George F. Will: Chris Christie’s serious political talent

George F. Will

November 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — Paris was for all Americans, but especially for Republicans, a summons to seriousness that should have two immediate impacts on the Republican presidential contest. It should awaken the party’s nominating electorate from its reveries about treating the presidency as an entry-level job. And it should cause Republicans to take another look at Chris Christie, beginning with his speech in Florida the day after the Paris attacks.

Letter to the Editor: Climate change needs to be addressed now

November 27, 2015

Could Bernie Sanders be correct in saying that the No. 1 issue of our time is ”climate change? I think so. If we eventually have no habitable planet, other issues fade into the background. It’s time to address this issue seriously.

Lawrence Kudlow: If we want to destroy ISIS, we can

Lawrence Kudlow

November 26, 2015

Let’s say it loud and often. If we want to destroy ISIS, we can destroy ISIS. Perhaps I am stating the obvious, but I want to state it anyway. Why? Because I am not hearing it enough.

Letter to the Editor: Register Muslims? Sound familiar?

November 25, 2015

Donald Trump has at last exposed himself for the bigot he is. His comments about requiring all Muslims to be registered smacks of the late 1930s in Hitler Germany. The Nazis required all Jewish people to wear the Star of David at all times. That made it so much easier to round them up.

Commentary: All have something to be thankful for

November 25, 2015

Thankfulness. How many ways can we say it? What’s it mean? We give thanks before a meal, when we wake up from surgery or when our teenager comes home from a late night with friends. So many ways we can give thanks for something dear to us.

Letter to the Editor: We are grateful for those who support local schools

November 25, 2015

While most people think of Thanksgiving as having begun in Massachusetts in 1621, the tradition did not become an official holiday until 1863, when President Lincoln issued a proclamation “to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise…” While popular culture tends to associate Thanksgiving more with gluttony than with gratitude, we would all do well to remember Lincoln’s appeal.

Froma Harrop: A tale of two terrors: Paris and New York

Froma Harrop

November 23, 2015

Like most people, I’m thinking of the terrorist trauma in Paris, though with a somewhat different perspective. I was in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, and my thoughts go in this direction: What is the future of cities in which psychopaths have killed crowds of bystanders?

George F. Will: Freedom of speech includes talking about pets

George F. Will

November 22, 2015

WASHINGTON — Never has American freedom of speech been attacked so flagrantly, promiscuously and on so many fronts. The most egregious examples come from campuses and Congress. On campuses, censorship proliferates as political advocacy is confined to designated spaces. In Congress, 54 Democratic senators voted last year to amend the First Amendment to empower Congress to regulate the quantity, content and timing of political campaign speech.

Editorial: Proposed calendar makes sense

November 21, 2015

A proposed calendar that opens Shenandoah County schools in early August — instead of after Labor Day — should be adopted by the county School Board next month.

Letter to the Editor: Our schools need community involvement

November 20, 2015

The commentary posted on Nov. 12, “Will funding issues force schools, community to take a step backward?” stated that the federal government’s contribution to the school system has declined by more than $700,000 dollars. This is a large amount of money and the assumption would be that the students’ education would suffer, but that is not the case.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Paris, the City of Light

Leonard Pitts Jr.

November 19, 2015

My wife has a bad knee and isn’t much for long walks, so that night after the Chunnel train had brought us over from London and we set out on foot from the hotel to do some exploring, I wasn’t expecting to go far. Maybe a block, maybe two.

Kathleen Parker: Fear and loathing in America

Kathleen Parker

November 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — We shouldn’t be surprised that many Americans fear the fresh arrival of Syrian refugees in the wake of last week’s Paris slaughter by jihadists, including at least one who appears to have entered Europe posing as a refugee.

Rich Lowry: After Paris, some empty symbolism

Rich Lowry

November 18, 2015

The instant online symbol of global support for Paris after last week’s attacks was a roughly rendered peace symbol with an Eiffel Tower in the middle of it. The French designer Jean Jullien sketched it as soon as he heard the news of the atrocity. He called it “Peace for Paris,” and it immediately became a sensation on social media.