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Diane Dimond: U.S. prison system needs makeover

It is way past time to overhaul the U.S. prison system. I'm not talking about a little tweak here and there. I'm talking about throwing a massive metaphorical hand grenade into the entire system and starting over from scratch. We should be ashamed of ourselves for allowing the system to have morphed into what it has.

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Kathleen Parker: Erasing the race card

kathleenparker-c.jpg WASHINGTON -- One approaches the race fray with trepidation, but here we go, tippy-toe.

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Scott Rasmussen: Insured numbers still bad for Democrats

Rasmussen-Scott.jpg President Barack Obama announced triumphantly that 8 million people selected a private insurance plan through the health care exchanges created by legislation known as Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act. He added his own interpretation of the numbers: "This thing is working."

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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Thanks, but no thanks

leonard-pitts.jpg Twenty-four dollars. That, supposedly, was the price Gov. Peter Minuit paid American Indians for the island of Manhattan in 1625. It's a tale historians find suspect.

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Froma Harrop: Ask now what your cat can do for you

Harrop-c.jpg A big-selling book, "Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet," helps cat lovers understand what is going on in the hearts and brains of their kitties. Sadly, not nearly so much as they thought and hoped.

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Jonah Goldberg: Dance with Putin is sad sock hop

jonah-goldberg.jpg President Obama is right. He told Major Garrett of CBS this week that "Mr. Putin's decisions aren't just bad for Ukraine. Over the long term, they're going to be bad for Russia."

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Letter to the Editor: We need ideas to hold the line on county budget

I went to the public hearing on the fiscal year 2015 Shenandoah County budget. At least that is what the very informative booklet we all got said. Although the budget had about 15 different categories listed, the entire discussion was about proper respect for our school teachers.

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Letter to the Editor: Invest in our future - approve the tax increase

You have probably noticed a divide between people for the 5.5 cent per $100 of assessed value increase to the real estate tax and those opposed.

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Letter to the Editor: No raises until performance improves

I have been inundated recently with emails from the Shenandoah County school superintendent telling me what superior work the division's employees are doing. The emails often cited some award that the division or an employee received. Unfortunately, a lot of those awards were from organizations with ties to school or teacher organizations.

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Letter to the Editor: Delegates need to quit the fighting president

I have watched with keen interest the latest round of wrangling over local budgets and the need to raise taxes to cover public education expenses, tourism expenses, conservation expenses, salaries, pensions, etc.

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