Letters to the Editor

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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Letter: All we need is love

I really enjoyed last week’s editorial about love. Indeed, love of the land is what does unite us all out here, and is the reason those of us who have been around for a while have stayed and those who are the “newbies” have come. Sometimes there are those who want to profit from...
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Letter: Thanks to all for your winter Waikiki-themed benevolence

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Feb. 12

I wish to extend thanks to the many people who made this year’s Rappahannock Benevolent Fund dinner a great success, closing in on raising $40,000: First to the owners of the Washington School building, John Sullivan and Bill Walton, for making it available; to Dee Vest, Bev Atkins, Bette Mahoney and the other wonderful...
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Letter: Virginia’s domestic violence solution: Get your own gun

Woman with smoking gun via Wikimedia Commons

According to the House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety, victims in domestic disputes in Virginia should purchase a gun, sleep with one eye open for months, waiting for an ex to launch an attack. And if said attack ends in a shootout in front of kids, that’s okay, as long as the...
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Letter: Medical alert program can help, at no charge

I was disturbed to read that Sperryville resident Oscar Dodson had fallen in his home and had to be helped by postal carrier Chasiti Foster. Residents of Rappahannock County who are disabled or older than 60 should know they can obtain a medical alert device through the Emergency Medical Alert Program (EMAP) from Rappahannock-Rapidan...
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Letter: Thanks to all for helping honor the life of Dr. King

Thank you to the Rappahannock community, family and friends for your attendance and support during the 24th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Observance held at The Theatre at Little Washington on Sunday, Jan. 18. A special thank you to all of the Town of Washington and Rappahannock County officials who took...
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Letter: Sam O’Connor’s passing

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On Jan. 16, we lost one of the grand ladies of Rappahannock, Cornelia Kissam Dickinson O’Connor, affectionately known to her friends and family as “Sam.” She was 100 years old.
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Letter: Look after energy, economy and environment, please

An open letter to Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-26th) and Del. Michael Webert (R-18th): The Unitarian/Universalists of the Blue Ridge (UUBRidge) congregation located in Sperryville wishes our state to expand the use of solar and wind energy sources instead of fossil fuel. We wish to promote alternative energy to replace fossil fuel wherever possible. Thus,...
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Letter: Shining a light upon truth

John Kiser’s opinion piece in last weeks’ Rappahannock News couldn’t be timelier in the aftermath of the recent horror in Paris. John brings forth a shining example of an Islamist emir who, after fighting the French for the right reasons, losing, and then being imprisoned and terribly mistreated, was able to “turn the other...
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Letter: No pain, no gain

I heartily support raising the gas tax. As pointed out in last week’s editorial, the state of our transportation infrastructure is abysmal and we are doing nothing about it. While no one enjoys paying taxes, I think most people are willing to share the burden of cost for services provided them. The gas tax...
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Letter: Gratitude for Rapp’s first-responders

We, the family of the late Stevens Edward Butler, who passed away Dec. 21, would like to extend our sincere and heartfelt thanks for emergency services provided on Dec. 2 to the following responding organizations: Castleton Community Volunteer Fire Company, Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad and Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue. In our time of need, the emergency response...
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Letter: A request for our man in Richmond

An open letter to Del. Michael Webert (R-18th): As residents of Rappahannock County, we urge you to do all you can to ensure the protection of our lands and landscapes; supporting the Virginia Land Preservation Tax Credit is one meaningful and effective way. With the human presence increasingly felt and seen throughout the world,...
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Letter: Thank you for your donations

We would like to thank all of those who came to the Washington fire hall on a very cold and blustery Jan. 7 to donate blood for the Red Cross Bloodmobile! The Red Cross can always count on Rappahannockers to deliver, and they were able to get 29 usable pints of blood. Thanks go...
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Letter: Inquiring minds have a legal right to know

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Jan. 8

A couple of years ago when the original proposal for a cell tower at Rappahannock County High School was first mentioned, I took to the internet to find out how other communities have dealt with similar proposals. Without fail, these situations have been “controversial.” The cellular industry insists that the emissions from the towers...
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Letter: The end of it

Pink plastic made the letter writer see red.

Recent actions by Chris Parrish, supervisor for the Stonewall-Hawthorne district, only elevated my appreciation of the individual and the dedicated work an elected official will do for the citizens of this community. Several weeks ago I attended a Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors meeting which discussed an objectionable littering problem in the county, that...
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Letter: School cell tower concern

I am very concerned about the Rappahannock County Public Schools’ plans to lease property for a communications tower and cannot find information anywhere. There is nothing on the school’s website about this and I surely do not see anything on the county’s website. My concerns extend beyond the issue of possible radiation. Yes, I...
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Letter: Dark skies, bright spirits

Dark skies star cluster photo by Filip Lolić via Wikimedia Commons

Have you noticed more lights at night around our county? I have. From where I sit on a farm in the F.T. Valley, the number of field and garage beacons illumined in the valley at night has increased, or so it seems.
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Letter: A Christmas tradition worth copying (but not pasting)

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Jan. 8

It was my pleasure to provide publicity and coverage for this year’s Amissville Holiday Food Drive. Once again, area residents and merchants stepped up to donate funds and a mountain of food to go to needy families, plus flowers and fruit baskets to the local shut ins. All of the work was done by...
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Letter: Jingle Bell thank you

A big, festive, heartfelt thank you to everyone in the community who helped make the fourth annual Jingle Bell 5K Run and Walk a huge success! Thank you to the owners of the Washington School for providing the perfect home for our race, to the Child Care and Learning Center (CCLC) for seating and...
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Letter: Our sincere appreciation

The family of Edward Lee Pullen would like to thank everyone for their prayers, cards, food, phone calls and support during the recent loss of our dear loved one. God bless each and every one one of you. Pullen FamilyWashington
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Letter: Cell towers: Too hot for school

I am writing to express my opposition to locating a cell phone tower at the high school. I am not opposed to having cell towers in our county, but I believe placing a tower at a school presents too many potential health risks to a large portion of our population, including many children. My...
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Letter: The inherent dangers of . . . money

At the school board meeting on Dec. 9, I was terribly surprised and dismayed at how unfairly the citizens opposing cell towers at school locations were treated when they finally got the opportunity to speak.  After patiently waiting for an hour and a half for others to speak regarding the football-team issue, I was finally...
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Letter: Thanks for the hard work and great fun  

Now that the Washington fire hall looks like a fire hall again, and all of the beautiful wreaths, swags, garlands and centerpieces have been placed all over the county, it is time to say thanks to all the people who make the Rappahannock County Garden Club Greens Workshop so successful. First of all, we...
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Letter: Big Christmas in Little Washington

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It takes not just a village but a whole county to make Christmas in Little Washington come to life — a whole county and months of work and a multitude of volunteers. The heart of the celebration is the parade — and what a parade it was! The person who made that happen —...
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Letter: In such situations, someone will be disappointed

We are responding to Chance Liscomb’s letter to the editor in last week’s paper about his recent experience with the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL). We are sorry that he felt he was not treated properly with regard to the application process. RAWL strives to make the adoption experience a pleasant one. As part of...
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Letter: Cell phones and lifelines

The fuss over views and possible health hazards of cell towers seems small and petty when the power is out, the phones are dead and your house is on fire — no phone, no power, zero temperatures. (The view is very grim.) A short time ago, a man working with a bladed weed whacker...
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Letter: Thanks for the peek behind the scenes at RAAC

What a nice surprise to open the Rappahannock News last week and see your story about Linda Heimstra, the painter who creates sets for RAAC Community Theatre productions. For our holiday shows — such as this year’s “The Wizard of Oz” — we employ a series of folding panels to change sets. Linda paints...
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Letter: Much help, and Howard, make ‘Oz’ possible

We have just completed painting the sets and getting ready for this year’s holiday production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Many thanks must go to everyone who has lent a hand to create the magic in the theater, especially to Darien Reece, Barbara Heile, Davette Leonard and Ralph Bates for the countless hours they...
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Letter: Raw after RAWL experience

Recently I made an attempt to adopt a dog from the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League. I realized finally that I was in a place in my life where I could care for an animal well. My job had changed, and it affords me the opportunity of keeping a dog with me constantly. I was excited...
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Letter: Thankful for the many blessings of Rappahannock

Veterans Day at the high school, Mark Raiford snapped a shot of his dad saluting while his son, with fellow Troop 36 scouts, led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Whenever I tell people from outside our region I’m from Rappahannock they inevitably ask, “Is that near Fredericksburg?” I reply “no” and give them the geographic location and an explanation. Inevitably, their next question is, “What’s there to do there — what’s it like?” I admit I am most always at a loss for...
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Letter: Thanks to all our Linked businesses

Our recent quarterly Biz Link event, planned under the umbrella of Businesses of Rappahannock, was great fun and a tremendous success! Hosted by Magnolia Vineyards (Tina and Glenn Marchione), the hoards of business professionals in attendance enjoyed Magnolia wines and were fed delicious treats by co-underwriter Rudy’s Pizza (Andy Thompson) and our sponsor Triple...
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Letter: Sponsors, thanks; see you all on court Friday

The Rappahannock County Public Schools Parent Teacher Organization (RCPS PTO) would like to sincerely thank the following local team sponsors for their generous support of our upcoming Alumni Basketball Tournament: A&E Excavating, Andy Berry, B&B Signal, Griffin Tavern, Miller & Smith Home Builders, TC Robey Construction, Union First Market Bank and Williams Tree Service...
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Letter: Sawyer, you will be missed

The late, great Sawyer.

Sawyer McCool Loth, 14 (or so) years old, beloved dog of Henry, Fiona, Bruce and Missy, was released from his mortal coil on Nov. 13 with the help of the compassionate folks at Rose Hill Veterinary. He was on his favorite bed in his favorite spot in the back of the car. Rescued as...
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Letter: Local is just better

I smiled in recognition as I read Jed Duvall’s recent “Shop Local” column in the Rappahannock News. Newer cars seem to be more difficult to work with. Computers run everything now, and things that used to be pretty matter of fact on older vehicles seem more complicated than they should be.   Just before I...
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Letter: Why Rappahannock rocks (and rolls)

Election Day is always a long one for poll workers, from 5 in the morning until 9:30 or 10 at night. Our chores were made a little easier at the Sperryville fire hall last week when Margaret Rogers, proprietor of Central Coffee Roasters, arrived with canisters of hot and delicious coffee. Thank you, Maggie!...
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Letter: But who ratified the Constitution?  

I enjoyed your long article of Oct. 30 about the James Madison vs. James Monroe election for a seat in the United States House of Representatives in 1789. However, the author of the article is in error in twice stating that in Virginia the United States Constitution was ratified in 1788 by the Virginia...
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Letter: Big changes, hardly addressed 

Thank you, Rappahannock News, for recently publishing a letter from John Sullivan, mayor of Washington, defending his town’s status given the dwindling population and ongoing business preferences. I wish he had granted you access for an actual article, as he afforded The Washington Post, one that might have posed serious questions and received honest answers...
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Letter: Scholastic Bowl team did us proud  

Letter: Scholastic Bowl team did us proud  

This week I had the rewarding and entertaining experience of watching the Rappahannock County Panthers defeat three other regional schools — Strasburg, William Monroe and Warren County — at the Scholastic Bowl held at Rappahannock County High School. I enjoy and respect most sporting events, but nothing has made me more proud to be a...
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