Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Jan. 17 issue of newspaper is a keeper

January 29th, 2015

I do believe today is a changing day in my life. My usual Saturday routine is to wake up between 7 and 7:30, go to the basement and fill my wood stove, wash my hair, get dressed and then have coffee and read the newspaper. Today, I didn’t wake up until 7:45 and I was out of wood so I decided to have my coffee and read the paper before washing my hair. Now I am sitting at my computer writing this letter before washing my hair.

Letter to the Editor: Republicans need a better role model

January 28th, 2015

President Ronald Reagan was a great communicator, but the Republicans seem to have forgotten that he also raised taxes several times, and that “trickle-down economics” have not worked. President George W. Bush left us with the fairly meaningless phrase “Compassionate conservative” and a can of worms in the Middle East. The Republicans need a new role model.

Letter to the Editor: Peace is possible between Obama, Congress

January 28th, 2015

Word choices — semantics — are significant to me. Like rhetoric, they influence my understanding and opinions. When I hear or read in print the words of journalist and authors or Congress members and President Barack Obama, I pay attention.

Letter to the Editor: Bush: moderate, centrist or conservative?

January 19th, 2015

The following information is from the Jan. 12 edition of The Nation magazine. The final paragraphs of a column by Eric Alterman discuss Jeb Bush’s coverage by The New York Times. If this is what Bush stands for now, it might be interesting to save these paragraphs and see how things and ideas change after he becomes a candidate for president of the United States.

Letter to the Editor: Obama is right about Cuba

January 14th, 2015

President Obama should be commended for his decision to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba. I have disagreed with him on a strong majority of issues, but he is completely right on Cuba. We have had the trade embargo for approximately 54 years, and in that time it has not accomplished any of the objectives that it was supposed to. Due to this outdated policy, the federal government wastes approximately a couple of hundred million dollars a year to enforce the embargo. The restrictions themselves have helped to perpetuate the existence of the Castro regime, as they are able to use the embargo as an excuse for their own economic failures.

Letter to the Editor: Progress made in human rights issues in 2014

January 13th, 2015

The year 2014 saw significant progress in the struggle for human rights in this country. A year ago, gay marriage was legal in 18 states. It is now, despite fierce opposition from religious fundamentalists, legal in 35 states with the expectation that it soon will be legal nationwide.

Letter to the Editor: Comments about Dick Cheney unfair

January 10th, 2015

I’ve read Northern Virginia Daily guest columnist Roger Barbee for so long it’s like I know him. His column is one of the first things I look for in the paper. Agree with him or not, he has been fair. But he let me down in his column, “My wish list for 2015.” Several comments about Dick Cheney were just unfair.

Letter to the Editor: Democratic candidates abandoned Obama

January 10th, 2015

As a disappointed Democrat, I dread the coming Republican majorities in the Senate and the House. I’ve been casting about to place blame for this situation. I’ve found it. It’s the Democratic candidates in last year’s election.

Letter to the Editor: Harrop’s column is right on the mark

January 8th, 2015

I really enjoyed Froma Harrop’s column, “A Magic Kingdom of Dynamic Scoring,” in the Northern Virginia Daily. Thank you for publishing it. If it were not so sad, I would be insulted that the GOP thinks its constituents are stupid enough to accept these shenanigans.

Letter to the Editor: What’s the real reason why Michael Brown is dead?

December 26th, 2014

Discussions tend to be polarizing on the subject of Michael Brown and Ferguson, Missouri, and I suspect my viewpoint won’t help the situation. There is much talk about blacks and their involvement with the police, but I have a question. Why doesn’t anyone discuss the real reason why Brown is dead?

Letter to the Editor: Culture wars are far from over

December 24th, 2014

Michael Barone’’s Dec. 19 column is mystifying. He suggests culture wars won’’t affect the 2016 campaign, thereby ignoring undercurrents in the debate he mentions most: homosexuality and the push by certain advocates to silence all disagreement over that lifestyle choice. The effort, via legislation or fiat, to criminalize the right to free thought among those who prefer a traditional view of marriage and sexuality is already at a boil.

Letter to the Editor: Best wishes to all

December 18th, 2014

Once again the holiday season is upon us. Americans, in this the most religiously diverse country in the world, will celebrate the holiday in accordance with their beliefs, religious or secular. For humanists, with the humanist manifesto as our guide, this is a time for reflection on our commitment to our fellow human beings, a time to reaffirm our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfilment that aspire to the good of humanity.

Letter to the Editor: Let there be peace

December 9th, 2014

Once upon a time in an African nation, the leader of a resistance group was being hunted by the government. So he went into hiding in the wild. After a time, he gave up hope and went to the nearest town.