Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Look to action, not just words

Editor: Unlike most candidates for statewide office, I have known Jill Vogel, who is running for lieutenant governor, personally for many years. Her family is from the Shenandoah Valley and runs a successful local business. During a summer break in college, I interned in Jill's law firm. I ...

Letter to the Editor: Good schools attract business

Editor: One of the most important tasks of a region is to provide its citizens with a workable, comprehensive, public school system. Good schools build upon the gifts and talents of students to prepare them to be contributing members of a community. Good schools attract business and industry ...

Letter to the Editor: Shenandoah County needs fresh ideas

Editor, District 5 Supervisor Marsha Shruntz has only been on the Board of Supervisors a short time, less than four years. She has battled many times with the board's "old school" mentality of spend, spend, spend. This spend, spend, spend attitude shows no concern that the average taxpayer ...

Letter to the Editor: Consider options carefully for board seats

Editor: As a parent of two school-aged children and a concerned taxpayer, I would ask the residents of Districts 1, 4 and 5 to carefully consider your options for Board of Supervisor this year. I feel that Ms. Kwiatkowski, Bailey and Shruntz will look out for the fiscal well-being of the ...

Letter to the Editor: We’re not better off now than

Editor: Four years ago, I was the Republican nominee to represent Shenandoah County's 4th District on the Board of Supervisors. I was defeated in the general election, as Cindy Bailey received a plurality of votes in a three-way race.  It is the duty of all candidates to accept the will of ...

Letter to the Editor: My vote will be based on facts

Editor: Pushed on voters as if it were fact, Ms. Bailey’s advertisements and mailers have told us what Mr. Roulston will and won’t be voting for if elected. The unsubstantiated claim that Mr. Roulston is nothing more than just another “good ole boy” seems to be the only argument with ...

Letter to the Editor: Board deadlocked too many times

Editor: "The future depends on what we do in the present."- Gandhi. November 7  we will be making an important decision about the future of Shenandoah County. We are at a juncture where our needs are increasing but the means to get them done are decreasing. Over the past three years our ...

Letter to the Editor: When will someone say ‘enough’?

Editor: George Washington's church, Christ Church in Alexandria, has decided that a plaque honoring the president marking the pew where he sat must be removed because it makes some people feel unwelcome or unsafe. A plaque makes people feel unsafe and unwelcome? You think, this is what it's ...

Letter to the Editor: Stand against hate, division by voting

Editor: I'm the father of twin sons who have seriously disabling autism. Caring for special needs individuals makes me take very personally issues of health care and the role of public services. I trust Dr. Ralph Northam to look out for the health needs of all Virginians. I'm also convinced of ...

Letter to the Editor: Candidate has much to offer

Editor: There are three candidates seeking election to the School Board in District 5.  While they all seem to be genuinely interested in what is best for the students of Shenandoah County, I feel that there are several things that set Chris Boies apart from the others as the best ...

Letter to the Editor: Ad misrepresents the facts

Editor: The television ad sponsored by Ed Gillespie says Democrat Ralph Northam was the deciding vote in favor of sanctuary cities that let dangerous illegal immigrants back on the streets. When I saw the ad and the "tweet" by President Donald Trump, I decided to investigate the ...

Letter to the Editor: Think of schools when voting

Editor: As a parent of children in Shenandoah County Public Schools, I am naturally concerned about what the loss of accreditation for two county schools means for education in this county. As a Realtor, I am also concerned about what this means for property values in this county, and for the ...

Letter to the Editor: We need change on Board of Supervisors

Editor: Voters have a clear choice this election in so many races around the state. None of these races are more important than Shenandoah County District 1 supervisor. Karen Kwiatkowski is running on a platform of bringing economic development to Shenandoah County. Karen is ...

Letter to the Editor: Natural resources are in danger

Editor: The Shenandoah Valley is, in my humble opinion, the best place to live in Virginia. We are surrounded by some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes, it has miles of publicly accessible fishing, kayaking, tubing, and swimming waters and thousands of acres of public lands for ...

Letter to the editor: County needs strong leadership

Editor: I do not claim a party affiliation. I vote for who will do what is in the interest of the county as a whole. After viewing the painful video of the forum, the choice is clear. Only one candidate expressed vision or direction for the county. That man was Dennis Morris. Yes, the same man ...

Letter to the Editor: Think about health care when voting

Editor: We have a responsibility to help protect our friends and neighbors, and the upcoming election gives us an excellent opportunity. Many of us rely on the exchanges provided by the Affordable Care Act for our health care. Now President Trump is attempting to undermine us by cutting off ...

Letter to the Editor: A need for exceptional leadership

Editor: On Nov. 7 we will exercise the obligation of citizenship and vote. We will be electing among other positions, members of the county Board of Supervisors. Now is the time for us to select the best possible leadership team for our county. My 36-year career in the Army, including three ...

Letter to the Editor: Public schools are not free

Editor: Three months ago my family and I moved from Woodstock to Florida. During our house hunt we told our Realtor, "we only want to look at houses that have A-rated schools." Currently, Shenandoah County does not have A-rated Schools and to go a step further there are two schools that that ...

Letter to the Editor: Forums sponsors offer thanks

Editor: On behalf of the sponsors of the 2017 Shenandoah County Candidate Forums, we thank the candidates, moderators, volunteers and the voting public for participating. Thank you to the following candidates who took time out of their busy schedules to participate: District 1: Board of ...

Letter to the Editor: Decisions can’t be made with blinders on

Editor: I was born and raised Shenandoah County. I attended Central High School, and went on to study at Virginia Tech. I was very proud of where and how I grew up. After college, I was able to work for a company based in Rockingham County and had responsibilities in Shenandoah as well - I was ...