Letters to the Editor

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: 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: ‘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: 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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Letter: It was an honor to know Sally Havstad

I had the honor of attending the funeral/memorial/celebration of life for an amazing woman this morning. It’s funny how these occasions cause memories, often long forgotten, to come rushing back. Sarah (Sally, to most of us in Rappahannock) Havstad never lacked for energy. Her generous heart, and no-nonsense, loving nature touched children and their...
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Letter: Team effort made RappCats’ flea market a success

RappCats would like to thank the Rappahannock community for its generous support of our flea market June 14 at the Vierling warehouse in Flint Hill. It was a team effort with our volunteers and members of the community who donated their time and thousands of items, lent us tables and tents, and bought our...
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Letter: Nothing (new) to see here

The recent stories of Mr. Jim Abdo and his real estate investments have resulted in good discussions for the Town of Washington and the county, though this is not the first time someone has come into the county with a splash and grand plans. Actually, these people are good for the county. They come...
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Letter: Mr. Jones does not speak for the locals

Dear Ben Jones, I am responding to your recent editorial in The Washington Post opinion section. I wish to address what I believe are your flawed arguments and rather objectionable commentary regarding D.C. real estate developer Jim Abdo’s recent real estate purchases in the town of Little Washington, in Rappahannock County. In particular, I’d like...
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Letter: Give the man a chance

Please give Jim Abdo a chance to share his “side” of the story. He’s a resident/homeowner/taxpayer in the county, too. Earl JohnsonSperryville
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Letter: So many axes, so little action

Editor’s Note: Many dozens of posts on the subject of Jim Abdo’s plans for Washington were made over the past couple of weeks to Rappnet, the local email list-serv. This one, in slightly edited form, was re-sent to us as a letter. I am a resident of Little Washington, one of the few here...
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Letter: A mayor’s perspective

Much has been written about Little Washington this past week and I understand the concerns and the passion because all of us who live here care deeply about the special nature of our county seat. I want to offer my perspective — some history and some facts, and most of all emphasize there is...
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Letter: Transparency is a two-way street

I attended the public hearing for the Rappahannock Water and Sewer Authority’s proposed rate increases last week. No matter what opinion anyone may have of the rate increases and whether or not they should have gone forward, you could not deny that the board members had done a lot of work thinking through the...
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Letter: A dime novel for our times

Picture this: You and your lifelong friends are swapping stories and playing checkers at the town watering hole. A gunslinger (who also happens to be town sheriff, name of Sullivan) walks in with his guns a-blazing and hollers: “Listen up here folks. This here ’stablishment is under new management.” The locals stop everything and...
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Letter: Civic ‘improvement’ and the price of wool 

At the end of the 18th century, wealthy landlords, both Scottish and English, looked upon the indigenous peoples of the Scottish Highlands and saw a backward, rustic, simple society of barefoot laborers eking out a rudimentary existence on small plots called crofts. These crofters utilized enough land to provide for themselves and their immediate...
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Letter: Celebrating the ‘Five Over Fifty’

Aging Together believes that older adults give more to our community than they take. To give recognition to their many and varied contributions, Aging Together is honoring Five Over Fifty later this month. In Rappahannock County we are celebrating the ever-wise and helpful Hal Hunter. It’s a bit hard to describe all of the...
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Letter: Bringing ‘balance’ to Little Washington

I’ve been here since before The Inn opened and watched it expand over the years, and I find Mr. Jim Abdo’s recent characterization of our county seat insensitive and horribly inaccurate — particularly when he, with a couple of decades coming and going here, has apparently failed...
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Letter: Many thanks to all

The Woodward family would like to thank all of their friends and neighbors the outpouring of support and friendship during the past several weeks. The visits, cards, calls and prayers meant so much to both “Mack” and the family. We would also like to thank the Blue Ridge Hospice Organization for their time and...
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Letter: False alarms?

As a regular reader and supporter of the Rappahannock News, I was surprised at the very large red-headlined article in the middle of the May 22 issue. I immediately read the (unusually long) article in its entirety. I kept waiting to see the data that drove the editors of the paper to create this...
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Letter: Think before you shoot

I am an Amissville resident of 20 years living on Hinsons Ford Road. Our family members hunt, target shoot and have always supported responsible gun ownership, use and safety. From time to time I have heard target practice and shooting near my property. However, the Sunday of Memorial weekend (May 25), I was shocked...
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Letter: Legalizing marijuana could help addicts

If Americans honestly want to lower heroin addiction rates as last week’s story suggests, they should end marijuana prohibition. An important reason to end marijuana prohibition that doesn’t get mentioned is because a ban increases hard drug addiction rates by putting citizens who choose to use the relatively safe plant into contact with people...
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