Editorials

Editorial: Time that’s well spent

Each week a Northern Virginia Daily reporter visits a local animal shelter to write a feature about one of its residents. In the past few weeks, we've met "Ace, a sweet dominant cat," "Rascal, the friendly rabbit," "Squawker Lee, the strong silent type" cat, "energetic Nina" who needs an ...

Editorial: A public safety issue

A Craigslist transaction went the wrong way last week in Front Royal.  Police there reported that a person responding to an ad for an iPhone for sale was robbed at gunpoint during the transaction. Luckily, the victim was unharmed and the suspect was apprehended. Craigslist addresses the ...

Editorial: A lottery to kill coyotes

State wildlife officials and wildlife advocates oppose bounties on coyotes because records show they just don't work -- in fact, just the opposite. One state wildlife official told the Northern Virginia Daily that when threatened, coyotes will just increase their litter size. Shenandoah ...

Editorial: A gift to your community

Saturday was a miserable day in the valley. The rain was relentless and forced cancellation of some area holiday parades, and pushed other celebrations inside. But the rain did not stop New Market businesses from welcoming the few shoppers who ventured out into that nasty weather for the ...

Editorial: Cops should watch video

It is difficult to watch the video of the July 17 arrest of 43-year-old Eric Garner without being stunned and horrified. Several New York City police officers attempted to take Garner into custody on a charge of selling cigarettes illegally. He resisted slightly. One officer appears to have ...

Editorial: ‘Lone wolf’ assaults are major threat

Let us hope Department of Homeland Security officials took note of recent remarks by their boss, Jeh Johnson, on a major terrorism threat. Speaking to the American Bar Association, Johnson, who is secretary of the agency, reviewed various types of terrorism challenges. Indeed, the department ...

Editorial: Repeal that offensive town law

Front Royal town code currently states it "shall be unlawful for any company of gypsies or other strolling company or person to receive compensation or reward for pretending to tell fortunes or to practice any so-called 'magic art.'" The town voted 4-3 to repeal the ban on fortunetelling after ...

Cast a vote for the public

Transparency, accountability and participation in local government are all good things. So why not broadcast Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors meetings? Sure, there's a cost, but it would allow more area residents to follow and understand issues, hold elected officials accountable for ...

Election Day in Shenandoah County

Some Shenandoah County residents have an opportunity today -- Election Day -- to make a change in their local governments. Strasburg Town Council has four seats open, and there are five candidates. Two people want the mayor's position in Mount Jackson, and four candidates are vying for ...

Editorial: Area heroin death toll on the rise

The Northern Shenandoah Valley has not been spared from the heartbreak and pain that the heroin epidemic is causing around the nation. There have been at least 11 deaths here linked to this hideous addictive drug since the beginning of this year - and folks, it's not going to go away anytime ...

Online Comments: Tax hikes, no MTV: What’s got you riled?

By Linda Ash If you're not visiting nvdaily.com, you might not know what your neighbors are saying about the news of the day. Their comments, posted through their Facebook accounts, range from being thought-provoking, funny and delightful to read, to, well, not so much. But there's a whole ...

Editorial: Grounding drones puts U.S. behind rest of world

There are all sorts of possibilities for using unmanned drone aircraft to make our lives better. No pun intended, but the sky's the limit. Except in the United States. Here, the Federal Aviation Administration has decreed that there is to be no use of drones for commercial purposes. You ...

Editorial: Another example of government waste

Investigators with the Government Accountability Office tell us approximately $1.4 billion was spent by the government on autism research between 2008 and 2012. That is the good news. The bad news is as much as 84 percent of that money was spent on redundant research. Duplication of research ...

Editorial: Don’t fall prey to scammers

Scammers are using every way imaginable to try to take your money, whether it's by phone, email, delivered mail or in person. What may seem to be a legitimate offer at first glance could cost you a lot of money. Warren County Sheriff Daniel McEathron's words of warning in a news story this ...

Editorial: Military must do more to end assaults

Many senior leaders in the armed forces admit the military has a serious problem in how it handles sexual assaults. Why isn't something being done about it? An Associated Press investigation of more than 1,000 reports of sex crimes involving U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan during a ...

Editorial: Creature comforts

This can't be said enough, but really shouldn't have to be said at all. Take care of your animals during times of extreme weather. How long could you stand to be shut up in a car, windows rolled up, on a 90-degree day? Or on a winter day like today, think about your dog, who is chained up ...

Editorial: Taking good care of your sweet heart

February is not just a month for flowers, chocolates and Valentine's Day cards. It's also American Hearth Month. There's a reason for this designation - each year 715,000 Americans suffer heart attacks, and 600,000 die, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and ...

Editorial: No tobacco in drugstores makes sense

When you walk into your local CVS Caremark drugstore next October to get a flu shot or fill a prescription, one thing you won't see there anymore are tobacco products. The nationwide chain announced Wednesday that it is phasing out sales of cigarettes and other tobacco products at its ...

Editorial: Stage set for exciting run in the 10th

For the first time in more than 30 years, voters in Virginia's 10th District will not see Frank Wolf's name on the ballot on Election Day. Wolf announced Tuesday that he would not be seeking re-election next year to the seat he has held for 34 years. The veteran lawmaker says he plans to ...

Editorial: Don’t let your holiday go up in flames

Are you ready for the holiday fire season? Now is the time of year when holiday decorations and Christmas trees can go up in flames, space heaters get kicked over or are moved too close to something flammable and chimneys catch fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, ...