Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Claims about PETA misleading

Editor: Please allow me to respond to letter-writer Renee Hawkins' misleading claims about PETA. More than 83 percent of PETA's operating expenses in 2016 went directly to our programs fighting animal exploitation. Last year alone, PETA spent more than $1,402,000 to spay and neuter more than ...

Letter to the Editor: Don’t try to fool us again

Editor: Fool Americans once, shame on government, but fool Americans twice, shame on the people! America won't be fooled by trickle-down economics again. Trump's "tax reform" is nothing but a giveaway to the wealthiest Americans and to corporations, and a boot on the backs of the middle and ...

Letter to the Editor: Karma is wonderful

Editor: It was heart warming to see the huge turnout in the statewide elections – especially by women voters. Most women are appalled that we have a suspected sexual assaulter in the White House (I say suspected even though he admitted it on the "Access Hollywood" tape and many ...

Letter to the Editor: Reduction or elimination of COLAs

Editor: As a federal retiree who has served our country for years, I am deeply concerned with a provision in the president's budget that would eliminate cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for current and future federal retirees. I ask that my representative and senators oppose any proposals ...

Letter to the Editor: We who support the president

Editor: I voted for President Trump and I believe he is fighting very hard for the American people to have a better life,  including Republicans, Democrats and independents. He is not a cut and polished politician. He sometimes says things and uses language he shouldn’t when he is talking ...

Letter to the Editor: Look to past for good example

Editor Historians record that shortly after the end of the Civil War, Gen. Robert E. Lee astonished members of his Richmond parish by kneeling beside a former slave at the communion rail. Notwithstanding his personal views on race, Lee recognized the vital importance of reconciling North and ...

Letter to the Editor: Trap-neuter-release program works

Editor: I hesitated to write after reading the letter from Teresa Chagrin on behalf of PETA a few weeks ago regarding a positive rabies case in Winchester. She refers to the trap-neuter-release (TNR) as "cruel and misguided." Knowing the statistics of PETA's "shelter" and reading their ...

Letter to the Editor: Leave monuments, memorials alone

Editor: There are some 80 million descendants of Confederate veterans living today. We are almost all hard-working, tax-paying, law-abiding people happy to be citizens of these great United States of America -- trying our best to make a better future for our children and grandchildren. But we ...

Letter to the Editor: A reflection on RSW’s pay increase

Editor: After I stumbled upon the wonderful article about the Rappahannock-Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail and its increase in pay, I reflected on what I have learned thus far in my education. As a current student, I am in the process of learning about crime and the criminal justice system. ...

Commentary: We need to stop the nightmare

I assume that we all expect the most powerful leader on the planet, our president, to be unquestionably stable.  If a family member were creating and living an alternate reality, I would hope we would react positively and get help.  We must become “parents’ to this man/child whose ...

Letter to the Editor: Freezing development vs. attracting it

Editor In my youth, I would get frustrated and mad when I saw governments doing stupid things.  Now, in my dotage, I just sit back and laugh. My latest chuckle: Shenandoah County has set up an economic development office and hired staff to attract business.  But at the same time, the county ...

Letter to the Editor: Economic development for real life

Editor: According to a recent story, the newly formed Economic Development Council regards polarization on the Board of Supervisors as a major impediment to economic development, along with a vague contention that supervisors are not sufficiently “pro-business.” The EDC has considerable ...

Letter to the Editor: Candidate would bring experience, expertise

Editor: Voters in Shenandoah County's 5th District have some good choices for School Board – Lord Fairfax Community College executive Chris Boies, former teacher and principal Shelby Kline and current bus driver Gene Putkowski. Each would bring some perspective to the School Board, but I ...

Letter to the Editor: Shenandoah County: Forward or backward

Editor: Where are we going? Leadership of "no" will put us in a downward spiral. This affects county residents of all ages, including seniors. All I have heard is cut budgets, but no recommendations of what services to cut? Supervisors need to get in the trenches, see what is going on and ...

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 ...