Editorials

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 ...

Editorial: Exemplary school in our midst

Over the past 33 years, the U.S. Department of Education has selected more than 7,500 schools - both public and private - as exemplary National Blue Ribbon Schools. Next month, 335 schools across the nation will be honored during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.  Twelve of those schools are from ...

Editorial: Someone to watch over us

The tragic slayings of two WDBJ-TV employees on live television in Moneta, Virginia, stunned the nation this week. The murders of TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward sent shock waves throughout newspaper and television newsrooms on Wednesday as reports of their deaths and the ...

Editorial: One wild ride

Boys will be boys, but two teens who went on a crazy wild ride Saturday are in a heap of trouble now. The pair led police on a high-speed chase north on U.S. Route 522 from Interstate 66 before being stopped safely by police a few miles from a very busy intersection in Winchester. Kudos to ...

Editorial: Troubles at the stations

If you’re a volunteer with a local fire department, keep a close eye on what’s happening at the Strasburg and New Market fire departments. A rift that has developed within the Strasburg department has come under public scrutiny after three members sent letters with numerous complaints to ...

Editorial: Stopped in your tracks…

At a railroad crossing Tempers flared and angry phone calls were made to local government officials as well as to the Northern Virginia Daily when the only way in and out of the Mary's Shady Lane area of Warren County was closed for several hours recently. The closing of the Norfolk ...

A rash of burglaries

It seems burglars are spending their summer breaking into churches and taking what doesn't belong to them. Last Saturday, two Frederick County churches in the Stephens City area were broken into. A few days earlier, police said a thief or thieves entered another Valley Pike church and a ...

Editorial: Urge FOIA Council to strengthen open government laws

In Virginia, if you want to know what the State Police found investigating the worst mass murder in U.S. history, or what the consultants Hampton taxpayers hired to look into a proposed aquatics center found, or what Newport News council members had to say about the city manager's performance ...

Editorial: Share your memories

I was delighted to receive Winchester resident William P Kerkhoff’s commentary about his memories of growing up in Strasburg 70 years ago.  He admits his memory is a bit clouded on some places and names, but he paints a colorful slice of life in downtown Strasburg in the 1940s and ‘50s as ...

Editorial: Kudos to those responding to flood

Woodstock residents were caught by surprise Monday morning when they discovered water rushing through the town’s streets after 3 to nearly 5 inches of rain had fallen. Many people had to be evacuated from their homes due to the high water, which at one point in one area was reported to be ...

Editorial: Chicken nuggets vs. a cheese sandwich

All parents – and grandparents -- preparing for the next school year should read “A school lunch that’s hard to swallow” in Wednesday’s Northern Virginia Daily, or online at www.nvdaily.com. The story highlights an issue that some parents may not be aware of – when a student’s ...

Editorial: Transparency necessary in government

The issue over a town donation to the Strasburg Chamber of Commerce for Mayfest drew many area residents and business owners to council chambers this week. A tiff on the Strasburg Town Council started over a question from a council member about a possible conflict of interest a few months ...

Editorial: Don’t close the hearing

On Thursday, a court hearing on a cigarette smuggling case is expected to be closed to the public – and to the news media – because evidence against the two men charged has been cited by the Shenandoah County sheriff as being too sensitive to be revealed. The hearing in Shenandoah County ...

Editorial: Avoid becoming a statistic this weekend

Warmer temperatures, lower gas prices and the Memorial Day holiday could draw a record number of draw Virginians out on the highways this weekend. Travel organization AAA predicts 37.2 million people across America will travel 50 miles or more from home — with 33 million traveling on the ...

Editorial: An ugly situation in Strasburg

Shameful. Insensitive. Ill-advised. Unprofessional. These ugly words were used in a special prosecutor’s report issued this week in an adult protective services investigation regarding allegations of police abuse, neglect and exploitation stemming from a late night visit to a town ...

Editorial: A week to celebrate our teachers

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, let’s take a few minutes to remember who taught us how to read and write, how to add, subtract, divide and multiply, how to play the flute, how to conjugate verbs in French, what the seven wonders of the ancient world are, how the planets travel ...

Editorial: I-81, the heroin highway

Late April seems to be spring cleaning time for area law enforcement. Operation Valley Venue III this year produced 73 charges, a number of arrests, and poked a tiny hole in the local illegal drug trade/use with seizures of $6,700 in illegal drugs, half of which was heroin. Obviously, the ...

Editorial: More jobs coming to the region

Tuesday's announcement that Andros Foods North America is planning a $73 million expansion that will, over the course of three years, bring 160 new jobs to its facility in Mount Jackson is fantastic news. On the same day of that announcement there was a groundbreaking for a new $17.5 million ...

Editorial: A spice you don’t want to consume

Spices have been used for centuries to add fragrance and flavor to food. These days, however, the word spice has taken on a new meaning. Synthetic marijuana’s street name is Spice or “K2,” and public health officials and police in several states this month are reporting a dramatic rise ...