Letters to the Editor

Letter: Thanks for your support of Biz Link

The quarterly Rappahannock Business Link (Biz Link) networking socials continue to thrive! The latest event, hosted by Flint Hill Public House (thanks to the efforts of John Gruber, Marvin Swaner and their wonderful staff), was attended by approximately 45 members of our Rappahannock business community, with flyers and business cards in hand! Thanks to...
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Letter: A delicious ChiliFest, thanks to . . .

Paul Grosso, left, accepts the Best Chili award from the Lions’ Jim Manwaring Saturday at the Washington fire hall.

“I never made chili before in my life!” The shocked quote matched the beaming smile from Paul Grosso minutes after the Amissville resident accepted the Best Chili plaque/home chef category in the 2014 Rappahannock Lions Club ChiliFest. He shared top honors with three-time commercial winner Debbie Donehey of Griffin Tavern. They were joined in...
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Letter: Matt’s excellent adventure

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Oct. 16

This week’s paper is my 114th — and final — edition working for the Rappahannock News. Don’t worry about me; I’m off to that other Washington with a freelancing gig.
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Letter: Preventable tragedies

I was shocked, disheartened and deeply saddened to read about the circumstances surrounding Richard  Brown’s tragic death, as reported in last week’s edition of the Rappahannock News. If there had been adequate cell phone service, he most likely would be alive today. This 68-year-old man, a victim of a weed-eater accident, bled profusely while...
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Letter: Pitting neighbors against each other

Mayor John Fox Sullivan’s cackling defense and characterization of folks who dare to speak in opposition to him and the town council reminds me of the sentiments expressed by some local elected officials from a bygone era. In the 1960s, small town mayors and sheriffs across the South railed against the influx of “outsiders” —...
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Letter: Headmaster’s: A perfect fall capstone

This past weekend was one of those magical Rappahannock weekends for me and my daughter. Not only was it perfect weather, but all of our local haunts had the spirit and atmosphere of an old-fashioned Christmas Eve afternoon where people are happy and helpful and just plain wonderful. Now, fasten your seatbelt, because our...
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Letter: Just answer the question, please

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Oct. 9

John Fox Sullivan’s rambling and slightly incoherent defense of the need for a town government last week raises more questions than it answers, and uses every old politician’s trick in the book to do it. The language is prickly, but the message is clear: If you question the town plutocracy, you will be mocked and...
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Letter: Life, liberty and (not) the pursuit of fear

I would like to respond to Mr. Klaus’ Sept. 25 letter, and his comments regarding your Sept. 11 interview with House of Representatives candidate Lawrence Gaughan. Rest assured the incumbent has been doing lots of things “for” people — they just aren’t the people who live in the 5th District of Virginia. They are the...
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Letter: Let’s also conserve our bitterness

I would dearly love to read a letter or opinion piece regarding a conservation issue that didn’t start and end with an attempt to get me to hate the person (or, more commonly, corporation) that disagrees with the opinion writer. A case in point is last week’s piece submitted by Robert N. Whitescarver. While...
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Letter: The town’s so-called ‘governing body’

I attended the Sept. 15 meeting of the Washington Town Council to hear the discussion of the special-use permit requested by Deborah Winsor to have her residence at 199 Main St. run by the same off-site innkeepers as the White Moose Inn. So welcome, White Moose South (technically it’s known as a tourist home), to...
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Letter: Washington: facts vs. friction

There continues to be some controversy over the direction of the town of Washington. RappNet abuzz. Letters to the Rappahannock News. As a resident of the town for nearly 10 years, and having served on the Washington Town Council since 2005 and as mayor since 2010, I would like to offer my perspective as...
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Letter: Time to move on

At first glance, Scotland’s recent referendum on independence may have little in common with the discussion on these pages about Washington’s town charter. But therein lies a cautionary tale. Ultimately, the residents of Scotland voted not to break with what many saw as a too-alien, too-powerful and too-monied Westminster. That said, the vote has...
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Letter: Let’s look for solutions that matter

Of all the problems and opportunities facing Rappahannock County — and I prefer to think positively about opportunities — whether the town of Washington should lose its charter ranks very low. Recent letters to the editor and discussions on other public venues have been acrimonious and not helpful in trying to come together to...
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Letter: Healthy kids or cell towers?

We care about the schoolchildren of Rappahannock. We are not against cell service for the county. We attended the Aug. 12 school board meeting because we have four grandchildren who attend or will attend Rappahannock County High School (RCHS). As noted in that week’s Rappahannock News, we spoke up against allowing a cell tower at...
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Letter: Thanks to a lot of generous people . . . 

It’s more than two weeks after the 2014 Taste of Rappahannock benefit, and I am still in awe of all those who stepped up to volunteer their help or donate to ensure guests had a thoroughly enjoyable dinner. Somewhat belatedly, I want to publicly exclaim my thanks and kudos to all those who helped...
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Letter: A Farm Tour success, thanks to many

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Oct. 2
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On behalf of the organizing committee that made the 2014 Rappahannock County Farm Tour & Festival a success, I would like to thank the following people: I thank the 32 tour venues who opened their farms and businesses — and hearts — to visitors for, in most cases, an entire weekend. Their enthusiastic participation has...
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Letter: Time to say goodbye to the town council

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Sept. 25

“Why does the village of Washington have its own government?” I first heard that question in the 1990s, when an article in the New Yorker magazine about the animosities between the Inn and its neighbors caused quite a stir around Rappahannock. The population of the town then was almost double what it is now....
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Letter: Do me no favors, Mr. Gaughan

Thank you for the interview with Lawrence Gaughan , the Democrat who hopes to replace Rep. Robert Hurt as our (5th district) delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. The part I found most informative and decisive for me was his comment on why he should be selected for...
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Letter: Robert Hurt deserves reelection

I am writing in response to Fred Schaefer’s letter last week regarding the upcoming election. I could not disagree more with his conclusion and I implore my fellow citizens to join me in supporting our member of Congress, Robert Hurt, on Nov. 4. Rep. Hurt has been an effective voice for us in Congress, promoting...
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Letter: Official leave of absence?

This past weekend I saw a great example of amateur theater (“Salt & Pepper”) before a full house of not only local but many out of county folks. The work of the Rappahannock Association for Arts in the Community (RAAC) is certainly an example of our county’s outstanding not-for-profit organizations in providing support to...
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Letter: An excellent ‘Taste’ 

Many thanks to all our community for your amazing support of this year’s 17th annual Taste of Rappahannock! Headwaters is immensely grateful to all the volunteers, teachers, students and businesses who donated time, auction items and service to make this event happen. Without you, it would not be possible. Thanks go out to the following...
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Letter: Support governor’s Medicaid plan

On Sept. 9, Gov. Terry McAuliffe put forward a proposal for limited  Medicaid expansion which may affect up to 20,000 uninsured Virginians with mental illness. In doing so, Gov. McAuliffe acknowledged that the House and Senate had stymied his efforts to: • expand Medicaid to the 400,000 uninsured Virginians who fall into the Medicaid...
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Letter: Gaughan: the clear choice

In the past two years voters have endured both a contentious presidential and governor’s election, so it is no wonder so few people have expressed much, if any, enthusiasm for the congressional elections coming up on Nov. 4. But much is riding on this election: Our very dysfunctional House of Representatives is up for...
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Letter: ‘Get a bigger tank’

About this time last year, I was wrapping up a 10-year stay in Georgia and planning a return to the pastoral splendor of Rappahannock. The entire process only took two months: Jobs fell into place quickly, we found a great house right next door to family and my boys were very pleased with their...
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Letter: Un-chartered territory, unmentioned last week

I would like to add some information that wasn’t noted in last week’s report of the September board of supervisors’ meeting. First, a note about process. It would be useful for someone to know in advance, when taking advantage of a public comment portion of the agenda, that apparently there is no requirement after...
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Letter: It’s Headwaters that should be thanked

Headwaters held its annual Taste of Rappahannock on Saturday (Sept. 13) at Mount Vernon Farm. Among the many guests and donors were numerous behind-the-scene planners and laborers who pulled off another spectacular event to benefit the many children of Rappahannock County. Headwaters is well-renowned in the community for its dedication to fostering education and...
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Letter: A balanced Washington, Va.

Over the past several months, I’ve read many negative comments about the town of Washington. Some of the accompanying suggestions in those comments as to how to resolve those negatives seem misplaced. The main issue in much of the discussion is the population of the town. We have been in the midst of a...
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Letter: Rapp’s own, moving forward at VMI

Evan Hitt (third row, center) among the VMI freshmen in New Market last weekend.

Last Sunday (Sept. 7), three of Rappahannock’s own took the Virginia Military Institute oath on the Field of Lost Shoes in New Market, Va.: Evan Hitt, Ben Estes and Bill Hogan, all Rats (as freshmen are called at VMI), who have survived the nine-day period of immersion into the VMI way of life known...
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Letter: Sincere sesquicentennial thanks

Sesquicentennial committee members (and weekend participants) included, from left: Ron Frazier, Art Candenquist, Sandra Maskas, Rudy Segaar and Jim Massie. (Missing in action: Sam Foreback and Tim Ayers.)

Thank you all for your wonderful support and help to making this last Rappahannock County Civil War Heritage Days event a success. Despite the heat on Saturday, we had a wonderful parade and “pass-in-review” ceremony in town. Sunday’s skirmish was a lot of fun and the weather was much more cooperative. Throughout the weekend...
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Letter: Remembering Pres Pulliam’s poetic soul

Letter: Remembering Pres Pulliam’s poetic soul

I was a latecomer to Preston Pulliam’s circle of friends, and the friendship we formed was a great joy and addition to my life in Rappahannock. Among his many charming attributes, including being a Virginia Gentleman par excellence, was his poetic soul that he shared with me a year ago. It took the form...
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Letter: The question of Washington, Va.

In March of 2005, the Town of Washington’s comprehensive plan update listed, in its vision of the town in 25 years, a population that had either stabilized or slightly increased. In 2000, the town’s population was 183 people, which further decreased to 135 in 2010. The declining population during that decade has not yet stabilized...
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Letter: When towns do and don’t grow in population

When towns grow, particularly through an increase in population density, they can — and quite rightfully should — seek to expand. However, before an expansion is warranted, a town needs an increase in residential population above and beyond what warrants the creation of a town in the first place. Without an adequate number of...
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Letter: Glad we settled in the mountains

Last week, my wife Carol took a terrible fall at our home. I’d like to take this time to thank everybody who was involved in helping us. I’m proud of my daughter, Mikayla, for keeping it together and making the 911 call. Mikayla also said the 911 dispatcher at the sheriff’s office was really...
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Letter: A cell tower on school property: ‘appalling’

The Aug. 14 school board story on “opening discussions” with cell companies to erect yet another needed tower in the county and its placement location should be a real concern to the people of our great county. The high school as one of the named possible locations is appalling. How could the officials of our county allow...
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Letter: Privileged to be a Pre-K teacher

Last Tuesday (Aug. 12), I spoke to the Rappahannock County School Board and shared my feelings of gratitude concerning the efforts to build a Pre-K program for our students. I would like to share my comments with the community and extend my thanks to all who have assisted to make this program a reality....
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Letter: Democracy in action, Rapp style

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Last week’s Rappahannock News article raised more questions than it answered. Here is what we were told: The Washington Town Council scheduled a public hearing on a special-use permit in June which was postponed until July, at which point it was postponed until August, at which time it was postponed until September. The reasons given...
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Letter: Headwaters thanks Union First and local restaurants

On behalf of the Headwaters Foundation and all the Rappahannock County Public Schools staff, we thank our local restaurants for providing a fabulous meal for the teachers, administrators and support staff of our public schools, and we thank Union First Market Bank for underwriting the luncheon. On Aug. 6, after a morning of speakers...
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Letter: Farm Tour needs your help

A new Rappahannock County Farm Tour & Festival committee has reduced the cost of the Sept. 27-28 event by more than half, while expanding venues to more than 30. Fiscally, we run a tight ship, but we need money to attract more visitors, to spend their money at local restaurants, shops and lodging establishments,...
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Letter: For us, volunteer service is appropriate

There is something that is just plain wrong about last week’s letter “Every minute counts!” The Sealocks and Smoots are families with deep roots in this county. They have lived and worked here for generations and know full well that we live in the country. We live in a rural county. Our fire and...
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Letter: Sexual battery and no consequences

I want to compliment you on your July 17 editorial, “Sex and consequences.” In fact, I applaud your recognition of the excellent efforts of our school system to educate our children. I have two kids in the system and myself am a graduate of Rappahannock County High School, class of ’83. However, in the...
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