Froma Harrop: Heroism, American-style

Froma Harrop

August 25, 2015

Every country has its heroes, but something in America’s cultural sauce makes for a unique and unusually effective variety. The ingredient would be improvisation — the ability to perform without preparation, using whatever is at hand to complete the task.

Letter to the Editor: We need more millennials participating in government

August 25, 2015

After watching video regarding the vote on the county’s offer to the town for revenue sharing , it was encouraging on a level not related to the outcome of the vote. The vote to pass the offer was clearly not to the long term benefit of the town’s citizens. It was also in violation of the town water code policy, which begs to ask the question of why was it not delayed?

Diane Dimond: Kudos for courtroom artist

Diane Dimond

August 24, 2015

In the wake of “Deflategate” (or whatever they’re calling the controversy surrounding New England quarterback Tom Brady these days) and then “Sketchgate,” I think it’s time to speak up for courtroom artists everywhere.

MIchael Barone: Half serious, half fantasy

Michael Barone

August 23, 2015

Donald Trump’s six-page platform on immigration may not be, as Ann Coulter wrote, “the greatest political document since the Magna Carta.” But given the issue’s role in elevating the candidate to leading Republican polls, it merits serious attention.

George F. Will: Honoring Ike with a monstrosity

George F. Will

August 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — We could wearily shrug, say “Oh, well,” and economize waste and annoyance by just building the proposed $142 million Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial. But long after its perpetrators are gone, it would squat there, representing Washington at its worst and proving that we have forgotten how to nurture our national memory with intelligent memorials.

Froma Harrop: Audience members getting lousy reviews

Froma Harrop

August 21, 2015

Broadway star Patti LuPone made headlines recently when she grabbed a cellphone from a woman texting in the second row. It may have helped that she was in character, playing a tough-broad diva from a community theater.

Letter to the Editor: Post sustained damage during flood

August 21, 2015

On July 13, Mother Nature unleashed some of her fury on the town of Woodstock. The newspapers and TV covered the event but what people don’t know is that the Woodstock American Legion also sustained damage as well.

Commentary: Bullying tactics may cost water customers dearly

August 21, 2015

Does the Frederick County Sanitation Authority (FCSA) have the right to steal water from the Town of Stephens City? That is the heart of the issue right now between the FCSA and the town. This issue affects every water customer in Frederick County, because the lion’s share of the county’s water supply comes from water that belongs to the town.

Lawrence Kudlow: Fed is right, Trump is wrong

August 20, 2015

Just-published minutes from the Federal Reserve’s July 28-29 meeting indicate that most officials saw conditions for a rate liftoff as “not yet” achieved. They may be approaching a rate-hike moment, but they’re not there yet. Good call.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: An assault on ‘The Fourth’

Leonard Pitts Jr.

August 19, 2015

Here is a challenge for you. Reconcile the following: In 1791, the Bill of Rights was ratified, including the Fourth Amendment, guaranteeing “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures.”
In 2015, a 21-year-old woman named Charnesia Corley says she underwent a public body-cavity search for drugs at a gas station in Texas. Explain, if you can, how the former and the latter can be simultaneously true.