Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Dylan’s selection for prize questioned

October 24, 2016

Earlier in the presidential campaign season, a Donald Trump supporter and decorated military service veteran presented his purple heart to Mr. Trump at a public function. Beaming, the candidate confessed that he had always wanted one. Comedy, perhaps, or maybe characteristic of our age, which accords celebrities honors they do not deserve.

Letter to the Editor: Why doesn’t Bennett visit our area?

October 20, 2016

You can tell a lot about a candidate by looking at their schedule. It’s clear from LuAnn Bennett’s schedule that she does not care much about the west end of the 10th District. She’s basically been missing in action in Frederick and Clarke counties and Winchester.

Letter to Editor: Party was set up to serve our nation

October 7, 2016

On Sept. 23 on your Opinion page, Leroy Donald asked the question, “Is Clinton the right choice?” I was slowly and painfully assembling my best arguments to present to Leroy when your Sept. 24 newspaper arrived and saved me the trouble.

Letter to the Editor: Trump falls short of standards

October 6, 2016

Ed Hiner recently wrote a letter published in the Northern Virginia Daily in response to an earlier piece of mine. In this era of bitter political dialogue I appreciated the civil tone of Mr. Hiner’s letter.

Letter to the Editor: Respect the office of the president

October 1, 2016

“Trump Lashes Out . . .” is the headline in today’s New York Times. Imagine for a moment that he were president and got slighted or bested some how on the international stage by an international leader. Just let that thought linger a moment . . .

Letter to the Editor: Do homework before voting

September 30, 2016

I was blessed to have been raised in a small valley between Little North Mountain and Paddy Mountain, part of the Appalachian Mountain region. I grew up respecting and appreciating Mother Nature and acknowledging the power it holds in providing humans with the resources we need. For centuries, human greed has been at war with nature, and it is no different today in Virginia. Industries near our valley, such as mountaintop removal, hydraulic fracturing, pipeline construction and coal ash pollution, seek to destroy our land and endanger communities in order to gain wealth for a select few.

Letter to the Editor: Reporter wrongly criticized candidate

September 29, 2016

Northern Virginia Daily reporter Joe Beck wrongly criticized Attorney General candidate Chuck Smith’s statement that he entered the U.S. Marine Corps at the “height” of the Vietnam War. In 1970, post-Tet offensive, not only did U.S. forces find themselves in increasingly dangerous and untenable positions in Vietnam, but the war against veterans at home had escalated.

Letter to the Editor: We are all in this together

September 28, 2016

I am concerned about the emotions raised in the presidential election campaign. Many political discussions these days have a tendency to become heated, especially interactions where the parties are not in close contact. Too often Facebook postings and comments become aggressive. There are reports of cars with Hillary bumper stickers being keyed in local counties. Campaign signs disappear. Violence crops up at campaign events.

Letter to the Editor: Are millennials set to surrender to big government?

September 27, 2016

This past primary season, a segment of the millennial generation I reluctantly identify with showed immense support for socialist reform in the United States. They attempted to distinguish themselves from the likes of Cuba, Cambodia, China and the Soviet Union; yet, the contrast between them is murky at best.

Letter to the Editor: Time to give ethanol credit

September 26, 2016

I have been following coverage of the Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision to alter the renewable fuel standard with a reduction to the renewable volume obligation on corn-based ethanol, and as a grain and livestock producer I have a hard time understating why this decision has come about.

Letter to the Editor: Do Donald Trump’s values fit Virginia?

September 24, 2016

Virginians may differ in political leanings but we have strong values that make us proud. Values like caring for and giving to others. Values like civility, peace and non-violence. Values of respect. Religious values. Family values. I’m sure you can think of many more.

Letter to the Editor: Medicaid expansion impacts community

September 24, 2016

I am writing in response to “Council says no to Medicaid expansion” in the Sept. 20 edition of The Northern Virginia Daily. Councilwoman Bébhinn Egger posed a very particular question before adding her vote against the expansion: how could 1,400 residents in Warren County have no insurance?