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The story of Brittany Maynard has revived the debate over Oregon's Death with Dignity Act. The law lets terminally ill patients end their lives with the aid of a doctor. That Maynard is a pretty 29-year-old newlywed using her personal tragedy to broaden support for such laws provokes and rankles foes of physician-assisted suicide. She also rejects the term "suicide." comments


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It is open season on Christopher Columbus. A posse of would-be historians, human rights advocates, heralds of the politically correct, assorted nativists and native revanchists have found the perfect target in Columbus. Thus, Columbus Day is no longer an American festivity, it is the day of opprobrium that should be remembered for all the pain and suffering that the discovery of America brought upon the native populations. comments


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In response to Gene Rigelon's letter in the Northern Virginia Daily, "The war almost over," I never consider opposition to gay marriage as a war, but rather a crossroad for the nation. comments


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This November the people of the town of Front Royal will have another chance to choose the direction of our town and what it will look like going forward. I'd like to share my vision. comments


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America has decided: Sex is for rich people. Non-procreative sex in particular. comments


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I have a call for valley conservatives: we can make the difference in the Nov. 4 election if we show up and vote for Republican Ed Gillespie for U.S. Senate. comments


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It's time to take a deep breath. Ebola is an awful disease that has tragically infected a handful of Americans. Though it deserves the full attention of our medical community - most importantly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - it should not be dominating our news, preoccupying our president and other political leaders, and frightening Americans into believing an epidemic on U.S. soil is just around the corner. comments


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We have got to get smarter about controlling the ever-widening Ebola epidemic -- and quickly. Ebola is not just a problem for the hotspots of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. And the Department of Homeland Security's new system of simply questioning and taking the temperature of incoming air travelers from West Africa isn't enough to control this potential pandemic comments


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The four male members of the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors made two decisions recently that leave this taxpayer shaking his head in bewilderment -- again. comments


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It's a little thing, but it bugs me a lot. comments


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Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is running for U.S. Senate in the great state of Kentucky. She is a woman of conviction, of substance, of principle. "I'm not an empty dress," she insists, "I'm not a rubber stamp, and I am not a cheerleader! I am a Clinton Democrat." comments


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Thanks to the Supreme Court, the war against gay marriage is all but over and is definitely a cause for celebration in the long struggle for equal rights for all Americans comments


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In what word does a couple molest children and get off with sentences like the Daly case? comments


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Editor: Negative campaigning is now the standard. Readers of these pages may recall that some of my letters have been negative, too, although they are usually about issues (and, I'd argue, their targets richly deserved my comments). Be that as... comments


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If you were just dying for soup -- and you were NBC medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman, bent on breaking an Ebola quarantine that you figured didn't really apply to you because you're so special -- what soup would it be? comments


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That terrifying Tuesday morning, now 14 Septembers ago, when terrorists connected to al-Qaida hijacked jetliners and drove them into the twin towers of New York's World Trade Center will be forever with us -- just as we can never forget the 343 New York City firefighters who, on a mission to rescue fellow human beings in the burning buildings, walked bravely into the fires of hell to their deaths. Almost overnight, ambitious politicians everywhere were frantically getting their pictures taken with firefighters, who -- in spite of the fact that they were public employees and often even dues-paying union members -- had emerged as America's most popular heroes. comments


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In an informed and provocative October letter to the editor, Gloria Rickel parallels the present United States with France on the eve of the 1789 Revolution. Citing the cavernous income gap between rich and poor, and buttressing that with mentions of social/economic unfairness and inequality, of grass roots hatred and resentment, of the Watts riots, and of Ann Romney's two Cadillacs, Rickel infers that America may be on a revolutionary course, one that might be reversed by dispossessing the rich and electing more Democrats. This is strong stuff, worthy of serious thought! comments


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By Connie Schultz In May 1997, I was a reporter assigned to interview spiritual author Deepak Chopra, who upon meeting me asked whether I could drive him to where our interview would take place. Great, I thought. More time... comments


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Being self-employed, I recently received my annual health insurance renewal notice. This was the first one since the Affordable Care Act plan requirements took effect. comments


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We are losing a war in Iraq and Syria, the military is shrinking dangerously as global threats are growing, and yet the Pentagon is mustering its forces against tobacco products comments


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While disposing of a body in a mass grave, one man in a hazmat suit turns to another and asks, "When did we run out of body bags?" comments


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Imagine a system of college education supported by high and growing government spending on elite private universities that mainly educate children of the wealthy and upper-middle class, with low and declining government spending on public universities that educate large numbers of children from the working class and the poor. comments


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There exists a government boondoggle that offends conservatives, liberals, environmentalists, oil refiners, cattle ranchers and taxpayers alike. It's not easy to get that kind of Kumbaya going, but the corn-based ethanol program has done it. comments


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In September 2002, before the Bush administration got its green light from a supine Congress and a full six months before the United States would actually invade Iraq, he wrote in The Washington Post, confronting directly the "neoconservatives that began beating the war drums on Iraq before the dust had even settled on the World Trade Center" and wisely warning that "the issue before us is not simply whether the United States should end the regime of Saddam Hussein, but whether we as a nation are prepared to physically occupy territory in the Middle East for the next 30 to 50 years." comments


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WASHINGTON -- Words have a way of seeping into our vocabulary and, through overuse or distortion, soon begin to lose their meaning. comments


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What is happening to us and our beloved country? comments


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When someone decides to retire, they tell the boss and within a few weeks there's a party, maybe a gold watch, and they're gone. comments


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Last week, a federal judge told us what we already knew. comments


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According to a new federal database put online last week, pharmaceutical companies and device makers paid doctors some $380 million in speaking and consulting fees over a five-month period in 2013. comments


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It should come as no surprise that Turkey so far refuses to put boots on the ground to fight the ISIS takeover of Kobane, a beseiged Kurdish town across Turkey's border with Syria. While there is much to criticize about our erstwhile NATO ally's government, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has clearly made a calculation that he can't trust the United States -- or more accurately, that he can't trust this administration. And why should he? comments


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Compared with President Barack Obama, even Jimmy Carter is John McCain. comments


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In 1913, an entrepreneur "said in many newspapers and over his signature that it would be possible to transmit the human voice across the Atlantic before many years." For that accurate assessment of reality, he was prosecuted for stock fraud. A U.S. District Attorney claimed that, "based on these absurd and deliberately misleading statements, the misguided public ... has been persuaded to buy stock in his company." comments


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Last Sunday, shortly after they exchanged their wedding vows, I witnessed something I'd never before seen in the 20 years I've known this couple. comments


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A conversation I had recently with a veteran who served in Afghanistan left me in tears and I hope it does you as I try to condense it in the space allowed in this letter. I noticed a patch on his shirt that said "I served," so I thanked him and it went from there. Having a son and grandson who served in Iraq gave me an insight of how he felt. comments


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I have a slightly different take on California's recent decision to regulate college sex. Don't get me wrong: I think it's beyond idiotic, unworkable, even borderline Orwellian. We'll get to all that. comments


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With the first diagnosed case of the deadly Ebola virus in the United States located in Dallas, Texans are understandably alarmed. The patient just died. Gov. Rick Perry has established a task force to address the Ebola threat. comments


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Our topic du jour: the latest stunning milestone in the march toward gay equality. No, the other stunning milestone. comments


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What do you care most about in life? comments


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Some folks seem to think that the threat posed by the Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL) is being blown way out of proportion. In other words, this violent Islamist extremist group isn't really that big of a deal. comments


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As a pastor I've been asked what my reaction is to legalized same sex- marriages. comments


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It has long been accepted by the conventionally wise that the Republican Party is waging a "war on women." comments


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I was in Seattle recently to congratulate union and community organizers who helped that city enact the first $15-per-hour minimum wage in the country. comments


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Many Americans have become Euro skeptics. A more charitable description would be that they are puzzled by what they see in contemporary Europe. comments


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It's funny how President Obama is always talking about "I" and "me" whenever it makes him look good, but suddenly it's "they" and "we" when mistakes are made. comments


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Let me admit upfront that I have a real soft spot for people who dare to run for public office. For most of us, life is a series of quiet successes or setbacks. If you and I are the two finalists to be promoted to regional manager and you get the job, the local press -- when it announces your success -- does not add that "Shields was passed over because of his erratic behavior at the company Christmas party" or "there are unresolved questions about his expense account." comments


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There are hundreds of beautiful towns in the United States. And each of them has a claim to fame. Whether it's the Fire Hydrant Capital of the world in Albertville, Alabama, the giant statue of Paul Bunyan welcoming visitors to Brainerd, Minnesota, or the giant ice cream sundae statue in LeMars, Iowa, every city has a desire to be known for something. comments


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Quota International of Winchester wishes to thank the outlying community for its continued support during the 14th annual Kitchen Kapers event held Sept. 21. Quota's 2014 recipient, Special Love, will benefit from much of this year's proceeds due to the attendance of many Winchester/Frederick County residents as well as those from the surrounding area. We appreciate your participation in this worthy cause. comments


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In the Sept. 30th issue of the Northern Virginia Daily is an article by Brad Fauber about the exploits in a football game by senior Derrick Smith of Stonewall Jackson High School. comments


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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is a public relations genius. That's right, a real American genius if you will. comments


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Last year, the White House was breached twice. comments


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Thirty years ago, a college kid in Kentucky was caught growing marijuana plants in his closet. That turned him into a convicted felon, and though he's been on the right side of the law ever since, he still can't vote. On any job application, he must check the box next to "Have you ever been convicted of a felony?" comments


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So many seemingly small moments reveal the heart of the protest unfolding in Hong Kong. comments


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Perhaps Robert Searle, the author of the letter claiming that Barbara Comstock treats all people with dignity, hasn't known her long. We in the eastern part of her district have watched her through several campaigns and that characterization is quite off the mark. comments


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A recent letter to the editor -- Sept.25, "Comstock treats all people with dignity," reduced the important election for the 10th Congressional district representative to a personal war between the two candidates. No, a campaign gives the voters a chance to learn about the candidates and their views, past votes and other pertinent experience. comments


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WASHINGTON -- When I wrote recently about how most millennials wanted to marry but found marriage out of economic reach, lots of skeptical readers wrote to protest that marriage licenses are cheap. That's true; licenses are quite affordable, typically running at well under $100 a pop. In exchange, recipients get a lifetime of legal and social protections related to estate planning, hospital visitation, government benefits and the right to shush judgmental relatives' insinuations about spinsterhood. This probably sounds like a bargain to most Americans. comments


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While the dramatic U.S. and Arab air attacks in Syria on the Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL) should be welcomed, the real story is the strikes on the shadowy al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group Khorasan. comments


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Are we ripe for another revolution? News of beheadings and random shootings of innocent civilians on our streets and in our places of business caused me to think about the French Revolution. The news about the immense income disparity of corporate CEOs to their employees sent me digging for more information about the French Revolution. comments


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President Obama's speech at the United Nations last week was "an important turning point in American foreign policy -- and in his presidency." That's the verdict of Brookings Institution scholar and former Clinton White House aide William Galston, a Democrat who has not been an unqualified admirer of this Democratic president's foreign policy. comments


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President George W. Bush's "mission accomplished" moment on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln after the initial success of the invasion of Iraq lives in infamy, still standing for presidential cluelessness and arrogance. comments


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For-profit colleges can't get no respect, at least not from employers. Which suggests that maybe they should be getting less generous taxpayer subsidies, too. comments


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Let's not kid ourselves. We are back in the business of war again. comments


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This is a tale of two countries. comments


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Politicians like to talk about empowering the middle class or other segments of the voting population, but they're typically a little fuzzy on what empowerment really means. That makes sense when you consider that elections are essentially about politicians asking to get power rather than share it. comments


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Thirty years ago, on its opening day in 1984, Donald Trump stood in a dark topcoat on the casino floor at Atlantic City's Trump Plaza, crowing that his new investment was the finest building in Atlantic City and possibly the nation. comments


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It shouldn't be this way, but the well-to-do tend to dominate public conversations in this country. The result has been a national preoccupation with the comfort, safety and psychological health of children like theirs -- that is, children who go to college. comments


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In defense of common sense, I sincerely hope the ongoing deluge of political correctness will wither and fade away soon. We've been swimming in this mindless double talk that defies any sense of rationale since the early 90s. The left uses it to mislead the uninformed and the right uses it to attack the left. comments


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I contend that voting for Ed Gillespie on Nov. 4 is going to prove to be a profoundly futile gesture. comments


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If Republicans have become more bullish about their party's prospects for victory Nov. 4, it could be traceable to a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Annenberg Public Policy Center poll, which found that Republican-leaning voters are much more highly interested -- and therefore likelier to vote -- in this year's election than are voters who support the Democrats. comments


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A commentary from Front Royal Town Councilman Bret Hrbek, published in the Northern Virginia Daily on Aug. 27, begs for correction and comment. comments


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With apologies to the United States Marines, Emma Watson is looking for a few good men. comments


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WASHINGTON -- Without prior knowledge or intent, I recently was inducted into a club I had no interest in joining, especially in light of the $200 initiation fee. comments


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Editor: Judging from the attack mail that has been early on popping up from Democrat candidate John Foust, he is continuing what a local newspaper editorial called a "snit filled 'war' against one woman -- Barbara Comstock." His early attacks... comments


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Lots of folks -- especially those increasingly alarmed by the rise of the Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL) -- breathed a forceful sigh of relief when President Obama finally offered up a plan for dealing with this terrorist "army." comments


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Mr. President, why aren't you out on the hustings talking to the American people? There's an election coming up, and the American political system is more dysfunctional than in generations, maybe ever. What does it mean that you are not using this last opportunity of your presidency to talk to voters about what's gone wrong and what they can do about it? comments


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The 2014 Edinburg Ole Time Festival was one of the best I've ever attended. One of the key reasons for this was Evelyn Dickenson Swensson. comments


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I don't think we have much to worry about. We pay our taxes and expect government to do its job and we really don't give it a second thought. How we got together after 9/11 is similar to how we got together in 1942. We basically trust our government. comments


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Anti-climate-change marchers took to the streets of Manhattan, N.Y., in the hundreds of thousands over the weekend to demand international action to fight global warming. comments


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Here's a riddle: How many knowledgeable people does it take to suggest a policy change before society adopts their sage advice? comments




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