Opinion Column

Shifting the lens

By Tom Horton We’re all familiar with the problem-solving technique of simply shifting the lens. Viewing the same thing differently. Glass “half full” instead of “half empty” is an example. When it comes to the Chesapeake Bay watershed, the “glass” I want to talk about, that technique may work better for those who never...
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On Common Ground: Tempests in Paradise

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March 19
Photo by Tom Woolman

Whether your family has been here for generations or just arrived, we all have a sense of being connected to this place. Let's stop defining what is and is not "authentic" Rappahannock, and welcome the diversity that helps define us.
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Foothills Forum: Helping uncover the stories we all need to hear

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March 5
Original photo by Molly M. Peterson

Every voice at the table. That’s the idea behind Foothills Forum. For those of you who care as deeply about Rappahannock County as we do, the arrival of this independent, nonpartisan nonprofit is good news.
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Rural America: It’s complicated

By Brian Depew There are two closely held, widely believed narratives about rural America. The national media narrative, with roots in the 1980s farm crisis, is fatalistic. Rural places are dying. It lives on at the Brookings Institute and the New York Times, fueled by demographics that show decades of population decline across much...
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Up in the Hollow: ‘They Destroyed Paradise, Put Up a Parking Lot’

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Feb. 26

Let's review: The Inn got a free street and a nicer parking lot for the church, a lot the Inn uses. The church asked for and got $20,000 from the town for their parking lot, and the town apparently broke the law in the process.
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Stop taking ’cides

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Feb. 19
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Vaccines or none, human resistance is going haywire. So it appears from health headlines. Writer Liza Field has a few antibiotic-free ideas.
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On Common Ground: Don’t tax away gas price relief

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Jan. 22

Let people take advantage of the price-of-oil breather while they can, writes Bill Walton. Instead of the gas tax, let them invest in themselves.
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Going green? You should probably walk there.

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Jan. 22
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Beneath the Keystone XL debate and our current oil glut, a low-impact, forgotten carbon fuel remains buried. In us.
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Jed’s Eye View: A new kind of first aid training

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Jan. 22

While traditional first aid deals with damage on the outside, such as cuts and bruises, there’s a new first aid course that deals with what may be wrong on the inside, in the mind. Mental Health First Aid Training will soon be offered in Rappahannock County.
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Abd el-Kader’s jihad of compassion and courage

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Jan. 15
an-Baptist Huysmans’ painting of Abd el-Kader saving Christians during the Druze/Christian strife of 1860.

With radical Islam once again dominating the news, this time in France, it is important more than ever to know about the Islam of Emir Abd el-Kader al Jazairy, a great human being who was a Muslim and an Arab.
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Jed’s Eye View: Wanna bet me on this?

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Jan. 15
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Here is columnist Jed Duvall's wager: that what’s going on after school at Rappahannock County Elementary is creating in minds of young students memories that will last them all their lives.
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Le pen vs. le pencil

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Table it

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Jan. 1
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With holidays bringing people with disparate views together for meals, columnist Liza Field sees food as the great connector — person to person, people to planet.
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Jed’s Eye View: A new worship group in Amissville

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Jan. 1

Over the holidays, the Gathering Christian Church in Amissville, a new congregation formed in 2013, worshipped together and helped the needy.
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Jed’s Eye View: Could you handle this course?

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Dec. 18, 2014

By 2016, students at RCHS must pass a course on personal finance to graduate, in this week’s Jed’s Eye View column.
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Jed’s Eye View: The gray wave is here

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Dec. 4, 2014

Rappahannock is in the midst of a type of growth that cannot be controlled by zoning, or any other way: The numbers of gray-haired folks are zooming upwards.
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Jed’s Eye View: Shake hands

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Nov. 27, 2014

While most churches conduct services these days with half, or more, of the pews empty, folks from around this county will fill up a large mainstream house of worship for a Thanksgiving service this morning, as they have been doing for a half-century or more.
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Jed’s Eye View: Carrots and lettuce and beef, oh my!

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Nov. 20, 2014

Rappahannock public school students enjoy locally produced food during Local Food Week at RCPS cafeterias.
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Jed’s Eye View: Shop local

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Nov. 13, 2014
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Need a part replaced on your car? Jed Duvall finds it pays to call the guy down the street.
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Leaving a happier planet

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Nov. 6, 2014
By Roger Piantadosi/Rappahannock News

Money does grow on trees — along with health and high spirits. Don’t lose yours as autumn dwindles.
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Jed’s Eye View: Six million people 

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Nov. 6, 2014

Six million people — Jed Duvall says that's the number of people in the United States that we should be thinking and talking about more often.
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This little light of ours

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Oct. 23, 2014
Photo by Kaye Kohler

As the autumn daylight wanes, nature and the human body ordinarily adjust themselves for winter. But increasingly, we’re setting the world aglow 24/7 with all-night lighting. Liza Field takes a look at research illuminating a few of the fiscal, environmental and healthcare costs of that new light bill.
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When a farm turns factory, what’s a town to do?

A Pennsylvania law designed to protect farms from nuisance complaints has also allowed concentrated animal feeding operations — factory farms — to escape local land use controls, writes Tim Rowland.
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Where’s my home?

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Oct. 16, 2014

There are too many children in foster care in Rappahannock, writes Jed Duvall — or worse, as some aren’t even fortunate enough to have that option.
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You gotta have a translator

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Sept. 11, 2014

Do be a conscientious citizen and attend government meetings . . . but make sure you bring a translator with you, writes Jed Duvall.
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Leaving Candyland

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Aug. 7, 2014

Humans are attracted to sweetness–not just in food, but in media fare. The urge to avoid bitter realities and sweets that comfort makes us vulnerable to plenty of sticky disinformation, writes Liza Field, in this examination of bees, pesticides and PR.
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Deeper fractures

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July 10, 2014

Are we cracked in the head? The proliferation of natural gas exports–and the wake of increased U.S. fracking–expose deep fault lines in the land, U.S. communities and plain old logic. Liza Field suggests a look beneath those fissures for deeper solutions.
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Up in the Hollow: The ‘in’ ate Little Washington

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June 12, 2014
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The misguided, feverish energies of “high-powered” Washington, D.C. real estate developer Jim Abdo to “rebrand” our county seat is a remarkable example of how not to make friends and influence people.
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Reading the roadside

Since I’m new to Rappahannock County, I keep an eye out for what there is to see and what used to be as I drive along U.S. 522, which is close as anything to the spine of this county.
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Please keep off this grass

Spread the word: Kentucky 31 tall fescue, one of the dominant pasture grasses in the U.S. is an invasive, fungus-infected grass that does more harm than good, writes Robert Whitescarver.
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Time to RSVP to Mother Earth’s invitation

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May 29, 2014

It’s time to remember our manners and RSVP to nature’s invitation — letting it know we’ll be showing up to help undo our own damage, writes Liza Field.
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Fracking: Too close to home

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May 8, 2014
Debut Rappahannock novelist Larry “Bud” Meyer speaks May 9 at the library.

Larry "Bud" Meyer, RAAC's featured speaker at the library this Friday at 8, notes that news of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is starting to come awfully close to home.
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Breathing with relief

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April 10, 2014

Getting out for a breath of fresh air is a springtime joy. It’s the very symbol of aliveness and freedom, writes Liza Field. So it surprised her to hear the EPA’s latest clean air rules described as “tyranny” and clouded by misinformation. This commentary looks at some big-money sources, along with some rarely-noticed payoffs...
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Getting big or getting out

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March 13, 2014

It’s time for diet season around the U.S., in a big way. Two-thirds of our population is now overweight and leaving a heavier footprint. While we’ve been gaining, the biosphere has been losing. This growing imbalance, Liza Field suggests, we could reverse, from a lose-lose to a win for both human and planetary health.
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Gone/green

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Jan. 16, 2014

Europe is converting coal-burning power plants to burn wood pellets, leading to the cutting of U.S. east coast hardwood forests, an unintended consequence of what was supposed to be a good green idea.
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Our alienation from hibernation

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Dec. 12, 2013
Ice in Gid Brown Hollow after this week's storm.

During these short days of winter, all of nature slows and rests. Why don’t we, wonders Liza Field, a teacher, writer, and philosopher who writes from Virginia. If we did, it would be good for us, and our world, she says.
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We’re hiding again

Humankind’s current struggle with climate change is the second time we have upset Earth’s environmental balance by our own hand, writes Nina Beth Cardin, a rabbi in Baltimore. The first was long, long ago.
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Why reporters in the U.S. now need protection

Late last month, ProPublica founder and executive chairman Paul Steiger received the Burton Benjamin Memorial award from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). ProPublica is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative reporting organization. Here are his remarks.
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It’s leave-them-be season

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Nov. 21, 2013
Gid Brown Hollow

Does money grows on trees? Only to those who can see it. Every autumn, a steady xylem and phloem of tourist plates pour up and down old roads and scenic byways from New England to Georgia. The trees do the work; we locals get the profit.
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Connecting the buzz

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Oct. 3, 2013

Why is Bayer CropScience suing the European Commission — and what would gardener Thomas Jefferson do? Connect the dots, writer Liza Field suggests.
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