Letters to the Editor

Letter: The first Film Festival’s closing credits

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April 23

There’s a saying that making something look effortless requires a lot of effort. It was the herculean effort of a small team of dedicated volunteers which culminated in an amazingly successful weekend of film and fun at RAAC’s first annual Film Festival at Little Washington. In recognizing these volunteers, we start with our three talented...
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Letter: ‘I want to extend my hand in fellowship’  

Hello Rappahannock County! I’d like to introduce myself and my family. I am Billy Gorodner and my family includes Precious, Rubi, Soup, Bliss, Betsy, Paulie, Tony, Happy (all cocker spaniels, dachshunds or Japanese chins) and Robin, my cat. I retired from my business and will be relocating to Rappahannock County. Imagine my surprise to...
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Letter: Miss those cool drinks of Walter

I have keenly missed Walter Nicklin’s editorial page essays these past two weeks. We in Rappahannock need his gentle — but powerful — voice. These are tumultuous times for our county. Come back, Walter! Clay FulghumWashington
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Letter: The Inn’s ‘desperate’ distraction

The article under the front-page banner headline in your paper last Thursday (April 9) seems to be the result of behavior that harks back to an old saying dating at least to the early 20th century: “If the facts are against you, hammer the law. If the law is against you, hammer the facts....
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Letter: A big band and boosters thank-you

A huge thank you to all who supported the RCHS Band and the Band Boosters by your participation in our strawberry sale this spring, and the fruit sale last fall. The money raised goes towards the fees necessary to participate in competitions, to assist those students who cannot afford to go on our yearly...
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Letter: Beautification, development and conversation

Rappahannock is a beautiful and unique, special place. Letter-writer Stanley Reynolds reminds us to get involved, and to work together to keep it that way.
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Letter: Community — a precious commodity

I live on South Poes Road, a winding, seemingly undistinguished, quiet, two-lane thoroughfare at the east end of the county. “National Geographic” isn’t going to show up anytime soon to train their cameras on our exotica, nor is Vanity Fair going to chase us down to document our chic, trendy lifestyle. On the surface,...
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Letter: Hydrant vs. parking lot

Regarding William Metcalf’s letter March 26 pointing out the repeated failure of the town of Washington to respond to the safety needs of the Piedmont Street residents of Washington, it is indeed curious that the town council could afford to spend $20,000 for parking lot beautification, yet finding $5,000 to repair a fire hydrant...
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Letter: The fool, the jester and the scold  

Every little town in the world has its fool, its jester and its village scold — and Washington, Va., is no exception. Over the past three years our quiet, lovely town has been plagued with a barrage of nasty, hateful attacks on our mayor, our business owners and our town government. You can’t pick...
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Letter: Stickers, yes!

Stickers, yes!

While it is understandable that it is more cost-efficient for the county to collect the vehicle tax without issuing stickers (“Stickers, no. Assessors, yes,” March 26), many are proud to display our county’s name on their cars. I suggest that a worthwhile charity sell similar stickers. I would enjoy being among the first in...
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Letter: Focused on the positive side

Nancy and I got our Red Oak Mountain land 33 years ago. Last year Nancy took over the theater in town. (I told her she was crazy, but do you think she listened?). Does this make us “locals?” Probably not. Does it mean that we love this county and admire the people here? Definitely....
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Letter: ‘Awed and humbled by your generosity’

Photo by Matthew Black

On March 2, our home on Slate Mills Road was totally destroyed by fire. We want to thank all the fire companies and fire company personnel as well as the rescue squad folks who came to our aid. I would name them all, but won’t lest I leave someone out. You did an amazing...
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Letter: In South Africa, an ‘awe-inspiring’ children’s home

Tracy King, left, one of the King safe house’s Xhosa nannies and Kay Wilson hold three of the home’s 24 babies during Wilson’s visit.

Earlier this month, I visited the Kings Children’s Home in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, a "safe house" for abandoned and abused babies found and rescued in the rural coastal area south of the Transkei.
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Letter: What are the town’s priorities? 

The hydrant, since painted black.

When will common sense prevail? I am writing this letter because I am simply out of options and tired of the Town of Washington’s inability to make respectable, rational decisions. Several years ago, I returned home on Piedmont Avenue to discover a garbage bag on a fire hydrant located in front of our home....
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Letter: Climate change: denial, anger . . . acceptance

“I care so deeply about climate change, but I don’t know what I personally can do about it. I feel helpless, stalled and disconnected.” There were the words of someone who recently came to me for help. As a longtime spiritual coach, I’ve learned that certain ways of interacting with Nature can assist people...
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Letter: An unforgettable evening at Belle Meade

The cast of Belle Meade’s “Addams Family” musical on stage last weekend.

Last Friday and Saturday the big yellow schoolhouse, just a few miles from Sperryville on F.T. Valley Road, was transformed into a swanky dinner theater. It was there the students and staff from Belle Meade School presented their version of the Broadway musical, “The Addams Family.” I was amazed by the talent displayed by...
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Letter: A pay raise for school board members?

They say public service can be a thankless job. Well, the burden should be a bit lighter for members of our Rappahannock County School Board if their proposed 2015-2016 budget is adopted. Buried in the 38-page “Working Document” unveiled Tuesday evening are increased pay and new benefits that amount to a 700-percent pay raise...
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Letter: RCHS Quiz Bowl team: Well done!

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March 19

Amidst all the controversies, local, state, and national, let’s pause to applaud the Rappahannock County High School Quiz Bowl team. My husband and I drove to Williamsburg early one morning to watch these young people compete in the state tournament. The team members, looking classy in their blazers, answered challenging question after challenging question. The content was...
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Letter: Paradise or purgatory?

Rappahannock — with its mountain vistas and magnificent sunsets — appears to be paradise. Unfortunately, some are trying to make it purgatory for others.
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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

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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