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Opinion

Commentary: To the Class of 2018

Opinion

To the Strasburg, Central and Stonewall Jackson classes of 2018: As you prepare to walk across the stage into early adulthood this weekend, I’m sure you are aware of many people who are proud of you: your families, relatives, teachers, coaches, and friends. However, there is one group whose ...

Walter E. Williams: From Russia with love

Columnists

  Robert Mueller's investigation into whether President Donald Trump and the Russians colluded to rig the 2016 presidential election so far has borne little fruit. The Democrats and their media allies would love to find some Russian collusion and interference. I can help them discover ...

Froma Harrop: Does more debt lead to fewer babies?

Columnists

Romper, a website for young mothers, asks a good question. Is crushing student debt a big factor in millennials' not having children? Its answer is yes. Members of the class of 2016 left school owing an average of $37,173 in student loans. And that "doesn't calculate the average amount of ...

Jules Witcover: Should we rewrite the Second Amendment?

Columnists

  WASHINGTON -- Here we go again. Yet another school shooting has triggered a new round of prayer meetings, hand-wringing by public officials and standard NRA defenses of the Second Amendment's "right of the people to keep and bear Arms." Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan ...

Kathleen Parker: Meghan’s dad is the real love story

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- You can have your royal wedding, your princess bride, your pomp and your circumstance. For a real love story, I'm going with Thomas Markle. As in the father of Meghan Markle, former actress and now bride of Prince Harry. Last week, in anticipation of Saturday's royal wedding, ...

Robert B. Reich: Donald Trump’s curious coalition

Columnists

Donald Trump's strategy for keeping power is to build up his coalition of America's white working class and the nation's ownership class. It's a curious coalition, to say the least. But if Democrats don't respond to it, it could protect Trump from impeachment and even re-elect him. It just ...

Diane Dimond: Reducing racial profiling depends on all of us

Columnists

The post-9/11 mantra "If you see something, say something" appears to have taken an ugly turn these days. It used to relate to concerns about terrorism. If you saw an abandoned backpack or van, or if you discovered evidence that could be construed as bomb-related, the instruction was to ...

Mark Shields: Politics as (un)usual

Columnists

In Marine Corps jargon, a "duty station" is the military base or camp where a Marine is assigned to live. Reflecting our national inclination both to romanticize what is past and to criticize what is current, Marines will regularly gripe that there is no duty station better than the one they ...

Rich Lowry: The Russia temptation

Columnists

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the Democrat from Minnesota, uttered a forlorn sentiment at a Center faro American Progress conference. She said Democrats can't spend all their time bemoaning President Donald Trump's existence, and that her voters care more about soybean exports than Russian bots. She's ...

Andy Schmookler: Why don’t people care much about justice?

Columnists

Justice has been called the most important virtue for a society to have. And, since before my age broke double digits, I’ve had a passion for justice. Which makes it distressing for me to have discovered, many decades into my life, that so many of my countrymen do not seem to care much about ...

Scott Rasmussen: The state of the midterms

Columnists

Last December, the midterm outlook looked bleak for Republicans. With the Democrats enjoying a 13-point lead on the Generic Ballot, pundits talked of a "big blue wave." The question was not whether the Democrats would win the two dozen seats needed to gain control of the House, but whether they ...

George Bowers Sr. Exploring our spiritual ancestry

Guest Columns

Researching one’s genealogy has become a very popular hobby. It’s fascinating to look back and discover not only who our ancestors were, but how they lived, the challenges they faced, and where and why they moved. With the help of various websites and tests, you can even trace your DNA back ...

Letter to the Editor: Taxpayers also deserve respect

Letters to the Editor

Editor: Recently Shenandoah County had two events juxtaposed that I think are worth highlighting. One event was National Teacher Appreciation week. I suspect that we can all remember some great teachers. Two years ago, I visited my old elementary school and high school. Yes, they are still ...

Froma Harrop: Time to put space between Trump stimuli, our responses

Columnists

For Donald Trump's critics, it's tempting to jump on every juicy reveal regarding the president's sex romps. The swirl of accusations, denials, contradictions, backstabbing and confusion does keep us entertained. Today's story revolves around the hush money sent to porn actress Stormy Daniels. ...