Letters to the Editor

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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Aug. 21

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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Letter: Rappahannock resolution

Recently, your board of supervisors resolved, in essence, that the villain Spectra was persona non grata in Rappahannock County. Spectra is a huge pipeline-building company with a preliminary proposal on the table to run a natural-gas pipeline through Rappahannock, not for the benefit of this county, but to sell fracked gas to Duke Energy...
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Letter: Thanks for supporting the CMR Farm Fair

The Rappahannock 4-H Livestock Club would like to thank the following donors for their support of our livestock projects at the Culpeper-Madison-Rappahannock Farm Fair on July 10-14: Rappahannock Farm Bureau, Union First Market Bank, Virginia Livestock, Fauquier Livestock Exchange, Cheri Woodard Realty, Meadow Grove Farm, Front Royal Southern States, Service Tire and Battery Inc.,...
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Letter: In Memory — Maestro of All Maestros

the riderless podiumthe empty potthe open scorebrilliantly lit in the darknessbut minus the maestrothe notes were but fly specksupon the pagenot the music we stoodwe clappeda thunderous tributeto geniusit would have gone onfor hourshad they not turned on the lightshad they not started to playas best they couldwithout himbut not even hoursnot even daysnor...
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Letter: Farewell, and thank you

As many readers are aware, I am leaving gorgeous Rappahannock County and the beautiful town of Little Washington, which I have felt privileged to call home for the last three years. Although I eagerly anticipate rejoining my family on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, it is with a heavy heart that I am departing without the...
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Letter: Why I welcome additional cell service

I read, with great concern, C. Price’s letter several weeks ago, “Say no to wireless companies.” Living in rural Castleton, I already contend with no cell phone service in my area. Currently, I must drive three to five miles from my home for cell phone reception. Ms. Price may say, “So what? Use the...
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Letter: Every minute counts

On Monday, June 9, my brother had to be transported via air ambulance from the Amissville Volunteer Fire and Rescue station to the U.Va. Medical Center. He had sustained second- and third-degree burns across 30 percent of his lower body while working on a tractor at our grandfather’s house. Our father placed his first...
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Letter: A local alternative to cell towers

In response to Paul Hagstrom’s letter last week, and an as an FYI: Piedmont Broadband is a locally owned and operated company that has been operational for more than six years and at present provides internet service to more than 200 clients. We also have maintained a “green philosophy” in building this business, meaning...
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Letter: The real riches of Rappahannock

I came to Rappahannock County 45 years ago as a weekender for the same reason most people do: It’s beautiful, but also easy, quiet living and just far enough away from D.C. People are friendly, I don’t need to lock my car, local folks don’t honk their horns, parking is not an issue and there...
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Letter: ‘A star watches over us’

Masestro Maazel conducts a production of TBA.

July 13, 2014: Rappahannock County and the world lost a great patron and benefactor. We arrived at the Castleton Festival for a delightful afternoon of music and storytelling, and were stunned by the announcement of Maestro Lorin Maazel’s passing. Our breath was taken. The performance would be given in his honor, and the house...
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Letter: Maestro Lorin Maazel: Keeping his legacy alive

Masestro Maazel conducts a production of TBA.

All of the lights in the Castleton Festival auditorium were off, allowing the brilliance of the spotlight on Maestro Lorin Maazel’s podium to be the symbolic recipient of the standing ovation. Not many people knew, when they arrived at the box office to pick up their tickets to the “Story in Music” symphony experience,...
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Letter: ‘Let the towers rise!’

Today I did some research as to wifi availability across the globe: South Korea, Japan, Switzerland, Latvia, Netherlands, Czech Republic and Belgium are ahead of the United States. Finland and the United Kingdom trail the U.S. in the top 10. Citizens of Albania, Ukraine and Estonia have superior Internet service than the residents of Rappahannock County. Here we...
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Letter: Lions: Filled with pride

Outgoing Lions Club president Spots Williams (left) goes over club duties with incoming president Gordon Axelson at the club’s July picnic and induction.

As we move into our 56th year of service to Rappahannock County, it gives me tremendous pleasure to share with you how the Rappahannock Lions Club supports the unique needs of this wonderful place we share. Over the years we have sponsored numerous local activities and events, as well as various individual needs. This...
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Letter: Say no to wireless companies

AT&T/Community Wireless/other proxies have again entered the picture and are approaching private landowners about erecting cell phone towers on their properties. Disregarding the 24/7 propaganda on the airwaves; the rigged, unconstitutional laws forbidding people to oppose these towers on health grounds (they know it is dangerous to people’s health and don’t want the liability); the...
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Letter: Doing God’s work

I want to thank the crew from Impact of Virginia for all the wonderful work they did at my home. They were so kind and considerate; they just blew me away. I am more than pleased for what they did. Special thanks to pastor Bill Welch. Also to pastor Jon Heddleston and the ladies...
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Letter: To all who made the Fourth spectacular . . . 

The Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department sponsored their eighth annual Rappahannock County July Fourth Celebration at the Thornton Hill Hounds Racecourse last weekend. Independence Day was celebrated in spectacular fashion as the American flag flew high over the event, reminding everyone of the freedoms we enjoy each and every day. A good time was had...
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Letter: A successful Bloodmobile, thanks to . . .

Thank you to the 43 people who came out last Wednesday (June 25) to the Washington fire hall to donate blood for the Red Cross Bloodmobile. That was a record turnout! A total of 35 pints of blood were collected, surpassing our goal of 27! Thank you for taking the time out of your...
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Letter: Thank you, quick responders

We would like to thank companies 1, 2, 5, 7 and 9 for responding to our shed fire on June 18. Companies 2 and 7 (Sperryville Fire and Sperryville Rescue, respectively) got there first and kept our house from burning down. The shed was lost with all the contents, but they can be replaced....
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Letter: You could’ve lived in town. But you don’t.

There has been so much talk lately about how the people of the town of Little Washington are dictating to the county residents what should happen in the county seat that I feel I need to point something out. You have always had the opportunity to be residents of the town — to raise...
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Letter: RCCA joins the Krebser Fund

After months of study, legal inquiry and deliberation, the Rappahannock County Conservation Alliance Board (RCCA), has decided to close its doors and combine with the Krebser Fund for Rappahannock County Conservation. Many county residents and supporters may have wondered, “What has happened to RCCA?” Our most noticeable absence from community life in the last...
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Letter: Appreciating Rappahannock

From the time I first climbed Bald Mountain as a kid in the Adirondacks in New York, I have wanted to live in the mountains. In 1987, I bought five acres with a shack and no running water on a no name road on Oventop Mountain and in 1995 bought a small log cabin...
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Letter: We’ve all been down ‘This Road’ before

This song has been stuck in my head since the town hall meeting hosted by the Rappahannock News last week. I thought it might give some perspective about what seems to have drawn all of us, on all sides of the debate, to the county. I’d almost moved to Rappahannock County in the early...
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Letter: Let’s use our connections to do good

Abdo, Sullivan, O’Connell: I swear! All this small-town conspiracy talk spoiled all the fun at every party this spring. But now it is summer, and hopefully we can move on to more pressing, urgent matters like Spectra Energy’s pipeline path, and a very real and evil conspiracy by big-energy and paid-off politicians to cross...
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Letter: ‘An apology is due Ben Jones’

An apology is due Ben Jones for having been denied the opportunity to be heard at Thursday’s (June 19) community forum, an opportunity accorded all the others who took the mic to speak for some two and a half hours. Common courtesy and civility does not end just because one disagrees with — or...
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Letter: Clearing the air

Last month you published a front-page report on an interstate natural gas pipeline project that is being considered through Rappahannock County. Since then a number of landowners have been asked to consent to surveys of their property (and I know, because I’m one). Some misleading rumors have been circulating, too, and I’d like to...
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Letter: Astounding beauty vs. toxic ugliness

I was somewhere between here and the West Coast when I read the thread on Facebook’s Rappnet group about Jim Abdo’s properties in Little Washington. I made one comment and then stepped out of the fray because the tone and language being used appeared to be a repeat of how many residents here respond...
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Letter: Keeping our long-term interests in mind

What an uproar has erupted as a result of the recent newspaper article in The Washington Post, and subsequent opinion pieces both in that paper and the Rappahannock News! I hope people have had the chance to take a deep breath and truly think about the news about recent property purchases and discussions on plans either in the...
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