Letters to the Editor

A time for Democrats and Republicans to join forces

Let’s face it, Gov. Northam (nicknamed “Coonman” in his own college yearbook) did have a bad week — blackface, KKK costumes, and cheers for infanticide. While I held no real expectation that our local Dems would condemn Governor Northam — “applauding” the Governor on the heels of these disclosures of his outrageous behavior was unbelievable — I thought the Democrats would at least “lay low” for a while. […]

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One idea can lead to another

There was a news article recently about a new business planned for Sperryville. Comments about it . . . seemed to be divided between nostalgia and wishful thinking. The way things used to be can be tough memories. The strong apple industry we used to have diminished years ago, farming has become more challenging. A major employer, the Aileen Plant, left years ago. So, changes have come. […]

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A different twist to John Fitzhugh’s hanging

“He went to this lady’s house and wanted something to eat. He didn’t talk plain and was a big robust man. The lady got the food for him and she brought it to the gate, but she didn’t bring anything (a spoon or fork) for him to eat the food with . . . and he was asking for a fork . . . but he wasn’t saying it plainly and this lady misunderstood him.” […]

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Being prepared for the real world

I do agree with the writer, there’s always room for improvement. It takes not only the academic staff but the families of each student working together to become successful. Most high school graduates find out the real world couldn’t care less about their feelings. Productivity and accountability are the key requirements in succeeding or keeping one’s job. In conclusion, the writer of the letter to the editor must have been listening in English class. Well done. […]

Letters to the Editor

Open letter to Gov. Northam

The racial discord so embedded in Virginia culture, on display a year ago in Charlottesville in the riots triggered by a few Confederate monuments, was only the tip of the iceberg. These yearbook photos reveal how deep and how far back such ugliness has existed in our Commonwealth. […]

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The rest of the story

In this day and age of self-centeredness, their good work stands out and I wanted to share this with you in the hope that you could bring this aspect of the Cappialis to light. I think, with a complete picture, people might see them in a new and different light and perhaps not be so quick to condemn them. […]

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Three Smiths say thanks

Thank you, Rappahannock News, for the very nice article about The Smith Sisters written by Veronika Benson. It prompted a full audience at Nancy and Dick Raines’ lovely Little Washington Theatre this past Saturday. And a big thank you to all of our Rappahannock friends that took time out of their busy Groundhog Day schedule to join us! […]

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The stigma of mental illness

I am certain the writer means because we have been trained to “promote that stigma.” History has offered us several examples of such promotions, the most graphic was in WWII Germany: “Due to the stigma” millions of Jews were murdered. Millions of people accepted that lesson, millions acted upon it. […]

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Just the facts, please!

The BOS sought and received a letter of opinion from the Commonwealth Attorney attesting the vote was lawful and did not constitute a conflict of interest. Why Supervisor Lesinski was the only BOS member sued for supporting additional funding only underscores the frivolous nature of these allegations. All of us should respect one of the bedrock principles of our legal system — innocent until proven guilty. […]

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The tail that wags the dog

During the past week Demaris and I have received several comments from patrons of the 22747 ZIP Code. Some were positive; some were negative; all were informative. I was dismayed, however, that few making critical comments had actually read my letter to the editor in last week’s Rappahannock News, where I laid out my reasoning why the Postal Service’s decision to locate the new post office on Bank Road is the best of the alternatives. […]

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Bike path to the Post Office!

I recall reading from numerous articles in the Rapp News last year that there is funding available to build a walkway or “path,” so why don’t we all unite in favor of using that money to build a “path” from Little Washington to the new facility? […]

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26 pints in the snow and ice

The very cold temperatures, snow and some ice didn’t keep thirty Rappahannockers from coming to the Washington Fire Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 30 to try and donate blood at the Red Cross Bloodmobile! We greatly appreciate their time, patience and commitment to giving the gift of life. […]

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The Post Office Prophecies

Meanwhile, plans are proceeding to close the Sperryville Post Office and consolidate its operations at the new Post Office next to the bank. “After all, the new Post Office is just about as close to Sperryville’s zip code as it is to Little Washington,” in the words of a senior Postal Service official.  “Our mission is efficiency.” […]