Editorials

Editorial: Animal hoarding

Over the last three months in Shenandoah County, authorities have had to enter homes – some while wearing breathing apparatuses due to high levels of ammonia – to investigate possible cases of animal abuse. Some of the residences had to be condemned until they were cleaned. The animals ...

Editorial: Break the gridlock

Kudos to Responsible Leadership for Shenandoah County for taking steps to get local government moving again. The group wants Shenandoah County supervisors to add an at-large board member who would end 3-3 tie votes that, according to the group's Facebook page, has put the board in an ...

Editorial: Transparency in government

The Virginia Press Association recently distributed its reporters' guide to the Freedom of Information Act to newspapers throughout the state.  Our reporters and editors have been asked to read all 104 pages of it, and if you are a Virginia citizen, a local government employee or an elected or ...

Editorials: Random acts of voting

Have you ever gone into the voting booth without a clue as to who or what is on the ballot? That's what happened Tuesday in our local elections, according to some voters we spoke to after they cast their ballots.  Some told us they did not know there were local elections on the ballot and ...

Editorial: Get in line

Well finally.  Election Day is here. Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 tonight.  Don't let the possibility of long lines deter you from heading out to your local polling place to vote. If you're not an early bird voter, don't worry – as long as you are in line by 7 p.m., you are ...

Editorial: Make your opinion count

They're the sign of the times, and some are being defaced or purloined. One reader posted this note online below a Northern Virginia Daily story about political yard signs planted throughout the valley: "Someone tried to destroy my Hillary sign but it was not the average sign and ...

Editorial: Hang up the phone

It must be the season for scams.  Some area residents have reported receiving calls - live or automated - from the "Internal Revenue Service." The caller will tell you that you are in trouble with the IRS and will give you a number to call.   If you receive such a call or one similar, ...

Editorial: Tragedy puts focus on road’s safety

  Those blinking yellow lights at the intersection of U.S. Route  522 and Lake Frederick in Frederick County are doing little to slow traffic on that hilly four-lane highway. The speed limit is 55 mph, but to anyone traveling on it – as I did on Thursday morning – it’s ...

Editorial: Not a rite of passage

We anticipate some changes coming to Shenandoah County schools in the wake of accusations of student misconduct on a school bus carrying Strasburg High School coaches and basketball players home from a game in West Virginia last December. Hazing, bullying, whatever you want to call it, ...

Editorial: Area businesses are life savers

State police patrol dog Argo was seen running at top speed during a training exercise last Friday in New Market.  The new bullet-proof vest he sported didn't seem to slow him at all. Thanks to the generosity of three area businesses - Holtsman Corp., Luray Caverns and the Buck Obsession TV ...

Editorial: Keep teachers in the valley

The Shenandoah County School Board is in the process of changing attendance boundary lines in an effort to balance attendance and alleviate overcrowding in some schools.  Public meetings on the subject have been held and the board has asked for feedback at meetings and in an online ...

Editorial: Let’s put the rumors to rest

Rumors posted on social media sites and water cooler chatter may be intriguing, but they won't make it into this newspaper unless our reporters are able to verify them from reliable sources willing to talk to us on the record. We bring this up because of all the hurtful rumors swirling ...

Editorial: A lesson learned the hard way

Last week, the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office began an investigation into an alleged sexual assault on a school bus filled with Strasburg High School boys basketball team players and coaches. Police were alerted almost a month after the incident, and once an investigation began, the ...

Editorial: Outside help is needed

Paying an outside expert who can dispassionately come up with a plan to redraw boundary lines to balance enrollment and ease overcrowding in Shenandoah County schools is absolutely the right thing to do. The Board of Supervisors voted 4-2 on Tuesday to approve the School Board's request for ...

Editorial: Get it together

It’s natural that there should be disagreements on every public governing board. Individuals elected or appointed to these boards bring their own ideas and agendas to their posts and work to get them implemented. This is good for our communities. We need people to ask questions and look at ...

Editorial: Sunshine law ignored, not understood

Thirteen Virginia newspapers, including the Northern Virginia Daily, recently sent staff members out to police, school and local government offices to request information that is publicly available to any citizen. Requests were made for crime reports, town and county manager salaries and ...

Editorial: Proposed calendar makes sense

A proposed calendar that opens Shenandoah County schools in early August -- instead of after Labor Day -- should be adopted by the county School Board next month. The plan, announced by Superintendent Jeremy Raley this month,  calls for school to start  Aug. 7, 2017, and gives students a ...

Editorial: Something wonderful is happening

Homeless children and their families will be getting a much needed helping hand when the new Family Promise Center opens in Woodstock this January. Thirteen area churches have come together to launch the national Family Promise program in Shenandoah County. They will be offering shelter, ...

Our View: Eyes on road, hands on wheel, buckle up

"Your parents are Christmas shopping for you.  I bought a headstone for my daughter. Put your phones away and put your seat belts on." That powerful message was delivered to Shenandoah County teens and their parents this week in the school system's Partners for Safe Teen Driving program by ...

Our View

Were they bored? There were 67 incidents of vandalism adding up to around $2,000 in damages in Edinburg recently. The perps, armed with spray paint, decided to create artwork on mailboxes, road signs and even a roadway. Why did they do it? Nothing else to do? Just bored? Let’s ...