Thursday's abrupt closing of TV3 Winchester was a dark day for local news coverage, but as many of you may know, news outlets across the nation have been weathering a perfect storm over the past several years.
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Yesterday, while attending a luncheon at a Cleveland party center, I stopped by the bar to ask about tipping policies.
WASHINGTON -- As the government health care website chugs along, the Obama administration has initiated a counter-initiative to combat Republican naysaying -- and its weapons are of superior grade.
Success! The Obama administration announced over the weekend that it had hit its deadline of Nov. 30 for HealthCare.gov.
Drawing moral lines in our rough-and-tumble capitalist system can be hard. But it should not tax too many ethical muscles to set aside some protections for trusting, unsophisticated borrowers of modest means. That is, unless you're a politician working on behalf of predatory lenders.
Many Southeast Asians and others around the world owe their thanks to the Coca-Cola Company.
Heroin destroys lives and has a lasting impact on the users' families. This horrible drug is flowing into our region from Baltimore, and the numbers noted at the heroin "summit" held Wednesday in Front Royal are staggering:
The most important website last weekend and in weeks to come -- on which the hopes and fears of countless Americans are focused (and the president's poll ratings depend) -- is not HealthCare.gov. It's Amazon.com.
I like capitalism.
Allow me to elaborate on my recent remarks on religion. One is free to proselytize to his or her heart's content. You are free to shout it from the housetops with but one caveat. You cannot use public property or public funds in doing so. In other words, you cannot force your ideology on those of us who disagree with you through the legislative process. Why is that so hard for some to understand?
Not many foreign policy experts would argue with the proposition that the country with which the United States has the most problematic relationship is Pakistan.
Wow, this T-shirt costs only $8. Great color. Problem is, your finger could punch a hole through it. In most Americans' shopping experience, colors change and styles come and go, but there's one constant: low quality and a sweatshop-country label.
In a March 2008 column, I criticized pundits' concerns about whether America was ready for Barack Obama, suggesting that the more important issue was whether black people could afford Obama. I proposed that we look at it in the context of a historical tidbit.
WASHINGTON -- If you peruse the news on any given day, the farm bill/food stamp debate produces two general impressions: Republicans are heartless turkey thieves; Democrats are spendthrift welfare caterers. If only neither were a little bit right.
MILWAUKEE -- In 2011, tens of thousands of government employees and others, enraged by Gov. Scott Walker's determination to break the ruinously expensive and paralyzing grip that government workers' unions had on Wisconsin, took over the capitol building in Madison. With chanting, screaming and singing supplemented by bullhorns, bagpipes and drum circles, their cacophony shook the building that the squalor of their occupation made malodorous. They spat on Republican legislators and urinated on Walker's office door. They shouted, "This is what democracy looks like!"
PARIS -- Remember when you were a kid and you would open a full refrigerator right after mom's latest grocery-shopping trip, only to complain that there was nothing to eat and that she was starving you to death? Well, that's Iran right now. Iran has enough energy to light up the entire planet several times over -- 138 billion exploitable barrels of oil and more than 28 trillion cubic meters of natural gas, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) -- yet it constantly whines that it's starving for desperately needed nuclear energy.
The Chinese Communist Party announced grand plans for "reform" at the end of its third plenum meeting in November, including a promise to end its disastrous one child per family policy.
WASHINGTON -- For children, Christmastime may be the favorite holiday, even if their families don't celebrate the birth of Christ. The twinkling lights and aura of magic that suddenly transfigure the most plebian edifices are nearly as seductive as a round-trip ticket to Never-Never Land.
You may not dance. You may not listen to music or sing. You may not read. You may not leave the house except under certain strict conditions. You may not watch movies or television. You may not aspire. You may not learn.
Having failed to defeat the Affordable Care Act every other way, Republicans are now hell-bent on destroying it in Americans' minds.
In the U.S. House of 435 members where seniority still counts, Republican Vance McAllister is last in seniority, 432nd to be precise. That's because there are currently three vacant seats.
Are Republican politicians trying to frame a policy agenda stuck in a Reagan rut? A good case can be made that they are -- or have been.
During the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act, it's been hard to defend the law, much less to call it "great." But great it is -- for the American economy and for the American people, rich ones included.
Area retailers are preparing now for the start of the holiday shopping season, but it's up to consumers to determine just what that date is this year.
With George Zimmerman out on bail last week after his latest run-in with police, it seems an opportune time to discuss the second killing of Trayvon Martin.
Gene Rigalon in recent letters would restrict Christian faith to the inside of church walls. In this he demonstrates an apparent disconnect with the things he addresses. He seems oblivious to the fact that Jesus, in the same book of Matthew, which advocates caring for the "least of these," commands Christians to shout their message from the housetops even while facing opposition.
I urge people to ignore the Home and Garden Section column by Lee Reich on page B4 of the Nov. 20 issue. Do not plant autumn olive.
The longer Barack Obama is our president the more grateful I am that I first met him as a fellow writer.
The week of Nov. 11 was International Education Week. One element of the week is exchange students from around the world teach their American friends about their own countries.
The day John F. Kennedy was assassinated is still fresh in the memories of those of us who lived through it. We all remember where we were when we first heard the news that he'd been shot and how we waited for word that he would survive. We remember the sound of news anchor Walter Cronkite's voice breaking as he delivered the news that the president was dead. But for millions of Catholics, it had a special meaning.
The health care rollout is an enormous political gift that may lead the Republican Party to win control of the Senate in 2014. But as President Barack Obama's health care law collapses, the GOP should avoid the temptation to promote its own top-down solution as an alternative.
WASHINGTON -- Meet Simile and Sui Generis.
In the interest of compassion and reason I write this for the sole purpose of assuring letter writer Tom Demski (Nov. 19 letter to the editor) that I nor anyone that I am aware of is out to destroy Christianity or any other religion for that matter.
In Britain to promote her film "The Butler," Oprah Winfrey gave an interview to the BBC last week. Not surprisingly, she promoted her movie about race relations in the White House with comments about race relations and the White House.
PARIS -- The U.S. has accepted a proposal by Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan to train as many as 7,000 conventional Libyan soldiers plus counterterrorist forces. What an exceedingly bad idea. This could put the Obama administration's Hope-and-Change bus on the road to a potential new fiasco in Libya. Think Benghazi -- except everywhere.
Get ready for the water wars. Most of the world's population takes water for granted, just like air -- two life-sustaining substances. After all, the human body is nearly two-thirds water.
A century and a half ago this week, one of the most profound, beautifully written speeches in the English language was delivered by President Abraham Lincoln. It was the Gettysburg Address, presented during ceremonies to dedicate a cemetery holding the remains of many of those who fell in the Civil War battle at that small Pennsylvania town.
Much we believe about turkeys is not true.
Fifty years ago today, charismatic young President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The horror of a U.S. president being murdered was, by itself, enough to ensure the event would burn itself into most memories and into the history books.
Walmart just reported shrinking sales for a third straight quarter. What's going on? Explained William S. Simon, the CEO of Walmart, referring to the company's customers, "Their income is going down while food costs are not. Gas and energy prices, while they're abating, I think they're still eating up a big piece of the customer's budget."
BOSTON -- He has become fodder for an interpretation industry toiling to make his life malleable enough to soothe the sensitivities and serve the agendas of the interpreters. The quantity of writing about him is inversely proportional to the brevity of his presidency.
Earlier this month, an alarm about Virginia's razor-close attorney general's race sounded in some Democratic circles. Adam Swerver, in an article posted on the MSNBC website, declared that even if the defeat of Republican candidate Mark Obenshain is confirmed in a recount, he might still be able to have himself declared the winner by the Virginia state legislature, which is dominated by Republicans.
The bungled launch of the federal health insurance website has unleashed significant disorder -- but not everywhere. Life remains calm in many states that set up their own health care exchanges.
Editor: I, too, attended the meeting at Antioch Church on Nov. 13 that addressed the needs of our homeless in Shenandoah County. I was impressed that 137 individuals representing 42 congregations and organizations were in attendance! Having volunteered at the...
The word hazing conjures an ugly scene of physical or psychological abuse. Usually prohibited, hazing continues to occur on college campuses, in the military, on sports teams and among other groups that practice rituals in an aim to initiate, humiliate or abuse its members.
The majority of Americans do not want Obamacare. Even unions don't want it.
I would like to respond to Gene Rigelon's letter of Nov. 5. He calls for equal rights for all Americans, and this is a good thing. But farther down the page, he is advocating keeping religion where it belongs: in their homes, private schools and churches. Since our country is founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs, I can only conclude he is talking about Christians.
To President Obama: The late John Gardner, a wise and patriotic American who, as cabinet secretary, successfully launched Medicare, oversaw the creation of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and who, after resigning because of his disagreement with President Johnson's war policy in Vietnam, founded Common Cause told us: "The society that scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water." Gardner also cautioned: "Pity the leader caught between unloving critics and uncritical lovers."
WASHINGTON -- Let's recap: If you like your insurance policy, you can keep it. No, wait. If you liked your policy, it was probably worthless anyway. Scratch that. If your junk policy was canceled and you still want it, you can keep it. Er, get it back.
The greatest words any American ever said were spoken by a gaunt, war-haunted man in a tiny Pennsylvania college town 150 years ago today.
Colorado, writes National Journal's always insightful Ronald Brownstein, is "America, writ small." "A microcosm," he goes on, "of the forces destabilizing American politics."
In response to Roy W. Combs' letter to the editor on Nov. 13, I, too, attended the meeting at Antioch Church. I would like to offer what I heard presented by Family Promise from Summit, N.J.
In the matter of the Affordable Health Care Act, I urge levelheadedness, a wait-and see attitude, and most of all a bit of critical thinking when it comes to all the charges flying about.
Readers of The New York Times must have been confused the other day when the paper ran an article titled "Under Strain, France Examines Its Safety Net."
Yes, it's too early to talk about the 2016 presidential race. Yes, it's foolish to describe Hillary Clinton as already the unstoppable Democratic nominee.
And yes, it's just this side of hallucinatory to claim that even if it's not Hillary, the Democratic Party is unified to elect a female president. But oh, how I'm lovin' this conversation.
Americans are pragmatic, not ideological.
"Character is what you do when no one is watching."
WASHINGTON -- In spite of everything -- the GOP's internal scrimmages, the government shutdown, the party's transparent attempts to derail Obamacare -- Republicans keep getting second chances.
PARIS -- The Geneva talks on Iranian nukes have turned into a "pull my finger" charade.
The world is watching the ongoing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. They began days after tens of thousands of Iranian demonstrators screamed "Death to America!" as they remonstrated outside the former United States embassy in Tehran.
Mainstream Republicans are doing backflips over Chris Christie's frolic to re-election as governor of New Jersey.
Black Friday continues to push back into Thanksgiving with more major retailers breaking tradition and opening on the holiday rather than waiting for Black Friday to start off the holiday shopping season. We asked our Facebook readers at facebook.com/nvdaily what they thought about turning Thanksgiving into the
holiday shopping day.
This is in regards to Daily sports writer Tommy Keeler's fine playoffs article of Nov. 9. A rhetorical inquiry would be: is JMU football coach Micky Mathews a less than articulate individual? That's not likely. However, his recent press conference remarks regarding the University of New Hampshire's athletic facilities and location indicate his choice of terminology and syntax to be dubious.
I grew up in Front Royal and always look for an opportunity to join friends there every chance I get.
On Nov. 7 I attended a meeting that was supposed to be about addressing the growing homeless population issue in the county. What I attended wasn't that at all. It was a meeting where another corporation is trying to infiltrate our community and push a liberal agenda down our throats. Some who were there may disagree, and that's fine, however, the fact remains that there is a problem and what this guy was offering is not a solution.
Boys will be boys. Strip away the extraneous verbiage and that is what much of the defense of Richie Incognito boils down to. Incognito, a Miami Dolphins lineman, was booted from the team a few days ago -- perhaps permanently -- for abusive conduct, racist language and bullying behavior toward fellow lineman Jonathan Martin. Incognito's teammates are firmly on his side.
Doesn't the Bible still prompt people to turn from being selfish and self-serving to just being good servants, respecting their parents, giving up hate for love, and focusing on forgiveness? Even with its critics who often claim that it is full of allegories, the Bible remains one of the few opportunities to develop moral character and show the value of patience, peace, and inspiration -- by contrasting the consequences of bad behavior. It has inspired generation after generation to fight for equality, justice, and social reform -- giving America a firm foundation in the world.
Recently, I saw a television news report about the Chevrolet Volt and charging stations. Washington, D.C., is crying for more charging stations for electric cars. The reporter bragged about spending only $5 to recharge a Chevrolet Volt she borrowed to make a test run.
Now that we are subjected to Michelle Payne's version of what progressives/liberals are all about (Nov. 1 letter), allow me to set the record straight about where they are coming from on each of her "highlights."
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