Letter to the Editor: Time to give ethanol credit

September 26, 2016

I have been following coverage of the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision to alter the renewable fuel standard with a reduction to the renewable volume obligation on corn-based ethanol, and as a grain and livestock producer I have a hard time understating why this decision has come about.

Froma Harrop: Could Britain become the fourth amigo?

Froma Harrop

September 25, 2016

Britain’s vote to leave the European Union sparks speculation on where the United Kingdom might turn for new trading partners. How about NAFTA? Britain could become the fourth amigo, joining the United States, Canada and Mexico in the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Diane Dimond: Cohabiting? To protect yourself, get married

Diane Dimond

September 25, 2016

You’ve probably heard that if a couple lives together for — blank — number of years they are, in effect, legally married in the eyes of the state. Some people think that their relationship magically becomes a common-law marriage after seven years together; others believe it happens at 10 years. I’m here to tell you that’s baloney.

Letter to the Editor: Do Donald Trump’s values fit Virginia?

September 24, 2016

Virginians may differ in political leanings but we have strong values that make us proud. Values like caring for and giving to others. Values like civility, peace and non-violence. Values of respect. Religious values. Family values. I’m sure you can think of many more.

Letter to the Editor: Medicaid expansion impacts community

September 24, 2016

I am writing in response to “Council says no to Medicaid expansion” in the Sept. 20 edition of The Northern Virginia Daily. Councilwoman Bébhinn Egger posed a very particular question before adding her vote against the expansion: how could 1,400 residents in Warren County have no insurance?

Commentary: The human right to publicly express beliefs

September 23, 2016

In 2011 an earthquake rattled the nations’ capital. Rumors rose immediately that the tremor was caused by the Founding Fathers rolling over in their graves – their long sleep disturbed by events unfolding in the country they’d given their lives to establish. Seismic changes indeed and nowhere more evident than in the area of free speech and personal beliefs, particularly Christian ones.

Letter to the Editor: Is Clinton the right choice?

September 23, 2016

According to statements made by Hillary Clinton at a fundraiser in New York, you could put half of Trump’a supporters in a basket of deplorables. Synonyms for that last word include disgraceful, shameful and wretched, among many others. She continued to lambast those supporters as racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic and, as she said, “You name it.”

Letter to the Editor: Kudos to the arts council

September 22, 2016

We want to thank Kym Crump, the executive director of Front Royal’s Blue Ridge Arts Council, for her help and expertise in partnering with us in Celebrating Patricia Windrow Day, 2016, and extend our thanks to the board and membership of the arts council as well.

Jonah Goldberg: Obama’s trolling helped give rise to Trump

Jonah Goldberg

September 21, 2016

Many people are to blame for the rise of Donald Trump as a political force, and most of them reside on my side of the aisle. But that story is familiar by now. And we’ll be hearing a lot more about it. Should Trump lose, conservatives will be lucky if the ensuing riot of recriminations falls short of outright civil war. Should Trump win, I’m hoping to get a tent upwind from the latrine at the re-education camp. (I kid, I kid.)

Mark Shields: Debating the future

Mark Shields

September 20, 2016

The presidential debates, especially this year’s first scheduled one — at New York’s Hofstra University on Monday — are really a national job interview. We the people will have a chance to make our own judgments on the character, intelligence, personality and humanness of Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Linda Chavez: Age matters for Clinton and Trump

Linda Chavez

September 19, 2016

In March 2015, I wrote a column suggesting Hillary Clinton was too old to run for president. It generated a lot of blowback, as I suspected it would, even though she hadn’t yet formally announced her candidacy.

Michael Barone: The year of political re-enactors

September 19, 2016

The thought came to me as I watched the Cleveland police clear away protesters from the city’s Public Square. Half a dozen on horseback, nearly a dozen or so on heavy-duty bikes, the cops deftly corralled the protesters without so much as touching anyone, much as a border collie channels a flock of uncomprehending sheep.

Froma Harrop: Trump’s ‘alleged Christian faith’

Froma Harrop

September 19, 2016

In recent presidential years, Catholics and white evangelical Christians joined in favoring the Republican candidate. A key reason was a shared opposition to abortion.
This time, Catholics appear to be deserting the candidacy of Donald Trump, and one can understand why. Trump is the most vulgar, least moral presidential candidate in modern memory — by Christian or any other ethical standards.

Letter to the Editor: How can veterans vote for candidate?

September 19, 2016

This region has a long history of supporting our military, going back to the French and Indian War. Veterans service organizations all strongly support our community in countless ways, which is why I am confused when I hear a veteran say he supports a candidate for president who has a horrible record of involvement with the military.