Letters to the Editor

Letter: ‘Your help was a blessing’

To our family and friends of David Allen Jenkins: We want to say thank you so much for all the hard work all of you did for Dad’s memorial service. Thank you to Aunt Linda Dwyer, Betty Jenkins, Barbara Waters, Catherine Waters and Elenor Beahm for helping us set the VFW up on Friday...
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Letter: Better safe than sorry

I wanted to take a moment to thank RCPS employees and the sheriff’s office for the prompt response and cautiousness during the lockdown procedure on April 8. While it didn’t yield a person found or an arrest of any kind, I would much rather our schools be overly cautious than not. As a parent, we...
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Letter: Dig deep for Give Local Piedmont

If there is one thing Rappahannock is known for, it’s our sense of community. Did you know that there’s an upcoming opportunity that can band us together in a fantastic effort to benefit many of our community organizations? It’s called Give Local Piedmont, and on May 6, a few clicks on the computer is...
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Letter: Thank you for your support

The Rappahannock Historical Society wishes to thank guest musician Madeline MacNeil for her fine concert on Sunday afternoon featuring tunes about the Blue Ridge seasons. Maddie’s voice, combined with her virtuoso accompaniments on mountain and hammered dulcimer, provided the perfect accent to a beautiful spring day. Thanks also to the large group of community...
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Letter: A berry successful band fundraiser

A big thank you to all who purchased strawberries during the recent RCHS Band Booster fundraiser, which was a big success! All funds raised by the Band Boosters from this and our other fundraisers assist in purchases of new uniforms, annual uniform cleaning, summer band camp expenses, annual spring trip expenses, need- and merit-based...
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Letter: Pushing our luck

In last week’s editorial, Walter Nicklin asks plaintively what we can do in response to earth’s degradation. “Don’t we have some kind of obligation to do more than simply observing?” The short answer — indeed the only answer — is yes. We are the most blessed of all generations. Through our appetites and ingenuity,...
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Letter: Returning to the ‘Virginia Way’

Recently many Virginians have been left to wonder what takes place in Richmond. They ask: “What happened to the Virginia Way?” Sadly, Washington style politics have infiltrated Virginia. With a single vote in the Senate, encouraged by an executive branch with its own agenda, the General Assembly is at an impasse. The Virginia Way...
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Letter: Virginia deserves a clean budget

Del. Webert said last week that we have seen the disastrous effects of the Affordable Care Act. While the implementation has had problems which are slowly getting resolved, what is disastrous about folks finally get health insurance with a pre-existing condition? College age children on their parent’s policy for a few more years, ensuring...
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Letter: Cancer: ‘Just a bump in the road’

Martin in 2005

My name is Tammy Smith Martin and July 1, 2010 changed my life forever. That was when I first heard the words, “You have breast cancer.” I was just 39 years old; this couldn’t be true. My life was perfect: A great husband, family, job and a sweet little 3-year-old boy who’s the light of my life. But...
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Letter: Bob Dennis’ permanent mark

Humans inhabited our unspoiled mountains and valleys 12,000 years before Christ. We know this from archeology. Erosion long ago erased our great ancestors’ footprints. Today, thankfully, we have permanent footprints — little green spots on the Piedmont Environmental Council’s map of Virginia’s Piedmont. If footprints are allowed in the big environment in the sky,...
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Letter: Antique Appraisal a success, thanks to . . .

The Rappahannock Historical Society’s recent Antique Appraisal was a great success. Our thanks to Ashleigh Cannon, Anna and Sophia of Copper Fox Antiques who kindly hosted the event making us very welcome. We sincerely appreciate the donations of time and expertise by appraisers Sara Hays, Beth Pollack, Philip Rosemond, George Rosenbaum and Kathy Shumate....
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Letter: Accepting the truth of climate change

Let’s be clear about climate change. What we know comes from data collected and analyzed by thousands of the world’s leading climatologists (the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change or IPCC); they agree and are more than 95 percent certain (science’s accepted standard of certainty), that global warming is real and, according to...
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Letter: Get your farmer and farm bill facts straight

Regarding Walter Nicklin’s editorial (“Of farms and fiscal policy,” Jan. 30) and his rather confusing and misguided criticism of both Congressman Robert Hurt and the recent Farm Bill: He discussed the “lavish subsidies” contained in the bill, ignoring the fact that the bill eliminates direct payments made to agricultural producers and consolidates a number...
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Letter: Global warming: Time to act

Okay, so climate change is a reality, as recent editorials discussed , and it is a calamity that we need to deal with. But it’s such a huge problem. What can I — one person, alone — do about it? First, if we approach this problem with courage and...
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Letter: Setting the record straight

I fear that the school board and your reporter may have misheard what I said at the public hearing the other day. I did not say, as the Feb. 20 article asserts, that “the board should turn an eye toward the athletic department.” You would find no such words in the transcript (if there...
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Letter: Let’s sacrifice the publisher!

I feel concerned and sorry for Walter Nicklin , since he is so closed-minded. Someone with a dearth of facts and a weak argument will make their point even weaker by demeaning and belittling those who hold another, educated view. Thus, in his editorial, when he stooped to minimize those who do...
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Letter: ‘Thanks for reawakening those memories’

My wife and I and our girls were delighted to see Chris Doxzen’s recent Sperryville column about Loring Anderson. The picture she painted of him is so accurate, of a unique, independent and self-sufficient man with the kind of loyalty and readiness to help friends and neighbors that you just don’t see so much...
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Letter: Balancing the costs

Walter Nicklin, in last week’s editorial, “Women are people, too,” would have us believe that those who seek to restrict access to contraception and abortion are taking “extreme positions on women’s rights.” The World Health Organization has found contraceptives to be a top carcinogen, along with asbestos and tobacco smoking (gerardnadal.com/2010/01/18oral.contraceptives-who-class). Furthermore, women who...
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Letter: BizLink’s growing success is thanks to . . .

Our quarterly Rappahannock Business Link Networking Social, held last Wednesday at Gadino Cellars, boasted the largest turnout ever! Perhaps it was because more of you are learning about Businesses of Rappahannock and long to become more involved in the business community — or maybe it was just cabin fever? Regardless, we couldn’t have been...
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Letter: Founding Father returns

It’s not every Presidents Day that you can get your picture taken with George Washington (aka Kevin Grantz), as several kids did last Sunday in Washington’s Town Hall.

The Committee for the Republic and the Friends of Liberty hosted a birthday celebration for George Washington in the Town Hall in Little Washington Sunday afternoon. George Washington was portrayed by Kevin Grantz, the leader of the Richmond-based Virginia Patriots which conducts colonial re-enactments, including the famous Saint John’s Episcopal Church “Give me liberty...
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Letter: In gratitude to Bob Dennis

I could never be as eloquent as your editorial was regarding Bob Dennis, but would like to add a few memories about how he helped me and my family connect with the wonder that is Rappahannock. We were introduced to Bob and Barb by his aunt, Hope Dennis Anderson, a neighbor and friend in...
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Letter: A student masterpiece, thanks to a mosaic of help  

The finished work is on view at Union First Market Bank.

The Headwaters/Rappahannock County Public Schools After School Program just finished its third session at Rappahannock County Elementary School and many students participated in a special project.
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Letter: Remind Herring of his duty

In 2006, more than 1 million Virginians legally voted for the marriage amendment. The present attorney general of Virginia, Mark Herring, has taken upon himself that this amendment is unconstitutional. The courts, however, decide such a situation, whereas the attorney general has no constitutional authority to do so. Virginia law takes into account that there...
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Letter: Plow sharing

To whomever plowed my driveway after the Valentine’s Day snowstorm of 2014: That was lovely. Thank you. Angela DeaversCastleton
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Letter: ‘Cut the talk and show the love’

For a solid week, I found myself churned up about the supervisors’ meeting that exposed our slice of Virginia to the change taking place in communities all over the U.S. To some people in each of those communities, the issue blossoms into roses of opportunity to strengthen the fabric of a place. To others...
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Letter: More voices: A good thing

There was a full house at the Feb. 3 Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors meeting. This was in sharp contrast to the normal audience of a half dozen, and that’s counting the Rappahannock News’ reporter. When we got to the public comment period, I was pleased when a regular got up to encourage the...
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Letter: Another successful Benevolent Fund(raiser)

The count is still out, but the Rappahannock Benevolent Fund’s annual fundraiser appears to have been a big success, thanks to the generosity, time and effort of many people. Let’s start with the owners of the Washington School: Bill Walton, Allan Comp, Dan Spethmann and John Sullivan, who made the space available at no...
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Letter: Some memories are painful  

I feel I have to write and say how much the article about my husband’s accident bothered me. It was bad enough to deal with the first time when we all agonized over it; I see no need repeating it, especially at the holiday time when we...
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Letter: Slowly but surely, the system works

In the June 28, 2012 issue of the Rappahannock News, a front page news article by Alex Sharp VIII discussed at length the embezzlement of my late husband’s and my coin collection valued at $65,238. This case has finally been resolved, and full restitution was realized on Jan. 13. Art Goff, the commonwealth’s attorney, persisted...
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Letter: Supporting the LCI overhaul

I strongly support the Orange County efforts to reconsider SB 1096 during the current session of the legislature. The current law handicaps those rural communities which participate in state-approved programs for land use and scenic easements. Those of us who are doing things to save farmland, forests and open spaces are being penalized by the...
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Letter: LED signs: ‘A blight on the vistas’

I absolutely concur with Beth Plentovich’s letter last week lamenting the two LED signs which now, sadly, mar our main road through Rappahannock. What is to stop more businesses from following suit unless we, the residents of this unique and beautiful place, express our displeasure with such a blight on the vistas we so treasure?...
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Letter: Where LEDs lead, let’s not follow

Not everyone is a fan of the LED sign in front of RCHS.

I very much appreciated the Jan. 9 editorial, “Rappahannock the Beautiful.” The beauty of our county and the desire of the residents to manage and protect this environment was a primary reason my husband and I moved here a little over a year ago. I am increasingly concerned that the county has started down a...
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Letter: You helped Bloodmobile surpass its goals

We would like to thank everyone who came out to support the Red Cross Bloodmobile on Jan. 8 at the Washington fire hall. A total of 31 usable pints of blood was collected by the Red Cross, which surpassed our goal. Every two seconds someone needs blood, and a single donation of whole blood...
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Letter: Senior Angel Tree gratitude

Virgil Corbin and Mary Holmes enjoy the fellowship — and gifts from bonafide Angels — at the Rappahannock Senior Center’s Christmas party last month.

To the wonderful people of Rappahannock County, A very sincere thank you for making this year’s Senior Angel Tree such a tremendous blessing to the community’s seniors. We were able to distribute 130 brightly colored packages wrapped with love and care to the Rappahannock Senior Center seniors, home-delivered meal program of RRCS seniors, Social...
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Another amazing Panama trip, thanks to . . .

Dodson with Panamanian orphans.

I have just returned from yet another amazing trip to Panama to help with the beginning stages of opening Casa Providencia, the first orphanage for special-needs children in the country. My time was also spent at the Malambo and Divino Niño orphanage by visiting the children and donating toys for Christmas. This trip in...
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Thanks for another successful food drive

The Amissville Community Christmas Organization would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to all of those who donated, delivered and prepared the food boxes, fruit baskets and flowers to more than 110 families in the Amissville community this year. The overwhelming outpouring of love and compassion shown to our fellow residents this holiday season...
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‘The generosity of Rappahannock County’

We would like to thank the dozens of volunteers who helped put together and hand out the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for our patrons of The Rappahannock Food Pantry. We could not do this great service to our community without your help! It was thrilling to watch how everyone pitched in and worked together....
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Thanks for adopting our Senior Angels

To our senior citizen angels: Thank you so much for your wonderful donations to the Rappahannock Senior Citizens Center. Our only wishes for the Angel Tree were to help the Senior Center help others. You granted our wishes so generously you must be special angels blessed by God. Becky and Ellen GoreCastleton
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Letter: Forever thankful for your support

To all our friends and family: We will forever be grateful for all of you! No words could ever express our appreciation for the love and support you all have shown us during this very difficult time. Thank you so much for your kind words, cards, food, phone calls and the continued support during...
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Letter: Speaking of service — yours was, and is, appreciated

On Tuesday, Dec. 17, an event took place at Rappahannock County High School that was the end product of Service Learning student Ashleigh Pullen’s community-service project. Ashleigh has volunteered at Washington Volunteer Fire & Rescue this semester. She wanted to organize a mock crash scene to illustrate for students the consequences of drunk driving. Students...
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