Letters to the Editor

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?

Letter to the Editor: Is Clinton the right choice?

September 23, 2016

According to statements made by Hillary Clinton at a fundraiser in New York, you could put half of Trump’a supporters in a basket of deplorables. Synonyms for that last word include disgraceful, shameful and wretched, among many others. She continued to lambast those supporters as racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic and, as she said, “You name it.”

Letter to the Editor: Kudos to the arts council

September 22, 2016

We want to thank Kym Crump, the executive director of Front Royal’s Blue Ridge Arts Council, for her help and expertise in partnering with us in Celebrating Patricia Windrow Day, 2016, and extend our thanks to the board and membership of the arts council as well.

Letter to the Editor: How can veterans vote for candidate?

September 19, 2016

This region has a long history of supporting our military, going back to the French and Indian War. Veterans service organizations all strongly support our community in countless ways, which is why I am confused when I hear a veteran say he supports a candidate for president who has a horrible record of involvement with the military.

Letter to the Editor: Respect for the flag

September 13, 2016

So letter writer Roger Goodell believes in respect for the flag. If he is so concerned, why does he not demand that every sporting venue in the country stop people from walking to and from their seats, buying and drinking beverages during the National Anthem?

Letter to the Editor: Jake brake a devilish device

September 9, 2016

Doubtless one of the most insidious ideas hatched by the mind of humanity is the jake brake, second only to the Christian doctrine of the atonement. If you are not familiar with the former devilish device, it is an addition to a semi/tractor-trailer truck meant to slow the vehicle down on steep grades without taxing the “normal” brakes. It makes the truck sound like a bull elephant in heat with a bad case of flatulence, charging the gates of hell.

Letter to the Editor: Who OK’d the betting?

September 9, 2016

I want to ask a question. How did pari-mutual betting at the Shenandoah County Fair track get approval without any public discussion as to whether this would be in keeping with community standards?