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For the last several years, we’ve appreciated and benefited from the efforts that have been made to make Warsaw a more welcoming place to live, shop, and socialize. And, for those of us who enjoy the outdoors and the opportunities for healthful outdoor exercise, we have particularly welcomed…

Congressman Rob Wittman voted against creating a “9/11” style independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6th Capitol riot, and the events leading up to it. It is not surprising that he was against it. He doesn’t want his role in pushing the big lie that the election was st…

Last week’s very nice piece on the James Monroe Birthplace was called to my attention by my neighbor Tim Trivett, who shared my recent email with the rest of the board last week. There is even more recent news than I had available at the time. The painters arrived on Monday, the 17th and hav…

Once upon a time, there was an Emperor, The Donald, so exceedingly fond of himself that he spent all his time seeking attention. He spent no time reviewing his soldiers, reading legislation or intelligence reports. He wanted only to watch TV and was happiest when people said good things abou…

What’s old is new again. I’m referring to the 1967 R&B hit single “I’m Your Puppet,” performed by James and Bobby Purify. The lyrics, in part, go like this:

With all that has happened in our world over the past year, I want to share how very helpful and responsive the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Department was when I contacted them on 4/28/21. My family owns a farm located in Montross and we were recently approached by a company about the poss…

Time has passed since Congressman Wittman adamantly voted against the American Rescue Plan, the Biden administration’s COVID relief bill. Briefly, he didn’t like direct assistance to struggling families, and especially funds for local counties and municipalities. He also didn’t like the $1.9…

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When I read one of the letters to the editor in last week’s edition, at first I thought the writer was talking about the Republican party, which still claims the 2020 election was “stolen,” denies that white supremacy is real, and other outlandish statements that have been disproven or are j…

A term used to describe the relentless, deceitful, systematic, psychological manipulation of facts and environment to achieve an objective. It originated from a 1944 film where a husband attempted to convince his wife that she was insane by manipulating elements of their environment such as;…

The recent Westmoreland/Northern Neck News story “Wittman sets the record straight” does not support Congressman Wittman’s pushback “against claims that he doesn’t represent the Democrats in his district…” Not only doesn’t Wittman represent the Democrats in his district, he no longer represe…

I subscribe to the Westmoreland News digitally and regularly purchase a hard copy because I appreciate the local coverage and that its news articles are usually impartial and politically neutral. Opinions are segregated under the Editorial or Letters to the Editor sections. Yet the “Congress…

Linwood Blizzard is the best candidate for Delegate from the 99th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. He is a superbly qualified candidate who will represent the interests of all of the people of the Northern Neck of Virginia.

We retired to the Little Wicomico and especially love our sunsets west toward King Point. Last August a neighbor from Sharps Creek left a note regarding the impact an installation of floating oyster cages was having downriver, and warning that a similar permit was in the approval process adj…

Recently mass shootings have become a weekly occurrence. Can nothing be done to slow down this epidemic? The current acquiescence to this level of gun violence in our society by our political leadership is unacceptable. Failure to act is professional malpractice.

When I walk or drive through my community in Colonial Beach, everybody waves. It’s a wonderful feeling. It says we recognize you as a neighbor and as a person. We have a diverse population including whites, blacks, Latinos, Asians, and combinations thereof. Our Asian population is important …

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On March 17, Mr. Wittman voted against renewing (originally passed in 1994) the Violence Against Women Act (HR 1620) and then also that same day voted against removing the deadline for passing the Equal Rights Amendment (HJ Rest 17), which would further the possibility the Constitutional Ame…

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When my wife and I moved to Tappahannock forty-three years ago, we settled into this community and began what would be my career as an optometrist.  Over the years, our family grew, and our three daughters all attended school here.  They grew up in this community, and that was a great joy fo…

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The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. I want to thank the many community partners that supported the 2020 Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck Walk to End Alzheimer’s, exceeded its goal, raising just under $75,000.

My fellow Republicans/Trumpists need to step up and return your $1,400 stimulus checks. You voted for Rep. Rob Wittman to vote NO on the American Relief Plan... he does not want you to receive any stimulus money... per your mandate. While most Americans overwhelmingly supported the ARP.... o…

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The education of the children of our community is one of the most important issues to us. Providing a quality education and a safe environment to learn in are two important elements of that goal. In light of this, it was astonishing that the Republican Party recently attempted to seat freshm…

I love it when a politician whips out that tired old trope, “That’s a solution looking for a problem.” They hope they’re coming across clever, but the reality is, they find themselves with a problem for which they cannot find a solution.

I knew an old preacher who would start most of his sermons with a story that had some basis in fact. When he finished with the tale, and the congregation was chuckling at the punch line, he would always say: “Now that’s the truth… it may not be the Gospel truth, but it’s the truth!” and the …

I’ve read many opinion pieces in newspapers serving the 1st Congressional District condemning Congressman Wittman for his support of lawsuits attempting to certify votes in the 2020 Presidential election. They exposed an alarming level of ignorance of the Constitution, denial of massive elec…

Hate has descended upon the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) produces bi-monthly reports on the impact of Covid-19. The fifth and latest was released on January 28, 2021. The coverage of it was largely lost in the tumult of the Capitol riot and the impeachment trial. Now there is time to digest the findings.

A letter to the editor writer last week stated that Rob Wittman saw evidence of voter fraud in Pennsylvania and questioned the outcome of the election on that basis which was his duty. His duty was not to just ask a question, but to employ good decision-making skills to determine the answer.…

The acquittal of former President Trump in his impeachment trial was a foregone conclusion. Senator Mitch McConnell assured it when he refused to start the trial before the inauguration of President Biden, and then led the way for his Republican Party to vote for acquittal because the trial …

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Rob Wittman in his February 2, news release “Fighting for you: advocating for a balanced US budget” announced, “Last month, I was honored… by co-sponsoring a joint resolution (H.J. Res. 3) proposing a constitutional amendment aimed at relieving the national debt and balancing the federal budget.”

Westmoreland County government appears to be a powerless bystander in the defense against the COVID-19 pandemic and its residents remain vulnerable to infection. Virginia’s vaccination plan as currently configured is concentrated in the centers of highest population while Westmoreland’s larg…

Congressman Wittman, your statement denouncing the violence at the United States Capitol on January 6 was a small step toward rehabilitating your reputation. You still have a long way to go to earn public trust.

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The Trump Impeachment Buck is now in the Senate’s court for action. The question is do our Republican Senators have the guts to pursue justice? Good question! Last week Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla) was quoted as saying, “I think the trial is stupid, I think it’s counterproductive.” A variety …

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The science has clearly shown that older adults are at higher risk of death from COVID-19. It is crucial that our most vulnerable populations – people age 55 and older who account for 92% of all COVID related deaths – be immunized now.  

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What has happened to Rob Wittman? We may not always agree with his politics, but we considered him a moderate conservative, albeit an ineffective one. Things certainly have changed since the Democrats are now in control.

We wonder about the political, cultural and social situations of today - many seem counter to the ways and values in which many of us were raised, and we struggle to find words to define them. Some extremes seem to defy the first law of nature - self preservation.

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The impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is necessary to present a complete picture of the irregularities that surrounded the 2020 Presidential election. No it wasn’t Democrats engaged in election fraud, claimed by Republicans and supported by Congressman Rob Wittman. This was …

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Reflecting on recent events in the United States, it is hard not to conclude there are glaring, serious flaws in the American psyche.

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We would like to bring to the attention of your readers an issue of importance to the Chesapeake Bay community and particularly its fishermen. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, or ASMFC, is currently considering an amendment to its management plan for striped bass that will si…

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At least Congressman Rob Wittman feels enough shame to be defensive about his undemocratic positions questioning the results of the recent Presidential election. But sadly, he hasn’t enough integrity to begin telling the truth. He has published at least two explanations in local newspapers f…

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All of the media; print, radio, TV, and gossip are wrong describing the attack on the Capital on Wednesday, January 6 as being perpetrated by “Trump Supporters.” That doesn’t surprise me because they want to demonize our President at every opportunity, even if they have to make one up. The t…

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I am very disappointed with my Republican Representatives in both the US House and Senate for their lack of appropriate action in response to the 6JAN2021 national crisis! I’m a life-long Republication. However, since the majority of my party representatives didn’t even try to handle our own…

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On Wednesday, January 6, thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, intent on preventing Congress from certifying the Electoral College votes that would affirm Biden the winner of the 2020 election. In the aftermath, five were dead, including one policeman. What caused such a violent…

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Representative Wittman, on January 6, 2021 you ran and hid, then returned to walk out of the House Chamber to support the man who has assisted in dividing this country even more.

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More than 40 years ago my husband, Jimmy, and I moved to Warsaw, Virginia, where the town’s only dentist, Dr. Raines, was retiring due to health concerns. Jimmy, whom many of you knew as Dr. Knight, had learned of the town’s need, and we came to open a dental practice. We moved into the hous…

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January 6, 2021, was one of the most tragic days in American history. The Capitol, our most treasured symbol of freedom and democracy, was ransacked by mob of our own citizens, incited by a sitting president who refuses to concede his defeat.