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.
Letter to the Editor: Kudos go out to fire, police, rescue, ATF
February 5, 2016
Several months ago, you may recall a fire on Stoney Creek Road that was fatal to the resident.
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”?
Froma Harrop: Another Academy sore point: Beauty wins
February 4, 2016
We are here not to discuss the complex #OscarsSoWhite controversy but to address another sore point with perhaps similar origins: the #OscarsSoGorgeous phenomenon.
Letter to the Editor: GOP wants to change constitution when fewer people going to polls
February 3, 2016
Republican leaders in Richmond want to change the Virginia state constitution, a significant undertaking because we all live under
Letter to the Editor: Why is lawmaker against expanding Medicaid?
January 29, 2016
Expanding Medicaid to Virginia’s poor would create between 27,000 and 49,000 jobs. Todd Gilbert is against that.
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: Kudos to police who continue to work on 42-year-old case
January 18, 2016
I submit the comments below in response to several discrepancies I have noted between two Associated Press articles appearing recently in local newspapers and information from multiple sources available on line.
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: Annual March for Life is Jan. 22
January 12, 2016
January 22 marks the 43rd anniversary of Roe vs. Wade when nine women and men acting like gods on the U.S. Supreme Court declared it was legal to kill an unborn baby — for no reason at all.
Letter to the Editor: What the rules should be
January 7, 2016
I have to wonder how and when the unyielding political correctness twaddle emerged and became a driving force within our freedom-loving culture.
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.
Letter to the Editor: Middletown residents need to attend council meetings
December 31, 2015
We attended the special meeting of the Middletown Town Council on Dec. 21, and beg to differ with Mayor Harbaugh’s statement to a local newspaper that “tonight was a complete theater show.”
Letter to the Editor: Don’t make criminals of law-abiding citizens
December 24, 2015
Mark Herring really wants me to believe that a citizen of one of the 30 states that have reciprocity with Virginia on concealed handgun carry permits is a threat to our safety. Balderdash!
Letter to the Editor: Obamacare not perfect, but it does help people
December 16, 2015
For those whose faith is grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition, this Advent season seeks preparation for the light of peace and good will into a dark and sinful world.