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A ‘time-out’ on Airbnb approvals

I have no fight with the concept of Airbnb for any interested citizen of Rappahannock, but in my judgment the county is not ready to vote on allowing any more or offer zoning variances for Airbnb-types of tourist homes. This entire issue must be addressed quickly with full transparency. […]

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The Consent Agenda

All board members have a responsibility for making sure that consent agenda items are distributed in enough time to review them prior to the meeting. Each board member also has a responsibility to read and review consent agenda items and address any concerns prior to the meeting. This means Do Your Homework. […]

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Not seeing the forest for the trees

We need the knowledge and wisdom of people who have lived here quite awhile, who know the history of Rappahannock well, to give proper perspective to some newly arrived who seem to be presenting a picture of doom unless their ways are accepted immediately . . . or lawsuits will follow. […]

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Retirement security: The perfect Mother’s Day gift

On average, women live longer than men, meaning they must stretch their retirement dollars further. In addition, women have been less able than men to save for retirement because of unequal pay (as of 2017, the gender pay gap between women and men in Virginia was 22 cents on the dollar). […]

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Driverless chaos in Rappahannock?

So tell those Silicon Valley engineers to go back to the drawing table; or whatever it is they use to design cars these days. And caution them not to leave the safety of their city streets and come to visit with their self-driving cars just yet! […]

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End of Bluemont Concert Series a sign of times

Bluemont noted that their state and local government support has shrunk during that period by over 75 percent, and I can verify a similar experience in our funding for Kid Pan Alley. In Virginia, per capita funding for the arts is 41 cents, putting us near the bottom in state rankings. […]

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Pre-prom lesson about living

This Saturday night, Rappahannock County High School will host its Prom and After-Prom, an exciting well-deserved night of celebration, especially for graduating seniors who will be moving on with their lives. Lives being the key word. […]

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Nuisance & problem wildlife in Rapp

Bears are foraging and deer are grazing again in Rappahannock County as we move into April. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries explains how property owners can best prevent or resolve conflict with wildlife through these easy techniques. […]

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Don’t abandon current energy pursuing alternatives

I do not believe in abandoning the current forms of energy production that have fueled our economy and workforce for more than a century before we prove that alternative energy can effectively shoulder the same burden held by existing methods at a cost that is lesser or equivalent. […]

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Grimsley report: Intelligent, organized, lucid

It is the clearest, most informative report on the schools’ annual budget that we have seen in 37 years. We especially appreciate the intelligent, organized, lucid presentation of the state of our public schools. We have longed for an annual budget report that begins with a precise statement of the schools’ educational goals for our children. […]