Letters to the Editor

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SHENANDOAH JUNCTION – A lifelong love of reading provided the inspiration for Peyton Lavallee’s Girl Scout project where she constructed bookcases then donated them and books to three local elementary schools. Read more

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Many of the angry citizens fighting the stonewool insulation factory under construction in a former orchard on the outskirts of Ranson see themselves as warriors in a moral cause. They are standing between innocent children and an industrial project that would ruin their health, upend their lives. Read more

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If there were any doubt that the lawyer for the City of Charles Town was correct in advising Mayor Scott Rogers to recuse himself from last week’s vote on state financing for the sewer line to serve Rockwool, the question was laid to rest when Rogers unleashed a Trump-esque Twitter tirade wh… Read more

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That’s some magic show going on in Harpers Ferry right now. For its next trick, watch as the town makes an 11-year-old plan to build a gold-star hotel on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River completely disappear right before your eyes. Read more

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SWaN plans to rebuild the Hill Top House Hotel into a world-class destination that will stand for future generations as part of the rich history and legacy of Harpers Ferry. Beyond being a hotel, it will become an economic engine that will generate funds to preserve the town for at least the… Read more

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Opponents of the plan to redevelop the Hill Top House Hotel in Harpers Ferry say they don’t want to see access to the Potomac River overlook restricted by the project’s developer, SWaN Investors of Leesburg, Va. They call the privately owned bluff at the eastern edge end of East Ridge Street… Read more

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It seems that the Hill Top hotel developers are finally losing patience with our town officials after more than 10 years of fervent opposition by a small cadre of citizens and by continued dithering of elected officials. Read more

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Editor’s note: Steven Lowe, a member of the American Humanist Association and one of three plaintiffs in the case now before the U.S. Supreme Court that will decide the future of the Bladensburg Cross, asked to offer a response to the Jan. 2 editorial in the Spirit of Jefferson that praised … Read more


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Jefferson County’s tourism business is booming. We lead the state in tourism dollars and taxes. We have been blessed with natural gifts that are renowned worldwide and we welcome over a million visitors every year. The clear view of the Blue Ridge comes to mind as well as two famous rivers t…