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A Much-Needed Facelift for the Fourth Amendment

A Much-Needed Facelift for the Fourth Amendment

A Much-Needed Facelift for the Fourth Amendment (or Don’t Drone Me Bro’) Ken Cuccinelli and Fauquier Free Citizen’s own, Mark Fitzgibbons, have combined to write a strong endorsement of…

Remembering Virginia citizen-privacy activist BJ Ostergen

Remembering Virginia citizen-privacy activist BJ Ostergen

BJ Ostergen, who recently passed away, was an example of what one creative, fearless person can do in the face of government arrogance and lawbreaking. ACLU Virginia writes on occasion of her…

You choose – your attention or your money?

You choose – your attention or your money?

I frequently hear people say “we don’t want to be another Prince William County” when discussing growth in our county.    So I looked into what that statement would…

Private Property Rights and Socialism Do Not Mix

Private Property Rights and Socialism Do Not Mix

by Tom DeWeese An urgent message to the National Association of Realtors The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is the main stream organization in which nearly every real…

Martha Boneta named one of top 45 Country Women

Martha Boneta named one of top 45 Country Women

In recognition of her efforts to defend the property rights of Virginia farmers, Country Woman magazine, a Reader’s Digest publication with millions in circulation, has selected Fauquier’s own Martha…

Facts about Conservation Easements and Taxes

Facts about Conservation Easements and Taxes

by Rex A. Hoover, Sumerduck I present this information so each taxpayer can decide if the “preservation of open land” is what they want done with their money.…

Virginia Math and the Budget Gap

Virginia Math and the Budget Gap

I’m sure the budget gap will be a topic for discussion in the upcoming Assembly session. I hope their math will be better than Bill Hazel’s. He is…

Poor Jim Rich Needs Your Money

Poor Jim Rich Needs Your Money

 by Anton Afterwit, Warrenton I was not surprised when I received the attached plea from Jim Rich and his Enviro Cabal begging for money to help fight for…

The Piedmont Environmental Council is its own worst enemy

The Piedmont Environmental Council is its own worst enemy

The Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) has really gone and done it now. Their perpetual and unwarranted harassment of Fauquier farmer Martha Boneta, has brought unwanted attention to the…

Hoping for a Prosperous New Year in Fauquier County

Hoping for a Prosperous New Year in Fauquier County

by Kate Warzinski, Orlean Every year, many of us are wished a prosperous New Year as we receive holiday greetings from friends and family and break out the…

Boneta and Virginia farmers rock 2014!

Boneta and Virginia farmers rock 2014!

Watchdog puts Martha Boneta, Bernadette Barber, Lois Smith and other small Virginia farmers in at #3 on their “COUNTDOWN! Good guys of 2014.” Another Virginian, John Whitehead of…

PEC and conservation easements don’t mix

PEC and conservation easements don’t mix

Perhaps the Piedmont Environmental Council has learned that being foolishly stubborn isn’t always a good public relations strategy. Instead of cutting its losses with an apology, the PEC…

Editorials

Religious Freedom Day 2015

Religious Freedom Day 2015

Dear Editor, January 16th is Religious Freedom day and thus a great time to ponder…

Time for Action – Boehner must go!

Time for Action – Boehner must go!

Dear Editor, I would like to ask Republican voters in Fauquier County to contact Robert…

Politicians require fixing, not Constitution

Politicians require fixing, not Constitution

by Patricia H. Miles, Port Haywood There has been much debate regarding the holding of…

Rebuilding a Fighting Conservative Movement

Rebuilding a Fighting Conservative Movement

By Mike Giere “…2012 testifies convincingly that one election doesn’t speak for the next.” It…

An Open Letter to the Piedmont Environmental Council

An Open Letter to the Piedmont Environmental Council

I am a taxpayer and landowner living these past 18 years in Fauquier County. It…

Election Day 2014

Election Day 2014

The Center for Disease Control failure on Ebola, the White House failure on ISIS, the…

Why the Fauquier County Republican Committee Is Becoming Irrelevant

Why the Fauquier County Republican Committee Is Becoming Irrelevant

I chuckle daily at all of the messages I see being sent out from the…

“Chicago” Republicans

“Chicago” Republicans

by Michael Giere “At first it seems a parochial issue; a handful of old cranks…

A Chance to Make a Difference for Integrity

A Chance to Make a Difference for Integrity

If Not Now, When? By Michael I. Bosley When do Americans living in present day…

Sustainability: The Universal Solvent of Private Property Rights

Sustainability: The Universal Solvent of Private Property Rights

Charles Battig, MD , Piedmont Chapter president, VA-Scientists and Engineers for Energy and Environment (VA-SEEE),…

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Readers Write

Get Our House back to Regular Order!

Get Our House back to Regular Order!

The House of Representatives has two sovereign remedies to cope with runaway presidents, the power of the purse (withholding appropriations for specific activities) and the impeachment power. Until circa…

Military Under Attack

Military Under Attack

When I decided to run for delegate in the 99th District of Virginia, my mission was to change the debate from the mundane and inconsequential of local politics…

Let’s use the Tenth Amendment

Let’s use the Tenth Amendment

We are distressed by the federal government’s overreach and disregard for the Constitution. But what is the solution? Amending the Constitution is fraught with pitfalls.  And, if Congress…

“Two Boys Kissing” challenges the very concept of a healthy society

“Two Boys Kissing” challenges the very concept of a healthy society

Dear Editor: The writer of an earlier Letter stopped short in the development of a quote from David Levithan in an interview for his book Two Boys Kissing. …

Reader responds to FTD Editorial on “Two Boys Kissing”

Reader responds to FTD Editorial on “Two Boys Kissing”

[Editor’s note: The following letter from a reader was sent to the Fauquier Times (Democrat; aka, the Minority Report) over a week ago as a reply to an…

Review of another Levithan book – “Boy meets Boy”

Review of another Levithan book – “Boy meets Boy”

Dear Editor, I was searching for reviews of the book being contested in Fauquier County Public Schools, and I ran across an analysis of another book written by…

Farm News

Drug shift, global markets sealed Smithfield-China pork deal

By Kenric Ward WASHINGTON – U.S. feed subsidies, spotty inspections and a decision to scale back use of a controversial drug made Smithfield Foods an enticing buy…

Young Fauquier County Man Graduates FCU Ag Biz Planner Program

By Jim Haskins                                                                                                                                                                                                                     AgriBusiness Communications Group Over the past several months, a Fauquier Co. young farmer, Ben Smith of Remington, participated in an innovative program designed to…

Fauquier Times-Democrat Receives Reality Check

By FFC Staff A recently published Fauquier Times-Democrat editorial stated that the supporters of HB 1430 are in the minority in Fauquier County. As the official mouthpiece…

CALL TO ACTION: Pitchfork Protest Returns to Richmond!

The Battle for Small Family Farm Rights is not over! HB 1430, The Boneta Bill still needs to pass the Senate without the entanglement of the re-enactment…

Open Letter to Virginia Farm Bureau Spokesman Trey Davis Re: HB 1430, The Boneta Bill

                                                                                                                                                            February 4, 2013 Mr. Trey Davis Virginia…

High School News

The Chronicle – Kettle Run HS Student Newspaper

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The Falconer – Fauquier High School Student Newspaper

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News Tidbits

Fauquier County First Responders Conduct Emergency Preparedness Drill

Fauquier County first responders recently held an emergency preparedness drill called “Epic Freeze” to simulate how they would respond to a sudden winter storm. As the Boy…

Board of Supervisors

Fauquier County Citizens Appear Apathetic about Budget, Tax Increase

By Cameron Jones This year’s budget process is nearing finale, and compared to last year, this year’s budget process has been a cake walk for the Supervisors…

Fauquier County Budget Process Races Toward Final Fence

By Cameron Jones In what has been a relatively uneventful budget process compared to the fireworks of last year, the Board of Supervisors has agreed to adopt…

Additional Public Hearing Scheduled on Fauquier County Budget

Due to an error in the announced meeting schedule for the Fauquier County budget process, the Supervisors have issued a new schedule which will extend the process,…

Fauquier County Budget Process Reaching Critical Mass – Your Input Requested

By Cameron Jones   Government budget for FY 2014.” So begins the Executive Summary of the FY 2014 Budget Proposal from County Administrator Paul McCulla. On the…

Fauquier Supervisors – Put Up or Shut Up on Business Friendly Claim

By Cameron Jones Should Fauquier County be Courting Beretta USA? In light of news coming out of Maryland where the Governor and the Legislature are stomping all…