Opinion

Commentary: Choices made with no vision keep us stuck in the past

April 25, 2017

Shenandoah County is at a crossroads. Will our county move forward, or will this year’s funding by the Board of Supervisors continue a retreat of support of vital county services including schools, Sheriff’s Office, public safety, and libraries?

George F. Will: The ‘Oh, never mind’ president

April 24, 2017

WASHINGTON – In his first annual message to Congress, John Quincy Adams, among the most experienced and intellectually formidable presidents, warned leaders against giving the impression that “we are palsied by the will of our constituents.” In this regard, if in no other, the 45th president resembles the sixth.

Jules Witcover: The pushback against Trump

April 23, 2017

WASHINGTON – After three months of living with the reality of President Donald Trump, tangible signs of political resistance have begun to surface, fueled by voter fears he may blunder into war on the Korean Peninsula and by evidence he is already undoing much of the American domestic order.

Froma Harrop: Will Trump’s order help U.S. tech or not?

April 21, 2017

Let’s describe the problem with an example. A few years ago, Southern California Edison employed 300 foreign tech workers through the H-1B visa program. They took the jobs of American IT specialists who suffered the added indignity of having to train their replacements.

Diane Dimond: Sanctuary cities ignore Trumps’ threat

April 20, 2017

President Donald Trump recently said of the state of California: “I don’t want to defund the state or city. But if they’re going to have sanctuary cities we may have to do that — certainly, that would be a weapon.”

Letter to the Editor: Let’s be grateful for those wanting to help

April 20, 2017

In John Massoud’s letter to the editor of April 17, he takes issue with a local businesswoman who spoke at the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors in support of the higher real estate tax rates in order to fund our schools. I attended that meeting, and heard her explain that the tax would hit her pretty hard, as she has a lot of her savings invested in real estate, but that she was willing to make the sacrifice in order to invest in our future.

Part 2: Thinking through the N. Korea crisis – Will China offer a solution?

April 19, 2017

Editor’s note: This is Part 2 of a series about an examination of the North Korea crisis.

This series is an attempt to provide clarification of the issues that American decision-makers must think through in deciding how to deal with the crisis with North Korea – a crisis which has been building for a quarter of a century and which may be coming to a head.

Thinking through the North Korea crisis

April 18, 2017

The long-running problem with North Korea is coming to a head – either very soon, or in the not-too-distant future. What follows is my attempt at a non-political, non-partisan explication of the key questions.

Mark Shields: One (restricted) cheer for D.C.

April 17, 2017

We’ve all heard the tiresome and discouraging refrain: Washington, our beautiful capital city, is broken. Dysfunctional D.C. does not work. Even with majorities in both the House and the Senate, congressional Republicans could not pass a resolution commending Mother’s Day.

Letter to the Editor: Higher taxes affect those who can’t pay

April 17, 2017

At the most recent tax night public hearing a young businesswoman from North Shenandoah County talked about the need for raising her taxes. In her speech and in an email to each of the six Shenandoah County supervisors, this young businesswoman talked about how she owned multiple houses and how she owned a lot of property with a combined worth of over $1 million and therefore she could easily afford to pay more in taxes.

Letter to the Editor: Trump raising debt by flying at taxpayer expense

April 17, 2017

On April 12, the morning news stated that the national debt is increasing out of control. One of the reasons for this is the enormous amount of money President Trump is spending flying Air Force One all over the country to keep in contact with his personal needs. This is the most expensive airline travel in the world.