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Andy Schmookler: When bad politics are supported by good people

andyschmookler.jpg Recently my wife and I attended a reunion of her first cousins (and their spouses). These cousins are the children of the children of a couple of Swedish immigrants who settled in Iowa to farm in the late 19th century.

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Peter Brookes: Turkey still reluctant ally vs. ISIS

PeterBrookes.jpg Ankara's seemingly shocking -- but welcome -- move reportedly allowing Iraqi Kurds to transit through Turkey to reinforce Syrian Kurds battling the Islamic State (aka ISIS or ISIL) for the city of Kobani, Syria, doesn't mean the Turks are "all in" on the ISIS fight.

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Froma Harrop: 'Death with Dignity' law is least slippery slope

Harrop-c.jpg The story of Brittany Maynard has revived the debate over Oregon's Death with Dignity Act. The law lets terminally ill patients end their lives with the aid of a doctor. That Maynard is a pretty 29-year-old newlywed using her personal tragedy to broaden support for such laws provokes and rankles foes of physician-assisted suicide. She also rejects the term "suicide."

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Marino de Medici: Desecrating Columbus, a growing sport

marino-de-medici.jpg It is open season on Christopher Columbus. A posse of would-be historians, human rights advocates, heralds of the politically correct, assorted nativists and native revanchists have found the perfect target in Columbus. Thus, Columbus Day is no longer an American festivity, it is the day of opprobrium that should be remembered for all the pain and suffering that the discovery of America brought upon the native populations.

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Commentary: Here's a vision for Front Royal

This November the people of the town of Front Royal will have another chance to choose the direction of our town and what it will look like going forward. I'd like to share my vision.

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Catherine Rampell: Sex and the poor

catherine-rampell.jpg America has decided: Sex is for rich people. Non-procreative sex in particular.

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Linda Chavez: The Ebola fear factor

Chavez-Linda.jpg It's time to take a deep breath. Ebola is an awful disease that has tragically infected a handful of Americans. Though it deserves the full attention of our medical community - most importantly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - it should not be dominating our news, preoccupying our president and other political leaders, and frightening Americans into believing an epidemic on U.S. soil is just around the corner.

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Diane Dimond: A modern-day Pandora's box: Ebola

We have got to get smarter about controlling the ever-widening Ebola epidemic -- and quickly. Ebola is not just a problem for the hotspots of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. And the Department of Homeland Security's new system of simply questioning and taking the temperature of incoming air travelers from West Africa isn't enough to control this potential pandemic

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Letter to the Editor: Supervisors showing poor judgment

The four male members of the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors made two decisions recently that leave this taxpayer shaking his head in bewilderment -- again.

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Scott Rasmussen: Lottery lies fuel distrust of government

Rasmussen-Scott.jpg It's a little thing, but it bugs me a lot.

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