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Classic McCain

Like many, I’ve spent the time since his passing on Saturday reflecting on John McCain’s lifetime of service and what he has meant to our country. As I thought about the senator, I found myself drawn less to the personal anecdotes — though those are memories I will cherish for the rest of my life — and more to the last speech he gave on the Senate floor and the farewell note he left to the American people. […]

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Conserving viewsheds for future generations

Virginia landowners have been permanently preserving and protecting their rural land with conservation easements since the late 1960s. As a result of 50 years of collective action, the Commonwealth can now boast that over one million acres of private land have been protected with easements. […]

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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 inner strength of Ben Goddard

In 1989 he had ‘died’ of a cardiac arrest, but was resuscitated. He went on to achieve great success as a world famous political consultant and strategist. Numerous times in recent years he was expected to pass away, but he always fought back. […]

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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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Banking bill will help rural, small town Virginia

While these consumer protections will make a big difference for many Americans, ultimately the changes in our bill are relatively modest. But for main street consumers who depend on their local bank or credit union, and for anyone who believes Congress should put aside partisan politics to get things done, the bill is a big win. […]

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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! […]