Month: September 2016

TWO STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS ON BALLOT

In addition to voting in November for a new President and Congressional Representative, there will be two proposed Virginia Constitutional amendments on the ballot. Right to Work The first proposed amendment concerns Virginia’s right to work law, and the question on the ballot will be posed this way: Question: Should Article I of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to prohibit any agreement or combination between an employer and a labor union or labor organization whereby (i) nonmembers of the union or organization are denied the right to work for the employer, (ii) membership to the union or organization...

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FARM TO TABLE – HOW THE LIONS DO IT (PT 2)

The making of Lions apple butter, part 2… It starts at 4:00 am on Friday morning, September 23.  Six members of the Lions Club meet in the parking lot outside the old Sperryville school, and depart for Keezletown. The day before, 42 bushels of apples were cut and prepared in a marathon session by the Lions Club members.  (Read Part 1 of this story here.)  Today, the six Lions and the bags containing the apples were on their way to a cannery for processing. The Rappahannock Lions Club makes apple butter at the Keezletown Community Cannery, in Keezletown, Virginia,...

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EUGENE MCCARTHY – RAPPAHANNOCK IN AUTUMN

Eugene J. McCarthy was known to the rest of the world as a United States Congressman and Senator from Minnesota, best remembered as a man who challenged President Lyndon Johnson with his opposition to  LBJ’s war in Vietnam. But Gene McCarthy is remembered by folks in Rappahannock as one of our neighbors, as he kept a place up in Hawlin Hollow, outside Woodville. McCarthy looked at his neighbors and the Rappahannock countryside with affection, delight and amusement.  He wrote some small books about this place and there are copies of them in nearby libraries.  Each is worth one’s attention. The McCarthy book...

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THE DENNIS GAP

When Bob Dennis died just over two and a half years ago, what died with him was the Dennis Gap. Let me explain.  Bob Dennis was a genial and industrious man who lived on a farm outside Flint Hill and who was devoted to preserving land in Rappahannock County.  Indeed, much of the land that is now protected by conservation easements in the county enjoys that status only because of Bob’s determination. At the memorial service for Bob Dennis, the Dennis Gap was described.  The Dennis Gap is an interval of time.  Calculated usually in minutes, sometimes hours, or fractions of...

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SO, YOU THINK YOUR VOTE DOESN’T COUNT?

There are 2,318 voting precincts in Virginia, according to the State’s Department of Elections.  In 2014, President Obama carried the State by 149,298 votes.  That equates to under 65 votes per precinct. In other words, if 33 people in each precinct in Virginia had voted differently, President Obama would not have carried the state. In 2016, Senator Warner won by 17,727 votes.  Or under 8 votes per precinct. In Ohio, a swing state, there are 8,888 precincts, and Obama won by 103,481 votes.  Or under 12 votes per precinct. In Florida, it was even closer.  President Obama won by...

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