Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: If in a hole, stop digging

Editor: On Nov. 7 voters in Shenandoah County followed Will Rogers' advice to stop digging when you find yourself in a hole. The hole in this case is respected business leaders stating that some supervisors are hindering economic growth, 80 members of the Chamber of Commerce agreeing that the ...

Letter to the Editor: A speedway has been created

Editor: An unintended consequence of this great intersection at Routes 55 and 340-522 is just over the South Fork Bridge in Front Royal. A left turn lane has been installed, allowing incoming traffic to turn southbound West 18th Street into a speedway. We have always had to deal with vehicles ...

Letter to the Editor: Tax reform would cut vital program

Editor: During my 21 years of providing support services to the frail elderly citizens of the Shenandoah Valley it was clearly evident that a substantial segment of this population struggles with heating costs throughout the winter. The primary tool I used to assist these folks is the Low ...

Letter to the Editor: Tax cut won’t stimulate economy

Editor: Don't be misled by Republican claims that their tax cut will result primarily in tax relief for the middle class and an invigorated economy with growing wages. There is no sound evidence that a tax cut will stimulate the economy. Corporations are already flush with cash and giving ...

Letter to the Editor: Keep your hands on your wallet

Editor: There are two things happening that we should pay attention to. First, the president of the United States wants to gut the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) because it irks him that it exists to help consumers fight back against the fraud and abuse of financial ...

Letters to the Editor: Excellent Veterans Day programs held

Editor On Nov. 10 my wife and I drove to Lewisburg, West Virginia, to attend the Veterans Day Program at Greenbrier East High School, where our granddaughter is a sophomore. We have attended this annual program every year she has been in school. The students of Greenbrier East presented the ...

Letter to the Editor: Claims about PETA misleading

Editor: Please allow me to respond to letter-writer Renee Hawkins' misleading claims about PETA. More than 83 percent of PETA's operating expenses in 2016 went directly to our programs fighting animal exploitation. Last year alone, PETA spent more than $1,402,000 to spay and neuter more than ...

Letter to the Editor: Don’t try to fool us again

Editor: Fool Americans once, shame on government, but fool Americans twice, shame on the people! America won't be fooled by trickle-down economics again. Trump's "tax reform" is nothing but a giveaway to the wealthiest Americans and to corporations, and a boot on the backs of the middle and ...

Letter to the Editor: Karma is wonderful

Editor: It was heart warming to see the huge turnout in the statewide elections – especially by women voters. Most women are appalled that we have a suspected sexual assaulter in the White House (I say suspected even though he admitted it on the "Access Hollywood" tape and many ...

Letter to the Editor: Reduction or elimination of COLAs

Editor: As a federal retiree who has served our country for years, I am deeply concerned with a provision in the president's budget that would eliminate cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for current and future federal retirees. I ask that my representative and senators oppose any proposals ...

Letter to the Editor: We who support the president

Editor: I voted for President Trump and I believe he is fighting very hard for the American people to have a better life,  including Republicans, Democrats and independents. He is not a cut and polished politician. He sometimes says things and uses language he shouldn’t when he is talking ...

Letter to the Editor: Look to past for good example

Editor Historians record that shortly after the end of the Civil War, Gen. Robert E. Lee astonished members of his Richmond parish by kneeling beside a former slave at the communion rail. Notwithstanding his personal views on race, Lee recognized the vital importance of reconciling North and ...

Letter to the Editor: Trap-neuter-release program works

Editor: I hesitated to write after reading the letter from Teresa Chagrin on behalf of PETA a few weeks ago regarding a positive rabies case in Winchester. She refers to the trap-neuter-release (TNR) as "cruel and misguided." Knowing the statistics of PETA's "shelter" and reading their ...

Letter to the Editor: Leave monuments, memorials alone

Editor: There are some 80 million descendants of Confederate veterans living today. We are almost all hard-working, tax-paying, law-abiding people happy to be citizens of these great United States of America -- trying our best to make a better future for our children and grandchildren. But we ...

Letter to the Editor: A reflection on RSW’s pay increase

Editor: After I stumbled upon the wonderful article about the Rappahannock-Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail and its increase in pay, I reflected on what I have learned thus far in my education. As a current student, I am in the process of learning about crime and the criminal justice system. ...

Commentary: We need to stop the nightmare

I assume that we all expect the most powerful leader on the planet, our president, to be unquestionably stable.  If a family member were creating and living an alternate reality, I would hope we would react positively and get help.  We must become “parents’ to this man/child whose ...

Letter to the Editor: Freezing development vs. attracting it

Editor In my youth, I would get frustrated and mad when I saw governments doing stupid things.  Now, in my dotage, I just sit back and laugh. My latest chuckle: Shenandoah County has set up an economic development office and hired staff to attract business.  But at the same time, the county ...

Letter to the Editor: Economic development for real life

Editor: According to a recent story, the newly formed Economic Development Council regards polarization on the Board of Supervisors as a major impediment to economic development, along with a vague contention that supervisors are not sufficiently “pro-business.” The EDC has considerable ...

Letter to the Editor: Candidate would bring experience, expertise

Editor: Voters in Shenandoah County's 5th District have some good choices for School Board – Lord Fairfax Community College executive Chris Boies, former teacher and principal Shelby Kline and current bus driver Gene Putkowski. Each would bring some perspective to the School Board, but I ...

Letter to the Editor: Shenandoah County: Forward or backward

Editor: Where are we going? Leadership of "no" will put us in a downward spiral. This affects county residents of all ages, including seniors. All I have heard is cut budgets, but no recommendations of what services to cut? Supervisors need to get in the trenches, see what is going on and ...