Opinion

Bonner Day: Christian faith defines people in the valley

Guest Columns

People in the Shenandoah Valley have stronger Christian ties than in the state as a whole, and certainly more than in the nation. The official census figures indicate that and living in the valley confirms it. As it does today and historically, this religious background helps to define the ...

George Bowers Sr.: Snakes in the leaves

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Imagine my alarm as my 12-year-old son exclaimed, “Hey Dad, what kind of snake is this?” Those are the words that will immediately command every father’s full attention, especially when his 9-year-old daughter is close behind that son. About a dozen years ago, the three of us were ...

Robert B. Reich: An impertinent guide to the conventions

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  I'll save you the guesswork. On July 21, Donald Trump will become the Republican nominee for president of the United States. On July 28, Hillary Clinton will become the Democratic nominee. Trump's pending coronation won't please elected Republicans who put the nation's welfare ...

Peter Brookes: Iran may be violating spirit of nuke accord

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  The controversial Iran nuclear deal is developing cracks. Just a year after the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (aka the Iran nuclear deal) between Iran and six world powers (the United States, France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany) comes news of ...

James Pinsky: Want conservation? Show us the money

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If you want to make the world a better place it takes more than heart, it takes cold, hard cash. Since July 1, the Lord Fairfax Soil and Water Conservation District has plenty of both. “The state legislature allocated a record amount of money to the cost-share program statewide in this ...

Froma Harrop: Attack on Dallas police was terrorism

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  The gunning down of five cops in Dallas was terrorism, pure and simple. The lunatic who did it framed his rampage as retaliation for police shootings of African-Americans. But these were not two sides of the same coin. They were different coins altogether. The early evidence ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Police are not the problem, we are

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    This is not about the police. At least, not solely. Granted, the police are the reason we are heartbroken today, the reason cable news networks are assembling panels to talk about black and blue, the fraught intersection between African Americans and the law. Last ...

Letter to the Editor: Trump is for our country

Letters to the Editor

Editor: Leonard Pitts Jr. has been running Donald Trump down in every story he writes in the paper. Now he is calling Trump Hitler. No, he is not a Hitler. Trump is for our country and he is the person who can give our country back to us and put our flags back up where they ...

Kathleen Parker: America’s killing fields

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WASHINGTON -- Horror. Shock. Disbelief. Numbness. Grief. Anger. And terrible sadness. These fractured thoughts were all I could muster upon waking Friday to news of the ambush on Dallas police. They were still fresh in my mind from the night before when I'd turned in early, exhausted by the ...

Rich Lowry: Obama’s police distortions

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President Barack Obama is a lawyer, not a statistician, and it shows. After the controversial officer-involved shootings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Falcon Heights, Minnesota, Obama unloosed a series of statistics in his remarks in Warsaw, Poland, to show "racial disparities that exist in ...

Mark Shields: The campaign post Comey

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Even though Democrat Hillary Clinton continues to lead Republican Donald Trump in nearly all major public polls, the answer to one question in the most recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll had to trigger panic attacks throughout the entire Clinton campaign. Respondents were asked whether ...

Robert B. Reich: The huckster populist

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  The tectonic plates of American politics are no longer moving along the old fault lines of "left vs. right" or even Democrat versus Republican. As we've seen this bizarre political year, the biggest force welling up is rage against insider elites in both parties and against the ...

Gerald Almy: Three tactics for summer bass

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Easing up to the thin-water flat on central Virginia’s Lake Anna, we arched out casts with our topwater lures and began slow, rhythmic retrieves. My partner drew action first with a boiling strike. Then two casts later my lure was inhaled by a scrappy, actively-feeding bass. Before the flurry ...

Tom Crosby: 2017 Audi A4 makeover adds top safety aids

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The Audi A4 sport sedan becomes a top model of safety technology for 2017 as part of a complete makeover that leaves the outside profile relatively unchanged but adds power under the hood and intuitive technology integration. The Audi A4 has been the German company’s bestseller for four ...

Tom Crosby: 2016 Toyota Avalon continues as flagship sedan

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Avalon is Toyota’s flagship sedan and while it hasn’t changed significantly since a 2013 major overhaul, it still remains a comfortable full-size sedan with smooth acceleration and an elegant looking cabin. For those addicted to the Japanese automaker, the Avalon is often compared with ...

Lawrence Kudlow: Magna Carta 2.0: Good for freedom, growth

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  The original Magna Carta was a charter agreed upon by King John of England in 1215. Its 801st anniversary just passed. So no, I wasn't there. But that charter has become part of an important, iconic and political myth that the deal between an unpopular king and rebellious barons ...

George F. Will: Is anemic growth the new normal?

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  ST. LOUIS -- America's economy has now slouched into the eighth year of a recovery that demonstrates how much we have defined recovery down. The idea that essentially zero interest rates are, after seven and a half years, stimulating the economy "strains credulity," says James ...

Andy Schmookler: The “right-to-work” con

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When I was involved in electoral politics here in Virginia, I was advised by Democratic politicians to stay away from the issue of “right-to-work” laws. Most Virginians favor those laws, I was told. They think that “right-to-work” is a matter of “liberty,” and no one running for ...

Michael Barone: Clinton’s non-indictment may not help her

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  Unindicted co-conspirator: Technically, the term, made familiar in the Watergate scandals, does not apply to Hillary Clinton, since no one has been or apparently will be indicted in the emails case. But if you read the bulk of FBI Director James Comey's statement, it's plain ...