Letter to the Editor: Not enough ketchup

October 7, 2015

Ketchup might be the world’s most popular condiment for transforming bland fare into tastier forms, but it’s not a cure­-all. No matter how much we glop on certain things, they remain revolting.

Froma Harrop: The ugly seething online

Froma Harrop

October 6, 2015

The first details about the mass killer at the community college in Roseburg, Oregon, were that he was a young man, lonely and full of hate. Of course he was. They all are.

Letter to the Editor: Too many deals keeping cases from going to trial

October 6, 2015

I’m writing this letter because I’m concerned about the state of criminal prosecution in Shenandoah County. As a longtime member of the law enforcement community, I’ve had dealings with the prosecutor’s office my whole career. Over the last few years, I have noticed a disturbing trend.

Kathleen Parker: The GOP (new) McCarthyism

Kathleen Parker

October 5, 2015

WASHINGTON — The lede to this column is a deep, guttural groan that originates in the throat and expands into the lungs before collapsing in the pit of the stomach.

Letter to the Editor: Heavier trucks weigh on Virginia infrastructure

October 5, 2015

As someone who drives a commercial truck, I see daily the deficiencies in the nation’s highway and bridge system, and how heavy trucks further strain this all-important infrastructure. Nearly 26 percent of the nation’s average daily traffic encounters at least one of the U.S.’s 145,000 deficient bridges every day.

Scott Rasmussen: GOP race starting to shape up

Scott Rasmussen

October 4, 2015

Despite the oversized field and non-traditional candidates, the battle for the Republican presidential nomination is starting to shape up in familiar ways. There will be a champion of the establishment wing taking on the champion of the party base to determine the nominee.

Letter to the Editor: Limit light pollution by starting at home

October 3, 2015

Last Sunday, people all over the Shenandoah valley turned out to their porches and yards to view the supermoon eclipse. The event was also broadcast by NASA in a livestream feed. It’s heartening to see, especially in a day and age when people are more interested in the little screens at the end of their fingers than in the world around them.

Letter to the editor: Support the Family and Children’s Trust Fund

October 3, 2015

As we enjoy the bountiful fall season, we hope that our communities will remember those in need. Among those in need are many thousands of vulnerable children and adults who are at risk of abuse or neglect. In state fiscal year 2013, local departments of social services across Virginia received 72,050 reports of suspected child or elder abuse, more than 64,000 calls were received by domestic and sexual violence hotlines, and the numbers for 2014 were even higher.

George F. Will: Our Navy, our character

George F. Will

October 2, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Navy’s operations, on which the sun never sets, are the nation’s nerve endings, connecting it with the turbulent world.

Commentary: GOP Medicaid expansion in Virginia?

October 2, 2015

Can we trust Virginia’s GOP establishment leaders when they vow to fight ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion, although evidence shows that they’ve actually promoted it? Adding to their dishonor, the GOP establishment in Richmond, Winchester and Frederick County united with Democrats to replace our current 29th District Republican Del. Mark Berg, who’d become Virginia’s best defense against Medicaid expansion.

Letter to the Editor: Current prosecutor has record of success

October 2, 2015

As someone who believes, perhaps naively, that principle is paramount to party affiliation, I was bewildered to learn that rather than endorse the candidacy of an experienced, proven litigator who has led the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office with distinction for the past four years, the Shenandoah County Republican Party has opted instead to nominate and support a candidate with exponentially less experience and a diminutive record of accomplishment, unless one counts a so-called “legal legacy” as the son of a former Commonwealth’s Attorney and Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court judge.

Andy Schmookler: Two problems with pro-life politics

Andy Schmookler

October 1, 2015

In the first installment of this two-part series, addressed to pro-life activists, I began by making two points: 1. More than many liberals, I agree with you about the moral seriousness of abortion. But 2. I also believe that what you are doing with that issue in our nation’s politics is a big mistake and is damaging the nation.

Letter to the Editor: Schmookler’s challenge a dizzying adventure

October 1, 2015

I accepted Andy Schmookler’s challenge — “Here’s a challenge for pro-lifers” in the Sept. 26 edition — with a sincere attempt to follow his argument, but it was a dizzying adventure. To cut to the chase, I do not agree that he is right. In fact, his article was a thinly veiled attempt to paint pro-life conservatives in a bad light.

Editorial: Exemplary school in our midst

October 1, 2015

Over the past 33 years, the U.S. Department of Education has selected more than 7,500 schools – both public and private – as exemplary National Blue Ribbon Schools. Next month, 335 schools across the nation will be honored during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Twelve of those schools are from Virginia. One of those schools is Central High School in Woodstock.