Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Sound the sirens

Letters to the Editor

Editor: Well, here is a letter not on or about politics. I don’t understand why the fire sirens no longer sound off for all to hear.  I feel at one time most of the locals counted on them for warnings about approaching storms, tornadoes or fires. For some folks like me – 92 years young ...

Mark Shields: The president is also a moral leader

Columnists

It was obviously an earlier, less cynical time when the president of the United States could explain an unscheduled drive from the White House he had once taken. "I was outraged," the president wrote when he was out of office, "when I read in the newspapers about a black family. ... The ...

Editorial: He will be missed

Editorials

A Strasburg hero was laid to rest Thursday following a firefighter's funeral procession through this small Virginia town. Former Fire Chief Bill Walton helped save many Strasburg homes, businesses and lives for many decades during his tenure as a volunteer with the department. He was honored ...

Jonah Goldberg: Fighting Nazis

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Fighting Nazis is a good thing, but fighting Nazis doesn't necessarily make you or your cause good. By my lights this is simply an obvious fact. The greatest Nazi-killer of the 20th century was Josef Stalin. He also killed millions of his own people and terrorized, oppressed, enslaved or ...

Froma Harrop: Women united refuse to Be dishes on cad’s buffet

Columnists

Let us briefly rest from the obscene world of politics and turn to the more wholesome subject of hookups at bars. A 28-year-old named Justin Schweiger was recently caught lining up six dates for one night. He had ordered this "buffet of women" with the help of dating apps. Lisette Pylant, date ...

George Bowers Sr.: Schools, bombs and the Big Bang

Guest Columns

It’s hard to believe that Shenandoah County School students already have two weeks under their belts and it’s not even fair week yet. Having spent 17 years in front of a classroom myself, my sympathies are with those teachers who have already gotten their classes rolling. What started as a ...

Jason Wright: Graduation redo a moment of closure

Guest Columns

Most high school seniors are ecstatic about graduation and it's a highlight of their youth. In fact, some love the experience so much, wearing the cap and gown once just isn't enough. On Aug. 12 at W.O. Riley Park in Woodstock, a dozen graduates of Central High School and their families ...

Andy Schmookler: White supremacy: A form of human brokenness

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It is not difficult to see that a phenomenon like “white supremacy” represents a profound form of human brokenness. This can be seen in both moral-spiritual and historical perspectives. In moral and spiritual terms, one need merely ask: what kind of psychological space must people live in ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Sadly, America is not ‘better than this’

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It has become the go-to cliche for moments like this. We whisper it when someone breaks the mosque window or scrawls hatred on the synagogue wall. It is our assurance and our hope. "We are better than this," we say. "This is not America." So it is no surprise to be hearing that sentiment ...

Robert B. Reich: Making America hate again

Columnists

Two days late, Donald Trump finally condemned violent white supremacists. He was pushed into it by a storm of outrage over his initial failure to do so in the wake of deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. But the damage has already been done. Trump's unwillingness to denounce hateful ...

Tom Crosby: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox loses weight, gains power

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Chevrolet hopes to keep driving Equinox’s success for 2018 with a lighter, slightly smaller crossover that is a quicker, more nimble vehicle. Equinox has become the second best selling vehicle among Chevrolet’s 33 models, second only to the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. This year’s ...

Bass Mitchell: About that senior discount …

Guest Columns

Someone once told me that you know you are getting old when you can sit in the rocking chair but can’t get it rocking. Or, when you hear snap, crackle, and pop in the morning and it’s not your cereal – it’s you! Well, I’ve got one more way to tell you are getting along in years – ...

Froma Harrop: Souls vs. fossil fuels

Columnists

There are regions where economic stress coexists with a beloved way of life. It can be hard to make a living in parts of the rural West, northern New England and the South. But people stay put in these places for reasons other than the almighty dollar. They include community, tradition and ...

Rich Lowry: Mothball the Confederate monuments

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Robert E. Lee wasn't a Nazi, and surely would have had no sympathy for the white supremacist goons who made his statue a rallying point in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. That doesn't change the fact that his statue is now associated with a campaign of racist violence against the ...

Walter E. Williams: Woman and men are equal

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Google fired software engineer James Damore for writing a 10-page memo critical of the company's diversity policy. The memo violated the company's code of conduct by "advancing harmful gender stereotypes" by suggesting that biological factors were part of the cause for the male/female gap in ...

Commentary: The freedom behind freedom of speech

Opinion

The “First Amendment Defense Act” was surprisingly introduced in Congress last year. Odd, since an intrinsic freedom guaranteed from the Constitution’s opening phrases might be thought beyond threat. Driven perhaps by legitimate concerns – the role of political speech in religious ...

Rich Lowry: The gang that couldn’t threaten straight

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It was inevitable. Eventually, President Donald Trump would treat a foreign adversary as harshly as Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was on the receiving end of the alliteration heard around the world, when Trump promised "fire and fury" if Pyongyang ...