Editorials

Editorial: Avoid snowy projectiles, peepholes

The season's first significant snowfall brought winter to the our area on Sunday. Valley residents who ventured out had to go slowly over snow-covered roads. By early Monday, a layer of ice coated everything. Motorists had to chip away at the ice on their windows and car doors before they ...

Editorial: We need to know what’s happening

Thursday's abrupt closing of TV3 Winchester was a dark day for local news coverage, but as many of you may know, news outlets across the nation have been weathering a perfect storm over the past several years. Smart phones, tablets and other Internet-connected devices have dramatically ...

Editorial: Community effort needed to fight heroin

Heroin destroys lives and has a lasting impact on the users' families. This horrible drug is flowing into our region from Baltimore, and the numbers noted at the heroin "summit" held Wednesday in Front Royal are staggering: • 20 area residents have died this year from heroin overdoses ...

Editorial: Nov. 22, 1963 marked American tragedy

Fifty years ago today, charismatic young President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The horror of a U.S. president being murdered was, by itself, enough to ensure the event would burn itself into most memories and into the history books. But the JFK story maintains its hold on many Americans ...

Editorial: Lincoln’s speech still relevant today

A century and a half ago this week, one of the most profound, beautifully written speeches in the English language was delivered by President Abraham Lincoln. It was the Gettysburg Address, presented during ceremonies to dedicate a cemetery holding the remains of many of those who fell in the ...

Editorial: Shoppers have a choice when season begins

Area retailers are preparing now for the start of the holiday shopping season, but it's up to consumers to determine just what that date is this year. National chains are opening earlier than ever, with some offering bargains for those who venture out shortly after consuming Thanksgiving Day ...

Editorial: No place in our schools for hazing

The word hazing conjures an ugly scene of physical or psychological abuse. Usually prohibited, hazing continues to occur on college campuses, in the military, on sports teams and among other groups that practice rituals in an aim to initiate, humiliate or abuse its members. A Shenandoah County ...

Editorial: Are you prepared to vote?

Today is Election Day. Polling places are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Are you prepared to go to the polls? Before heading out, make sure you know your polling location -- find it here: https://www.vote.virginia.gov -- and that you have an acceptable form of identification -- find that ...

Mark Shields: When public service was honorable

By Mark Shields In November 1960, I cast my first presidential vote for John F Kennedy. But because I was in the middle of 13 weeks of Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., that fall, I had to vote by absentee ballot. Parris Island recruits were prohibited from reading newspapers, ...

Editorial: Keep the kids safe tonight

Thousands of children will be out and about after dark this week, enjoying Halloween. Though some will be doing their best to scare the wits out of younger children -- and adults -- let's ensure trick or treating is pure fun for the kids. Of course, many moms and dads worry someone will give ...

Editorial: A threat made even in jest unacceptable

Newspapers get a lot of feedback every day in a variety of formats: phone calls, mail, email, virtual submissions and even reader comments. Every once in a while they will get some calls, emails and letters that are anonymous. Less often they receive threats -- or perceived threats -- like ...

Editorial: Get a shot, save a life

"Flu shots available" signs are popping up at area pharmacies. That must mean the flu season is upon us again, though you won't be able to find any updated information on where outbreaks are occurring now thanks to the partial government shutdown. This was posted on Oct. 8 on the CDC ...

Editorial: Say ‘yes’ for the kids

A skateboarders park for Strasburg? What an awesome idea! Such a park would help get kids and their boards off the streets and sidewalks, where they face the danger of getting hit by cars, falling and injuring themselves, or slamming into a pedestrian in their path. Strasburg Police Chief ...

Editorial: A small price to pay

The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors gave the county a wonderful present Tuesday by approving the purchase of a trained tracking dog for the Sheriff's Office. The dog, a bloodhound, will cost $8,000 - a small price to pay out of the federal asset-sharing funds for a chance at saving the ...

Editorial: Remember the ‘V’ when planting a tree

A story recently in the Daily pointed out an eyesore that some of you may not have noticed, unless it's on your property. The next time you take a drive down a tree-lined street, look up. You may see a "V" cut into the trees. That's done by a crew hired by a utility company. Trimming ...

Happy ending for everybody

Kudos to agencies and volunteers who worked through the night to find a missing 2-year-old Shenandoah County boy this week. Fortunately, the boy and his yellow Labrador were found unharmed about a half mile away from home. Shenandoah County Sheriff Timothy Carter said there were about 250 ...

Editorial: Watch out for sticky fingers

Any organization or fund set up for someone or some cause is susceptible to sticky fingers. We've had a few cases locally that illustrate this point: a local volunteer fire company was taken over by Warren County this year as the result of complaints and financial irregularities. Two women ...

Editorial: Why did Navy Yard shooter have security clearance?

Aaron Alexis, who slaughtered 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, was a mentally ill man with a grudge against the Navy. Yet he walked right into the guarded facility because he had a government security clearance. If ever there was a situation in which "profiling" could have ...

Editorial: Innocent until proven guilty

Nicole Dawn Miller of Woodstock is accused of killing her fiance's young son in June. This week, the Shenandoah County commonwealth's attorney filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty. If the commonwealth's case against her is actually strong enough to be successfully tried as a ...

Editorial: The never ending war

A year ago, as Americans observed another anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on our nation, we were reminded forcefully that more than a decade of campaigns against terrorist organizations had been of only limited value. On that day, Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S. diplomatic ...