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Bentonville homeowner questions practices of county officials, warns Front Royal

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This past week the Front Royal Town Council took a large step forward and adopted the Virginia Maintenance Code. This will help hold bad landlords accountable and hopefully clean up and repair some eyesores located within the town.

However, there is now another obstacle that needs to be addressed. I questioned the Town of Front Royal regarding the agreement the Town and Warren County have in place regarding building inspections.

According to Town of Front Royal officials, the agreement was reached on February 8, 1983 –over 35 years ago. I could find no municipal code that addresses or explains this agreement and inquired of Jeremy Camp regarding the agreement. He informed me, via email, that the person who could track down this document was off work this week.

This agreement with the county and the Warren County Building Official who needs to be addressing issues and making our community’s housing, construction, rehabs, and commercial buildings safer is not doing his job. David Beahm has been in his permanent position for 14 years.

On May 23, 2018, I emailed and asked the following question:

“Can I please have a copy of the policies and procedures for the verification of contractor licenses and the issuance of permits? Also what is the official approved application form for obtaining a building permit?”

On May 23, 2018 Dan Whitten copied from David Beahm answered:

“As for the verification of a license, there is not a written policy in place, there has never been one. The procedure is to verify the license number is current with DPOR and that they carry the proper license level and classification to perform the work.

We verify that the taxes are paid on the property as we have been directed by the Board.

The business license is verified by the Commissioner of Revenue for being valid and current.

Here is the link for the form: https://www.warrencountyva.net/building-inspections-form

There was then a very brief interchange with a friend assisting me:

“I thought your guy Doug had this being addressed? Have we seen the engineering back yet for Cline to do the work?”
and Dan Whitten’s next email stated:

“I am not sure I understand your question. The County is not required by the Virginia Code or USBC to have policies in place.”
THAT STATEMENT IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG!!

The reason I asked for a copy of the permit application was due to a meeting of the Local Board of Building and Code Appeals, David Beahm, building official, stated the permit application was just a piece of paper, however that application is addressed in great detail in Virginia’s Construction Code and the Code of Virginia. David Beahm is guilty of a Class 3 Misdemeanor on every permit granted to an applying entity that did NOT have the proper licensure. (USBC 108.4, Code of Virginia Title 54.1. Professions and Occupations Chapter 11. Contractors § 54.1-1111)

I asked for the policy trying to see where the system failed, then learned we have no documented system.

Fast forward to August 28, 2018, I emailed a list of questions:

“I called the State Technical Review Board, they do not order nor perform inspections, that is up to the locality.

1.What are Warren County’s written standards of protocol regarding the basic inspections the building department performs?

A. Is there a check list or outlined expectations of each inspector and what they are to inspect?

Example: Inspector X gets assigned to inspect Footers. Inspector X knows that he/she must follow:
a.
b.
c.

in order to properly perform his/her duties and complete inspection while also insuring all inspections are performed uniformly across the board.

The next day Inspector Y is assigned a footer inspection, he/she will follow the same standards of uniformity.

2. Does Warren County mandate any additional inspections as part of their USBC compliance during construction?

3. Once a certificate of occupancy is received and a safety complaint is filed with the building department, what policies and procedures are in place to assure complaint is addressed and followed up with uniform standards and USBC compliance?

4. I have read and familiarized myself with the Local Board of Building and Code Appeals bylaws of Warren County. What and where are the written policies and procedures for governing Warren County’s building department and official in these circumstances?

5. Where/what is the policy/procedure that establishes the hierarchy on the building department?

A. What/where is the policy/procedure that establishes how the deputy officials’ work is overseen?

B. Does the building official review the checklist for each inspection?

C. How does the building official insure uniformity and accuracy of inspections?

C. What/Where are the checks and balances for the system?”

The County tried to say these questions needed to be FOIA requested…NO. They attempt to silence citizens with this FOIA issue and redact everything except what the citizen sends to them, but that is another issue. I fought this and explained that surrounding counties such as Fauquier and more have such items readily available and transparent on their website.

Example I shared with them: http://www.fauquiercounty.gov/government/departments-a-g

Mr. Whitten said he would have an answer for me in 5 days and I told the county they better not be buying time to make up these policies up.

In 5 days I received this on September 5, 2018:

“The following are the replies to the questions in your email:

1. The standards for inspections are contained within the Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) found at: https://codes.iccsafe.org/premium/document/VRC2012

A. No checklists other than the USBC are in place.

2. Inspections required are the minimum ones required, unless it is determined that additional inspections are required.

3. All issues before and after a certificate of occupancy is issued are addressed as required by the USBC.

4. The items for governing the building inspections department are found in the USBC.

5. A chart is provided within the Warren County budget book which is available on the County website.

A. The deputy building official is a technical assistant as defined by the USBC.

B. No checklists are used.

C. Consistency is provided through training at state and local level.

D. The checks and balances are found in the USBC.”

To which I responded:

“So basically you are telling me there are no intra-department policies and procedures on the local level. No master book that Inspector A knows he must do the identical way as Inspector B.

Every municipality/locality in Virginia has different typography(topography) and needs. The USBC leaves a lot of gray area for the building officials and their departments to operate.

Without strict policies and procedures on the local level that provide for uniform locale inspections, there is no wonder the incident with my home happened.

Look at our surrounding counties, there is transparency in the building department spearheaded by a competent building official.

Warren County has FAILED and by the omission of facts and the reaction to cover your butts, you guys are making a bigger and bigger mess.

It is time to own the mistakes and put Warren County on the straight and narrow.

Shame on you all!! “

I then emailed again just to clarify on September 7, 2018:

“Mr. Whitten,
I just want to make sure I am accurate and I understand your answer. Other than the official USBC, VUSBC documents and USBC, VUSBC policies, Warren County does not have any additional written policies/procedures that are Warren County/Town of Front Royal specific?
Thank you for the clarification”

Response on September 7, 2018

“Kristie,
Those are the only policies applicable to the building department when inspections are performed.
-Dan”

In 14 years, the permanent building official has not written any Warren County/Front Royal locality- specific policies and procedures. In 14 years, a building department hierarchy has not been created.

How do we citizens know whom to contact? I am not searching the budget to do a build-your-own chart, we, as taxpayers should not have to do so.

Why has Mr. Beahm been allowed to hold his job for so long when he has not adequately carried out his duties to fully serve Warren County residents? His actions—and often, a lack of them, have been careless and reckless. Warren County’s building official has not performed his duties and by him not having policies and procedures in place, he is not upholding:

113.7.1 Third-party inspectors. Each building official charged with the enforcement of the USBC shall have a written policy establishing the minimum acceptable qualifications for third-party inspectors. The policy shall include the format and time frame required for submission of reports, any prequalification or preapproval requirements before conducting a third-party inspection and any other requirements and procedures established by the building official.

Folks, think about that power plant, the new bridges, the new schools, the factories, and every single structure that has been constructed in the last few years…Who inspected those and what criteria was used in doing so? We, as citizens, have no idea and there are no policies in place to tell us.

Warren County and Front Royal are in trouble. While individuals, a couple of elected representatives, and groups of citizens take steps and lobby for a better, safer community, other elected government officials and administrators are hampering their efforts. All emails I have shared were sent to Dan Whitten, the Board of Supervisors; Tony Carter, Archie Fox, Thomas Sayre, Linda Glavis, and Daniel Murray, as well as to Doug Stanley and David Beahm.

The powers that be are well aware of the condition Warren County’s building department is in. I have asked and demanded they do something and not one of them will.

WHY??

When I tried post-fire to rebuild my home and life I never set out to have to be in the most challenging and stressful times of my life. In researching and asking questions, I have uncovered so many dirty deeds and unsavory ways of governing. There is no wonder our county is in the shape it is in.

Town of Front Royal, I applaud your step forward, but you just hit a brick wall. Will you Mayor Hollis Tharpe, Town Council members Chris Morrison, Eugene Tewalt, Jacob Meza, William Sealock, Gary Gillispie, John Connolly, and Town Manager Joe Waltz ask the necessary questions and help the Town of Front Royal and Warren County reach its potential?

Not only are the Warren County Building Official’s actions or lack of actions just horrible, they are also ILLEGAL!

Kristie Sours Atwood

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Where does Mr. Tharpe go to get his reputation back?

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The more I hear about the case against our former mayor the more it smells. If the information is correct that the prosecutor & police tried to force a witness to lie I can no longer keep silent. That action would be far worse than the perceived crime! If the case is dismissed, where does Mr. Tharpe go to get his reputation back?

This could happen to any of us! What can the defendant do get justice on the over jealous and questionable methods used against him. If there is a case OK, but if there is not quit slandering good people. Should there be punishment for unethical law enforcement practices?

Harry Reed
Front Royal

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Democrats and Deception

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A Lake Frederick resident calls Democrats to task!

Cal Thomas wrote (March 13), “The Democrat party has shown a lack of will to tell the truth.…” He might as well have said, “The Atlantic Ocean is wet!”

When it comes to “…a lack of will to tell the truth…” Democrats, I have observed, offer a bumper-crop. To be fair, most politicians – both sides of the aisle – have falsified truth. But with today’s Democrats it’s become an art form.

A liberal might say the same about Republicans. We could spend weeks drawing up lists. With our combined lists we could build stair-steps to the moon. But let’s stop a moment and dwell upon an uncomfortable truth.

We are allowing this to happen, you and I. We allow deception, perversion, evasion, and outright disinformation. Why? Why do we lack the will to demand truth? Why don’t we hold our leaders accountable for their statements, for their actions? I’ll return to this. But first let’s examine some recent Democrat examples of deception (A lie by any other name would smell as foul, to paraphrase Shakespeare).

In their attempt to gather voters, the Democrats would have us believe what they claim about global warming, now climate change. But here is what they’d rather we not know on this topic. Recent tests (2017) of Antarctica’s buried ice have revealed (again) that during the Pleistocene era – all without the interference of humankind – our earth experienced numerous periods of global warming. It’s part of what our planet routinely does.

If they sought truth, Democrats could check the Geology 101 textbooks of their college years. They’d find that New York City (long before it was populated) was buried under thousands of feet of ice. Actually, there were five “ice ages.” Guess what? It melted! Thank global warming!

To round up yet more voters, Democrats routinely claim they’ll solve our nation’s social and economic problems. Yet, from 1931 until today, with 62-years of Democrat majority in both houses of Congress, have they fulfilled their promises? Ask children in Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Cleveland why they cannot achieve basic reading and math proficiency standards. Has Detroit gone bankrupt? Does Chicago have street killings? Let’s compare truth — supportable, factual truth – to Democrat deception.

Given a Democrat-controlled Congress for 62 of the past 85 years and given Democratic Party Presidents for 48 of those years, it ought to be easy to see the results of their leadership. Actually, it is easy. All we need to do is compare promises with results.

Let’s begin with education. Facts: In 2015, fully 73 percent of Detroit’s 8th grade students failed to achieve basic proficiency in math skills. Those same Detroit students performed at only 44 percent proficiency in reading. And Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Cleveland ought not boast about scores at 58, 51, and 48 indicating scarcely half of their students can read at proficient levels.

So, what have these academic scores to do with Democratic Party majority for more than six decades? It should be readily apparent. Failure. Failure of promises. Deficiency of leadership.

Let’s shift our focus to economics. Fact: Detroit was declared bankrupt on December 3, 2013 with its $18.5 billion debt. Fact: Illinois, according to valuewalk.com, “has $15 billion in unpaid bills, and has entered its fifth straight year without a budget. This has created a devastating situation for social programs within the state…. The prospect of an Illinois bankruptcy appears inevitable.” Fact: The Democratic party since 2004 holds the majority in both houses of the Illinois General Assembly. No budget?

One final gut-wrencher. Crime. Fact: In 2016, Chicago suffered 751 killings by gunshot. This year to date 318 have similarly fallen and 1,821 have been shot in Chicago although the year is but half complete. Now recall the April 2015 Baltimore riots and the high crime rates of Cleveland, Detroit, and Philadelphia.

Education, economics, crime. Dismal failure. All this despite another fact: Per CNBC.com “Two-thirds of America’s 100 largest cities are controlled by Democratic Party mayors.”

And how does this relate to those 62 years of Democratic majorities? Consider these 2016 Presidential election results favoring Democrat candidates: Chicago (83%), Detroit (68%), Baltimore (84%), Philadelphia (82%), and Cleveland (75%). These voters are victims of embezzlement. Votes delivered. Promises unfulfilled.

Fact: There is an inverse correlation between Democrat promises and Democrat results.

Finally, do Democrats – while catering to yet another of its voter bases – tell us that Margaret Sanger cared not a whit about women’s reproductive rights when she spurred our nation’s abortion movement? She was a racist. A eugenicist. Her goal was the same as Hitler’s, but the target was black Americans! She’s succeeding. Check it. I did. And it’s grim!

So, why are we allowing this deception to continue? We have become complacent! We don’t energetically seek out facts. I do, and, if you so request, I will give you the sources for each of the facts I’ve cited here.

We do not demand fact-based reporting. We do not call to account those who glibly pile falsehood upon falsehood into our newspapers and onto our broadcast airwaves! We can do this. We can cancel newspaper subscriptions. We can switch-off television stations. These actions send warning signals to advertisers. As print media readership declines, ad revenues follow suit. The same is true for broadcast ad revenue.

We must daily, you and I, demand quality, objective journalism. We must identify falsehood and deception and hold accountable those who persist in such.

If we do not, soon, we will see Democrats continue their sleight-of-hand, our Supreme Court will have term limits, the electoral college will be dismantled, and we’ll be saluting a socialist flag.

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Facts and Politics

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Want to attempt something difficult? Try talking with your grandkids about facts and politics. Problem is, facts are not the most popular of ingredients in today’s dialogs (true for grandkids, true for adults). Yet I remain convinced that given facts my grandchildren are capable of a rational understanding of issues. It probably helps that the youngest of them is beyond high school age.

Before we examine facts, let’s agree to keep in mind such things as campaign promises, stated priorities, and party platforms.

Facts: Looking back from 2016 to 1931, the Democratic Party held the majority of both the House and the Senate for 62 years. During those same 85 years, the Republican Party-held the majority in both houses for 22 years. So, from the Hoover presidency to the Obama presidency Democrats controlled Congress more than two-thirds of that time span.

Given a Democrat-controlled Congress for 62 of the past 85 years and given Democratic Party Presidents for 48 of those years, it ought to be easy to see the results of their leadership. Actually, it is easy. All we need to do is compare promises with results.

Let’s begin with education.

Facts: In 2015, fully 73 percent of Detroit’s 8th grade students failed to achieve basic proficiency in math skills. Those same Detroit students performed at only 44 percent proficiency in reading. And Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Cleveland ought not boast about scores at 58, 51, and 48 indicating scarcely half of their students can read at proficient levels.

So, what have these academic scores to do with Democratic Party majority for more than six decades? It should be readily apparent. Failure. Failure of promises. Deficiency of leadership. And this despite another fact: Per CNBC.com “Two-thirds of America’s 100 largest cities are controlled by Democratic Party mayors. “Let’s shift our focus to economics.

Fact: Detroit was declared bankrupt on December 3, 2013, with its $18.5 billion debt.

Fact: Illinois, according to valuewalk.com, “has $15 billion in unpaid bills, and has entered its fifth straight year without a budget. This has created a devastating situation for social programs within the state…. The prospect of an Illinois bankruptcy appears inevitable.”

Fact: The Democratic party since 2004 holds the majority in both houses of the Illinois General Assembly. No budget?

One final gut-wrencher. Crime.

Fact: In 2016, Chicago suffered 751 killings by gunshot. This year to date 318 have similarly fallen and 1,821 have been shot in Chicago although the year is but half complete. Now recall the April 2015 Baltimore riots and the high crime rates of Cleveland, Detroit, and Philadelphia.

Education, economics, crime. Dismal failure. And how does this relate to those 62 years of Democratic majorities?

Consider these 2016 Presidential election results favoring Democrat candidates:

  • Chicago (83%)
  • Detroit (68%)
  • Baltimore (84%>)
  • Philadelphia (82%)
  • Cleveland (75%)

These voters are victims of embezzlement. Votes delivered. Promises unfulfilled.

Fact: There is an inverse correlation between Democrat promises and Democrat results.

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Opinions are like shoes

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If Frank Tilton’s writings are anything, they are eclectic. Much like his life experiences. Much like his education. Much like the books he reads, the music he chooses, the ideas in his cranium.

Meet Frank Tilton.

Hence this column, as opinion pieces, reflect my own views. You are welcome to disagree. Still, keep this in mind. There is opinion and there is informed opinion. The distinction matters.

This is the page where you the reader find what the author wants you to know about himself. Typically, you’ll see Ph.D., Dissertation, a list of books and articles published, and a list of  emberships in professional organizations. Some of which they’ve actually attended within the past fifteen years. All this so you’ll know you really ought to read what they have to say. I don’t mean to belittle anyone here.

If they walk the walk of what they talk and talk, fine. They might be worth attending to. Some are. But, I, too, have Curriculum Vitae. And here they are (notice the plural):

  • grocery clerk (long before items were “scanned”)
  • chicken farm ranch hand (or was that chicken ranch farm hand?)
  • filling-station attendant (when window washing and a check of the oil was standard service)
  • gold mine dynamiter’s assistant
  • gold ore crusher operator
  • backwoods firewood splitter
  • rattlesnake exterminator (self-defense only)
  • telephone solicitor (lasted only one-day, detested it)
  • UPS route driver
  • typist for an Italian attorney (when keyboards were mechanical not electrical, and there was no spellcheck)
  • Air Force Morse radio operator
  • sports writer, sports editor, news writer, newspaper editor
  • Air Force historian (real books, some classified)
  • public affairs officer, USAF (24-year USAF career)
  • college instructor, English and Journalism
  • assistant professor teaching international officers
  • teacher, 9th grade English and middle school
  • German, 19 years
  • husband, father, grandfather …. whoa!
  • resident of California, Colorado, Montana, upstate New York, downstate Texas, Nebraska, Indiana, Virginia and a few other places such as Italy, Germany (both sides of the Iron Curtain), Libya (before Kaddafi), Egypt, Greenland, and oh my, the memory fades.
  • All right! I’ll fess up. Yes, I’ve also garnered one Bachelor’s degree in English, another in German, a Master of Science in radio-television, and state teaching certification for English, German, and Journalism, all at the secondary level.
  • And, no. I do not have a Ph.D. I needed some time in there for rattlesnake exterminating, firewood splitting, and those pesky little wads for the dynamiting.

Frank Tilton

Opinions are like shoes. Some shoes are stylish and colorful but aren’t die sort of footwear you’d want to walk a mile in. Others are of quality leather and crafted for support and comfort, and, yes, for walking far more than a mile. I could set this up as a quality vs. style dichotomy, but truth be told, both have their place and time. Stylish wins with formal attire; support and comfort win for day-to-day and distance.

So it is with opinion. Some gets by just fine in stand-alone mode, like stylish shoes. Some needs quality support to gain credibility. In my Preface I made the statement: There is opinion and there is informed opinion. I wasn’t just being loftily academic. There is a difference. And the distinction is important.

Consider this:
George says: Best car on the planet, that Chevy Camaro.
Phillip asks: Really? Have you ever driven one?
George says: Not yet. But that’s a really hot car!

Now consider this:
Al says: Best car on the planet, that Chevy Camaro.
Fritz asks: Really? Have you ever driven one?
Al says: This is my third one. Been driving these for 20 years. I’ve had over a 100,000 miles behind the wheel of each one. Terrific car!
Okay. No contest, right?
Al has given us an informed opinion. George not so much. So, if you apply this model to your listening and reading skills, you’ll have little trouble recognizing which opinion you find more credible. True with Camaros. True with politics. But not so true with soda pop.

Soda pop brings us to another variety of opinion – personal preference. Like die stylish shoes, personal preference has its time and its place. Your friend likes Coca Cola. You’d rather drink Pepsi. You can imagine the conversation, right? You and your friend could debate all day, but chances are at the grocer you’d both buy die product you prefer. It’s a matter of taste. Personal preference. But not always! It’s possible your beverage choice is based upon informed opinion. For example, if your concern is caffeine, you might choose either Coca Cola (39 mg) or Pepsi (38mg) over Mountain Dew (54mg). If sugar content is important to you, you’d likely select, Coca Cola (44g) or Pepsi (41g) over Mountain Dew (46g). A little more research might lead you to shop for a diet soda. The point remains; informed opinion is one thing, and personal preference is another.

With examples like Camaros and Colas it may seem of little importance to you, this matter of opinion whether informed or otherwise. Not so! In today’s world of misinformation, disinformation, media manipulation and downright skulduggery much is at stake. That’s why it is critical to recognize opinion in all of its forms. For a prime example of informed opinion, go to the article About those Democrats.

Any statement positing what is good, better, or best, (or any synonym of these) is opinion. Likewise, the word will. Will is future tense, and neither you nor I know factually what will happen tomorrow much less ten-minutes from now. Should, must, and ought are words of advice, hence opinion. Many adjectives – especially those ending with -able, -ible or -less – are opinion words.

Finally, let’s go back in history, to a time when folks could disagree with civility. A decade or so before or after the American Civil War, there was a British essayist by the name of John Stuart Mill. This fellow wrote a piece called On Liberty. He offered some advice I wish we’d heed these days. He wrote:

  • Opinions ought never to be suppressed.
  • There are three sorts of beliefs (opinions) that can be had—wholly false, partly true, and wholly true—all of which benefit the common good.
  • If an opinion is compelled to silence, that opinion may, for aught we can certainly know, be true.
  • Though the silenced opinion be an error, it may, and very commonly does, contain a portion of truth.
  • Since the general or prevailing opinion on an)’ subject is rarely or never the whole truth, it is only by die collision of adverse opinions that the remainder of the truth has any chance of being  supplied.

Even if an opinion be true, it must be vigorously and earnestly contested (in the interest of it being accepted and understood) so as not to be lost, or enfeebled, and deprived of its vital effect. (I have ever so slightly edited this last point to modernize it a bit without losing the intent.)

Today’s college and university campuses would surely benefit (yes, this is an opinion – mine) by returning to Mill’s recognition of the value of hearing-out opinions, even, or especially, those with which one might disagree. Such civil listening, however, is not much in evidence at this time.

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Warren County named after the greatest martyr of the American Revolution

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When Sondra and I moved to Warren County, I did not have a clue for whom the County was named. I asked dozens of folks if they could tell me; no one else knew either. So I did some research. It was named for, in my opinion, the greatest martyr of the American Revolution, Dr. Joseph Warren of Boston. So I began the job… maybe better, I went on a tare! I encouraged county leaders to elevate Joseph Warren’s memory to a place of honor in every citizens’ mind and heart.

Recently, a leaflet I wrote and produced that became a poster was placed in an exhibit in the Warren County Heritage Society Museum. The poster was my first PR piece which I put in front of leaders, boards… anybody who would listen. Things began to happen when folks learned who our county’s namesake was.

I am thrilled the County Supervisors approved that all County flags are lowered to half-mast on Dr. Warren’s birthday and remain lowered until his date of martyrdom, June 17. He died at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Later this year, every county public school will have a specially designed historical plaque erected in it’s foyer. These have been funded by the Knight-Patty Fund through the encouragement of our local SAR chapter president. All civic buildings will erect plaques… the court house, hospital, library, and more.

There are 14 counties and cities throughout the United States named for this “Forgotten Founding Father.” Ours is one of these. Further, our Board of Education has directed that Joseph’s life story will be taught in history classes. I am so happy this young doctor and Major General, dead at age 34, is forgotten no more! Our thanks to you, Joseph, for your leadership and sacrifice to make US free. Abigail Adams said, “Our dear Joseph would have been our President!”

Pictured with me at the Museum is the chief archivist, Deborah Corey, wife of our SAR President, Dale Corey. She builds great educational exhibits and is instrumental in designing numbers of Revolutionary War exhibits at the museum, along with husband Dale! Thank you both, and thanks to the School Board and Board of Supervisors. Let us all cheer and give thanks for our Free America!

Larry Johnson
Front Royal, VA

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Why I am concerned about the state of the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office

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The information released about evidence known by the Commonwealth attorney’s office regarding Jennifer McDonald is concerning at best. If that office had information that Ms. McDonald was misusing funds over a year ago then a Special Grand Jury should have been immediately impaneled.

Ms. McDonald should have been immediately indicted and not allowed to walk the streets for over a year. Who knows what evidence has been lost or destroyed in that time? With this information, along with the botched prosecution some months ago of Ms. McDonald, the people have a right to ask if the Warren County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office is up to the job.

If not, they should step aside so that this investigation and prosecution can be handled properly from here going forward.

John Bell

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