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County seat doesn’t own post office

Did my views carry any weight? I would hope so, given that I reside in the Zip 22747 service area and considering the knowledge I acquired as a Member of the USPS Board of Governors (including three years as chairman) during which, among other things, I initiated the introduction of the Forever Stamp. […]

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Connecting the dots to save children’s lives

Rappahannock County has virtually no masters level mental health clinicians who specialize in children’s mental health and will bill Medicaid. While some services are available in Culpeper and Warrenton, studies show that there is an inverse relationship between the need to travel for mental health services, and the likelihood that a child actually secures and completes treatment. […]

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Heeding the call for help . . .

In closing, I would like to repeat my support for community response to Dr. Grimsley’s call to action for help dealing with the problems that students are bringing to school from preschool through graduation. As one piece of that response, I recommend restoration of the position of MSW school social worker for the next budget year. […]

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Read, understand, comply with laws

Unless I’m mistaken, it appears that the primary reason why our county officials are now making attempts to intentionally comply with the laws is because of the legal actions being brought by Rappahannock taxpayers to ensure that our county officials ARE understanding and complying with the laws. […]

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Fighting to keep our Post Office

As mayor and former mayor, we strongly urge residents and businesses of the Town and the County to express their concerns about moving the Post Office outside of Town for the first time in 215 years. If you should agree with us please write or call either or both of the following: […]

Letters to the Editor

Trump’s vanity project

Mexico will not, as it turns out, be paying for Mr. Trump’s wall; and since neither do a clear majority of Americans want to pay for Mr. Trump’s wall, it would appear that the president will, regrettably, have to pay for his “big, beautiful wall” out of his own pocket. […]

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Equal rights for women long overdue

In America, 51 percent of the population, 47 percent of our workforce — women — lack such Constitutional protection. While there are statutory protections that were added after the first attempt in the 1970s to ratify an Equal Rights Amendment on the basis of sex, none carry the force of a Constitutional amendment. […]

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A solution to the madness

We now have four (4) lawsuits and no end in site. We’ve spent many thousands of tax dollars for a handful of people to argue about who did and said what concerning matters that 90 percent of the taxpayers care nothing about. Who wins is not important, but we already know who the big losers will be. The taxpayers. […]

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Food Pantry responds to shutdown

We hope the political crisis will end quickly, but as it goes on, the board, staff and volunteers of the Rappahannock Food Pantry want everyone to know that it is open to help. If lack of a paycheck is affecting your family’s ability to survive, please apply at the Pantry, 11763 Lee Highway, Sperryville, Va., 22740, for help with food supplies. […]

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Much to tackle in 46 days

The 2019 General Assembly session has officially gaveled in! This year will be a short session (46 days) where we tackle important issues such as tax cuts, improving school safety, protecting agriculture, reducing healthcare costs, and continuing to ease the regulatory burdens on everyday Virginians. We have a lot to tackle and just over 6 weeks to complete our work. […]

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Looking deeper into the fissure

In his attempt, he quoted and paraphrased Fareed Zakaria, “The fissure between relatively better-educated urbanites and less-educated [sic] rural populations appears to have become the new dividing line in Western politics. (People who self-identify as rural) feel ignored or looked down upon and feel deep resentment toward metropolitan elites (e.g., Rappahannock come heres!)” […]