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February 2, 2021 · OPINION

“Garish” electronic sign questioned in Remington

Photo/Stephanie Litter-Reber
The “electronic message center” on town property along Main Street in Remington.
By Mary M. Root

Those of us who love historic Remington question the recent appearance of a garish animated sign on our Main Street.

The electronic message center (EMC) sign flashes four different messages each minute:

• Please Wear Your Mask!

• Stay Six Feet Apart!

• Town Hall Closed 2/15 Happy President’s Day

• Water Account Past Due to Covid? Please call 540-439-2363.

These same messages may be found in the Town newsletter issued monthly with the water bill.

We have these questions:

• What is the need for this sign, and how does it enhance the lives of residents and visitors?

• Could the sign money have been used to aid those in need during the pandemic?

• Why was the Fauquier County Sign Ordinance [Article 8] not followed?

• What does VDOT think about the sign’s potential to distract motorists?

• Were the sign’s impacts to the historic district and nearby residences weighed?

• Why was it erected in front of the newly-installed town park gazebo?

• Why aren’t the Remington Town Council meeting minutes posted online?

We look forward to learning the answers to these questions.

The writer serves as chairman of the Remington Community Partnership.
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Jerome Fields · February 24, 2021 at 5:35 pm
We went to Remington today to access the DMV. Looking around it wasn't the sign that caught my attention, it was the run down buildings/homes and closed businesses that was most noticeable.
Cammie Rodgers · February 9, 2021 at 5:01 pm
People are dying, up to 423,000, and Ms. Root is worried about a sign. Shows where her priorities are in the grand scheme of things.
Jeffersonian American · February 9, 2021 at 10:01 am
The destruction and systematic eradication of historic Virginia and American statues is just one devastating consequence of two very different American cultures now occupying one land. These two separate national and world views are plainly visible, even in these "Comments" pages throughout this publication. Read more about these two very different American cultures today in this author's very thoughtful piece linked here:

According to the demonic spirit of destruction running rampant across America, insofar that any icons and symbols of our history and heritage remain, we must view them negatively, with hatred and disgust. Why?

Author Paul Krause further clarifies the historic American statues being destroyed or removed across the land at the hands of Democrats and their Democrat Party leadership, working in conjunction with the historically ignorant or hapless, squeamish and timid Big Government Republican Party Establishment Globalist Friends who chime in or look the other way for misguided political ill-begotten gain. Author Krause accurately notes these Democrat Elected Officials locally, state-wide and nationally, and their Bolshevik Mobs- have as their major goal to have us us officially renounce our noble history and heritage of freedom, equality, and progress; and our nobler Natural Law Rights to self-determination as championed by the two American secessions of 1776 and 1861 by the original 13 American states and 80 years later, by the Confederate States of America. By surrendering our noble American history and heritage, we prostrate ourselves to the anti-American forces who would see us exterminated as the only solution for our supposed sins. Theirs is a world without grace and forgiveness. Our America is a world of grace, reconciliation, and heavenly redemption, celebrated and memorialized in our sculptures and paintings reminding us of that reality. For Democrats, Democrat Bolsheviks and Republican Globalists, this world, antithetical to the acidic ideology of our opponents, cannot exist, so it must be destroyed.

This is why leftists hate the men who sacrificed for greater liberty and freedom. Washington, Jefferson, and Lee and Davis must go because their presence terrifies the new left in America. If these Great Americans are right, then the leftists are wrong. We must cherish our artistic and cultural patrimony because it tells a story. In cherishing our sculptures of freedom and progress, we have the superior story to tell — superior because it is also the true story. Ours is the real story of American liberty, freedom and our Natural Law Rights and the eventual advancement for all Americans of our human condition under God.

"Deo Vindice." (translated from the Latin, "God Having Already Vindicated")

You may read the rest of Mr. Krause's thoughtful essay and departure thoughts here:
Linda Ward · February 9, 2021 at 9:59 am
Gonearethedays - "You need to move." Then "Peace be with you-" Really?? You seem conflicted. Saying people should move is not being respectful or peaceful, it's be disingenuous.
Gonearethedays · February 8, 2021 at 7:48 am
And another thing- if you don't like the statues in the county, state or country you're living in then you're in the wrong county, state or country. You need to move.

If you're scared of half the population that lives in your county, state or country then you need to find another county, state or country to live in.

Peace be with you- if you can't Act Respectful or if you can't Act Like You Got Some Sense, then please leave Virginia as soon as possible.
rally39 · February 4, 2021 at 10:50 am
Jayhawk, Nice. Your comment passes judgment, threatens violence and makes accusations without any data to back up your position. Yes some masks are effective, but not all are. Even N95 masks are not 100 percent effective. Improper and imporperly worn masks may pose greater danger by providing a false sense of safety to the wearer and those around them. Additionally, constant mask wearing has it's downsides. Instead of threatening to "slap folks in the chops" why don't you instead encourage common sense mask wearing, situational awareness for all individuals and then take personal responsibility for your own safety while urging others to do the same.
Mary Root's opinion was not against the message, but rather against the messenger; in this case that messenger is a permanent glaring distraction in an otherwise bucolic historic area. Remington deserves better. Town leaders can, and should do better.
rally39 · February 4, 2021 at 10:17 am
Silii, your comment is a non sequitur. Mary Root is questioning the appropriateness of a electronic sign in a historic district She is well within her right to do so. I encourage you to read her questions vis-a-vis your feeble attempt to tie her concerns to election fraud.
Gonearethedays · February 3, 2021 at 7:37 pm
It seems to me it was the Town Council who was "triggered" and squeamish over the historic battle flag on the old logo.

Just wait until everyone sees the "Coming Soon" Fauquier Library Transgender Story Time advertisements for the little kiddies on the all-new garish Remington Town Sign. But first we must endure Malcolm X's glaring face and quotes during the entire month of February.
Jeffersonian American · February 3, 2021 at 5:56 am
Jayhawk · February 2, 2021 at 10:32 pm
Garish? Perhaps. Inappropriate? Not in these times. There are so many scofflaws and idiots out there who do not wear the masks or keep a safe distance that a garish reminder is perfectly acceptable; unfortunately, a device does not exist to slap those folks in the chops they refuse to cover! The disease has spread because of it, now it is mutating and the variations, some MORE contagious and some perhaps less contained by the scarce vaccines. Nope, that garish reminder is just fine. Pull up your mask and live with it.
Silii · February 2, 2021 at 8:01 pm
Please wear your mask! Looks pretty reasonable to me. I suppose if it said the election was stolen you gripers would be cheering at the garishness when you're the folks this sign is meant for.
rally39 · February 2, 2021 at 5:15 pm
Ella82, Mary Root is correct.... it’s garish.

To paraphrase Mr. Churchill, We shape our communities, thereafter they shape us.
ella82 · February 2, 2021 at 2:34 pm
Death and dying are pretty garish also
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