headline that I had sued the taxpayers was nonsensical. But I can only guess as to the negative impact on traffic to my farm during the tour as a result of your article […]

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It takes a village and more

The night of the event there were nearly 100 volunteers working in the barn. How can we thank all of you? You prove how amazing this county is and how much support there is for the Rappahannock Public Schools. And then there was the day after — and turning that barn back into its usual self. The same team that made it all happen spent hours deconstructing. […]

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Is the Fix In on Ben Venue Road?

Over the years the Board of Supervisors has repeatedly given Mr. Williams’ operation a pass, while ignoring numerous and detailed complaints. In 2007, with a tremendous amount of opposition and an erroneous designation as a “contractor’s office,”the Board approved Mr. Williams’ application with “a review of the permit experience in five years.” […]

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The art of deceit

Instead of the fear mongering that seems rampant here in our county, consider the possibility of redirecting some thinking. Instead of seeing something as an obstacle, think of the perceived obstacle as a puzzle, so it becomes: how can we accomplish this? How can various pieces of the puzzle be resolved to reach or complete the goal or the project in mind? […]

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Rappahannock, remainder of Virginia vulnerable to gutted ESA

As a state report tells us, these hundreds of species are “imperiled by the ongoing loss or degradation of their habitats,” and accelerating climate change sharpens the threat. Many populations “are already critically impaired, and their long-term survival is in doubt.” Most of those species at the brink receive little help from our underfunded state natural resource agencies. […]

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Why Martin Luther Now?

This Saturday the audience will be treated to a towering performance by Hugh Hill as Luther, and to Howard Coon’s quirky, fascinating portrayal of pope, Leo X, Luther’s nemesis and the first Medici pope. Leo X was a hedonist and probably an agnostic who brought the great art of Michelangelo and Raphael to Rome, and bankrupted the Vatican in the process. […]

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UCOR: United Citizens of Rappahannock

Several Rappahannock citizens have joined together to form a new, county-wide organization to promote good government within the county, to encourage civility among all of our government officials and our citizens, and to act as a catalyst to people of all persuasions to work together to make Rappahannock county government work for the benefit of all of us. […]

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GOP plays follow the leader

They call these moves “pro-business,” but I would call them pro-destruction. We need someone in Congress who will work to restore sanity and strong curbs on carbon. This year, we need a Democrat [in Virginia’s 5th congressional district]. We need Leslie Cockburn. […]

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When is the public discussion?

This new facility will have a HUGE impact on the future of ALL of Rappahannock County. It is the kind of commercial development that citizens of Rappahannock County have guarded against for decades. Who is this federal Post Office official who can change the character of this county that has been protected by so many, for so long? […]

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Rabbi: Not our first rodeo

As for me, the most frightening sign of hatred the day after Charlottesville’s White Supremacist march was walking into Lowes on Rt. 29 and seeing that they had moved all their Tiki-Torches to the front of the store to fuel the fear. As Virginians, it would behoove us to keep our history in the rear-view mirror, and not let that history blind us to what is ahead. […]

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Looking out for all 22747 customers

I don’t know the details, as was not there, preferring instead to watch the NCAA Football Championship game between my alma mater, the University of Georgia, and our rival, the University of Alabama. But that day was the last time I spoke to any senior Postal official about the matter. […]