Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: No probe is necessary

Editor: I read in this morning's paper that Congress is planning a probe into why the president fired the FBI chief. Being a conscientious citizen, I am here to help – thus saving the government millions that can be put to use, say, for people in our country who are hurting, i.e., our ...

Letter to the Editor: Hospitals celebrates EMS responders

Editor: Valley Health joins the rest of our country during the week of May 21 – 27 in celebrating the men and women who make up our network of emergency medical services. National EMS Week presents the perfect opportunity for the medical community and area residents alike to express their ...

Letter to the Editor: Is Goodlatte afraid to appear in public?

Editor: It is ingenuous of Cong. Bob Goodlatte to claim he doesn't hold town halls for fear of "disruptions." He hasn't held a town hall since 2013; what disruptions has he gone in fear of since then? The fact is, he is afraid of being called to account for the sorry job he is doing on ...

Letter to the Editor: GOP should demand Trump’s resignation

Editor: I join most mental health experts in questioning whether Donald Trump is mentally stable. He cannot control his temper, he lashes out at everyone including his own employees, and he has the temperament of a 12-year-old boy – with my apologies to all 12-year-old boys. Recently he ...

Letter to the Editor: Choice of Mayfest musical disrespectful to family

Editor: I was disappointed that Strasburg High School chose a “Murder in Our Town” for the 35th annual Mayfest. The reason for this is because my daughter was murdered in the town of Strasburg 19 years ago. It is hurtful to me and my family that the town would choose a musical with ...

Letter to the Editor: Strasburg needs new businesses

Editor: In response to the negative criticism about the proposed asphalt plant wishing to locate near our town I wish to throw my two cents in. I firmly believe the following are facts. Visit the asphalt plant near the lime plant in Oranda. You smell no odor, hear no noise or see large ...

Letter to the Editor: Statues removed for good reason

Editor: Bill Wine's recent letter to the editor motivates me to reply. His comment about the removal of confederate statues being  a "smear campaign against leaders of America's past in an effort to somehow mitigate injustices from the past" is laughable.  That is not what is going ...

Letter to the Editor: Support your local libraries

Editor: I just want to formally send appreciation to the Shenandoah County Library System. I have lived in Edinburg for four years now and I want to encourage anyone who has not visited our local libraries, to do so.  They have an amazing collection of books, CDs, DVDs, art, local ...

Letter to the Editor: Lawmaker ignoring his constituents

Editor: Do you know what happens when you call Congressman Bob Goodlatte's office to give your opinion on an issue or pending legislation?  Most likely, the answer is nothing. According to Goodlatte's office staff  "the congressman is very busy." Because of his work load, and because his ...

Letter to the Editor: Beware of road to impeachment

Editor: Kudos to Andy Schmookler for his commentary on April 22.  I don't believe he'll get any response from Congressman Goodlatte, who seems to have a severe allergy to dealing with the public. I must remind Mr. Schmookler, however, to beware the road to impeachment:  the succession ...

Letter to the Editor: Deny asphalt company’s request

Editor: When the new industrial park in Strasburg was proposed, it was presented as light industrial. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary online defines light industry as "Production of small goods that will be sold to the people who use them rather than to another manufacturer." The Online ...

Letter to the Editor: Send Bob Goodlatte the bill

Editor: Bob Goodlatte just voted for the new American Health Care Act bill. Whether this bill becomes law or not is a moot point now. Mr. Goodlatte's affirmative vote will stand for all time as a testament to what he represents. If you have a preexisting disease or "condition," you should ...

Letter to the Editor: Government working for the wealthy

Editor: Many of those who voted for Donald Trump are understandably beginning to question the wisdom of their vote. Trump repeatedly pledged to address the needs of Americans who rightly feel they have been left out of the prosperity enjoyed by many.  He promised "terrific, ...

Letter to the Editor: Take look at motive behind ‘cleansing’

Editor: Recently in New Orleans, Louisiana, several Confederate monuments were removed from a downtown park. In nearby Charlottesville, a statue of Robert E. Lee is threatened by removal by the City Council, and if moved, would be in violation of Virginia law. My thoughts are that this is ...

Letter to the Editor: Kudos to all involved in play

Editor: Congratulations go to teacher Rich Follett, cast and crew at Skyline High School for their production of "Dark of the Moon." Thank you for your time, dedication and sharing of your talent for an awesome performance.  Keep up the good work! Jerri Ridgway, Front Royal

Letter to the Editor: The insurance companies need customers

Editor: We have three players in the health care problem:  the patient, the care providers and the bill-payer (us, the state, and the insurance companies).  We keep shoving this little ball around, trying to figure out the best combination of who pays how much.  Remember, it's your money ...

Letter to the Editor: We must speak out against threats

Editor: I must say that I give Leroy Donald high marks for consistency in his lemming-like support of presidents who show no compunction in resorting to egregious lies in order to pursue their respective agendas. As one of those “mad liberals,” I support Mr. Donald’s right to voice his ...

Letter to the Editor: Kudos to those who helped at auction

Editor: The North Shenandoah Ruritan Club held its "Spring Auction" on April 22. It was a tremendous success due to the support of the local community. The club members would like to thank the citizens and businesses of Lebanon Church, Strasburg, Woodstock, Front Royal, Middletown, ...

Letter to the Editor: Obama spent $100 million on travel

Editor: This is in response to Jack Rickel's Letter to the Editor on April 17. Where in the world have you been for the past eight years? The watchdog group, Judicial Watch, received the following information through two separate Freedom of Information Act requests:  according to ...

Letter to the Editor: Teen actors, teacher deliver awesome performances

Editor: It happened in a local school gymnasium. The floor was covered with a plastic tarp anchored with duck tape. Bleacher seating was available, and rows of old metal folding chairs in disrepair provided additional seating. Table lamps on the floor gave light to the walls when the ...