Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Climate change needs to be addressed now

November 27, 2015

Could Bernie Sanders be correct in saying that the No. 1 issue of our time is ”climate change? I think so. If we eventually have no habitable planet, other issues fade into the background. It’s time to address this issue seriously.

Letter to the Editor: Register Muslims? Sound familiar?

November 25, 2015

Donald Trump has at last exposed himself for the bigot he is. His comments about requiring all Muslims to be registered smacks of the late 1930s in Hitler Germany. The Nazis required all Jewish people to wear the Star of David at all times. That made it so much easier to round them up.

Letter to the Editor: We are grateful for those who support local schools

November 25, 2015

While most people think of Thanksgiving as having begun in Massachusetts in 1621, the tradition did not become an official holiday until 1863, when President Lincoln issued a proclamation “to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise…” While popular culture tends to associate Thanksgiving more with gluttony than with gratitude, we would all do well to remember Lincoln’s appeal.

Letter to the Editor: Our schools need community involvement

November 20, 2015

The commentary posted on Nov. 12, “Will funding issues force schools, community to take a step backward?” stated that the federal government’s contribution to the school system has declined by more than $700,000 dollars. This is a large amount of money and the assumption would be that the students’ education would suffer, but that is not the case.

Letter to the Editor: Thoughts on Michael Barone’s column

November 15, 2015

In his Nov 10 column on “speech codes,” Michael Barone might have made his point better by reducing the argument to the absurd. Consider the preamble of the Constitution. We can start with the word “ordain.” It has religious connotations, so why don’t we dump it?

Letter to the Editor: There’s a downside to eliminating tipping

November 6, 2015

Columnist Richard Cohen notes that New York restaurateur Danny Meyer recently announced that he would eliminate the practice of tipping in his 13 restaurants, raise his prices, and, presumably, pass on the increased revenue to his servers. His decision was applauded by those who find tipping patronizing, racist, undemocratic (kitchen staff are not tipped), and sexist (according to Mr. Cohen, a recent New York Times article states that some 37 percent of all sexual harassment claims are filed by restaurant workers).

Letter to the Editor: Increasing truck weight limits will be detrimental

November 4, 2015

Shayne Ryerson’s Oct. 5 letter outlined current deficiencies in the nation’s highway and bridge system and the detrimental impact the proposed legislation would have. The legislation is House of Representatives Resolution 3488, which would raise the truck weight limit from 80,000 to 91,000 pounds, an increase of 5 ½ tons. Being a professional truck driver, Mr. Ryerson is in a position to judge the serious consequences that passing HR 3488 would have.

Letter to the Editor: Candidate is innovator, problem solver

November 2, 2015

I have worked with Lisa Long at the Shenandoah County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office for over three years and can attest that her attention to detail, contacts within multiple court systems, and genuine desire to help and serve the residents of our county will make her an excellent clerk of court for Shenandoah County.