Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Let’s be grateful for those wanting to help

April 20, 2017

In John Massoud’s letter to the editor of April 17, he takes issue with a local businesswoman who spoke at the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors in support of the higher real estate tax rates in order to fund our schools. I attended that meeting, and heard her explain that the tax would hit her pretty hard, as she has a lot of her savings invested in real estate, but that she was willing to make the sacrifice in order to invest in our future.

Letter to the Editor: Higher taxes affect those who can’t pay

April 17, 2017

At the most recent tax night public hearing a young businesswoman from North Shenandoah County talked about the need for raising her taxes. In her speech and in an email to each of the six Shenandoah County supervisors, this young businesswoman talked about how she owned multiple houses and how she owned a lot of property with a combined worth of over $1 million and therefore she could easily afford to pay more in taxes.

Letter to the Editor: Trump raising debt by flying at taxpayer expense

April 17, 2017

On April 12, the morning news stated that the national debt is increasing out of control. One of the reasons for this is the enormous amount of money President Trump is spending flying Air Force One all over the country to keep in contact with his personal needs. This is the most expensive airline travel in the world.

Letter to the Editor: Trump, Putin have betrayed voters

April 13, 2017

As leaders, Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have an awesome responsibility. It’s past time for an assessment of their ability to lead. Let’s get them outside of their selves and take a look.

Letter to the Editor: Russia extends influence southward

April 12, 2017

We should force Russia to close its naval part in Syria. My history of western civilization professor was adamant that Russia from time out of mind wanted to extend her influence southward. Now she’s done it and we are witnessing the tragic results.

Letter to the Editor: Time to reflect on services school libraries provide

April 12, 2017

“So, you want to check out books?” my students asked, eyes wide and mouths gaping
one morning when I explained to them that I, too, had homework to complete that weekend,
albeit for a degree in library science as opposed to English 9. I could’ve sighed, rolled my eyes
and moved on, but instead our class discussed where libraries fit into the fabric of our school

Letter to the Editor: Where is our county going?

April 11, 2017

We are in a downward spiral, putting life safety of our residents and education of our youth in jeopardy! We must act proactively for Shenandoah County to become a welcoming, progressive location for businesses and residents. Proactive growth that complements our beautiful agriculture foundation will help grow the tax base and pay for needed services.

Letter to the Editor: What else will McConnell do?

April 8, 2017

Over a year ago U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell decided he did not want President Obama to appoint Merrick Garland (or any other person) to the U.S. Supreme Court. So McConnell refused to hold any hearings on that appointment.That was being “senatorial.” In my opinion it was racist and nothing more.