Letters to the Editor

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

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Dec. 18, 2014

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

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Dec. 18, 2014

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  

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Dec. 18, 2014

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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Dec. 11, 2014
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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

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Dec. 11, 2014

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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Letter: To all who made the fall festival a success . . .

The barrel train rolls, singer Ryan Jewel rocks and Nathaniel Moore enjoys his caboose ride at the Oct. 19 RCHS Fall Festival.

We would like to thank everyone that came out to the Rappahannock County High School Fall Festival Oct. 19. Once again, the county came through for our fundraising event. There are so many people to thank, from the teachers and class sponsors to the students and volunteers, that to name them all would take...
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Letter: What Rapp Fit did for me (and can for you)

Sara Kleppinger before she began getting fit, right, and in a recent photo.

I have wanted to write for some time to reach out to the community and encourage anyone and everyone to come to Rapp Fit. Rapp Fit started in March 2014 at Rappahannock County Elementary School’s gymnatorium with two fitness instructors who donate their time two nights a week to teach a by-donation-only, hour-long fitness...
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Letter: Bullets: Get the lead out

With hunters getting ready to hit Rappahannock’s fields and forests in pursuit of deer, I wanted to encourage everyone to consider replacing their lead bullets with copper ones. Getting the lead out of gasoline and paint are universally considered milestone achievements with clear, demonstrable benefits for human health and the environment. Yet we have...
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Letter: Elect Gillespie, release the Senate’s chokehold

Americans have been battling back from the recession only to see an underwhelming rate of economic recovery. Businesses and workers labor each day to rebuild our nation’s economy; however, little help has come from Washington. This November, I ask you to consider the message Virginians can send to Washington. Virginians are tired of “business...
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Letter: ‘I believe Mr. Nicklin has missed the point’

Publisher Walter Nicklin says, “there’s been a lot of vocal criticism about the governance of the county seat . . .” and “no serious effort to present alternate town council candidates.” I believe that Mr. Nicklin has missed the point entirely regarding the government of the county...
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Letter: Why Sen. Mark Warner is your man

On election day, the voters of Rappahannock should not hesitate in sending Mark Warner back to the United States Senate for a second term, because you don’t fire a guy who is willing to do the heavy lifting. By heavy lifting, I mean a senator who is willing to roll up his sleeves and...
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Letter: Reliable data, please

While we cannot say with certainty that cell phone service would have changed the outcome of the recent fatal incident in Sperryville, we can show a logical argument in favor of wider cell phone service providing a public good.   I would ask the opponents of cell phone service to present their logical argument...
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Letter: Veterans’ survivors a national obligation

This is an “off-year” election. That doesn’t make it unimportant! Think before you vote. Our state delegate, Michael Webert, is supporting an amendment to our state constitution. The issue will be on the ballot Nov. 4 as a referendum. The question: Shall Section 6-A of Article X (Taxation and Finance) of the Constitution of...
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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, 2014

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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