Position on Puerto Rico inaccurately stated

May 22, 2015

Unfortunately, recent news stories have inaccurately stated my position on allowing Puerto Rico to utilize Chapter 9 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Because of these stories, this confusion recently made its way to the Northern Virginia Daily in a letter published on May 20 [“Congress should not bail out Puerto Rico”]. The record must be corrected. Allowing Puerto Rico to utilize Chapter 9 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code deserves close and deliberate examination, but by no means have I backed such a proposal.

Letter to the Editor: Rinaldi should withdraw from race

May 21, 2015

Ralph Rinaldi ran a close campaign for the Republican open primary, but he lost. Traditionally, one would concede and ask supporters to contribute, work and vote for the winning candidate. This gives the defeated candidate and constituent consideration after the election.

Andy Shmookler: How did it get this bad?

Andy Schmookler

May 21, 2015

A study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that telling conservatives that a light bulb is good for the environment makes them less likely to buy it.

Diane Dimond: Dead officers no reason for celebration

Diane Dimond

May 19, 2015

The right to freedom of speech in America gives every citizen almost absolute permission to say whatever they think about a given topic. Even if the comments are offensive to the majority, citizens have a right to express their opinion.

Rich Lowry: The rail fantasy

Rich Lowry

May 19, 2015

The Amtrak crash outside of Philadelphia was an invitation for practically every politician in the Northeast and every transit expert in America to complain about lack of funding for the county’s infrastructure.

Kathleen Parker: Bush’s unfortunate honesty

Kathleen Parker

May 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — You know we’re off to the races when the first slip of the tongue by the presumed Republican presidential front-runner consumes the news for days and launches the primary race in earnest.

Santorum: The return of the GOP’s runner-up

May 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — A near miss can be a sharp spur, so Rick Santorum wants to say something to those who profess condescending puzzlement about his persistence in pursuing the Republican presidential nomination: You probably have no idea how close I came to defeating Mitt Romney in 2012.

Mark Shields: Surviving gradution day

Mark Shields

May 17, 2015

It’s graduation time once again. And by some unwritten but strictly enforced law of nature, every graduation must have a speaker. Before I gave my very first graduation speech, some 25 years ago, I was frankly nervous. But the advice of a priest friend calmed me down. Remember, he counseled, that the role of the speaker at any graduation can be compared to that of the deceased at an Irish wake; they can’t have the party without you, but nobody expects you to say too much.

Letter to the Editor: Net neutrality rule bad for consumers, industry

May 16, 2015

We work in the broadband industry for Shentel, a midsized company serving rural areas in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. The FCC’s recent work on broadband Internet policies, loosely referred to as “net neutrality,” rose like summer thunderstorms scaring consumers, encouraging them to take shelter in the safe confines of an FCC regulatory environment — originally designed for the railroad industry in the 1930s.

Linda Chavez: Decisions show pope is leaning left

May 15, 2015

Pope Francis’ decision to give formal recognition to a Palestinian state is puzzling at best. Some conservative Catholics — most prominently scholar and papal biographer George Weigel — have given a wide berth to the pope’s views on income inequality, climate change and how best to integrate gay and divorced Catholics into the Church’s ministry, even as the left has gleefully embraced the pontiff’s rhetoric. Francis’ latest foray into controversy is harder to explain.