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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…

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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…

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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…

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Once again, I write with questions and concerns regarding mask policy for the Commonwealth.

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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…

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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:

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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…

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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…

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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;…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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 …

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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…

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Hate has descended upon the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.

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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.

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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.…

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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.”