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Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Kavanaugh hearings disappointing

Editor: The circus-like atmosphere of the Kavanaugh hearings has disappointed those of us hoping for a serious evaluation of his sense of justice through a study of the cases he has heard. How does one arrive at justice, anyway? From his 200-year-old vantage point, Sen. John Randolph of ...

Letter to the Editor: We love you, and we will vote

Editor: Dear children: Yes, it’s true. There are people in our country who care more about their “right” to use guns than about your lives. There are people who are more beholden to an organization called the NRA than to your safety in school. Be strong, my dears. There are also many who ...

Commentary: Is it public service or self-service?

Editor: Isn’t it time for us to give serious consideration to term limits for members of Congress and the Supreme Court? And to embrace campaign finance reform? I believe that reform of both systems would give us a healthier democracy – one “of, by, and for the people.” You are doing ...

Letter to the Editor: Respect for our nation

Editor: As we approach the fall season of television exposure of sports events, it is obvious that this is an adventure for more elements of our society to express their displeasure by not honoring our national anthem. This is not a time for discord. We have enough divisive displays of ...

Letter to the Editor: Kavanaugh’s attack on Sen. Klobuchar

Editor: In the past 45 years, I have seen attacks like Judge Kavanaugh made on Sen. Klobuchar many times.  Those are the attacks of persons afraid to deal with their own drinking, who are threatened by others questioning them about their own drinking, or they are threatened by others' ...

Letter to the Editor: October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month

Editor: October is Domestic Abuse Awareness month. In acknowledging this problem, it is important that we understand the different types of abuse, the reasons that it occurs and the impact it has on its victims. Most of us are aware of what is called verbal abuse: malicious insults meant to ...

Letter to the Editor: I am saying goodbye to NFL

Editor: The flag and the anthem stand for our nation. Not a perfect nation or people, but a nation of people that people all over the world want to be a part of. By standing for the flag and anthem, we honor those who paid for and granted us our rights. Please visit the stone garden at ...

Letter to the Editor: The choice in the 6th District race

Editor: Voters who braved the rain had the opportunity to hear Del. Ben Cline and Jennifer Lewis debate in a civil and cogent way their differing visions for the 6th District. Ms. Lewis believes in medical coverage for all; a nationally mandated minimum wage; gun controls; and "women's ...

Letter to the Editor: Where does McConnell get his gall?

Editor: Here we have a clown who refused to allow a hearing for Merrick Garland to be nominated for the Supreme Court, and now he whines about people trying to hold things up so the new charges against Brett Kavanaugh can be heard?  Talk about chutzpah! Had the distinguished senator from ...

Letter to the Editor: Newspapers protect Americans’ rights

Editor: I write to say thank you for your well-written article on Joseph Schad's back-yard fence messages to his fellow Strasburg neighbors. Your article focuses on my twin brother who speaks from his heart and soul. My brother and I ended up following very different lives: he chose to serve ...

Letter to the Editor: Kerry’s book tour least of problems

Editor: So the former United States Secretary of State John Kerry is out on a publicity tour marketing his newly released book, “Every Day is Extra,” and current Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggests that Kerry’s communication with Iran is unprecedented because Iran has been accused of ...

Letter to the Editor: Equal means equal

Editor: We Americans – by an overwhelming 94 percent – support the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution. Eighty percent of us think the Constitution already guarantees women and men equal rights under the law. It doesn’t, at least not yet. Ninety-five years ago, the ERA ...

Letter to the Editor: Hob Nob: personal politics at its best

Editor: Last Friday evening, the Top of Virginia Chamber of Commerce held its 19th Annual Hob Nob. It was a good event attended by about 230 people. The Hob Nob has been a unique political event because it offers a venue where chamber members and their guests can discuss issues one-on-one, ...

Letter to the Editor: Safety a priority at park entrance

Editor: In doing my homework about the proposed road to the entrance of the Seven Bends State Park in Woodstock, I have safety concerns for what is being considered. There are two entrances to the park. One from South Hollingsworth Road and one from Lupton Road in Woodstock. The latest ...

Letter to the Editor: The choice this fall

You may experience déjà vu observing Virginia's 6th District Congressional race. The protege of the politician proposing term limits to gain office originally has relinquished his hold on the seat after 13 consecutive terms. Bob Goodlatte is finally retiring, but the Republican who wants to ...

Letter to the Editor: Keep your word, express gratitude

Editor: Sometime around the first part of June, while having lunch at the Apple House restaurant in Linden, I met a gentleman who had sold dictionaries door to door some years ago. I said I'd love to have one and he offered to give me one. He took my name and address and sure enough, a couple ...

Letter to the Editor: We may need write-in campaign

Editor: Where can one hear simplistic questions,  ambiguous to erroneous answers, and see an event contrary to the Town Charter stating town elections are non-partisan?  Check into the Republican Party interview of Front Royal council candidates. “Shared services” means consolidate town ...

Letter to the Editor: Is column author for real?

Editor: I could not help but comment on Andy Schmookler’s article “Bob Goodlatte, worse than I thought.” Boy, Mr. Schmookler sounded like a “leftist” with his descriptions of Virginia’s Congressman Bob Goodlatte and the Repubican Party. I laughed when I read the Biblical/Christian ...

Letter to the Editor: Regarding the Kavanaugh hearing

Editor: I've been watching Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing.  Since I already know his position on women's rights to reproductive care, I have just one question: where should I send the coat hanger? Marilyn Lott, Front Royal

Letter to the Editor: GOP fair signs show where party stands

Editor: The Shenandoah County Republican booth at this year's county fair was a stark statement of where the local Republican Party leadership stands today. One sign urged "... Walk Away From Hate, Socialism and Violence, especially from Killing Babies and Raping Children!" This sign was ...