Letters to the Editor

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

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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Letter: Just answer the question, please

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Oct. 9

John Fox Sullivan’s rambling and slightly incoherent defense of the need for a town government last week raises more questions than it answers, and uses every old politician’s trick in the book to do it. The language is prickly, but the message is clear: If you question the town plutocracy, you will be mocked and...
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Letter: Life, liberty and (not) the pursuit of fear

I would like to respond to Mr. Klaus’ Sept. 25 letter, and his comments regarding your Sept. 11 interview with House of Representatives candidate Lawrence Gaughan. Rest assured the incumbent has been doing lots of things “for” people — they just aren’t the people who live in the 5th District of Virginia. They are the...
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Letter: Let’s also conserve our bitterness

I would dearly love to read a letter or opinion piece regarding a conservation issue that didn’t start and end with an attempt to get me to hate the person (or, more commonly, corporation) that disagrees with the opinion writer. A case in point is last week’s piece submitted by Robert N. Whitescarver. While...
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Letter: The town’s so-called ‘governing body’

I attended the Sept. 15 meeting of the Washington Town Council to hear the discussion of the special-use permit requested by Deborah Winsor to have her residence at 199 Main St. run by the same off-site innkeepers as the White Moose Inn. So welcome, White Moose South (technically it’s known as a tourist home), to...
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Letter: Washington: facts vs. friction

There continues to be some controversy over the direction of the town of Washington. RappNet abuzz. Letters to the Rappahannock News. As a resident of the town for nearly 10 years, and having served on the Washington Town Council since 2005 and as mayor since 2010, I would like to offer my perspective as...
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Letter: Time to move on

At first glance, Scotland’s recent referendum on independence may have little in common with the discussion on these pages about Washington’s town charter. But therein lies a cautionary tale. Ultimately, the residents of Scotland voted not to break with what many saw as a too-alien, too-powerful and too-monied Westminster. That said, the vote has...
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Letter: Let’s look for solutions that matter

Of all the problems and opportunities facing Rappahannock County — and I prefer to think positively about opportunities — whether the town of Washington should lose its charter ranks very low. Recent letters to the editor and discussions on other public venues have been acrimonious and not helpful in trying to come together to...
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Letter: Healthy kids or cell towers?

We care about the schoolchildren of Rappahannock. We are not against cell service for the county. We attended the Aug. 12 school board meeting because we have four grandchildren who attend or will attend Rappahannock County High School (RCHS). As noted in that week’s Rappahannock News, we spoke up against allowing a cell tower at...
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Letter: Thanks to a lot of generous people . . . 

It’s more than two weeks after the 2014 Taste of Rappahannock benefit, and I am still in awe of all those who stepped up to volunteer their help or donate to ensure guests had a thoroughly enjoyable dinner. Somewhat belatedly, I want to publicly exclaim my thanks and kudos to all those who helped...
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Letter: A Farm Tour success, thanks to many

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Oct. 2
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On behalf of the organizing committee that made the 2014 Rappahannock County Farm Tour & Festival a success, I would like to thank the following people: I thank the 32 tour venues who opened their farms and businesses — and hearts — to visitors for, in most cases, an entire weekend. Their enthusiastic participation has...
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Letter: Time to say goodbye to the town council

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Sept. 25

“Why does the village of Washington have its own government?” I first heard that question in the 1990s, when an article in the New Yorker magazine about the animosities between the Inn and its neighbors caused quite a stir around Rappahannock. The population of the town then was almost double what it is now....
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Letter: Do me no favors, Mr. Gaughan

Thank you for the interview with Lawrence Gaughan , the Democrat who hopes to replace Rep. Robert Hurt as our (5th district) delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. The part I found most informative and decisive for me was his comment on why he should be selected for...
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Letter: Robert Hurt deserves reelection

I am writing in response to Fred Schaefer’s letter last week regarding the upcoming election. I could not disagree more with his conclusion and I implore my fellow citizens to join me in supporting our member of Congress, Robert Hurt, on Nov. 4. Rep. Hurt has been an effective voice for us in Congress, promoting...
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Letter: Official leave of absence?

This past weekend I saw a great example of amateur theater (“Salt & Pepper”) before a full house of not only local but many out of county folks. The work of the Rappahannock Association for Arts in the Community (RAAC) is certainly an example of our county’s outstanding not-for-profit organizations in providing support to...
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Letter: An excellent ‘Taste’ 

Many thanks to all our community for your amazing support of this year’s 17th annual Taste of Rappahannock! Headwaters is immensely grateful to all the volunteers, teachers, students and businesses who donated time, auction items and service to make this event happen. Without you, it would not be possible. Thanks go out to the following...
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Letter: Support governor’s Medicaid plan

On Sept. 9, Gov. Terry McAuliffe put forward a proposal for limited  Medicaid expansion which may affect up to 20,000 uninsured Virginians with mental illness. In doing so, Gov. McAuliffe acknowledged that the House and Senate had stymied his efforts to: • expand Medicaid to the 400,000 uninsured Virginians who fall into the Medicaid...
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Letter: Gaughan: the clear choice

In the past two years voters have endured both a contentious presidential and governor’s election, so it is no wonder so few people have expressed much, if any, enthusiasm for the congressional elections coming up on Nov. 4. But much is riding on this election: Our very dysfunctional House of Representatives is up for...
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Letter: ‘Get a bigger tank’

About this time last year, I was wrapping up a 10-year stay in Georgia and planning a return to the pastoral splendor of Rappahannock. The entire process only took two months: Jobs fell into place quickly, we found a great house right next door to family and my boys were very pleased with their...
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Letter: Un-chartered territory, unmentioned last week

I would like to add some information that wasn’t noted in last week’s report of the September board of supervisors’ meeting. First, a note about process. It would be useful for someone to know in advance, when taking advantage of a public comment portion of the agenda, that apparently there is no requirement after...
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Letter: It’s Headwaters that should be thanked

Headwaters held its annual Taste of Rappahannock on Saturday (Sept. 13) at Mount Vernon Farm. Among the many guests and donors were numerous behind-the-scene planners and laborers who pulled off another spectacular event to benefit the many children of Rappahannock County. Headwaters is well-renowned in the community for its dedication to fostering education and...
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