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May 11, 2020

“Reopen Fauquier” attracts business people, families

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About 130 people gathered in downtown Warrenton on Saturday afternoon for a “Reopen Fauquier” rally.

Organized by Warrenton resident Chris Concannon, the rally took place from about 2 to 3:45 p.m. in front of the 10 Hotel St. entrance of county government’s Warren Green Building.

It featured about a dozen speakers, including Mr. Concannon and local business people who spoke of economic hardships their companies have suffered because of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

They railed against Gov. Ralph Northam’s orders restricting businesses, producing massive layoffs and lost paychecks across the commonwealth.

Until recently, Mr. Concannon had worked as an appliance installer for Warrenton’s Tolson Service Center.

He made introductory remarks and led the crowd in the chant: “Facts not fear, re-open Fauquier!”

Dolly Jones then sang the National Anthem and later talked about the damage that coronavirus restrictions have caused her Marshall music business, which provides voice and instrument classes.

Though pleased with the event’s turnout, Mr. Concannon had hoped perhaps as many as 200 would attend the event.

He promoted the rally through a Facebook group he created called Reopen Fauquier County.

He plans to seek feedback via social media to help determine the group’s next step and whether that might entail future rallies.

Mr. Concannon, 26, said that he and his colleague Lance Allen met and/or spoke with Warrenton Police Chief Michael Kochis and County Administrator Paul McCulla about their plans.

Using orange cones, town police officers blocked both ends of Hotel Street, between Culpeper and Ashby streets. They also blocked the Main Street access to Court Street. Officers in cruisers provided security at those intersections.

County officials allowed Reopen Fauquier County to use electricity from the Warren Green Building for the audio system.

Although Saturday’s rally violated the state order prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people, town Police Chief Michael Kochis said the group would have assembled anyway and that local officials deemed it safer to block streets for the event.

Gov. Ralph Northam said Monday that most of Virginia will enter Phase One of “reopening” on Friday, May 15. With social distancing and other preventive measures still in place, that would include religious services, all retailers and outdoor restaurant seating (all at 50 percent capacity), along with barbershops and hair salons (with appointments required), outdoor exercises classes at gyms and campgrounds.

But, Northern Virginia local officials — in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William — have asked to remain under tighter restrictions because of the region’s higher infection rate.
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badelectronics · May 17, 2020 at 12:02 pm
FarandBalanced, you rock.
FairandBalanced · May 13, 2020 at 11:27 pm
my name is margaret guh. but you can call me mag for short.
FairandBalanced · May 13, 2020 at 11:22 pm
its all about the narrative. dumb people understand life implications when its presented like a fairy tale.
FairandBalanced · May 13, 2020 at 11:05 pm
here's how I see it in the immediate future. trump disavows the CDC, does not let the government report real death figures. the armed right wing nuts in Wisconsin and Texas protecting the hair salons and restaurants start getting sick and start dying. that would be around june. in the meantime, corona is ravaging the white house. pence gets it. his wife dies from it. trump retreats to the now closed mar-a-largo but its too late. he can't get food or oxygen because the governor Desantis is full up to his dead with overwhelmed hospitals and could give a shit about this president who led him down the primrose path. so trump declares martial law in florida but no one is following his orders and no one cares because everyone knows that the michael cohens get kept in jail but the roger stones and paul manafort get out and the bill barr's protect those michael flynns who have plead guilty but get the case dismissed anyway. in effect - anarchy. labor day. schools open in south Dakota. a lot of conservative parents flock to the state and enroll their kids. the state orders trailers built in mexico to accommodate that expansion in student body. then they decide 5G wifi will help too and order hardware from china. although every piece of hardware is loaded with bugging devices. skip forward to election night. kushner is wrong. elections are held. only 60 million vote. but, it is a landslide. 50 million for biden and 10 for tRUMP. they strap biden to a handcart. take him out on his deck in delaware. mcconnell misses the entire tv transmission because he and his wife have flown off to south korea ahead of federal prosecution. biden immediately is determined to be competent but signs an executive on inauguration day transferring power to his VP. as tRUMP walks to the helicopter from the Rose Garden, he skipped the inauguration, he is arrested by the Marines. He, Flynn, Manafort all end up in the same cell.Stone dies from cowardice. barr is taken into custody in moscow at an illegal religious compound and extradited back to the US. a vaccine is approved and the first to get it are children, then essential workers, then the aged and then democrats who voted for Biden. Obamacare rages and everyone except republicans can join. eventually, the republicans can be gathered into groups, living in tents along railroad tracks in major cities. they still are antiabortion and for the death penalty. babies are born in poverty and then they are killed in the electric chair in communities formed along the railroad tracks.
FairandBalanced · May 13, 2020 at 6:23 pm
“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” – Winston S. Churchill
AngryBob · May 13, 2020 at 4:03 pm
In the immortal words of Rodney King, "Why can't we all just get along?!"
FairandBalanced · May 12, 2020 at 9:43 pm
btw, *beating* means *winning*. i never want to touch the guy. he might be infected.
FairandBalanced · May 12, 2020 at 9:30 pm
thank you 'Mother of Democracy' i just sent them to you. EarRing. You got it. This guy is a louse, Tattoo. Here you go!
FairandBalanced · May 12, 2020 at 9:06 pm
if anyone wants pics of me beating the bleating donkeyman let me know. i got them.
FairandBalanced · May 12, 2020 at 9:04 pm
I get it, Linda! You mean that president said it. The one that's going to get his handed to him in the Fall.
FairandBalanced · May 12, 2020 at 8:57 pm
i beat him fair and square and he cried like a baby and that is not lie.
FairandBalanced · May 12, 2020 at 8:50 pm
Terry emboldened Donkey. He has never experienced a sincere apology. He thought that rectified and confirmed his righteousness. There are too many ignorant people in this country at this moment. God pray for us.
Linda Ward · May 12, 2020 at 8:47 pm
My bad, I was thinking BFF and typed BBF. F&B took the ball and ran with it. I'm not taking any responsibility for his take on BBF.

Now where have I heard that phrase "I don't take responsibility at all." or says "No Responsibility For Spike In People Misusing Disinfectants"? For someone who takes no responsibility he sure wants to take a lot of credit though.
Jim Griffin · May 12, 2020 at 8:40 pm
A sign on my office wall from Mother Theresa: "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to one another."

Let's find our way through the upcoming Fall elections with less rancor and anger. We neighbors sometimes disagree; Few bad people here, DF included -- he enthusiastically defends his choices. They are his to make.

As my late friend insisted, "Never assume the motives of others are, to them, less noble than yours are to you."

Name calling, caricature, ridicule -- I know from experience these are among the ineffective, counter-productive tactics on display. Let's agree to disagree without being disagreeable, an example to our young.
FairandBalanced · May 12, 2020 at 7:42 pm
The fight took place in the parking lot of the diner across from the Burger King at 2 in the morning. I rolled up alone in my beat up Gremlin. Donkey was already there with a couple of animals in the back of his truck. Huffing and snorting. Not well taken care. They needed water and they needed to roam. His puffy pants friends jeered at me and kept away in fear. they kept away. i got out of the car. he got aggressive and strides. like he is an MMA fighter. I punched him in the face. he went down. cried like a baby. his friends hauled him off quickly. a blue Toyota. Not even American made. Virginia license plate beginning "redneck 666" something. I went home, ate some ice cream and slept like a baby. God bless America.
FairandBalanced · May 12, 2020 at 7:31 pm
what's a BBF? Baseless? Bewildered? Friendless?
Linda Ward · May 12, 2020 at 6:52 pm
No problem FairandBalanced. I didn't even need to ask the question of Donkey again. His inability to reply on his BBFs behalf whether he does or does NOT respect the Constitution was enough of an answer in itself.

Speaking of unwell people, well let me tell ya.........oh, on the other hand let me not tell ya because Donkey knows where I'm going with that thread.
FairandBalanced · May 12, 2020 at 6:23 pm
And, besides, when we did meet for the fight I punched you in the face, one time, just a baby punch, and you fell down to the ground screaming like banshee and your friends had to put you in the truck and haul you off. So, I guess I won. Now, you want obscure those facts!
FairandBalanced · May 12, 2020 at 5:47 pm
Donkey, what makes you think anyone cares about our personal disregard for each other? Besides that, I think it was rather romantic. That invitation. Two guys taking it to the street over politics or women. Kinda like Hamilton and Burr. Did you graduate from high school?

Linda, on another note, I'd like to apologize for getting in your conversation. You don't need me handle this idiot.
DonkeyFarmer · May 12, 2020 at 4:50 pm
FairlyImbalanced got drunk and high and challenged me to fight him. At least a dozen unanswered posts from him till midnight. Raging. This guy is not well.
FairandBalanced · May 12, 2020 at 4:37 pm
Awe Donkey. He thinks he's the police of the member comments! Linda, he is refusing to allow you to make every issue about his president. Commentator, Donkey says you don't need to bring the rump up on every thread. He doesn't think we should celebrate reductions in the death rate. He refuses to debate anyone who disagrees with him. He casts aspersions and attacks people with personal insults. Hey, Ding Bat donkey! get out of the kitchen if can't handle the heat. You don't need to read these comments and you don't need to respond to them because in reality no body cares about anonymous posts.
DonkeyFarmer · May 12, 2020 at 4:17 pm
FairlyImbalanced, do you often challenge people on the internet to meet you to fight while in a drunken rage?
FairandBalanced · May 12, 2020 at 4:10 pm
Republicans are right wing nuts who want their cake and want to eat it, too. Now Donkey! That's flame throwing!

The Dallas salon owner sentenced to seven days in prison for defying Texas stay-at-home orders has slammed the government for 'confusion' over its small business loans as she reveals she got $18,000.

Shelley Luther, the owner of Salon A La Mode, repeatedly refused to close her business saying she needed to stay open to 'feed her kids' during lockdown.

However Luther has since revealed that she applied for and received $18,000 from the government, under the Paycheck Protection Program set up to help struggling businesses pay staff and stay afloat amid state lockdowns.
DonkeyFarmer · May 12, 2020 at 4:10 pm
I understood your question Linda. I refuse to allow you to make every issue about our President Trump.
Linda Ward · May 12, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Donkey Farmer - I wasn't arguing with you. I asked you a simple question and you aren't able to answer it. Ok, I get that some questions go right over some people heads. Maybe you should stalk off in a huff because someone asked you a simple question just like your "great" (lololol) fearless leader.
FairandBalanced · May 12, 2020 at 3:57 pm
oops! Hey Donkey!

Virginia Code
§ 32.1-48.014. Enforcement of orders of quarantine or isolation; penalties.
A. Any person who does not comply with a validly issued order of quarantine or order of isolation issued or prepared pursuant to this article shall be subject to the penalties provided in § 32.1-27, including, upon conviction, a Class 1 misdemeanor and payment of civil penalties.

B. Any order of quarantine or isolation shall be enforced by law-enforcement agencies, as directed by the State Health Commissioner. Any enforcement authority directed to law-enforcement agencies by the Commissioner shall expressly include, but need not be limited to, the power to detain or arrest any person or persons identified as in violation of any order of quarantine or isolation, or for whom probable cause exists that he may fail or refuse to comply with any such order.

Any person or persons so detained shall be held in the least restrictive environment that can provide any required health care or other services for such person.

C. Every attorney for the Commonwealth shall have the duty to prosecute, without delay, any violation of this chapter in accordance with the penalties set forth in § 32.1-27.

D. Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 264 et seq. and 42 C.F.R. Parts 70 and 71, any order of quarantine or isolation issued by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention affecting the Commonwealth or the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority may be enforced by local law-enforcement officers or officers of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority with jurisdiction over the facility involved in the quarantine or isolation order.

2004, cc. 773, 1021; 2007, cc. 699, 783.
FairandBalanced · May 12, 2020 at 3:55 pm
Hey Donkey

Virginia Code
Federal Law
The federal government derives its authority for isolation and quarantine from the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Under section 361 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S. Code § 264), the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services is authorized to take measures
FairandBalanced · May 12, 2020 at 3:54 pm
Hey Donkey!

Federal Law
The federal government derives its authority for isolation and quarantine from the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Under section 361 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S. Code § 264), the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services is authorized to take measures.
DonkeyFarmer · May 12, 2020 at 3:49 pm
FairlyUnbalanced, what time of day do you start getting drunk and high?
DonkeyFarmer · May 12, 2020 at 3:48 pm
Linda what does our great President Trump have to do with this? The lockdown was ordered by the governor and only he has the power to lift it.

I'm not going to debate President Trump in every single thread here. Go find someone else to argue with, although your friends and family are probably sick of hearing your rantings too.
DonkeyFarmer · May 12, 2020 at 3:45 pm
Rover you don't want to silence the protestors? You literally questioned the county providing power for their speakers. If that isn't wanting to silence I don't know what is.

And there is nothing in the Constitution that allows for quarantine of healthy people. If you are insinuating that everyone can be quarantined because everyone is exposed then the power of the government would be to quarantine everyone anytime they wish because there is always a virus out there.
Linda Ward · May 12, 2020 at 3:40 pm
Donkey Farmer - Deflected from my question didn't you? Can't answer it or don't want to admit the truth? You dish it out but run when confronted with a legitimate question. You appear to take the Constitution seriously, so once again do you believe that our current POTUS does too? Easy answers are the best. Yes or No?
FairandBalanced · May 12, 2020 at 3:35 pm
I disagree with you, Donkey. This is very much about your president. And, stop telling Linda what to do!

April 20, 2020, to wit:
President Trump on Friday openly encouraged right-wing protests of social distancing restrictions in states with stay-at-home orders, a day after announcing guidelines for how the nation’s governors should carry out an orderly reopening of their communities on their own timetables.

In a series of all-caps tweets that started two minutes after a Fox News report on the protesters, the president declared, “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!” and “LIBERATE MINNESOTA!” — two states whose Democratic governors have imposed strict social distancing restrictions. He also lashed out at Virginia, where the state’s Democratic governor and legislature have pushed for strict gun control measures, saying: “LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!”
Rover 530 · May 12, 2020 at 3:35 pm
My comments were not alluding to silencing the protestors but highlighting the fact that they were in a tight cluster in defiance of emergency state orders designed to protect the population. It seemed that local authorities were encouraging this defiance instead of discouraging harmful practices. I have the utmost respect for the Constitution. It's disheartening when the leaders of our own government, who have taken the an oath protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, violate that oath every day. People are free to say what they want, wherever they want; just don't endanger other people while doing it.

A quarantine is often used to prevent the movement of those who may have been exposed to a communicable disease, but do not have a confirmed medical diagnosis. The government derives its authority for quarantine from the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution (there's that document again). In Virginia, Any person who doesn't comply with a validly issued order of quarantine is subject to penalties provided in the Code of Virginia including, upon conviction, a Class 1 misdemeanor and payment of civil penalties. Any order of quarantine shall be enforced by law-enforcement agencies.
DonkeyFarmer · May 12, 2020 at 3:24 pm
Linda, I believe that you are a good person that cares about her community. And you dont like President Trump. Got it. You make it clear with your daily posts. But this is not about President Trump. You don't need to bring him up in every single thread.
Linda Ward · May 12, 2020 at 3:08 pm
I sure look forward to the day when we can go back to just being nasty to each other for no reason. (Eye roll).

Donkey Farmer - Do you believe that the current POTUS respects the Constitution? Believe, not think or guess, but truly believe?
DonkeyFarmer · May 12, 2020 at 2:22 pm
After challenging me to a fight, you said you were going to get drunk and high. You wrote it, not me.

I don't address any issue with you. You are simply a flame thrower.
FairandBalanced · May 12, 2020 at 2:09 pm
Just like hitler,Donkey. Personal attacks aimed at the person who writes in disagreement with you but never addressing the issue or adding to the discussion. Remember what happened to hitler, Donkey. History does repeat itself.
DonkeyFarmer · May 12, 2020 at 2:03 pm
FairlyUnbalanced - Isn't it time for you to go get drunk and high again?
FairandBalanced · May 12, 2020 at 2:01 pm
Donkey and Jim, your conception of freedom reflects a small, teeny tiny fraction of a minority who have now taken to the streets to protest and voice opposition to the stay-at-home measures and the politicians responsible for them. In this deadly pandemic, your demand to be free is, in essence, the demand to be free of mutual obligation, a demand to be free to die and threaten those other Americans around you with illness and death. Yours is not an inclusive vision of what it means to be free.
farmbum · May 12, 2020 at 1:50 pm
DF, how does one know if one is healthy or not? Holding the Constitution in your hand adds nothing to the crisis befallen us.
farmbum · May 12, 2020 at 1:46 pm
The epic fail of government and leadership at all levels have led to the general populace taking matters into their own hands. Unfortunate but the individual just does not have the tools or resources to make an intelligent decision relating to the safety of themselves and others. The proximity of people and the lack of PPE in the articles picture should be disturbing to all.
DonkeyFarmer · May 12, 2020 at 1:46 pm
What disturbs me is that Rover would like to silence these people then arrest? them. You like living with a boot on your throat?

You have any respect for the Constitution?

There is nothing in the law that allows quarantine of healthy people. The only reason the government has been allowed to get away with it is because The People gave their consent. When they told us 2 weeks it was reasonable. It's been 2 months now.

When do you propose we open back up and what is going to change between then and now?
Rover 530 · May 12, 2020 at 1:19 pm
What disturbs me is that the town police department seemed to be endorsing lawlessness by allowing this group over 10 people to assemble in defiance of the governor's orders and the county government providing power for their loud speakers.

82,000 deaths in the USA as of 5/12/2020.
jim goodwin · May 12, 2020 at 10:43 am
Exactly, Linda. That's exactly what the lock down doesn't consider! It doesn't consider that EVERYONE has the ability to make their own decisions about their safety. Every business can decide who can come in. Every person can decide what their risk profile is. The government making arbitrary decisions about what is or isn't essential is ludicrous. ABC stores are essential but the gardening section of Walmart isn't? The lottery is essential? Seriously?
Linda Ward · May 12, 2020 at 10:03 am
Fifth death in Fauquier County -

"25,8000 Virginia cases — up 730 since Monday. The total includes 24,601 confirmed and 1,199 “probable” infections.

• 891 deaths statewide — up 41 since Monday.

The increase in fatalities came after three consecutive days of significant declines in that category, with 11 reported Monday, 12 on Sunday and 15 on Saturday."

Once the Governor has given the open up signal, businesses have the freedom and right to open up for business. I get it! At the same time, I have the right and freedom to choose to not shop at those businesses, especially if they aren't taking the social distancing and wearing a mask protocol seriously.
Terry Fyde · May 12, 2020 at 10:01 am
my apologies donkey. i did not look at it that way. i hope i'm not a sicko.
AngryBob · May 12, 2020 at 8:44 am
Although I firmly believe Governor Coonman needs to end the siege, staging a rally right now was foolish.
DonkeyFarmer · May 12, 2020 at 8:06 am
Terry, you will buy me a beer and wings if people don't die? What's wrong with you? You think this is some sort of game? All political to you. Sicko.
wolftownjeff · May 12, 2020 at 7:29 am
Smart people will live. Stupid people will die. Make a note of the business's and stay away from them. I am sure everyone of these folks are Trump supporters.
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