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Opinion

Diane Dimond: Who will police the police in the Trump years?

Columnists

With the newly sworn-in president and a change in administrations I'm wondering what will become of the Justice Department's practice of investigating troubled law enforcement agencies. I have a suggestion about how poorly disciplined police departments can be made more responsive. But ...

Jules Witcover: Trump’s inaugural: New tone, same goals

Columnists

  WASHINGTON -- New President Donald Trump adopted a generally more civil and conciliatory tone in his inaugural address while doubling down on his campaign allegation that Washington politicians were out for themselves, a situation he said was going the change fast. For too ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Trump’s ‘running war’ is with the truth

Columnists

  This president lies. Granted, every president tells the occasional politically expedient untruth. But this guy is different. He lies constantly. He lies about relatively unimportant things. He lies when the truth can be easily verified. None of this comes as a surprise, of ...

Letter to Editor: Kudos to chamber of commerce

Letters to the Editor

Editor: I would like to express my appreciation to the Front Royal/ Warren County Chamber of Commerce for their generous donation to the foster care program at Warren County Department of Social Services. For these children – who have already faced many more challenges in life than ...

Letter to the Editor: Flag burning is not free speech

Letters to the Editor

Editor: Disgracing the American flag by burning it, walking on it and refusing to respect it is not freedom of speech. It is more like an act of treason, and very disrespectable to say the least. Those who protest in this manner never stop to think what our flag represents. Thousands of ...

George F. Will: A most dreadful inaugural address

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- Twenty minutes into his presidency, Donald Trump, who is always claiming to have made, or to be about to make, astonishing history, had done so. Living down to expectations, he had delivered the most dreadful inaugural address in history. Kellyanne Conway, Trump's White House ...

Cal Thomas: Rhetoric and reality

Columnists

President Donald Trump's inaugural address may not have risen to the rhetorical level of John F. Kennedy ("The torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans" and "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country"), or Ronald Reagan's critique of government ...

Rich Lowry: Trump’s new culture war

Columnists

The nation's foremost culture warrior is President Donald J. Trump. He wouldn't, at first blush, seem well-suited to the part. Trump once appeared on the cover of Playboy. He has been married three times. He ran beauty pageants and was a frequent guest on the Howard Stern radio show. His ...

Letter to the Editor: Democrats trolling for more votes

Letters to the Editor

​Editor: Recently Virginia Lt. Gov. Northam, a Democrat, came out in favor of giving a temporary driver's license to people who entered this country illegally since these people cannot get a regular driver's license due to their immigration status.   Free licenses for those living in ...

Mark Shields: Opposition’s very wrong first step

Columnists

In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan instructed Haley Barbour -- his White House political director and a future Republican Party chairman and governor -- on building a winning coalition: ''The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally -- not a 20 percent ...

Jonah Goldberg: The science of intellectual tribalism

Columnists

  "David Gelernter, fiercely anti-intellectual computer scientist, is being eyed for Trump's science adviser." -- Washington Post, Jan. 18 Um. Well, huh. For those unfamiliar with David Gelernter, he essentially created parallel computing, which sounds like witchcraft to me, ...

Kathleen Parker: President. Trump.

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- So, that happened. Let us pray. Yes, of course, you can go back to sleep, Mr. Van Winkle, but it won't change the facts. Donald Trump is the president of the United States. The humble, warm and engaging Trump we'd hoped to meet on Inauguration Day failed to make an ...

Robert B. Reich: Trump’s plan to neuter White House press corps

Columnists

  Tyrants don't allow open questioning, and they hate the free press. They want total control. That's why, according to three senior officials on the transition team, the incoming Trump administration is considering evicting the White House press corps from the press room inside ...

Froma Harrop: Boycotts are a form of speech

Columnists

Liberals have organized a campaign to boycott Simon & Schuster over its planned publication of a book by alt-right bad boy Milo Yiannopoulos. Is this boycott a form of censorship? Wendy Kaminer, a civil liberties lawyer, argues that progressives should be troubled by "the chilling ...

Letter to the Editor: Land welfare and farm tags

Letters to the Editor

Editor: I have two proposals for the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors to raise money for the upcoming fiscal year. I'm sure this will upset many, but if the shoe fits, wear it. 1. Slash and burn the county government welfare assistance that landowners take advantage of. Land welfare is ...

Letter to the Editor: Why won’t Trump show tax returns?

Letters to the Editor

Editor: Although I am not a reporter I am interested in our president-elect's income tax returns, his business investments as well as his ownership in ventures in other countries. His previous explanation for not releasing this information during the campaign was that the requested returns ...

Letter to the Editor: Selfie president

Letters to the Editor

Editor: What a horrible, hateful, disparaging column by Mona Charen on President Obama ("Goodbye to selfie president" in Monday's paper). I see that you selectively picked your "truths" that would fit into your opinion. There is no comparison that can be made between President Obama ...

Rich Lowry: The next JFK

Columnists

The work of unraveling President Barack Obama's legacy is underway, but even if the Trump administration and a Republican Congress reverse every last law and regulation, they won't be able to touch the core of it. Obama's enduring legacy will be as a cultural symbol, the first ...

Commentary: Will love truly trump hate?

Opinion

This Saturday, the day after Trump's inauguration, The Women's March is attracting masses of women and men to marches in Washington, D.C., in every state in the union and in nearly 60 countries around the world. Could this be the silver lining to Donald Trump's election? Is this evidence that ...