Opinion

Editorial: Let’s put the rumors to rest

February 11, 2016

Rumors posted on social media sites and water cooler chatter may be intriguing, but they won’t make it into print unless they are verified by reliable sources willing to talk to us on the record.

Diane Dimond: A higher standard

Diane Dimond

February 9, 2016

The law says dangerous or illegal actions have consequences. Countless U.S. citizens enter the justice system every year after authorities determine they physically or emotionally harmed someone, financially cheated another person or exposed people to peril.

Mark Shields: Cracking the code of campaign-speak

Mark Shields

February 9, 2016

“Do you ever get the feeling,” asked humorist Robert Orben, “that the only reason we have elections is to find out if the polls were right?” But even after real, live Americans actually do vote in Iowa and New Hampshire, somehow we always seem to be left with more winners than losers. Because you, dear readers, are busy enough, your faithful correspondent offers this translation of what the predictable statements of campaign 2016 do in truth mean.

Letter to the Editor: Public urged to attend community meeting

February 8, 2016

In August, the Shenandoah County School Board and school division staff began the public and transparent process of taking steps to identify short term solutions aimed at alleviating the overcrowded conditions that exist at W.W. Robinson and Sandy Hook Elementary schools. Options were reviewed by community stakeholders. Residents, students, and school division employees shared their thoughts on the options that were developed before the School Board received a recommendation and then ultimately made a decision on the best course of action.

Rich Lowry: Don’t discount Donald Trump

Rich Lowry

February 7, 2016

Donald Trump’s loss in Iowa wasn’t just a victory for conservatives, but a loss for the mogul’s routinely low and dishonest style of campaigning.

Letter to the Editor: Policy changes send negative message to staff

February 6, 2016

As a former Shenandoah County Public Schools teacher and coach, I am concerned by events that have occurred with the Strasburg High School boys’ basketball program. While I am alarmed by the serious and appalling allegations and rumors, I am also concerned about the rush to judgment, attention-grabbing headlines, and guilty until proven innocent mentality our society tends to operate by.

George F. Will: In Iowa, signs of civil health

George F. Will

February 5, 2016

WASHINGTON — When Huck Finn asked Tom Sawyer what a Moslem is, Tom said a Moslem is someone who is not a Presbyterian, which is true, but not the whole truth. Donald Trump says he is a Presbyterian (“I drink my little wine … and have my little cracker”), which apparently was not good enough for enough of Iowa’s evangelicals.

Connie Schultz: Don’t lecture this progressive

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February 4, 2016

Have I mentioned lately how much I’m enjoying the lectures from self-avowed liberals who insist my respect for Hillary Clinton is proof that I am not a “real progressive”?

Froma Harrop: Government keeps rural West going

Froma Harrop

February 4, 2016

The 187,000 acres on which sits the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge never belonged to the state of Oregon, much less the band of cowboy exhibitionists who’d taken it over. This and other federal lands were acquired through conquest over, purchases from or treaties with Mexico, Russia, Spain, England, France and Native Americans.

Robert B. Reich: It takes a movement

Robert Reich

February 3, 2016

“I wish that we could elect a Democratic president who could wave a magic wand and say, ‘We shall do this, and we shall do that,'” Hillary Clinton said recently in response to Bernie Sanders’ proposals. “That ain’t the real world we’re living in.”
So what’s possible in “the real world we’re living in?”

Jonah Goldberg: The decline of political party power

Jonah Goldberg

February 3, 2016

The campaigns will be eager to tell you the meaning of Ted Cruz’s victory and the virtual tie between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in Iowa last night, but the larger significance of this election has been clear for months: The two major parties are paper tigers.