Letter to the Editor: Primaries should be closed

July 2, 2016

On June 18, you put Andy Schmookler’s piece, “Open Primaries: A wrong idea,” on the Opinion page. As some one who was Republican and finds himself identifying more with Libertarians who are more compassionate, conservative leaning, I rarely agree with what Mr. Schmookler has to say as a partisan Democrat who only rarely finds fault with his party.

Letter to the Editor: George Will has left the GOP

July 1, 2016

Friday was a great day. I read the entire column by George Will. Yes, the whole thing! Most times I have been unable to agree with anything past the first paragraph. On Friday, I liked everything he wrote. Then it got better.

Letter to the Editor: Raley improved county’s schools

June 30, 2016


I would iike to take this opportunity to commend Dr. Jeremy Raley on a job well done! He has improved our schools and made our school system more transparent to the community.

The job of superintendent is not always the most popular job, but I believe he always had the best interest of the students at heart. He took a strong moral approach to the Strasburg situation, and even though it was disliked by many, it was the correct approach. The boundary adjustment is another conflict that needed to be addressed for a long time, an Dr. Raley handled this in the correct way as well.

I am impressed at the job he has done, and Goochland County will be well served by him. I wish him the best.
Bill Holtzman, Mount Jackson

Mark Shields: The 2016 election is not over

Mark Shields

June 28, 2016

“Everyone in Washington wants to write that this election is over,” cautions respected pollster Peter D. Hart, that Republican Donald Trump — after six weeks of highly public unforced errors — has effectively shattered his chances of winning the White House. Hart, after conducting a two-hour focus group of 11 blue-collar and service industry voters in the Pittsburgh area June 21, had news for the press and for his fellow Democrats who are now so overwhelmingly overconfident: “This 2016 election is still very much ahead of us.”

Commentary: Indifference comes at a terrible cost

June 28, 2016

The recent tragedy in the gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, shocks us, but should not surprise us. We all know about the list of similar events in this country. What should surprise and distress every U.S. citizen is the fact that, despite the principles we voice, we have done nothing about these outrages.

Michael Barone: Trump pivoting away from tabloid-style campaigning

Michael Barone

June 27, 2016

Donald Trump is the latest proof that the campaign always reflects the candidate and that the candidate is a product of his experience over the years. So, as Trump, after clinching the Republican nomination, reshuffles and rejiggers a campaign that has fallen behind Hillary Clinton, it’s instructive to look at his political ground zero.

Commentary: President Obama’s gun dilemma

June 27, 2016

The Orlando horror not surprisingly has Obama liberals screaming gun control. Those who’ve followed Mr. Obama’s journey see his comments as incredibly self-serving given a 2008 campaign speech. There Obama lamented people clinging “to their guns and … religion.” In Orlando’s aftermath this reminder suggests Mr. Obama’s rhetoric has little to do with the tragic loss of life and more to do with the anti-gun ideology that has guided his career.

Mona Charen: Men at work, or not

Mona Charen

June 26, 2016

We’ve heard a great deal this campaign year about the plight of the working class. The left tells a story about the middle class being destroyed by predatory millionaires and billionaires who are soaking up 99 percent of the “income gains” (as if national income were one giant Big Gulp and the 1 percent managed to nab the biggest straws).

Letter to the Editor: We have the right to due process

June 25, 2016

A prominent Virginia lawyer by the name of St. George Tucker once described the right to keep and bear arms as “The true palladium of liberty” — a concept that has retained its relevance since day one of the United States of America.

Froma Harrop: Is losing election part of Trump’s plan?

Froma Harrop

June 24, 2016

What’s Donald Trump really up to? Is he using the election of 2016 to enrich himself, with no intention of assuming the burdens of the presidency? Many wonder. If that’s the plan, he’s going about it the right way.