Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Best wishes to all

December 18th, 2014

Once again the holiday season is upon us. Americans, in this the most religiously diverse country in the world, will celebrate the holiday in accordance with their beliefs, religious or secular. For humanists, with the humanist manifesto as our guide, this is a time for reflection on our commitment to our fellow human beings, a time to reaffirm our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfilment that aspire to the good of humanity.

Letter to the Editor: Let there be peace

December 9th, 2014

Once upon a time in an African nation, the leader of a resistance group was being hunted by the government. So he went into hiding in the wild. After a time, he gave up hope and went to the nearest town.

Letter to the Editor: Humanists speak out for rights of others

December 6th, 2014

I find it difficult to give a reasoned response to Michael Dick’s liberal bashing diatribe (Nov. 26 letter) so instead I would, with reason and compassion as my guide, assure him that as a secular humanist, and worse, one of them “thar bleeding heart liberals” that I nor any of my compatriots have any desire to help ourselves to his possessions, especially his wife and daughters. I earnestly hope that this will relieve his fear and he will sleep well knowing that some secular humanist will not come knocking on his door and “help themselves to what doesn’t belong to them.” In the interest of humanist values, that’s the least I can do.

Letter to the Editor: Input needed for superintendent search

December 3rd, 2014

Please allow this letter to serve as notice that the Warren County School Board will be holding a public meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Government Center meeting room to allow the public to provide input into the qualities and skills they want the new superintendent of schools to possess.

Letter to the Editor: Pascal showed how faith, reason co-exist

December 1st, 2014

Thanks to George Bowers Sr. for his recent discussion in the Northern Virginia Daily about faith in relation to the “wager” of Pascal. According to Pascal, it is reasonable for us to go all in on the assumption that God exists, for if we are wrong, we lose nothing more than we would have lost in any case: we must return all our chips in the end anyway. If we are correct in assuming the existence of God, we have gained everything.

Letter to the Editor: Point of ceremony was to honor veterans

November 28th, 2014

The essence of the snide, condescending, supercilious commentary by Roger Barbee in the Nov. 18 edition of the Northern Virginia Daily is to belittle “those people” — (his dismissive term — who organized and attended the Veterans Day ceremony at Our Soldiers Cemetery in Mount Jackson honoring American veterans. He called the ceremony a “mockery” and did everything but label the organizers and participants rednecks and racists.

Letter to the Editor: Don’t ignore evidence supporting marriage

November 26th, 2014

Concerning Gene Rigelon’s rebuttal to Kitty Martz on the Northern Virginia Daily Opinion page, he pontificates that we should not use the Bible as our guide for opposing homosexual marriage due to a lack of evidence verifying its claims, then conveniently ignores several thousand years of evidence supporting the union of one man to one woman.

Letter to the Editor: Add an amendment to U.S. Constitution

November 26th, 2014

We would lessen some of our immigration “anchor babies” problems with one small amendment to our U.S. Constitution.
“…children born in the continental United States and its territories are automatically citizens of the United States if at least one of their parents is a U.S. citizen…”

Letter to the Editor: Extraordinary proof has not been given

November 21st, 2014

I have no doubt about the sincerity of letter writer Kitty Martz’s beliefs but she cannot use circular logic by quoting the Bible to prove it is inspired by God. There is no credible evidence that backs that claim. To be valid, such extraordinary claims must be backed by extraordinary proof and extraordinary proof has not been given. If such proof does ever come to light backed by plausible scientific explanations, I will be more than happy to change my opinion on the matter of gay marriage. Until then, one must not use the Bible to support legislation to oppose the right of people to marry the one they love.

Letter to the Editor: Thankful for support

November 20th, 2014

On behalf of the Fellowship Committee for Special Events at Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury (SVWC), we want to thank our board trustees, residents, staff, friends of SVWC, and the local businesses that helped make our 2014 Fall Fashion Show a successful event.

Letter to the Editor: Confidentiality outline was ‘over the top’

November 18th, 2014

The confidentiality outline presented to the Shenandoah Board of Supervisors by County Attorney Jay Litten is “over the top” for this citizen/veteran. Citizen votes sent a message to the board for transparency and representation, yet senior board members appear spasmodic and their inherited attorney unworthy of the position.