Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Supervisor elections are important

Editor: The upcoming elections for Shenandoah County Board of Supervisor Districts 1, 4, and 5 are of extreme importance. The outcomes will determine in which direction this county will proceed. A return of Ms. Bailey and Ms. Shruntz to office, in conjunction with the election of Ms. ...

Letter to the Editor: Time for positive change

Editor: In District 4, constituents have repeatedly asked that their elected supervisor do her homework when it comes to making critical funding decisions for our schools - tour all schools and campuses, collaboratively work with the School Board and administration, think strategically to ...

Letter to the Editor: Should Trump be supporting hatred?

Editor: Our president addressed the Family Research Council's "Value Voters Summit." This is a group that has  portrayed LGBT people as sick, vile, incestuous, violent, perverted, and a danger to children and the nation. Most of us by now have a family member or friend who is LGBT or Q. Do ...

Letter to the Editor: Our choices for governor

Editor, I recently watched a commercial for Ed Gillespie featuring the MS13 gang. The imagery and the words "Kill, Rape, Control" create a sense of foreboding and fear. The ad then accuses Ralph Northam of supporting MS13. When challenged, Mr. Gillespie claims he endorses the ad because Lt. ...

Letter to the Editor: Tax cuts would expand American dream in Virginia

Editor: Recently, it seems like the country is on fire – with protests flaring up and partisan bickering injected into almost every federal policy debate. While those issues need to be addressed, Virginians like to keep things simple. All they want is a good home to raise their family, a ...

Letter to the Editor: Schools need support from all

Editor: "I don't have any kids in school. I live on a fixed income. Why should I pay more taxes for schools?" I could echo that sentiment but won't. Here's why I support increased revenue and resources for our local schools. Here's why I encourage improved conditions – emotional, ...

Letter to the Editor: Kudos to Woodstock firefighters

Editor: I would like to express my gratitude for the wonderful visits my grandson Jonah and I have had at the Woodstock Fire Station. We were passing by the station and we were invited to come in and see the trucks. To a 6 year old that invitation is like Christmas! We visited the station on ...

Letter to the Editor: Shame! Shame! Shame!

Editor: Over the weekend, the spoiled boy-child who lives part of the time in the White House used crude and obscene language at a public meeting – a meeting where there were children. This language may be considered acceptable in a men’s club, a bar or locker room – not a public place ...

Letters to the Editor: Cats are not safe outdoors

Editor: The recent case of rabies in a stray cat in Winchester is a reminder about the dangers of free-roaming cats and abandoning cats to fend for themselves ("Two people attacked by rabid cat," Sept. 23 edition). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are ...

Letter to the Editor: We don’t need groundless accusations

Editor: I read with interest, and then with dismay, the article in Wednesday's paper, "Election 2017: Groups host forums - Two candidates to hold own events." I was shocked to read that Cindy Bailey is accusing the five community organizations sponsoring the upcoming candidate forums as ...

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 ...