Opinion

I’d rather drive: Angst over airlines

I may not be the smartest bird in the nest but I do know about flying. At 81 years of age I saw the real beginning of commercial aviation and have watched it grow from tri-motor Fords to 777s and airbuses. I saw the adventurous days, the glory days, the crowded days and now the disastrous days. I saw unregulated days at the start, beginning regulations, over-regulation and no regulation. I saw people die, people who were badly injured, and now people who wish they were dead. […]

Opinion

Connecting communities during Give Local Piedmont 2016

If there is one thing Culpeper is known for, it’s our sense of community—we proved that during the first two Give Local Piedmont events when we raised nearly $1.4 million, which benefited our region’s nonprofits. We know our residents will step up again on May 3 to give generously to community causes that touch their hearts. […]

Opinion

Perhaps a closer look at the county budget is needed

In recent weeks I’ve taken the time to review the county website, and gather information from Culpeper County government officials and members of the Board of Supervisors regarding the proposed FY 17 county budget. It’s been quite an education for me — not only in terms of learning fiscal monetary practice and sound financial decision making by local government, but also an extraordinary window into viewing a rather egregarious allotment, a misallocation, and misapplication of funds. The words, “maladministration,” “misappropriation” and “random, arbitrary decisionmaking” come to mind. […]

Opinion

Is it worth a lawsuit?

It requires a leap of faith to consider the Culpeper Board of Supervisors’ recent denial of a pump and haul (p&h) permit to be religious discrimination. Everyone, no matter their religious affiliation, should respect health and safety regulations. […]

Columnists

Governor signs Webert’s HB206 bill

Delegate Michael Webert (R-18 District) is thrilled to report that the Governor has signed his legislation, HB206 into law with no amendments. This bill repeals the prerequisite for a Virginia resident to present a secondary form of government issued identification to purchase a firearm. […]

Columnists

2016 General Assembly Session Recap

The 2016 General Assembly session has adjourned sine die, and concluded a day ahead of schedule. This is the second year in a row we finished our work early. During the 60-day legislative session the General Assembly reviewed more than 3,200 bills, as well as numerous amendments to the Commonwealth’s budget. […]

Opinion

What’s the hardship?

The Islamic Center of Culpeper (ICC) got a spot on the Board of Supervisor’s March 1 agenda to request a permanent pump and haul (p & h) permit with a rather sketchy application. The supervisors were wise to postpone their decision for 30 days. […]

Columnists

Pardoe’s Perspective: Approaching a moment in history

We have all experienced a moment of history at one point or another in our lives. One such moment is approaching this summer with the coming political conventions, especially the GOPs. We are witnessing the transformation of the Republican Party. The die has been cast, whether you recognize it or not. Change has arrived for the Republicans and little can be done to prevent it. This change is generating a great deal of turmoil and tension in the corridors of power, a sign that it has been a long-time coming and is going to be dramatic. […]

Opinion

Editorial: Testing tolerance

When Sheriff Scott Jenkins brought John Guandolo, a former FBI counterterrorism agent, to Culpeper in 2014 to talk about the threat of terrorism he had to stand tall…which he did. There was tremendous pressure for him to back off and not hold the training. There was an onslaught of national media attention that descended on Culpeper. The director of CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations ) came to Culpeper and addressed a room of sheriff’s deputies encouraging them to read the Quran and to become educated on Islam so that they would have a better understanding of what this religion is all about. He suggested that Guandolo is a Muslim hater. […]