Spew­ing ‘lies’

Rappahannock News - - COM­MENT -

Once again, lies are be­ing sowed across the county. Like weeds these de­cep­tions are grow­ing into a mess that hope­fully truth can clean up. Can­di­date David Kon­ick’s lat­est mis­in­for­ma­tion cam­paign spews forth those lies. Let’s start with a few facts:

At no time has the Board of Su­per­vi­sors ap­proved or com­mit­ted the county to pay 20 per­cent of a 6-mile, $5.9 mil­lion trail project as mis­rep­re­sented in Mr. Kon­ick’s lat­est flyer. On Oc­to­ber 2, the Board of Su­per­vi­sors ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion that al­lowed the county to ap­ply for a grant for a $1 mil­lion project — a 1.2 mile multi-use trail con­nect­ing our two schools that will be used by chil­dren, par­ents, se­niors, and vis­i­tors alike. The grant will pay for 80 per­cent of the cost, and a lo­cal com­mu­nity group, Rap­pTrails, will cover the re­main­ing 20 per­cent. The grant ap­pli­ca­tion is just one step in se­cur­ing these funds, which will not be awarded un­til next year. No county tax­payer funds will be used for this project.

Nu­mer­ous other items in this so-called cam­paign let­ter are de­ceits, or at best twisted mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tions, of the facts. Mr. Kon­ick’s mis­sive ends with the procla­ma­tion that the up­com­ing elec­tion is a “ref­er­en­dum on the fu­ture of Rap­pa­han­nock County.” That may well be true — let’s hope that this county will not elect a so-called can­di­date who cre­ates chaos wher­ever he goes, can­not tell the truth, mis­rep­re­sents the facts, and whose deroga­tory, in­com­pre­hen­si­ble rants are well known through­out the com­mu­nity. If we do, then we de­serve the hate­ful tur­moil that will fol­low. JOHN JACQUEMIN, Castle­ton AL REG­N­ERY, Washington STEPH RID­DER, Flint Hill JANE WHIT­FIELD, Amissville

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