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About two years ago, the RTD Commentary section ran a series about the challenges facing rural Virginia, based on a book by local author and semi-retired lobbyist August Wallmeyer. “The Extremes of Virginia: Two Separated and Unequal Commonwealths,” sounded an early alarm about two vastly different Virginias and helped stimulate discussion about long-term, systemic changes to benefit Virginia’s rural areas.

Culpeper County voters’ rejection of a $13.1 million bond referendum for construction of a recreation center was the culmination of a healthy process of sharing information on an issue and then leaving it in the voters’ hands to decide.

On Oct. 9, President Donald Trump announced that he was lifting the EPA’s ban on summertime sales of E15—a motor fuel blend consisting of 15 percent ethanol instead of the usual 10 percent.

In these famously polarized times, voters in Virginia and across the country affirmed one of America’s fundamental principles: the absolute need for checks and balances that restrain not only government but those who run it. Tuesday’s election results confirmed a surprising affection for moderation — even as those on the extremes seem to hog all the attention. Or perhaps it’s not that surprising.

In the days leading to the most recent election, there where so many things said on the campaign trail that did not help the unity of this country. Candidates across the nation working to win the people’s vote have said things that have further put a wedge between us.

Not so long ago, central Virginians could safely sleep through congressional elections. Republicans won in the suburbs, Democrats took the cities. No drama on election night except, maybe, in the statewide races. The times, they have changed.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has joined a growing list of criminal justice officials who want to sharply curtail the use of high bail bond amounts for low-risk, non-violent defendants awaiting trial. Count us among their ranks.

Last month, the philanthropy world lost a hero as Paul G. Allen passed away from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. While many know Allen from his work in personal computing, business and sports, it was his tireless philanthropic efforts to improve and save the lives of thousands that …

It has been said that if we don’t study history, we’re doomed to repeat it. We must learn from what happened in our nation’s past. We made terrible mistakes, we also made great advances. Lessons can be learned from both.

Last December, Congress passed, and President Trump signed into law, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the most comprehensive federal tax overhaul since 1986 when Ronald Reagan was president. The federal law has been credited with boosting the nation’s economic growth, reducing unemployment…

Few can reasonably deny that our political system is broken. This two-party system is destroying America, as Democrats and Republicans act as if they are in a cage match of sorts while the American people are caught in the middle, used as pawns.

T he election is less than a week away. Amid the discourse and debate over which candidate is more deserving of your “X,” lost in the conversation has been discussion of two proposed state constitutional amendments that will also be on your ballot. Below are the proposed amendments. The ball…

Computers have made the world much smaller. They’re in everything from our cars to our watches. We communicate with people all over the world in seconds. Computers have revolutionized shopping, medicine and manufacturing.

The proposed Community Center could be a potential albatross around the neck of Culpeper taxpayers for years to come. Here are several reasons why I think it is a mistake to burden taxpayers with a $13 million debt if this endeavor fails to sustain itself.

We offer our congratulations to Sydney Armstrong and Antonio Blackman, the most recent graduates from the City of Refuge Hopewell Recovery Center. Faced with jail time for drug offenses, both men chose to participate in a recovery program that offered them a way out of jail and out of the throes of addiction that led them there in the first place.

After the Oct. 15 debate between Abigail Spanberger and Congressman Dave Brat at Germanna Community College, I have to admit, I’m a believer that smaller central government is more desirable and effective than larger central government.

Some anonymous prankster a few days ago affixed googly eyes to the Nathanael Greene monument in Savannah, and city officials don’t find this at all funny. Images of the defaced obelisk have, of course, gone viral, as any such thing these days will do. It’s too late to see the bas-relief statue in its altered condition, as the googlies have been successfully removed.

I've been reading about congressional candidate Abigail Spanberger and her duties while working for a federal agency. She has made this aspect of her professional career a defining part of her political biography.

We, the board of directors of the Caroline Family YMCA, are pleased to have the opportunity to respond to recent comments regarding our “Y” and inform the residents of Culpeper of the many great things the YMCA does.

Another state report released last week contained some grim news for the commonwealth. According to the Virginia State Crime Commission, more than 675,000 criminal offenses — including 132,083 felony offenses, 318 convictions for murder/homicide, and 1,308 rape convictions — were never entered into Virginia’s Central Criminal Records Exchange thanks to missing or poorly recorded fingerprints.