Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Where is delegate when we need him?

Editor: Last week the House of Delegates passed legislation to help more than 40 economically strapped counties and six cities throughout southwestern, southern and central Virginia. The vote was 87 to 12. It was a bipartisan bill and its chief sponsor was Del. Will Morefield, a conservative ...

Letter to the Editor: What can we do to keep kids safe?

Editor: It is scary. And it is becoming more scary. During last semester I was substituting in a classroom at Strasburg High School when a "lock-in drill" was announced. A drill. Only a drill. We made sure the door was locked. We covered the door window as directed. I cut off the lights, ...

Letter to the Editor: Shame on Valley Health

Editor: Valley Health's decision to not have an obstetrics and delivery department in the new hospital was short-sighted, but their new decision to close this department at Warren Memorial Hospital in May is outrageous and reckless beyond words. This decision is totally driven by money, not ...

Letter to the Editor: Guns do kill people

Editor: We've all heard the expression, "Guns don't kill people; people kill people."  Once again, however, we see that it's easier to slaughter the innocents using a semi-automatic rifle than it is to try beating them to death with a stuffed teddy bear! Marilyn Lott, Front Royal

Letter to the Editor: We must remove the blinders

Editor: It should be embarrassing and humbling to us as adults when our youth have to assemble to implore us to protect them from gun violence. One placard a young person carried basically said it all, “Money killed my friends.” It’s as if we have been in a trance for years and have ...

Letter to the Editor: Fight bullets with ballots

Editor: I am a Democrat who has come to believe Donald Trump may indeed make America great again. All indicators point to large voter turnout in the upcoming November elections. Young people especially are voting in higher numbers. This bodes well for our democracy as citizens realize that ...

Letter to the Editor: Don’t spend millions to glorify war

Editor: Today I do not know whether to laugh or cry.  The leading story on the news I watched was that of our commander in chief, Cadet Bone Spurs, wanting a military parade.  I speak from experience, perhaps dated, but I am sure it is the same today –  an enlisted man hates a ...

Letter to the Editor: Military parade is childish

Editor: So the baby boy wants a pretty parade!  Friends, this is so childish!  Ordinance and military weapons are, by definition, ugly.  A parade will not make them any less ugly. The whole world knows we have a huge stockpile of weapons.  Parading them will not change anything – ...

Letter to the Editor: Take a look a district’s spending

Editor: I agree 100 percent that Warren County teachers should be adequately paid. I do not, however, agree with the superintendent's view that the school district has spent money wisely. I suggest he look at the mostly unused fleet of relatively new Chevy Suburban SUVs in the district's bus ...

Letter to the Editor: It’s time to ratify the ERA

Editor: The Federal Equal Rights Amendment is alive and well, and on the cusp of final ratification. In Virginia, our state constitution provides equal rights:  if a woman works as well as a man, she is entitled to comparable legal rights. Yet we do not have a federal Equal Rights ...

Letter to the Editor: GOP places loyalty to party over nation

Editor: In the 1960s and early 70s, I was a committed liberal and opposed FBI and CIA efforts to put an end to Vietnam War protests. Now in my 70s, I remain a committed liberal, but my allegiance to the FBI, the intelligence community and the Justice Department roles in investigating ...

Letter to the Editor: Why is GOP applauding Trump?

Editor: So the child in the White House declares in the sacred State of the Union message that all people deserve respect. Well, I'll be. I am shocked that such words could come out of his mouth without a thunder bolt blasting him from the chamber because he's a man who shows little to no ...

Letter to the Editor: Demand that Medicaid be extended

Editor: Virginia is one of 18 states that has chosen not to expand Medicaid. Because of this partisan decision, Virginia has forfeited $4.6 million a day, or $2.6 billion per year, in federal funds. Keeping that much money in our state should be an issue everyone in Richmond can agree ...

Letter to the Editor: Anyone can make a difference

Editor: We are two students writing on behalf of the Peter Muhlenberg Middle School Sixth Grade Gifted and Talented Program. We would like to inform the public about the #WeRemember campaign. Our teacher recently showed our class a video about nine women who survived the Holocaust. They spoke ...

Letter to the Editor: A day in life of anti-Trumper

Editor: After more than a year, the constant resistance and uproar from anti-Trump fanatics attempting to destroy his presidency has failed to generate enough political dirt and deceitful spin to change the outcome of his election. Seasoned and politically powerful leaders like Chuck Schumer ...

Letter to the Editor: Permanent therapy cap fix needed

Editor: I hope my Senators Kaine and Warner are listening, as well as Congresswoman Barbara Comstock. We need your help to pass a permanent therapy cap fix. As it stands Congress only approved a $2,000 annual cap on physical therapy care. Unlike years past , Congress did not include the ...

Letter to the Editor: At college, deeply misguided priorities

Editor: Like many Christendom College alumni, I have been disturbed and outraged at the news coming to light recently: multiple women reporting that they were sexually assaulted (some on campus, some off campus, usually by male students) and were met by indifference and callousness by a ...

Letter to the Editor: Congress is enabling a bully

Editor: If I had a son or daughter who suddenly began to call people names because that son/daughter no longer agreed with the other person, I would not stand behind that child with a triumphant smile on my face. No, I am an adult. First, I would chastise the child, explaining that ...

Letter to the Editor: Goodlatte should condemn statement

Editor: It was with great sadness that I read the news coverage of Trump disparaging African and Latin American countries by wondering why we had to accept immigrants from "s---hole countries." Vulgarity aside, his sentiment is the antithesis of the ideals upon which this nation was founded. ...

Letter to the Editor: Stand up and do the right thing

Editor: Tattletail, rat, narc and snitch are some of the names used by guilty people to keep people from coning forward about that they know. Making little children keep quiet by calling them a tattletail starts in kindergarten. This year many women have been coming forward claiming to have ...