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We will thank all our letter-writers for respecting our policy not to print election-related letters in the edition just prior to the Nov. 8 election — in other words, the Nov. 3 edition — as printed responses would be impossible before the following Tuesday’s election.

Clinton: A president’s character is the nation’s fateI’ve been around long enough to have voted in 12 previous presidential elections. So, out of curiosity, I just now scribbled out a spreadsheet to discover that I voted for the Democratic candidate six times, the Republican five times, and …

Reports of disagreement and dispiriting behavior by humans around the world — including right here in Rappahannock — are ever harder to avoid. If you have a smartphone, in fact, you can probably find several apps that will notify you 24-7 of repugnant events in your area, with a pleasant bel…

Is anyone there? Sometimes we wonder. Sometimes we don’t — those would be the weeks when we receive so many letters, or comments, phone calls and pageviews on the rappnews.com website that it’s difficult to keep up.

“How’s that global warming thingie working out for you?” The frequency of that kind of quip soared as temperatures sank, bringing a shivering smile to climate-change skeptics around the county. That the oceans (covering almost three-quarters of earth’s surface) are in fact warmer, as well as…

This Saturday, February 14 — I trust no one needs reminding — is Valentine’s Day, the date which we typically celebrate the kind of love that is called romance or Eros. But there are at least three other kinds of love, as famously categorized by the Christian essayist C.S. Lewis:

The centennial anniversary of World War I reminds us that to the victor goes not just the spoils but, perhaps more importantly, the names — or, more precisely, the power to name. So, for example, Bohemia became subsumed in the newly created state of Czechoslovakia, as too much of Galicia was…

Together with the requisite baseball hats and dungarees, Rappahannock newcomers can often be spotted by the fresh-off-the-shelf chainsaws they conspicuously carry around. That’s the oft-heard joke, anyway. But the jokesters themselves might profit from a refresher course this time of year on…

Rappahannock County has just been experiencing, according to some measures, peak fall foliage. It is perhaps the most beautiful time of the year here, many would agree. It also can be among the ugliest times of year when measured by noise pollution. And the cause of both the beauty and the n…

A Rappahannock resident I know has long-standing plans to travel to east Africa next month, but she is keeping it a secret. She fears she may awaken her neighbors’ fears about somehow contracting Ebola. Or maybe, she wonders, whether she could undercut those fears with humor — donning a “haz…

This year marks the centennial of the start of World War I — “the war to end all wars,” “the war to make the world safe for democracy.” Yet it is also arguably the world’s stupidest war (because it was so easily avoidable) and most catastrophic (in so many long-term consequences, even the ro…

Early Sunday morning, for many Rappahannock residents, brought the season’s first frost. And with it comes a certain clarity of vision — the sky seems a bit clearer, the colors somehow richer. Indeed, all human senses seem heightened and honed by the crisp, clean, bracing air. The words them…

The rocky coast and islands of Maine and the sandy Massachusetts peninsula of Cape Cod would seem to have very little in common with the landlocked, undulating hills of Rappahannock. But recent economic and environmental policy studies reveal the three distinct geographic areas have many of …

It’s hard to believe, boys and girls, but once upon a time not so long ago in what now seems a land faraway, the federal government wasn’t dysfunctional and Americans weren’t so polarized and the Congress actually passed meaningful legislation. Fifty years ago last week, for example, the Wil…

Like many (perhaps most) native sons, F. Preston Pulliam left Rappahannock County at an early age to seek his fortune elsewhere. But Pres, who died on Sunday at the age of 92, never really left, for he kept returning, falling in love all over again and again with the beauty that is the land …

Exactly 100 years ago this summer commenced the war that was said to end all wars — what we now know as World War One and what is now universally acknowledged as a totally unnecessary catastrophe. It didn’t have to happen — this sleepwalking to self-destruction and the root cause of everythi…

The danger of living in Rappahannock County is that we might begin to take its natural beauty for granted. A noiseless (for the most part), reverent silence reinforces that beauty. When the silence is broken, that, too, is beautiful — for the sounds most likely emanate from the Castleton Festival.

If success in the newspaper business is measured by the quantity of readers and the quality of their engagement, then the last couple of weeks can be numbered among the most successful in the history of the Rappahannock News –- culminating in the newspaper-sponsored “Rapp Live” community for…

Headlines are meant to be attention-getting. They can also be misleading and sensational, as this one is — and as some readers apparently thought last week’s front-page “Heroin” headline was. Perhaps they have a point, but the larger points are these:

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