Letter to the Editor: Faith, prayer will defeat ISIL

February 28th, 2015

Only by faith in the one true God and prayer will ISIL be defeated, but we have become an ungodly nation with no prayer in our schools, no “In God We Trust” and no crosses that may offend, no baby Jesus in a manger that may be offensive.

Letter to the Editor: Some politicians may need a new career

February 28th, 2015

The theory is that our Supreme Court justices are safe and secure for life, well paid and protected by the Secret Service so that they can concentrate their considerable knowledge and experience on what is best for our nation. Unfortunately, in the case of Citizens United, they opened a can of worms, thus permitting rich people and corporations to spend unlimited funds on political campaigns, and the justices probably had no idea the harm they started.

Froma Harrop: Local control good, except when it’s not

Froma Harrop

February 27th, 2015

The people of Denton, Texas, recently voted to ban fracking within the city limits. They were tired of the noise, lights and fumes caused by the 277 gas wells, some placed right next to housing developments. A blowout in 2013 covered homes in clouds of benzene. Some had to be evacuated.

Commentary: Use the alternative design for bridge

February 27th, 2015

I would like to say my county supervisor has stopped by my home on Rockland Road and asked my input regarding the Morgan’s Ford Bridge — or for that matter any issue in the county — but that has not happened. I’ve met Congressman Bob Goodlatte more often in Rockland than my neighbor and county supervisor. I asked my neighbors if they have ever had our supervisor stop by and ask their opinion and they said the same thing … no.

Jonah Goldberg: The University of Michigan’s tolerance problem

Jonah Goldberg

February 26th, 2015

I once asked my late father if he had any experiences with anti-Semitism. There weren’t many. Although that was probably in part because of his scoring methodology. The Irish kids who beat up the Jewish kids in his Bronx neighborhood didn’t do so because they were anti-Semitic, but because “they had to fight somebody,” as my dad put it. Today, such behavior would probably be called a hate crime.

Editorial: A public safety issue

February 26th, 2015

A Craigslist transaction went the wrong way last week in Front Royal. Police there reported that a person responding to an ad for an iPhone for sale was robbed at gunpoint during the transaction. Luckily, the victim was unharmed and the suspect was apprehended.

Submissions policy

February 25th, 2015

We are looking for letters that are well written, thoughtful and thought-provoking on a variety of topics. We will edit submissions, but we will not rewrite them.

George Will: Tweeting against terrorism

George F. Will

February 23rd, 2015

“We’re here today because we all understand that in dealing with violent extremism, that we need answers that go beyond a military answer. We need answers that go beyond force.”

Scott Rasmussen: Governor’s secret weapon: No degree

Scott Rasmussen

February 22nd, 2015

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has emerged as a serious contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. In response, the Washington Post researched and published a lengthy article on the “mystery” of why Walker dropped out of college.

Kathleen Parker: Wordsmithing war

Kathleen Parker

February 22nd, 2015

WASHINGTON — Channel-surfing the nightly cable news, one is reminded that certitude is the enemy of sanity.

Connie Schultz: A truce in the mommy wars

Connie Schultz

February 20th, 2015

In the early ’90s, I used to perm my hair into spring coils and wore padded shoulders that gave me the wingspan of a whooper swan, but I thought my biggest problem was my 5-year-old daughter’s occasional bed-wetting.

Froma Harrop: Dignity not cheap for actresses

Froma Harrop

February 20th, 2015

Lupita Nyong’o picked up an Oscar last year for her searing portrayal of a scarred captive in “12 Years a Slave.” But many in the Academy Awards audience — just reminded of the misery depicted in a film clip — must have felt a bit mixed up when the woman they associated with a tormented slave floated up the stage stairs in a sumptuous sky-blue Prada gown, holding up the pleated skirt lest she trip on the yards of luxury.

Connie Schultz: Hit the road, Hillary


February 20th, 2015

In my wildest dreams, I would never suggest campaign strategy to Hillary Clinton, but in my wakeful hours, my temples pulse with ideas.