Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Berg to host town hall meeting

March 4th, 2015

On Saturday, Del. Mark Berg is hosting his second town hall of 2015. This is a great opportunity to hear first hand about bills that were submitted, passed out of the House and Senate and sent to the governor awaiting his approval or veto. It is also a chance for constituents to ask questions or share concerns about issues.

Letter to the Editor: A big thank you to road, safety crews

March 3rd, 2015

Each winter valley residents wait in anticipation and sometimes, trepidation, for the defining forecast: will we get snow? We have seen a lot of snow in the past couple months here in the valley, resulting in school and business closings, rescheduled events, and disrupted routines, all because snow inhibits our travel. While thankful for a few days off to spend with family, sledding and sipping hot chocolate, I am all the more thankful for cleared roadways which allow me to make it home safely, and back out to work or school.

Letter to the Editor: Faith, prayer will defeat ISIL

February 28th, 2015

Only by faith in the one true God and prayer will ISIL be defeated, but we have become an ungodly nation with no prayer in our schools, no “In God We Trust” and no crosses that may offend, no baby Jesus in a manger that may be offensive.

Letter to the Editor: Some politicians may need a new career

February 28th, 2015

The theory is that our Supreme Court justices are safe and secure for life, well paid and protected by the Secret Service so that they can concentrate their considerable knowledge and experience on what is best for our nation. Unfortunately, in the case of Citizens United, they opened a can of worms, thus permitting rich people and corporations to spend unlimited funds on political campaigns, and the justices probably had no idea the harm they started.

Letter to the Editor: Government should serve citizens the people

February 20th, 2015

I am writing in response to the Feb. 18 article in the Northern Virginia Daily about my challenging Mark Obenshain for the 26th district seat in the Virginia Senate. In the article, you quoted Mr. Obenshain as saying that the version of ethics reform the legislature just passed had bipartisan support.

Letter to the Editor: Everyone needs to condemn ISIS

February 19th, 2015

President Obama’s reference to former tortures, immolations and other cruelties performed in the name of the Catholic Church as it tried to maintain its control over European nations and their colonies is historically correct.

Letter to the Editor: Politicians are blocking health care for Virginians

February 13th, 2015

The Commonwealth of Virginia has some 400,000 residents who have no health insurance or access to regular medical care. They cannot afford it. Yes, in extreme need they may go to the emergency room – at great cost to the facility and to those who can pay for care and their insurers.

Letter to the Editor: ISIS and what it wants

February 12th, 2015

So now ISIS wants to start a new caliphate modeled after the original one that started about 613 A.D. and ended approximately 1500 A.D. when the Muslims in Spain were given the choice of exile or convert to Christianity. So now they want their own land, where they can practice Sharia law, their version of Koranic law, justice and retribution, and where they can be free of the corrupting influence of the 21st century.

Letter to the Editor: VDOT meeting on bridge was a sham

February 10th, 2015

Your front page report, “Bridge hearing draws support, foes of design” on Thursday, deserves praise, giving equal time as it does to both sides of the Morgan’s Ford bridge issue, a feat made extremely difficult for any reporter confronted by up to 20 Virginia Department of Transportation bureaucrats and local politicians, including the president of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, Richard Traczyk.

Letter to the Editor: Sen. Kaine needs to support of clean water

February 9th, 2015

Now is the time for Virginians to stand up for clean water. On Feb. 4, a joint hearing attacked the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule intended to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act. This rule will protect the 28,000 miles of streams in Virginia, including those that feed into the Shenandoah River, that are vulnerable to unchecked pollution.

Letter to the Editor: Let’s compromise now, get something done

February 7th, 2015

The president’s budget proposal to appropriate $478 billion for public works (front page story on Monday) is very sensible, and it should have bipartisan support. It’s sad that it has so little chance of being enacted. Upgrading our infrastructure is just one of many practical undertakings that our government could pursue if it wasn’t for ideological and political gridlock.

Commentary: Council offers alternative bridge design

February 2nd, 2015

I am responding to recent articles and letters about the bridge at Morgan Ford in Warren County. The Piedmont Environmental Council submitted an alternative design for the bridge which the Virginia Department of Transportation has not shared publicly. The council design addresses the county’s safety concerns but unlike the VDOT design, it preserves the openness and history of the existing park.