Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Trump’s budget cuts national priorities

Editor: Rather than making America great again or placing America first, the president's first budget reads like a race to the bottom. Great countries invest in research.  They lead in diplomacy.  They take care of the elderly.  They have clean water and air.  They fund the arts.  They ...

Letter to the Editor: Have patience, give Trump time

Editor: Is anyone else tired of reading negative article after article concerning our "newly" elected president? Whatever became of the axiom we were taught in church and school to exercise patience and let a person settle in with his new responsibilities, or was that term meant for ...

Letter to the Editor: Don’t cut Meals on Wheels funding

Editor: I would encourage your readers to ask legislators not to cut funding to home-bound meals. This service brings a hot meal to our senior citizens in the valley. The large majority of the recipients are 85- to 95-year-old women who live alone. Without Meals on Wheels, they have ...

Letter to the Editor: Commentary mispresented PASS

Editor: I'm writing in response to Mr. Massoud's commentary on March 22 that implied Parents' Alliance for Strong Schools (PASS) is the driving force of a new organization in Shenandoah County called Responsible Leadership for Shenandoah County (RLSC), which is pursuing the addition of a ...

Letter to the Editor: We need to protect endangered species

Editor:  Recognizing that extinction is irreversible the United States paved the way for protection of endangered species. With the Endangered Species Act of 1973 some of the most effective regulations were set in motion. Today, decades later, nearly all of the protected species ...

Letter to the Editor: Few talk at Goodlatte telephone meetings

Editor: Telephone "conferences" are Congressman Goodlatte's preferred mode of answering constituent questions. His polite young aides who record questions at Samuel's Library on Wednesdays are not empowered to answer questions. Mr. Goodlatte hasn't had a physical town meeting since 2013 - ...

Letter to the Editor: President should apologize to Merkel

Editor: I write this demand for an apology for the all friends and relatives that I have on six continents and for the friend who flies to the seventh continent on a regular basis. I write this demand for an apology for my German daughter and son and my little German granddaughter. I write ...

Letter to the Editor: Navy bribery scandal no surprise

  Editor: That story of the Navy bribery scandal saddened me, but the story did not surprise me. My Dad said they used to have signs in store windows that read, “No dogs or sailors allowed.” If we get a bum rap we only have ourselves to blame. Gerry Kona, Front Royal

Letter to the Editor: Group trying to inhibit woman’s right

Editor: I am writing to you in response to the article published on Jan. 13 titled "Anti-abortion group wants day of mourning," written by Dai Ja'Norman. The article explains the idea of the "Day of Tears," a day to recognize all the terminated pregnancies as "innocents who have lost ...

Letter to the Editor: Drain health insurance swamp

Editor: We will never bring competition into the health insurance market until we end the unhealthy relationship between insurance companies, health care providers, and the IRS. We all buy auto, life, home and business insurance under individual policies. The insurance companies pool the ...

Letter to the Editor: CIP funding has not kept pace with school needs

Editor: In her Letter to the Editor dated March 15, Supervisor Cindy Bailey provides her recollection of annual funding for the Shenandoah County Public Schools. Funding has been anything but a “blank check” since the appropriation to schools has not met operational or capital needs. ...

Letter to the Editor: FFA leader offers report on her year

Editor: There are many people in our community who are tied to agricultural education and/or the FFA. I am thankful for every one of them. Here's an update on my year of service. National FFA Week was Feb. 18-25. As a Strasburg High School graduate and FFA alumnus, I reminisce on the ...

Letter to the Editor: Board separated budgets in 2013

Editor: The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors allocates money to the School Board.  The School Board spends this money using its own set of priorities.  I refer to the Northern Virginia Daily's own reporting.  The article, titled "Shenandoah County: School board presents ...

Letter to the Editor: Goodlatte needs to meet with citizens

Editor: Bob Goodlatte robo-called me at 7:50 p.m. March 7 to say he was conducting a telephone town hall meeting at that time.It is highly insulting to his constituents that he not only fails to meet with us face to face but that he "invites" us to his telephone calls while they are in ...

Letter to the Editor: Bill would get rid of group suits

Editor: Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 would "keep baseless class action suits away from innocent parties," according to U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte. Funnny that the courts already have a way of certifying class action suits that accomplishes just that goal.  Yet, what this ...

Letter to the Editor: GOP health plan will make things worse

Editor: The health care legislation being proposed by the Republicans won't address the health care needs of Americans, but will only make things worse. This is because it puts the interests of the insurance, pharmaceutical, and hospital corporations ahead of the welfare of ...

Letter to the Editor: We must protect democracy, freedom

Editor: I read with interest "The End of Reaganism" by Rich Lowry in your March 4 issue. I suspect that Ronald Reagan would be advocating some of the new ideas. I think The Great Communicator understood people and ideas and would recognize there is a new world out there. It is the ...

Letter to the Editor: Raise taxes to support schools

Editor: For all of those who oppose a tax increase to fully fund the Shenandoah County school budget I have a question to ask. Do you know what education looks like today? Children go to school so that one day they will have the proper skills to contribute to the success of our society. ...

Letter to the Editor: Why don’t we all have same health plan?

Editor: I have just finished reading what I could find on the Republican Party's new health plan.  Luck is on my side as I do not have to use it. It appears to be a very complicated plan, and could be quite expensive. I will keep this letter very short. I have an excellent health plan, ...

Letter to the Editor: Supervisors underfunded CIP budget

Editor: "A lie told often enough becomes the truth," said Vladimir Lenin, who said and did a lot of reprehensible things.  It isn't true, but unchallenged misrepresentations can become widely believed.  Such a misrepresentation was contained in Cindy Bailey's March 3 letter - in fact, it ...