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Editorials

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 ...

Editorial: Day of Caring

More than 800 people took time out of their day to work on community service projects during the Day of Caring on Wednesday. This annual community event sponsored by the United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley is a wonderful way for area residents to strengthen their community. Cheers ...

Editorial: Stop. Think before you drive away

A crash that killed a local school teacher and left her family, friends and students reeling from her death last year should never have happened. The woman who caused the crash pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter this week. She received three years in prison - all suspended, three ...

Editorial: A rezoning conundrum: Farmland, industry or more homes?

It appears the Shenandoah County Planning Commission has struck a nerve with some area residents, and elicited concerns from the Virginia Department of Transportation to boot. The county's Department of Community Development envisions a future industrial site on 92 acres of farmland on Oranda ...

Editorial: Wanted: Someone with passion for history

Wayside Inn is on the auction block, again. The building, located on U.S. Route 11 in the heart of Middletown, has been in use as an inn and restaurant since the late 1700s. It was sold at auction in April 2009, several months after the death of former owner Leo Bernstein, and then reopened ...

Editorial: Keep debate bipartisan

President Barack Obama finally has decided to submit the decision on war with Syria to Congress. In doing so the president has placed a heavy burden on lawmakers, but one the Constitution insists they must bear. Obama already has ordered the military to draw up plans for an attack, in ...

Editorial: The fight against fat

Dr. Jon Winter has something to say about an issue plaguing the health of many Americans, and a prestigious national organization, the American Academy of Family Practice, is helping him get his message out to the world. The academy has awarded the Front Royal family physician a grant to back ...

Planning a holiday trip?

We all may grumble about the high price of gas, but that may not impact travel during the upcoming Labor Day weekend. In fact, AAA Mid-Atlantic predicts 950,000 Virginians will be on the road during the long weekend -- that's a 2 percent rise over last year and, according to the Associated ...

Editorial: Keep your senses on high alert

Children walking to and from their bus stops are being seen more frequently lately as school divisions open their doors for the new year. Frederick County public schools opened on Monday, and Warren County welcomed students back to school on Wednesday. Shenandoah County students have until ...

Editorial: U.S. needs to stay out of Iraq

Forty-six people were killed in Iraq Sunday, as it becomes clearer and clearer that U.S. strategy to pacify that country was a dismal, bloody, expensive failure. More than 3,000 people have been killed in Iraq during the past few months. Much of the violence seems to involve battles among ...

Editorial: Congress should pass national shield bill

Our nation's Founders disagreed on much. But on one thing -- the necessity of a vigorous, unfettered press to defend Americans' rights -- they were solidly in agreement. As Thomas Jefferson put it, "Our liberty depends on freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost." So ...

Editorial: Trial highlights military’s lack of action

Army Maj. Nidal Hasan went on trial in a military court at Fort Hood, Texas, this week, with his life on the line. Hasan killed 13 people and wounded dozens more in a 2009 shooting rampage at the post. He has admitted that, meaning the Army court martial's purpose amounts to determining ...

Editorial: Heroes arise during time of need

A Strasburg man just happened to be in the right place at the right time on Saturday night. Now he and another man, who has not yet been identified, can add the word hero to their resumes. The two men ventured into dark waters in an attempt to rescue three people from a vehicle that was ...

Editorial: Been there, done that; more waste

"Taxpayers should take comfort that a conference like this would not take place today," assured acting Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Danny Werfel last week. He referred to outlandish, inexcusable spending of taxpayers' money in a 2010 conference of IRS employees held in Anaheim, ...

Editorial: Are we ready for cyberwar?

Think for a moment about what would happen if a foreign power launched a military attack calculated to destroy billions of dollars' worth of U.S. property -- but without causing any injuries or deaths. It would be an attack and retaliation would be swift and devastating, right? Wrong. Such ...

Editorial: Congress should OK mental health legislation

While President Barack Obama and most members of Congress have seemed preoccupied with proposals for new limits on gun ownership since the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., not much has been said about getting to the root causes of such horror -- insanity and the evil that sometimes drives ...

Editorial: Did terrorism experts drop the ball?

Did U.S. terrorism experts fail again to connect the dots? That should be among the first questions asked by those investigating the killing spree allegedly committed by two brothers who raised suspicions among Russian authorities more than two years ago. Brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar ...

Editorial: Teach those fire starters a lesson

What a kick it must have been for those who started a fire at E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School in Front Royal on Wednesday evening. Were they watching as fire trucks roared up to the scene, sirens blaring? How thrilling it must have been for them to know that they had caused so much ...