Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Let’s not repeat past mistakes

Editor: Fifteen years ago we invaded Afghanistan to punish those involved in the Sept. 11, 2001 disaster. We are still there. Our nation's greatest wealth is in its youth, and their continued sacrifice of time and lives is disgraceful and disrespectful. As Napoleon discovered at Moscow, ...

Letter to the Editor: Shenandoah County deputies need raise

Editor: Where is the outrage and concern among Shenandoah County residents? Outrage that our deputies have not had a salary raise in several years and concern that Sheriff Carter has difficulty retaining a deputy staff for this reason. The Sheriff's Office spends a considerable amount of time ...

Letter to the Editor: Time to remember the war honestly

Editor: On Monday, the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation issued a statement that closed: "As an organization established to protect and promote our nation's Civil War history, we do not support the recent removal of Civil War-related monuments across the nation...But there is no place ...

Letter to the Editor: Going for broke

Editor: Desperate attempts by the Trump resistance to deny him the political pledge for which he was elected should be a wake up call for American voters. The electorate has spoken and elections do have consequences but it seems that the progressive psyche, unable to swallow a post-Obama ...

Letter to the Editor: A horrendous way to die

Editor: This letter is in memory of the tiny kittens that never had a chance to feel the sunshine or watch a butterfly because some ignorant, cruel person put them in a trash bag, tied it tight and threw them in the dumpster out on Route 623. They cried but by the time they were dug out they ...

Letter to the Editor: Is the Strasburg water tower next?

Editor: I talked to an old woman and would like to share her words about Strasburg, her hometown, a historical place to live and the one thing that never changes, the big blue water tower. This isn’t about the old woman, it's about her hometown. She always knew she was close to home when ...

Letter to the Editor: How will plant keep Strasburg quaint?

Editor: I am writing in response to the announcement of the asphalt plant that wants to build in Strasburg's industrial park near surrounding neighborhoods. There are many reasons why we do not want a toxic plant near our homes, but one thing I want to inform people who have not gone to the ...

Letter to the Editor: ‘It’s time for a change’

Editor: Stephen Nash hit a home run with his commentary in the June 8 edition. Bravo! Years ago, when I was able to check having a portion of my federal tax return put into a campaign finance fund I was happy to do so. Then later I learned that Mr. Obama decided to not accept such funds ...

Letter to the Editor: Plant would affect quality of life

Editor: I am writing in regards to the asphalt plant that wants to move to the industrial park in Strasburg. First, I wouldn't call this type plant "limited industry," as specified as a prerequisite for this park, according to a memorandum sent out by the town manager on June 1. Let me be ...

Letter to the Editor: New budget harsh blow to seniors, kids

Editor: The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "compromise" as the "settlement of difference by consent reached by mutual concessions." "Supervisor says budget reflects compromise" published on May 24 is an obvious attempt to buffer the public perception of those who prioritize personal ...

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 ...