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Are higher wages good or bad? / Sun, 06 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400
THERE'S nothing more important than creating good jobs and building a strong economy that works for everyone. Right now, though, too many of our small businesses, workers and families are struggling to make ends meet. If you talk to most small business owners, they'll tell you that the problem is they don't have enough people buying things. How can we help put money in people's pockets so they can go out and buy things? One way is to halt the decline in the buying power of the minimum wage and increase it so that hardworking families have enough money to support themselves and invest in their communities....

SOLs don’t gauge deep thinking, creativity / Sun, 06 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400
IMAGINE, as a kind of odious thought experiment, that your job involved an endless series of competency tests. All too frequently, you'd show up at work, maybe grab a quick cup of coffee and then head into some uncomfortable and airless room where your boss would quiz you on how well you knew your job. It wouldn't be a hands-on type of test either, just multiple-choice items. Some of the questions would be sort of vague and poorly worded, but here's the thing: You had better correctly choose most of the right answers if you expect to make progress in your career. If you didn't meet some arbitrary score and were therefore not deemed suitably "proficient," you could expect to be drilled for the next few weeks on those things you'd answered incorrectly. And this unappealing vista would stretch before you, interminably: Memorize some new stuff, be tested on it, memorize, test, memorize, test.…

Clean-up on Middle Street / Sat, 05 Apr 2014 19:02:34 +0000
Have you seen The Washington Post's Home section feature on how Inn at Little Washington midnight custodian Jack Judd and others keep the Inn's famous kitchen looking clean and new every day, and why chef Patrick O'Connell likes it that way?

Millennials might embrace high-speed rail / Fri, 04 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0400
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas--Two questions: Why doesn't our nation have more passenger trains? And does the younger generation's declining interest in driving imply an opening for the expansion of public high-speed rail? Last May, The New York Times reported that all of us, and especially the so-called millennials, are driving less. The Times cites a report from U.S. PIRG, a nonprofit advocacy organization, that documents a six-decade increase in miles driven per capita, and then a surprising eight-year decline in total miles driven and a corresponding per-capita decline since 1996....

Taking the scenic root / Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:00:27 +0000
In just a few months, soon-to-be former Inn at Little Washington farmer Joneve Murphy will be leaving Rappahannock County — as well as her job at the Inn at Little Washington — to travel around the world, volunteering on farms across Europe, Asia and South America.

Rapp school programs make VSBA ‘showcase’ list / Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:00:50 +0000
The Virginia School Boards Association recently released its 18th annual VSBA Showcases for Success directory, highlighting successful K-12 programs in Virginia’s public schools, including two from Rappahannock: Books & Barks and the service learning class.

Updated: Ashburn man arrested for the murder of his wife / 2014-04-03T18:18:14+00:00
An Ashburn man has been arrested and charged for murder in the death of his estranged wife.

Roy’s Orchard: A farm store with more / Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:00:55 +0000
At first glance, it looks like a normal orchard and farm, complete with a split-level home surrounded by numerous outbuildings, perched at the top of a hill. But at the end is an eclectic wonderland with hundreds of items one would expect in an orchard and farm store — and hundreds one wouldn’t.

Jail time in third-DUI guilty plea / Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:00:18 +0000
Driving offenses took center stage during a quick session of Rappahannock County Circuit Court Friday morning (March 28), as one defendant pleaded guilty to driving under the influence (DUI) and another was granted a restricted permit.

Inside this week’s Rappahannock News (April 3) / Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:23:00 +0000
This week's headlines include: Taking the scenic root • Rapp programs make VSBA 'showcase' list • Roy's Orchard: A farm store with more • Jail time in third-DUI guilty plea • The Rapp for April 3 • Editorial: Lucky us . . . • Wild Ideas: Do black bears hibernate? • and more.

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