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The Northern Virginia Daily account on Aug. 1 of Sen. Mark Warner's visit to Shenandoah County reminded me of why I keep voting for him even when we occasionally disagree on specific issues. comments


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Health care is a resource to be used wisely. I am exhausted by the gridlock and finger-pointing in Congress. "Repeal" is not the answer. comments


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The so-called "abuse of power" indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry is not only not going to hurt him in the 2016 GOP sweepstakes but it might actually help him. I say that because Perry immediately fired back at the charges with no hesitation, labeling the indictment the partisan political ploy that it really is. comments


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What next? That's what should concern us now. When the nightly dance of angry protesters, opportunistic criminals, and inept police clashing over the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown finally ends, what steps should civic-minded people take to address the ongoing abuse of African Americans by the criminal injustice system? Not just in Ferguson, Missouri, but in America? comments


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Jeers go out to drivers who thoughtlessly travel our two-lane roads with double painted lines at 5, 10, or even 15 miles per hour below the posted speed limit. comments


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It's been sad to see that in the congressional race for the 10th District, the only thing the Democrats have done is go on attack instead of offering constructive solutions. Even NPR noticed the relentlessly negative tone of John Foust's campaign rhetoric, saying they are using old-fashioned fear mongering and noting that he was mouthing the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee talking points. comments


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WASHINGTON -- Lego's groundbreaking female-scientists set sold out almost immediately after it was released this month. But never fear, fans of feminist toys: A new Barbie doll, now in stock, is also shattering the plastic ceiling. comments


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The Ferguson, Missouri police department released convenience store surveillance tape that showed Michael Brown allegedly stealing some cigars minutes before he was shot by a police officer. Aware that the release of this footage might look like posthumous character assassination of the shooting victim, Captain Ronald Johnson of the Ferguson police explained that the tape was released pursuant to freedom of information requests. comments


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The cartoon on your opinion page on 8/15/14 is obscenely racist. How about a cartoon depicting young African Americans looting a store with a reverse caption? Equally disgusting, isn't it? comments


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"Mark my word, if and when theses preachers get a hold of the party, and they're sure trying to do so, it's going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. The government won't work without it. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise. I know, I've tried to deal with them." Those were the prescient words of Barry Goldwater before he passed away in 1998. comments


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Even if the police in Ferguson, Missouri, are the brutal occupying force alleged by the protestors there, what do local shop owners have to do with it? comments


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Looks like police in Ferguson, Missouri, took it upon themselves to suspend the First Amendment Wednesday night. comments


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We listen. We care. We are Concern Hotline. comments


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They don't talk about the quiet in the house. Instead friends tell you all the fun you'll have together, all the freedom you'll finally achieve, once your kids are gone away to college. comments


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Toledo, Ohio? You bet! Recent national hand-wringing in response to the massive algae bloom in Lake Erie directly affecting the safety of that city's water supply is fading. Valley residents who are not directly connected to Toledo or Lake Erie should take little comfort. Complacent about distant drum beats and dangers, we valley residents and local elected officials are clever enough to see the looming threat that algal degradation of our Shenandoah Rivers -- just like Lake Erie -- is a back to the future issue. The smart money whispers "there but by the grace of God go" (1st Corinthians and John Bradford). comments


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In a Warren County courtroom the wheels of justice ground to a screeching halt. Convicted of embezzlement, Helen Cockrell was sent home, smiling, with probation, home confinement (very liberal rules), community service, and two months to pay court cost. comments


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In his letter to this publication on Aug. 8, Steve Shaffer writes of a "growing element" that enjoys attacking the public schools. He seems to propose that this system is above scrutiny in regard to its expenditures of tax revenue, and to question any disbursements of these funds, regardless of how frivolous they appear to be, is tantamount to being anti-education. comments


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The news from Ferguson, Missouri, has brought back unpleasant memories from the long-ago riots in Asbury Park, New Jersey. It was the summer of 1970, and I was a young teenager close enough to the action to be appropriately frightened. comments


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In my opinion, there was an embarrassing amount of ignorance on display at Monday night's Front Royal Town Council meeting. comments


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My perfect, beautiful Wednesday morning was ruined when I read the article on fortune telling in the Northern Virginia Daily. In particular, the comments made by Elizabeth Poel at the council meeting. comments


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When I first encountered Neil deGrasse Tyson, I thought, "What a nice man." He was on the TV screens at New York's Hayden Planetarium, where he's director, urging us to behold the wonder of -- to use the biblical term -- the heavens. comments


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There was a time not so long ago when President Barack Obama boasted of how he had "ended" the Iraq War. It was, in his telling, a sign of his stalwart fidelity to his word. comments


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Ten years after Ohio voters passed one of the worst anti-gay laws in the country, a downtown arena in Cleveland welcomed 10,000 athletes, fans and corporate sponsors to kick off the weeklong 2014 Gay Games. comments


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A riot can be many things. comments


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In recent weeks, the managers, employees and customers of a New England chain of supermarkets called Market Basket have joined together to oppose the board of director's decision in June to oust the chain's popular chief executive, Arthur T. Demoulas. comments


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In response to the letter to the editor on Aug. 8 by Steve Shaffer, I respond that, first of all, I am a citizen of Shenandoah County and not a "growing element." comments


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Front Royal town code currently states it "shall be unlawful for any company of gypsies or other strolling company or person to receive compensation or reward for pretending to tell fortunes or to practice any so-called 'magic art.'" comments


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Shenandoah County Supervisors Chairman David Ferguson and supervisors Conrad Helsley and Steve Baker all voted "for" the humongous debt for the regional jail, ignoring Sheriff Timothy Carter. comments


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In the summer of 2007, then-Sen. Barack Obama was asked if he was worried that his proposed withdrawal from Iraq would result in ethnic cleansing or even genocide. comments


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In Texas, a private company wants to build a bullet train joining Dallas and Houston. In California, the state is raising its own billions to create a very fast ride between Los Angeles and San Francisco. comments


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America dropped two atomic bombs on Japan to stop a war. Two cities full of men, women and children. Was that appalling or a morale outrage? comments


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It's the time of year when, all across the nation, parents are getting their college-bound students ready to leave the nest. May I suggest as you shop for the essentials -- you know, the bed linens, the mini microwave and the ubiquitous bean bag chair -- you tell your child the story of Robert Tipton Jr. comments


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A long time ago, maybe in the first Eisenhower administration, my precinct committeewoman taught me the unchanging rules of how to respond to public opinion polls. If the polls show your candidate trailing badly, then simply attack polls and anyone who blindly follows them: "I will always be grateful, as an American, that at Valley Forge, Gen. George Washington did not take any polls. If he had, you and I would still be bowing and curtseying before everyone in the British royal family." comments


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The United Nations plays a supporting role in every war between Hamas and Israel. U.N. spokesmen routinely issue statements, accusations and denials about everyone's conduct, including their own (most recently they had to account for why they returned rockets, discovered in a U.N. school, to Hamas). Israel was denounced worldwide for an "attack" on a U.N. school said to be housing 3,000 civilians, but it was actually an attack on particular terrorists on the adjoining street. comments


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"...but we tortured some folks." -- President Barack Obama, Aug.1, 2014. OK, in the first place: "tortured some folks?" Really? comments


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Let's give kudos to Shenandoah County for proposing regulations to control adult business locations. But, one good judgment call doesn't make up for many bad ones. comments


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It matters not whether you are sizing up, sizing down or sizing sideways. Merchants have products to help you on your way to the life you think you want. comments


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It is back to school time; time when our children are excited about the hope and future they have through their education. Yet in my 20-plus years living in Shenandoah County, I have noticed a growing element that enjoys attacking the public schools. Instead of seeing the positive contribution education adds to our society, this element only sees the dollars they cost. comments


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Last week several dozen valley families hosted children from New York City for a week in a "friendly town" in the country. It was sponsored by the Fresh Air Fund. My husband and I were blessed to welcome to Woodstock two little girls, 10 and 11, from Brooklyn and the Bronx. comments


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Any genuine conservative, any real American patriot should be outraged at the way the Republicans are treating the president of the United States. Our founders did not envision any president being treated this way. comments


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What someone is paid has little or no relationship to what their work is worth to society. comments


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World War I started one century ago. Wait! Don't stop reading. comments


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The Bergische Synagogue in the German town of Wuppertal has a history with arson. The nearly 120-year-old synagogue was burned down during Kristallnacht in 1938. Rebuilt after World War II, it was targeted again about a week ago by arsonists who threw Molotov cocktails at the house of worship (although, thankfully, they failed to set it aflame). comments


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Black is white, wrong is right. comments


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Only in the tiny and very twisted mind of Connie Schultz would an organization that seeks to save the lives of precious boys and girls be referred to as "race-baiters." I refer to Schultz's scurrilous article that appeared in this paper on Aug. 4. comments


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During World War II, I lived with my parents in Barbados. During those years, my parents provided a home for children who were sent there from England due to the bombing. When my youngest sister was born (at home) , e had 15 children living with us, plus myself and my two brothers. comments


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OK -- I'm going to propose something radical. I'm sure it doesn't fit into the strict confines of how our U.S. State Department conducts foreign policy, but here goes ... How about we ask Mexico to do us a favor for once? comments


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What can we do about health care in Virginia? We have suffered through the General Assembly budget drama and now are poised to have a special session in September focused on Medicaid expansion. The Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission was established to review and recommend proposals. What have they accomplished? comments


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They are all Democrats, blue and blue. But like Republicans, they have opposing visions duking it out in the primaries. comments


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A few words about the "poor door." comments


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In a letter to the Northern Virginia Daily, John J. Gwyer stated that as a result of the June 15, 2012 executive order President Barack Obama issued, no person 16 years or younger would no longer be deported. Gwyer gave this as the reason for the current flood of minor refugees entering our borders from Mexico. comments


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The U.S. Supreme Court, including former President Richard Nixon's own appointees, ruled 8-0 that Nixon must turn over 64 tapes of White House conversations to the Watergate special prosecutor on Aug. 5, 1974. comments


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There is an old saying that applies to beleaguered Secretary of State John Kerry: no good deed goes unpunished. To listen to his most rabid critics, the majority of them in Israel but quite a few in the U.S. as well, the head of American diplomacy committed the unpardonable sin of trying to arrange a cease fire by asking for the cooperation of the emir of Qatar and the Turkish government. comments


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In Florida recently, police pulled up to a young boy playing in the park and asked where his mother lived. According to a report on WPTV, the mom was then arrested for "allowing her son to go to the park alone." Her son had a cellphone, and she would check in with him along the way. The mom believes "he's old enough, but Port St. Lucie Police disagree." comments


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Republicans and Democrats are consumed in a vicious debate over which party wants to talk about impeachment more. comments


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The billboards loom over two of the poorest parts of Cleveland, in black neighborhoods that have yet to experience the celebrated renaissance of this city. comments


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I feel a great effort should be made to harness ocean energy. Tidal waves and the motion of our Earth, the high tide and low tide every nine or 10 hours every day, all year long, year after year, could generate power for people around the world. comments


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Let us now praise Democratic hypocrisy. comments


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Some of my liberal friends say they have lost all hope for American democracy, and a great many others act as if they had. comments


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WASHINGTON -- With metronomic regularity, there is a choreographed minuet of carnage. Israel is attacked. Israel defends itself. Perfunctory affirmations of Israel's right of self-defense are quickly followed by accusations that Israel's military measures are disproportionate. Then come demands for a cease-fire, and the attackers replenish their arsenals. comments


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Cover your eyes and hide the kids: A Republican is talking poverty. comments


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"You shouldn't get to call yourself an American company only when you want a handout from the American taxpayers," President Obama said last week. comments


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The numbers are small for a large country like this, but the alarm is big over the influx of Central American children coming over the southern border. People are merging this special case involving about 57,000 children with generalized anxiety about a broken immigration system that has resulted in an estimated 11 million illegal residents. At bottom are fears that the United States is incapable of managing an orderly immigration program. comments


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Here is another version - in my words - of the Northern Virginia Daily's front page story on July 18 about Israel's soldiers finally retaliating and starting to destroy the Gaza smuggling tunnels, weapons and rocket launchers: comments


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If an Israeli high-level official were caught on a hot mic candidly commenting on Secretary of State John Kerry's ill-fated act of Israel-Hamas peacemaking, he might call it "a hell of a diplomatic foray." comments


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Its official title is the "Safe Carry Protection Act," and when it was signed by Georgia's Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, the National Rifle Association praised it as the "most comprehensive pro-gun bill in state history." That's because, under its provisions, Georgia residents are now able to carry guns into churches, bars and public buildings. Georgia teachers, with a green light from their school board, can carry guns into their classrooms. This may explain why the statute is better known as the "Guns Everywhere" law. comments


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Let's face it. We have too many antiquated laws on the books. Our laws often fail to keep up with the times. I mean, do we really need a statute that prohibits rams from trespassing as they have in New Jersey? Or a law that makes it a crime to carry fruit in an illegally sized container as Minnesota recently struck down? comments


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In a place haunted by ghosts, on a thoroughfare of the damned, standing upon ground once watered by blood, Breanna Mitchell lifted a camera to take her own picture. She smiled a sunshine smile. comments


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At long last, a spokesman of the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Assistance said what his boss, U.N. Secretary General Ban ki-Moon, found so difficult to utter: "There is literally no safe place for civilians (in Gaza)". More than 600 have been killed by the relentless Israeli bombardment from air, land and sea. Five hundred homes have been destroyed, many of them with entire families inside them. comments


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The good news at the U.S. border with Mexico is that the flood of children from Central America crossing illegally, now totaling nearly 60,000, has slowed. The bad news is that those whose aim it is to stop legal immigration reform are using the kids to fan fears and turn a humanitarian crisis into political blackmail for anyone even contemplating positive changes in current law. comments


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This letter is prompted by the message from the pulpit in a church on June 29 before our celebration of July 4th. The pastor, early in his message, asked the question, "Is America the bearer of the cross?" comments


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Sound bites are usually meant to obfuscate as much as clarify. Rarely is one so incisive as the line uttered by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the other day about the difference between Israel and Hamas: "We're using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they're using their civilians to protect their missiles." comments


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Following the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision, one of the key talking points that emerged from enraged opponents of the ruling was: "My boss shouldn't be involved in my health care decisions." California State Senate candidate Sandra Fluke says on her official website that such a perspective is "common sense." comments


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This is a response to all of the letters concerning Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors, School Board and Sheriff's Office. It is amazing to read all of the negative comments addressed toward individuals in office. It takes no courage to attack someone in the media. comments


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Mike Wakeman's letter of July 22 was exactly right. What were the members of the Shenandoah County School Board thinking? Oh yeah - as usual, they weren't. comments


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MENLO PARK, Calif. -- Fifty Julys ago, up the road near San Francisco, in the unfortunately named Cow Palace, the Republican National Convention gave its presidential nomination to Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, who knew he would lose: Americans were not going to have a third president in 14 months. Besides, his don't-fence-me-in libertarian conservatism was ahead of its time. His agenda, however, was to change his party's national brand. comments


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Days before two federal courts issued dueling interpretations of the Affordable Care Act, I came across a 1958 photo of my paternal grandmother and felt the familiar onslaught of what-ifs. comments


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Regarding the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail issues: I'm sorry about the inhuman conditions, but it's par for the course. comments


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By Robert B. Reich In a new Pew poll, more than three-quarters of self-described conservatives believe "poor people have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything." In reality, most of America's poor work hard, often in... comments


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This could be a terrifying tale right out of the Book of Meat Science Fiction, only this one isn't fiction. comments


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There's an old saying, "give them enough rope and they'll hang themselves." The recent Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case that allows employers to deny affordable birth control to their employees is but another step, albeit a small one, in tightening the metaphorical noose that will eventually make religious fundamentalism irrelevant in the affairs of Americans. comments


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Lee Boyd Malvo, inmate No. 330873, incarcerated at the super-maximum Red Onion State Prison in Virginia ,has a business plan to make himself some money. He either doesn't know it is against the law or he doesn't care. comments


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It is often said, believed and undoubtedly right that the Republicans' ace in midterm elections is apathetic Democrats not showing up at the polls. But that once predictable waltz into November is threatened by blabbermouths of the right's seeking self-aggrandizement by hurling darts at the sleeping Democratic bear. comments




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