Guest Columns

Commentary: These young marchers are different from the norm

The "March for Our Lives," which rocked our cities on March 24,  is hardly history's first mass movement calling for "change." Yet the "March" is strikingly different from so many of its predecessors. I think of the several religious "Great Awakenings" that swept America in the 18th, 19th and ...

George A. Bowers Sr. Boundary stones, witness trees and iron stakes

I found the article in Monday’s paper about Washington, D.C.’s boundary stones very interesting. Having just spoken about such things the day before in Sunday worship, it was especially enlightening to see how the early surveyors and planners took great pains to carefully align and place  ...

Bass Mitchell: Remembering the Titantic

Perhaps you recall years ago when the movie “Titanic” came out at the theaters. It was James Cameron’s Oscar-winning blockbuster, then the highest grossing movie in history. It brought that fateful voyage of over 106 years ago back onto the screen and into our lives. You heard and saw ...

George Bowers Sr. God’s manufacturing process

Before becoming a full-time pastor, I taught agriculture for 15 years at Central High School. One of the privileges I had during that time was to take students on various field trips throughout Shenandoah County and beyond. I always believed that students learned more “out there” than they ...

Craig Murto: How to fix racing

A lot of people ask how we can fix racing. Well, first we have to realize that there is a problem with racing. Lower spectator attendance at major events and lower TV ratings is enough to show we have a problem. The problem is built into the sport itself; the problem is speed. Many people ...

George Bowers Sr. Whom are we pleasing?

Spring Turkey Season in Virginia begins with the special youth days this weekend and the season opens for all next Saturday. I’ve been looking forward to this time for several weeks and am anxiously anticipating listening to one the most awesome sounds in the Virginia woodlands: a wild ...

George Bowers Sr. God turned a triple play

Spring training is over and the 2018 Major League Baseball season is underway! The boys of summer have begun their pitching, catching, hitting, and running and the first games are already in the books. This year’s edition of America’s favorite pastime has officially begun! The fascination ...

Tom Crosby: Automated vehicles face a rough road to success

  The second death in an automated driving car with a human inside occurred recently in Tempe, Arizona –  a sure indication that the road to eliminating vehicle related deaths through automation will not be easy. The goal is laudable. Reduce the 38,000 traffic deaths a ...

George Bowers Sr. Gethsemane’s crushing press

As we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection next Sunday, our thoughts should also involve the events leading up to it. It is impossible to have a resurrection without a death and that’s why we must pause at the cross before rushing to the empty tomb. Looking ahead 800 years to Good ...

Bass Mitchell: A funny thing is happening in church…

Everybody knows April 1st is April Fool’s Day. Did you know that it’s also Easter Sunday this year? Anyway, lots of jokes will be told, and tricks played on us. But what you may not know is that there are more and more churches that have a special celebration on the Sunday nearest to it ...

Tom Crosby: 2018 Nissan Maxima SR melds safety and looks

Nissan is adding the eye-catching Midnight Edition option to the SR Maxima for 2018 that will help the popular mid-size sedan continue to be a best-seller. Sales of sedans sagged nationally in 2017 but not for the sharply styled Maxima, which had its best sales year ever. It is the company’s ...

George Bowers Sr.: Praying on Signal Knob

On the northern end of the Massanutten Mountain, Signal Knob stands likes a sentinel watching over the town of Strasburg and the surrounding countryside. Its stately summit can be seen from many miles and was used by both sides during the Civil War as a strategic lookout and communications ...

Tom Crosby: BMW boasts beautiful interior for 2018 640 iDrive

In the automotive beauty contest held every year, BMW is a steady contender but never radical and never ugly. However, just like how character and other attributes contribute to the overall beauty of a human, BMW is a top tier contestant every year for its plush, ergonomic, comfortable ...

Andy Schmookler: Changes that old movies reveal

There are many reasons for my love of old movies. Not least of them is that I have a lifelong interest in how things change. Watching an old movie, I might linger (with the pause button) over a shot of the New York skyline from the 1940s, and marvel over how completely the architecture has ...

George Bowers Sr. The eternal continental divide

Over the last few weeks, winter storm after winter storm has rolled into the northeastern U.S. and blown across the country dumping more than a foot of snow and inches of rain from west to east. As I write this article, yet another threatens to add  additional inches of snow on top of already ...

George Bowers Sr.: Two train wrecks from our past

One hundred and forty-two years ago this coming Tuesday, the Shenandoah Valley was shaken from its slumber about midnight. A 25-car Baltimore and Ohio train carrying people, livestock, and freight tragically crashed off the Narrow Passage trestle and plunged 10 stories into the chilly creek ...

Jason Wright: Life is about how you deal with the inevitable trials

A decade ago, Debbie Jenkins of Strongsville, Ohio, was hanging by a hair and entering the most challenging season of her life. The years to follow brought the flavor of heartache that can be impossible to overcome. The elementary school teacher had suffered through a painful divorce. She'd ...

Bass Mitchell: Continuing violence needs swift attention

Sleep hasn’t come easily these past few weeks, watching reports of yet one more senseless massacre in one of our schools. One picture still haunts me – the woman who is sobbing, the sign of a cross in ashes still on her forehead from having attended an Ash Wednesday service the night ...

Tom Crosby: A vehicle good for family, small business

Since 1903 Ford Motor Company has made 230 different models but none may be quite as funky as the Ford Transit Connect, which some call a mini-van, the government calls a special purpose vehicle and others call a wagon. By any name, it is a highly versatile vehicle suited for a cargo-needy ...

Craig Murto: The Force family had a wild weekend

The Force family of racers had a wild weekend in Arizona. John Force is the most recognizable figure in National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) racing, winner of 16 Funny Car championships. But for the second time in two races the 68-year-old driver suffered catastrophic engine failure. In the ...