Letters to the Editor

Letter: Thanks to a caring community

We would like to thank the wonderful community we live in for the many acts of kindness shown to us during the recent loss of our mother. We would like to thank Frances Pullen, Karen Pullen, Brenda Leonard and Mary Baldwin for the wonderful reception, and Pastor Jon Heddleston and Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church...
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Letter: People should know about People For Pets

I recently discovered an absolutely wonderful nonprofit, animal rescue group serving our area that people in Rappahannock should know about. The group is called People For Pets, and I learned about them when I was trying to find a home for a stray cat that showed up at our house. This stray cat needed...
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Letter: To Rapp News, from Relay For Life

As co-chair, team captain and survivor I want to send a special thank-you to the staff at the Rappahannock News. The last article before Relay with the program information and this week’s paper with the pictures and article were especially nice. Also, the announcements included throughout the year regarding our meetings and fundraisers are appreciated as well. Again,...
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Letter: County needs to change special-use process

Imagine waking up to find out your next-door neighbor had moved and turned their home into a junkyard or a chicken fertilizer plant or even a race track. Well, in Rappahannock County that can happen without your even knowing it.
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Letter: From Fauquier Health — way to go, Piedmont!

On behalf of the Fauquier Health Foundation board of directors and staff, we want to say — way to go, Piedmont! For our communities to collectively raise $630,000 to support area nonprofits in the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation’s Give Local campaign, in addition to the support they give throughout the year, is a testament...
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Letter: A wonderful evening at El Quijote

Wow! I just had the best shrimp of my life and as one who grew up in the Caribbean and has travelled extensively elsewhere eating seafood of all kinds, that should be saying something. In fact, all the tapas we ordered at Sperryville’s El Quijote were excellent. The squid was perfectly cooked, not an...
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Letter: Many thanks from the Band Boosters

The Rappahannock County High School Band Boosters want to extend our heartfelt appreciation and thanks to everyone who helped make our annual Coffee House on May 8 a great success. Most especially, we’d like to thank the local musicians who generously donated their time and talents to our event: Ace$trings, the Gold Top County...
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Letter: What the public’s hearing: done deals

The facts of your April 30 article on the Rappahannock County budget really should come as no surprise to anyone. In my opinion, the outcome of the meeting was preordained, as it has been for many years. After all, the “public hearing” is for the public to hear the decision already made, not for...
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Letter: Don’t let the town give public property away

At its meeting next Monday night (May 11), the Washington Town Council is scheduled to consider measures to vacate and convey public property — for free — to a private business, The Inn at Little Washington. The town property in question is the Middle Street “stub” adjacent to the building housing the Post Office...
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Letter: Thank you for mixing, mingling and supporting RAWL

The Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL) would like to thank the community for coming out to “Mutt, Mix & Mingle” May 1 at the Flint Hill Public House. We were thrilled with the tremendous turn out, it was great to see so many friends with their dogs enjoying the event. The weather was perfect,...
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Letter: Aiming for $1 million in Give Local Piedmont 2015

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April 30
Give Local Piedmont participants and volunteers shout (or at least show off) this year’s online fundraising campaign date from the rooftops.

If there is one thing Rappahannock is known for, it’s our sense of community — we proved that last year during the inaugural Give Local Piedmont event when we raised $675,000, of which the 24 participating Rappahannock County nonprofits raised an impressive $155,071.
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Letter: Coterie Shop bids farewell

If you haven’t heard it before, “coterie” means “a group of like-minded people with a common purpose.” For the past three years at the Coterie Shop in Sperryville, owners Jen Perrot and I have had a wonderful experience creating a place where like-minded artist and artisans could bring their products to sell. Coterie has...
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Letter: Biting the hand

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck . . . If Demaris Miller thinks she proved how smart she is, she failed. This county feeds off the Inn at Little Washington. They create jobs (I worked there for 6½ years), the Country Cafe gets customers for their delicious food, the souvenir and antique shops get...
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Letter: Crash landing and land crashing

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April 30

My daughter Ellen and her husband arrived in Kathmandu March 4 on the Turkish Airline flight that skidded off the runway and cracked up on landing. Miraculously, nobody was hurt. They then saw a lot of old friends, and Ellen continued her ongoing research documenting the life histories of some of the old Newar...
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Letter: The first Film Festival’s closing credits

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April 23

There’s a saying that making something look effortless requires a lot of effort. It was the herculean effort of a small team of dedicated volunteers which culminated in an amazingly successful weekend of film and fun at RAAC’s first annual Film Festival at Little Washington. In recognizing these volunteers, we start with our three talented...
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Letter: Oklahoma City: It started with words

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April 23

Just over 20 years ago, an explosion at 9 a.m. on a typical workday morning tore apart the center of Oklahoma City and changed our world forever. A group of homegrown malcontents mixed a lethal brew of ammonium nitrate fertilizer and fuel oil and set it off in a Ryder truck parked in front...
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Letter: The culture of community / community is culture

As a rarified denizen of the American Kennel Club world (self-described and perhaps appropriate) and a resident of Poe’s Road, I feel qualified to discuss the issues presented by my neighbor Charlene James-Duguid in her letter of April 9. I must agree, no one wants a lifestyle disrupted or placed in disarray. No one...
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Letter: Thanks for taking on tomorrow’s filmmakers

Courtesy of Rappahannock 4-H

Twenty-three 9- to 15-year-olds participated in the 4-H Youth Filmmakers’ workshop on April 10. David Frey from Mac Business Solutions taught the participants how to use iMovie on Virginia Cooperative Extension-provided iPads. Participants were then divided into small groups, with each group being assigned to interview people in the community who were involved with...
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Letter: High school pep rally or town council meeting?

The council meetings of the Town of Washington are turning into the equivalent of a high school pep rally. Article 3.7 of the town’s charter states that, “. . . the council shall follow Robert’s Rules of Order, latest edition, for rules of procedure necessary for the orderly conduct of business . . .,”...
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Letter: ‘I want to extend my hand in fellowship’  

Hello Rappahannock County! I’d like to introduce myself and my family. I am Billy Gorodner and my family includes Precious, Rubi, Soup, Bliss, Betsy, Paulie, Tony, Happy (all cocker spaniels, dachshunds or Japanese chins) and Robin, my cat. I retired from my business and will be relocating to Rappahannock County. Imagine my surprise to...
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Letter: Miss those cool drinks of Walter

I have keenly missed Walter Nicklin’s editorial page essays these past two weeks. We in Rappahannock need his gentle — but powerful — voice. These are tumultuous times for our county. Come back, Walter! Clay FulghumWashington
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Letter: The Inn’s ‘desperate’ distraction

The article under the front-page banner headline in your paper last Thursday (April 9) seems to be the result of behavior that harks back to an old saying dating at least to the early 20th century: “If the facts are against you, hammer the law. If the law is against you, hammer the facts....
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Letter: A big band and boosters thank-you

A huge thank you to all who supported the RCHS Band and the Band Boosters by your participation in our strawberry sale this spring, and the fruit sale last fall. The money raised goes towards the fees necessary to participate in competitions, to assist those students who cannot afford to go on our yearly...
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Letter: Beautification, development and conversation

Rappahannock is a beautiful and unique, special place. Letter-writer Stanley Reynolds reminds us to get involved, and to work together to keep it that way.
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Letter: Community — a precious commodity

I live on South Poes Road, a winding, seemingly undistinguished, quiet, two-lane thoroughfare at the east end of the county. “National Geographic” isn’t going to show up anytime soon to train their cameras on our exotica, nor is Vanity Fair going to chase us down to document our chic, trendy lifestyle. On the surface,...
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Letter: Hydrant vs. parking lot

Regarding William Metcalf’s letter March 26 pointing out the repeated failure of the town of Washington to respond to the safety needs of the Piedmont Street residents of Washington, it is indeed curious that the town council could afford to spend $20,000 for parking lot beautification, yet finding $5,000 to repair a fire hydrant...
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Letter: The fool, the jester and the scold  

Every little town in the world has its fool, its jester and its village scold — and Washington, Va., is no exception. Over the past three years our quiet, lovely town has been plagued with a barrage of nasty, hateful attacks on our mayor, our business owners and our town government. You can’t pick...
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Letter: Stickers, yes!

Stickers, yes!

While it is understandable that it is more cost-efficient for the county to collect the vehicle tax without issuing stickers (“Stickers, no. Assessors, yes,” March 26), many are proud to display our county’s name on their cars. I suggest that a worthwhile charity sell similar stickers. I would enjoy being among the first in...
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Letter: Focused on the positive side

Nancy and I got our Red Oak Mountain land 33 years ago. Last year Nancy took over the theater in town. (I told her she was crazy, but do you think she listened?). Does this make us “locals?” Probably not. Does it mean that we love this county and admire the people here? Definitely....
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Letter: ‘Awed and humbled by your generosity’

Photo by Matthew Black

On March 2, our home on Slate Mills Road was totally destroyed by fire. We want to thank all the fire companies and fire company personnel as well as the rescue squad folks who came to our aid. I would name them all, but won’t lest I leave someone out. You did an amazing...
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Letter: In South Africa, an ‘awe-inspiring’ children’s home

Tracy King, left, one of the King safe house’s Xhosa nannies and Kay Wilson hold three of the home’s 24 babies during Wilson’s visit.

Earlier this month, I visited the Kings Children’s Home in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, a "safe house" for abandoned and abused babies found and rescued in the rural coastal area south of the Transkei.
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Letter: What are the town’s priorities? 

The hydrant, since painted black.

When will common sense prevail? I am writing this letter because I am simply out of options and tired of the Town of Washington’s inability to make respectable, rational decisions. Several years ago, I returned home on Piedmont Avenue to discover a garbage bag on a fire hydrant located in front of our home....
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Letter: Climate change: denial, anger . . . acceptance

“I care so deeply about climate change, but I don’t know what I personally can do about it. I feel helpless, stalled and disconnected.” There were the words of someone who recently came to me for help. As a longtime spiritual coach, I’ve learned that certain ways of interacting with Nature can assist people...
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Letter: An unforgettable evening at Belle Meade

The cast of Belle Meade’s “Addams Family” musical on stage last weekend.

Last Friday and Saturday the big yellow schoolhouse, just a few miles from Sperryville on F.T. Valley Road, was transformed into a swanky dinner theater. It was there the students and staff from Belle Meade School presented their version of the Broadway musical, “The Addams Family.” I was amazed by the talent displayed by...
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Letter: A pay raise for school board members?

They say public service can be a thankless job. Well, the burden should be a bit lighter for members of our Rappahannock County School Board if their proposed 2015-2016 budget is adopted. Buried in the 38-page “Working Document” unveiled Tuesday evening are increased pay and new benefits that amount to a 700-percent pay raise...
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Letter: RCHS Quiz Bowl team: Well done!

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March 19

Amidst all the controversies, local, state, and national, let’s pause to applaud the Rappahannock County High School Quiz Bowl team. My husband and I drove to Williamsburg early one morning to watch these young people compete in the state tournament. The team members, looking classy in their blazers, answered challenging question after challenging question. The content was...
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Letter: Paradise or purgatory?

Rappahannock — with its mountain vistas and magnificent sunsets — appears to be paradise. Unfortunately, some are trying to make it purgatory for others.
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Letter: Let’s decide

The article “Virginia still deciding if women are equal” lands at the very least on the last page of the Feb 19 issue of the Rappahannock News. But it sure caught my eye. I hope it stirs more than some thought in our citizens as it has definitely stirred my heart. I hope it...
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Letter: Protect deer, or protect our forests, farms and gardens?

In the Feb. 12 edition of the Rappahannock News, Richard Brady makes a case that Rappahannock County should not participate in the “Earn A Buck” (EAB) program of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), which manages the deer population in Virginia. In this program a hunter, after taking an antlered deer, must...
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Letter: Thank you, visionary volunteers

The wonderful volunteers in the Lions Club are people that loyally contribute their support to help others. In partnership with the Culpeper Lions Club, Rappahannock Lions arranged a visit to our preschool for the second year in a row for a state-of-the-art vision screening. The Child Care and Learning Center appreciates their assistance to...
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