Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Few talk at Goodlatte telephone meetings

March 23, 2017

Telephone “conferences” are Congressman Goodlatte’s preferred mode of answering constituent questions. His polite young aides who record questions at Samuel’s Library on Wednesdays are not empowered to answer questions. Mr. Goodlatte hasn’t had a physical town meeting since 2013 – he claims they are rowdy and unproductive.

Letter to the Editor: Navy bribery scandal no surprise

March 23, 2017

That story of the Navy bribery scandal saddened me, but the story did not surprise me. My Dad said they used to have signs in store windows that read, “No dogs or sailors allowed.” If we get a bum rap we only have ourselves to blame.

Letter to the Editor: President should apologize to Merkel

March 23, 2017

I write this demand for an apology for the all friends and relatives that I have on six continents and for the friend who flies to the seventh continent on a regular basis. I write this demand for an apology for my German daughter and son and my little German granddaughter. I write to honor my German heritage: my grandparents and great-grandparents and all those familiar German valley names with whom I have some connection.

Letter to the Editor: CIP funding has not kept pace with school needs

March 17, 2017

In her Letter to the Editor dated March 15, Supervisor Cindy Bailey provides her recollection of annual funding for the Shenandoah County Public Schools. Funding has been anything but a “blank check” since the appropriation to schools has not met operational or capital needs. Given insufficient funding, no apology is necessary for having as a priority that our students have licensed, high-quality teachers.

Letter to the Editor: Board separated budgets in 2013

March 15, 2017

The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors allocates money to the School Board. The School Board spends this money using its own set of priorities. I refer to the Northern Virginia Daily’s own reporting. The article, titled “Shenandoah County: School board presents priorities,” dated Oct. 22, 2012, can still be accessed on the Northern Virginia Daily’s website by typing the entire title I just provided.

Letter to the Editor: GOP health plan will make things worse

March 13, 2017

The health care legislation being proposed by the Republicans won’t address the health care needs of Americans, but will only make things worse. This is because it puts the interests of the insurance, pharmaceutical, and hospital corporations ahead of the welfare of Americans.

Letter to the Editor: We must protect democracy, freedom

March 10, 2017

I read with interest “The End of Reaganism” by Rich Lowry in your March 4 issue. I suspect that Ronald Reagan would be advocating some of the new ideas. I think The Great Communicator understood people and ideas and would recognize there is a new world out there.

Letter to the Editor: Supervisors underfunded CIP budget

March 7, 2017

“A lie told often enough becomes the truth,” said Vladimir Lenin, who said and did a lot of reprehensible things. It isn’t true, but unchallenged misrepresentations can become widely believed. Such a misrepresentation was contained in Cindy Bailey’s March 3 letter – in fact, it is fiction that has become an article of faith for Ms. Bailey. In her words: “For years and years the School Board had chosen to mostly ignore the capital improvement portion of its budget, creating a backlog of boiler and roof replacement needs, to name a few.”

Letter to the Editor: Three supervisors need to be replaced

March 7, 2017

Shenandoah County needs representatives on its Board of Supervisors who are respectful, play by the rules and understand legal opinion. I witnessed a stunning display of anti-democratic moves by three supervisors on Feb. 16 who attempted to take over the leadership of the board by ignoring a legal opinion from the county attorney.

Letter to the Editor: Kudos for exquisite photo

March 6, 2017

I would like to commend Northern Virginia Daily reporter Nathan Budryk for his simple but equisite front page image on Feb. 27. This is portraiture at its very best! More than just a “picture,” his composition hit multiple elements, beginning with the use of light on the harsh steel cages, which then drew our eyes to the central subjects of the image as the background of dark walls expressed the unfolding of a painful drama.

Letter to the Editor: Trump won and that is that

March 6, 2017

I watched a TV show recently and as I did a realistic truth came to mind. The show was titled “Freedom Riders American Experience.” It was live footage taken from the 1960s when Dr Martin Luther King Jr. along with both black and white Americans came together to give all people the freedom they deserved. Dr. King did this with non-violence, with love for his fellow man at heart. The show was two hours long and brought back memories of a time when our country was divided, as it is now. I am old enough to remember some of this.