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‘We need more supply’

Rappahannock has successfully, in the last 30 years, with the 25-acre minimum, eliminated the possibility for most middle class families to locate in the county. They can afford the 3-4 bedroom home, but not the 25 acres to put it on. Plus, does everybody need or want 25 acres? […]

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A solution in search of a problem

Everyone wants to pay lip service to the idea that we should somehow have a ‘viable’ community that offers housing to those two professions at the very least, if not everyone else. But no one has ever taken the time to investigate whether or not we already have such a community. The truth is we do. We have a viable and thriving housing market at all market segments. […]

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Mother’s Day gifts

My mom loved her gardens and had the most beautiful backyard, a mosaic of color and texture with new life emerging throughout the spring, summer and fall. She wasn’t a religious woman but she found her connection to God through nature. Tending to her gardens with her hands in the soil was an act of love and worship for her. It was her meditation. […]

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Godspeed, Dr. Bob

During the years 1981 through 1983 I roamed the same Rappahannock County High School hallways with Dr. Robert Chappell, although I did my best to steer clear of him. You see Dr. Bob was not always the gentle ‘grandfatherly type’ we all came to know and love. […]

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Affordable housing. Not shutting up

What direction do we take? Do we agree to pay much higher taxes in order to import the services that we are no longer able to provide, or do we make well thought out and controlled changes that will allow an increase in our population of individuals that can fill that void? Our Planning Commission is in a position to chart a course that will move us in a direction that can solve this crisis. […]

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The clamor for affordable housing

How did we ever get in the situation where I am told I cannot send my child to school with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich because one of the children at school has a peanut allergy? And you know how kids like to trade snacks and lunches. But think about it. How did your kid’s allergy get to be my problem? […]

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The Noah Option

How uniquely positioned we are. We are within striking distance of actually achieving Wilson’s admirable goal within our own county, even within our own lifetimes. We could be one of the very first counties in America to make Half-Earth a reality in our own backyards! […]

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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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Record beef exports. Depressed cattle prices. What gives?

The breaking news is that 2018 U.S. beef exports hit new records. The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) wrote that 2018 beef exports “shattered the previous value record and achieved a new high for volume,” and, “Export value soared to $8.33 billion, breaking the 2017 record by $1.06 billion — an increase of 15 percent.” […]

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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. […]

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‘Staggering admission’ by Virginia’s governor

To the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia, especially those here in Rappahannock County, the people whom we cheerfully serve with works of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism, let it be known — We stand with Bishop Burbidge and all our brother Knights of Columbus in opposing the substance of Delegate Tran’s bill HB2491. […]