Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Public urged to attend community meeting

February 8, 2016

In August, the Shenandoah County School Board and school division staff began the public and transparent process of taking steps to identify short term solutions aimed at alleviating the overcrowded conditions that exist at W.W. Robinson and Sandy Hook Elementary schools. Options were reviewed by community stakeholders. Residents, students, and school division employees shared their thoughts on the options that were developed before the School Board received a recommendation and then ultimately made a decision on the best course of action.

Letter to the Editor: Policy changes send negative message to staff

February 6, 2016

As a former Shenandoah County Public Schools teacher and coach, I am concerned by events that have occurred with the Strasburg High School boys’ basketball program. While I am alarmed by the serious and appalling allegations and rumors, I am also concerned about the rush to judgment, attention-grabbing headlines, and guilty until proven innocent mentality our society tends to operate by.

Connie Schultz: Don’t lecture this progressive


February 4, 2016

Have I mentioned lately how much I’m enjoying the lectures from self-avowed liberals who insist my respect for Hillary Clinton is proof that I am not a “real progressive”?

Letter to the Editor: Quick to point a finger

January 28, 2016

News about tainted water in Flint, Michigan, kindled Hillary Clinton’s outrage, prompting her immediate response for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. Her angry statement in that gruff and self-righteous tone that angers the average soul paints Snyder as one who doesn’t care about the citizens of Flint, most of whom, according to Clinton, are black and low income.

Letter to the Editor: Lawmakers urged to fund clean water program

January 21, 2016

Thanks for the excellent, in-depth Jan. 15 story by Alex Bridges reporting on the estimated $2.5-$3 million backlog in agricultural conservation projects carried by the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District. In fact, we were swamped by the understandable rush of area farmers to sign up for cost-free livestock stream exclusion programs funded 100 percent by the commonwealth. As one may expect, the project backlog is statewide; Virginia’s 46 other conservation districts are similarly swamped, to the tune of $83 million!

Letter to the Editor: Act would open door to discrimination

January 19, 2016

Oh boy! Todd Gilbert is at it again. He has filed the Government Nondiscrimination Act, which, if it passes, will give those who believe that “marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman” the freedom to discriminate wherever they want to without any government entity discriminating against them for their discriminatory behavior based on their discriminatory religious belief.

Letter to the Editor: Gun control statements need to be challenged

January 15, 2016

It’s probably futile, and perhaps even dangerous, to write about the Second Amendment, gun control, etc. Most people’s minds are made up. And some gun advocates and their organizations are threatening and bullying. But some statements on the subject — even by presidential candidates — are so mindless and wrong that they cannot stand unchallenged.

Letter to the Editor: The Great Credit Collapse is coming

January 14, 2016

It’s coming! The Great Collapse. It will be greater than all that came before it. Greater than the stock market crash, greater than the housing market collapse, greater than the auto industry bailout, greater than AIG.

Letter to the Editor: What’s more important – cellphone or child?

January 5, 2016

I was in Winchester the day before Christmas. Coming out of a grocery store I saw a young woman walking along with her cellphone in her ear. Her little daughter, maybe 3 or 4 years old, was running ahead of her. She called out to the child about being careful.

Letter to the Editor: Transfer fifth graders to local middle schools

January 2, 2016

I am in favor of changing some boundary lines for some of our Shenandoah County students. Before new division lines are drawn up, I believe another option should be considered. When our middle schools were built, I believe the “powers that be” planned to house fifth through eighth graders in middle schools. Later, probably “new powers that be” were elected and they decided that “little Johnny” or “little Mary,” going into the fifth grade, were just young to be schooled with sixth through eighth graders so fifth graders were left behind at elementaries for an extra year. This decision started overcrowding at elementaries.