While I think Ms. Sheila Gresinger’s letter is the most eloquent response to Mr. Ron Maxwell’s hyperbolic diatribe, Mr. Maxwell makes certain assertions that need to be addressed.
Absolutely, let the people of the county decide on the land use in question in 2024 — but vet it first before the county board of supervisors, a piece at a time, the hard way, in the meantime. This should be a very tough exercise, with no wave of the hand.
Hooray, hooray! Finally, in May, it’s time for many to toss their masks! Further, in the midst of all of the day’s other news battering our senses, it’s time to ponder some news that was published in an article in the May 13 edition of the Rappahannock News [“Local health director: ‘Herd immunity is still the goal’”].
I want to thank the Rappahannock News for the valuable article by Tim Carrington on “Fast-Forwarding to 2031.” I learned a lot and felt it gave specific information as well as broad perspectives on the issues that we’ll be confronting in our special place called Rappahannock County.
I wanted to add in a few things to complement an April 15 article in the Rappahannock News about marijuana [“Marijuana will be legal in July. Now What?”]. Any serious discussion about marijuana should include some history of how it became illegal in the first place. It had always been called “cannabis” until 1930s drug czar Harry Anslinger decided the Spanish word was scarier-sounding and somehow the name stuck. A few of Anslinger’s choice quotes:
Your article “I wouldn’t trade it for anything” [April 1] brought back fond memories of Rappahannock County in the early 1970s. Writer Ike Parrish was exactly right about Eldon Farms renting places to the counterculture types who descended on the county at that time. In 1970 my wife and I rented one of their cabins near Woodville for $25 per month (you read that right!).
I want to thank Sheila Gresinger for recognizing the efforts of the Rappahannock County Garden Club and its “Rappahannock in Bloom” project in her recent Commentary (“How our Land is Protected,” April 8). We actually planted 850 trees in our county in 2019 and 2020 through our relationship with Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) based in Fredericksburg.
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Rappahannock Democrats addressed this by providing information about the Virginia government reservation sign-up site as soon as we became aware of it, at our monthly meeting and by email and social media. Some of our members also reached out to neighbors they knew did not have internet access offering to help them sign up.
A few days ago I was taking care of some office work when I focused on a “dinosaur” of an “all in one” printer, scanner, fax and copy machine taking up space. It had been some time since it was used, having been replaced by a scanner app and a small bluetooth printer.
To Michelle Galler, who lost her internet service provider at an inconvenient time: Welcome to 2021 (or 1995 as the case may be). These tech corporations could care less about your circumstances. They have an army of lobbyists paid to keep them free from regulation. Think Texas power grid.
I am relaying this cautionary tale, not only as a reprimand to HughesNet about how they created and handled a bad situation, but as a warning to the community as to how exposed HughesNet customers are to the company’s unclear and nonsensical interpretation of the law — and for which customers have little recourse.
If I thought Donald Trump had proof — beyond repeating over and over again — that widespread criminal acts in many districts across the nation stole the election from him, I too might have rushed to Washington D.C. on Jan. 6 in a last-ditch attempt to save our democracy.
I find the thesaurus ridden failure an attempt at an opinion by Ben Jones — he certainly is no lawyer which is evident by his ignorance of both the law of slander and the “apparent” electoral success of our president and commander in chief [“Wanting answers from the local Democrats,” Commentary, Feb. 4].
Rappahannock County is now classified as being at Extremely High Risk concerning the coronavirus. But, at the February 1, Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting people were allowed to attend who were not wearing facial masks. It seems as though the BOS members do not understand these things and do not take the coronavirus seriously.
Community college students and prospective students are facing substantial challenges right now. The pandemic has left many unemployed or underemployed.
While I do not always side with Rappahannock Board of Supervisors member Ron Frazier, I am deeply troubled that he is being unjustly accused of exercising his First Amendment rights by a group of Rappahannock liberals who happen to disagree with his politics, and who are asking that he be censured by the Board of Supervisors.
After spending my life working on a farm, I have come to realize that my life is easier if I bend my will to that of Mother Nature rather than asking that she bend her will to me. Mother Nature is accepting of buildings on dry land and is not keen on buildings built in swamps.
Attacks by Mary-Sherman Willis against Supervisor Ron Frazier for attending a public event in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021 are an irresponsible attempt to suppress Mr. Frazier’s U.S. Constitutional First Amendment rights of both freedom of speech and freedom of peaceable assembly to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
I would like to offer public thanks for two deputies in our Rappahannock Co. Sheriff’s Office who discovered the body of my elder daughter, Cynthia Price, on Dec. 29.
Elected officials, behind the scene plotters, gun carrying militia lovers, and their silent supporters. They all live among us and corrupt our Republic. They support the lies and disinformation campaigns, fund the conspiracy theorists, and those who lie as they run for office and may indeed repeat, publish and broadcast those rabid untruths.
You, unfortunately, did not have the bravery or wisdom to recognize the same, and voted to cast into doubt the certified votes of thousands of Americans, votes, keep in mind, that were subjected to state court appeals and recounts.
As we begin a new year, let us remember the words of Abraham Lincoln: “Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.