Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Coming home to roost

Editor: I see from the article in today's Northern Virginia Daily,  "Shenandoah, Frederick, Winchester down to zero ACA insurers," that the efforts of the Republican Party, including our own U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke,  and the current administration, are coming home to roost right ...

Letter to the Editor: Activist used humor to focus on injustice

Editor: Comedian, civil rights and social activist, record-setting collegiate runner and diet guru Dick Gregory, who died Aug. 19, employed humor, non-violent protest, and long-term hunger strikes to awaken America to the realities of social injustice. Gregory was sometimes described as a ...

Letter to the Editor: Thank you for contributions

Editor: Thanks to all the Shenandoah County fairgoers who visited the Dairy Center for ice cream. They contributed $235 to The Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association. ALS is a very terrible disease. It is a death sentence. My niece in Ruthven, Iowa, has had it and is going into her seventh ...

Letter to the Editor: Changes could eliminate holidays

Editor: I have been amused by the sudden “push” to take down statues – the latest is apparently one of Christopher Columbus. If statues are removed, then, I believe, we must eliminate certain holidays from the calendar. Hence, no more Columbus Day. Think of other holidays named in honor ...

Commentary: Founders articulated our American values

Rarely a day passes that I don't hear a journalist, senator, or TV commentator use the phrase "our American values" or "what the American people expect." Hearing little clarification about the values they reference, and deeply troubled by current events, I feel compelled to join in the ...

Letter to Editor: Trump creates more divisions than anyone

Editor: President Trump told the American Legion convention that there was "no division so deep we cannot heal." Yet he himself, through the primary season, through the campaign, and with his throw-red-meat-to-the-mob rallies and his wishy-washy behavior after the domestic terrorist attack in ...

Letter to the Editor: Trump unfit to hold office

Editor: Another day, another glaring example of how unfit our president is to hold the highest office in the land. His rally in Phoenix speaks for itself and is only the latest of a long list of horrors. In just over eight months, he has debased the office of the presidency, perhaps ...

Letter to the Editor: I’m neutral on issue of statues

Editor: Congratulations to Connie Schulz upon reaching the age of 60. I turned 60 last January. Our Princess Anne High School Class of 1975 calls ourselves that strange generation, caught in twilight between the Baby Boomers and the New Wave. I feel caught between the North and South, too. I ...

Letter to the Editor: Our Southern heritage is under fire again

The recent events in Charlottesville have shown once again how our Southern heritage has come under fire and is trying to be destroyed by both the far right and left. First, General Lee would have not stood with either side during this protest, and would have probably ordered all involved ...

Letter to the Editor: Why not call it a terrorist act?

Editor: So … a vehicle plows into a group of people in Barcelona, Spain. Immediately it was named an act of terrorism by the Spanish leadership. It was all over the news in the United States, and U.S. politicians quickly echoed the word – terrorism. So … a vehicle plows into a group of ...

Letter to the Editor: What is the truth?

Editor: The liberal mind never ceases to amaze. We're told we should listen to the truth seekers i.e.; scientists, journalists and academics. Their answer to gun violence is to make all law abiding citizens pay for the crimes that a few commit and ignore statistics from cities that already ...

Letter to the Editor: Sound the sirens

Editor: Well, here is a letter not on or about politics. I don’t understand why the fire sirens no longer sound off for all to hear.  I feel at one time most of the locals counted on them for warnings about approaching storms, tornadoes or fires. For some folks like me – 92 years young ...

Letter to the Editor: Support county’s students, vo-tech

Editor: Recently, a student from Triplett Tech and a Destination Imagination Virginia state winning team from Ashby Lee Elementary School competed at the national level with success.  These representatives of excellence in vocational and technical skills often go unheralded in the Shenandoah ...

Letter to the Editor: What makes violence constitutional?

Editor: From Enlightenment thinking of philosophers such as Descartes, Hume, and Voltaire, our 18th-century American scholars formed ideas of liberty and justice that burned through conventional thinking throughout that century and into the next, and the next. Credit the Declaration of ...

Letter to the Editor: Sight of neo-Nazis at UVA appalling

Editor: I live just outside the town limits of Strasburg.  Although I was born in Memphis, Tennessee, now 70 years ago and grew up in the mid-South, I came to school at the University of Virginia in 1965 over 50 years ago and have lived primarily in the valley of Virginia since 1987, over 30 ...

Letter to the Editor: How does this make America great again?

Editor: What's next? Our president wants to eliminate our right to sue nursing homes for mistreating or sexually abusing our loved ones.  How does this make America great again? The president of the United States wants us to submit to binding arbitration instead. And just who hires the ...

Letter to the Editor: Without civility, things will only get worse

Editor: In response to April Moore’s letter  of July 18, the unlawful acts I referred to in my original letter are a matter of record and were not committed by Republicans. The vileness that is constantly spewed from leaders such as Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi etc. is on the internet ...

Letter to the Editor: Trump should move out of ‘the dump’

Editor: Abraham Lincoln said, "If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem." It is a lesson Donal Trump has not learned. Here is a man who has no respect for the truth. His constant lies make Pinocchio blush. He has no respect for ...

Letter to the Editor: Trump not setting example to youth

Editor: Do you know how many times I have recited the Boy Scout oath or stood among a group of young men reciting this pledge? Every time, it brought tears to my eyes – those powerful words. A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, ...

Letter to the Editor: This is what Democrats stand for

Editor: How can any intelligent person say they don't know what Democrats stand for?  I can tell you right now: 1. We stand for civil dialogue and respect in public discourse. 2. We stand for respecting the rights of men, women, minorities, immigrants and the disabled. 3. We stand for ...