Editorials

Editorial: Bad news, good works

Aging Together's 2015 "Five Over Fifty" (including Linda Dietel, top row center).

Reports of disagreement and dispiriting behavior by humans around the world — including right here in Rappahannock — are ever harder to avoid. Which is one reason why those doing good works ought to be recognized — emulated, even.
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Editorial: Hello?

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As part of a renewed mission to provide solutions-oriented reporting and writing, the Rappahannock News is working to make it easier for readers and community members to keep in touch with us online. If you're interested in participating, we would love to hear from you.
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Editorial: More depth + more reporting = better solutions

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March 5
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The health of our community newspaper goes hand-in-hand with the vitality of our community. It's because of our commitment to solutions-oriented journalism that we welcome a partnership with Rappahannock's new Foothills Forum.
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Editorial: Hoping for a spring thaw

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Feb. 26

A critical look at the Rappahannock News' coverage (or lack thereof) of the so-called "Inn crowd conspiracy," and a possible step toward a spring thaw.
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Editorial: Let it snow

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Feb. 19
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Learning to appreciate snow, and the not-quite-New-England winters we have here in Rappahannock County.
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Editorial: Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Feb. 12
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To C.S. Lewis’s four types of love, a proposed fifth: Call it Amor Terrae — or “Love of the Land.”
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Editorial: At one with the earth, at last

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Conservation easements and wildlife habitat, subjects of recent Rappahannock News stories, are not the only ways to preserve the county’s open spaces. Here’s another: conservation burial!
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Editorial: What’s in a name?

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Jan. 29
Part of  Maj. Jedediah Hotchkiss’ 1862 map of the region.

So who named Rappahannock’s county seat “Little Washington?” It must have been recent immigrants from in and around that much bigger Washington, using the Nation’s Capital as a point of reference, right?
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Editorial: Where there’s smoke …

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Jan. 22
Fireplace by Francisco Belard via Wikimedia Commons

Where there’s smoke, there’s not only fire but also concern: Visible smoke from your chimney means your fire isn’t burning as efficiently or cleanly as it could, and air quality — and thus your health — are at stake.
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Editorial: Consume or invest?

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Jan. 15
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Should you spend the money you're saving at the pump on, say, fine dining — or would you be willing to pay a higher gasoline tax to invest in the long-term economic health of the nation?
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Editorial: Land preservation under attack

The actual evening view, as captured at Cheri and Martin Woodard’s Long View Farm, site of this year’s Evening View.

As the 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly convenes next week, on Jan. 14, some legislators are apparently considering cuts to land conservation programs as a way to alleviate the commonwealth’s projected budget shortfall.
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Editorial: Notes on the state of Rappahannock’s future

Spring is well underway along the Thornton River Trail in Shenandoah National Park.

As global temperatures rise, there’s no “Planet B” to escape the changes that are projected to occur, and Rappahannock will not escape the dramatic changes that likely will occur, according to “Virginia Climate Fever,” a new book about how climate change would affect Virginia.
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Editorial: A Charlie Brown Christmas tree

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Dec. 18, 2014
Original by Quadell via Wikimedia Commons

It may get no respect, but in Walter Nicklin’s mind, the Eastern red cedar is the most authentic of Christmas trees — and the one that is most identified with Rappahannock County.
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Editorial: Recommended reading

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Dec. 11, 2014
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The tranquility of Rappahannock County in winter invites reflection and reading. Some recommendations from the Rappahannock Philosophical Society.
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Editorial: A modest proposal

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Dec. 4, 2014
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Last week’s Thanksgiving editorial touched on some of the countless things for which we here in Rappahannock County should be thankful. But perhaps that for which we should be most thankful are the very things we do not have.
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Editorial: A Rappahannock Thanksgiving

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Nov. 27, 2014
Photo by Molly M. Peterson.

It is that time of the year to pause and, instead of complaining, give thanks for our blessings. We here in Rappahannock County, especially blessed, can give singular thanks for many things too numerous to mention, but here’s a sampling.
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Editorial: Giving thanks and giving food

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Nov. 20, 2014
File photo by Kathy Eggers

While climate change, Ebola and politics may make it hard to enjoy the holiday season, here in Little Washington and environs, the world keeps right on spinning on its axis — offering hope and appreciation to its inhabitants.
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Editorial: That time of year

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Nov. 13, 2014
By Roger Piantadosi/Rappahannock News

This year’s spectacular fall foliage brought great beauty, but also great noise pollution, as leaf blowers are taken up to manage the fallen leaves.
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Editorial: We want to believe

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Nov. 6, 2014
By Bas Lammers via Wikimedia Commons

Screeches and screams reportedly heard rolling across the hills and vales of Rappahannock were not wails of disappointment from residents whose favored candidates did not win on Tuesday. But could it really have been, as someone said, a mountain lion?
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Editorial: Of time, elections and roadkill

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Oct. 30, 2014
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At 2 a.m. this Sunday, Nov. 2, daylight savings time ends — and deer will again be appearing in commuters' headlights across the land. So be mindful, and be pragmatic — and, publisher Walter Nicklin writes, consider doing the same on Nov. 4, Election Day.
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Editorial: That scary time of the year

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Oct. 23, 2014
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There’s plenty to worry about these days, but one truly scary discovery went largely under-reported and unremarked-upon — because, as an an abstraction, it doesn’t trigger the primitive fight-or-flight response: This past September was, on average, the hottest September on record for planet Earth.
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Centennial close to home

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Oct. 16, 2014
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This year marks the centennial of the start of World War I. But this year also marks the centennial of a powerful idea hatched here in the United States demonstrating a better side of human behavior — a simple idea hatched by Frederick Goff.
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Editorial: In search of clarity

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Oct. 9, 2014
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Early Sunday morning, for many Rappahannock residents, brought the season’s first frost. And with it comes a certain clarity of vision — it’s the perfect time of year to reacquaint yourself with your favorite poems.
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Editorial: Lessons from up north

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Oct. 2, 2014
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Maine and Cape Cod would seem to have very little in common with Rappahannock. But recent policy studies reveal the three distinct geographic areas have similar challenges — namely, youth out-migration and the cost of housing.
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Editorial: Beyond the here and now

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Sept. 25, 2014
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Almost 100 marchers in the People's Climate March came from Rappahannock County! Only kidding! For, blessed as we are to live here, Rappahannock’s demographics are precisely those associated with American citizens who view climate concerns as not serious.
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Editorial: Autumn’s changing ways

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Sept. 18, 2014
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As this newspaper was going to press came word of a new government census: Exactly how many stink bugs are there? That’s kind of like asking how hot the sun is. As a harbinger of autumn, we now have stink bugs instead of apples.
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Editorial: Where the wild things are

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Sept. 11, 2014
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It’s hard to believe, but once upon a time not so long ago the federal government wasn’t dysfunctional and the Congress actually passed meaningful legislation. Fifty years ago last week, for example, the Wilderness Act was signed into law.
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Editorial: We’re special, aren’t we?

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Sept. 4, 2014
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With current Rappahannock events paralleling those in Paris and “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” perhaps it’s time to realize our community isn’t as special as we like to think.
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Editorial: In memoriam

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Aug. 28, 2014
F. Preston Pulliam passed away Sunday at the age of 92.

Like many native sons, F. Preston Pulliam left Rappahannock County at an early age to seek his fortune elsewhere. But Pres, who died on Sunday at the age of 92, never really left, for he kept returning, falling in love all over again with the beauty of Rappahannock.
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Editorial: Mystery at the manor

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Aug. 21, 2014
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What Rappahannock needs is a good murder mystery. Not the real thing, of course (in which someone would have to be actually killed), but a fictional whodunit. And it did, last week, in the form of Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Inspector Hound.”
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Editorial: Eerie parallels

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Aug. 14, 2014
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Exactly 100 years ago this summer commenced World War One, now universally acknowledged as a totally unnecessary catastrophe. It didn’t have to happen — eerily analogous to the climate change situation Rappahannock County finds itself in now.
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Editorial: Summertime, and the livin’ is dangerous

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Aug. 7, 2014
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Rappahannock County may not have deadly rockets, roadside bombs or Ebola virus, but we do have ticks. Already transmitters of Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, now comes word of a sometimes fatal food allergy.
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Editorial: Shaping the future

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July 31, 2014
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While ever-growing tourism dollars are welcome, they may not provide the painless panacea that many of our leaders seem to be counting upon. For in becoming simply a “tourist destination,” will we be selling our soul? And what’s the alternative?
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Editorial: In Memoriam: Listening to the landscape

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July 24, 2014
Masestro Maazel conducts a production of TBA.

Eulogies have poured forth from around the world upon the death of Lorin Maazel the weekend before last. But for us in Rappahannock County, acquainted with the Maestro’s musical genius in ways uniquely ours, any attempted homage must express his love of the land here.
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Editorial: Sex and consequences

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July 17, 2014
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A few miles away as the crow flies, just across the Blue Ridge, comes word of a male version of the TV-made-notorious “Octomom.” Fortunately, thanks to an inclusive sex education curriculum, no such problem exists in Rappahannock.
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Editorial: The show must go on

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July 10, 2014
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The danger of living in Rappahannock County is that we might begin to take its natural beauty for granted. A noiseless, reverent silence reinforces that beauty. When the silence is broken, that, too, is beautiful — for the sounds most likely emanate from the Castleton Festival.
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Editorial: Town, to be or not to be

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July 3, 2014
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Besides an occasion for celebrating our Declaration of Independence from Britain over two centuries ago, July Fourth presents an especially appropriate time to examine and/or re-examine the way that We the People currently govern ourselves.
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Editorial: In the role of ombudsman . . .

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June 26, 2014
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If success in the newspaper business is measured by the quantity of readers and the quality of their engagement, then the last couple of weeks can be numbered among the most successful in the history of the Rappahannock News.
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Editorial: Landowners, beware!

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June 19, 2014
The proposed pipeline.

“Just a good old country lawyer” is out and about in Rappahannock County, knocking on residents’ doors, clutching some innocuous-sounding legal documents he’s graciously soliciting for signatures. Don’t sign! Or, at the very least, please don’t sign in haste.
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Editorial: Comment on the comments

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June 12, 2014
Little Washington from above by Laurie Smith and Mark Reinhardt

If something happens in Rappahannock County and it’s not reported in Big Washington media, does it really happen? Apparently not, based on the ruckus stirred up by the front-page story in Sunday’s business section of The Washington Post.
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