Opinion

Froma Harrop: A life in numbers

Columnists

  Numbers are how one keeps score. Those who engage in any competitive endeavor -- business, sports, even weight loss -- seek numbers to tell them how well they're doing and how much better than how many other people. Tracking numbers also keeps us occupied and distracts us from ...

Kathleen Parker: Rules are for breaking

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- It should be obvious to all by now that Donald Trump knows nothing of what he speaks. His disastrous economic ideas are but the latest in a litany of nonsensical proposals. Yet, and still, his supporters -- that Republican base so carefully nurtured by the very GOP operatives ...

Rich Lowry: Trump wants to make a deal

Columnists

Prior to the 2012 election, Democrats had a theory: Republicans were in the grip of a "fever" that had led them to oppose and attempt to obstruct President Barack Obama at every turn. If Obama won a second term, the fever would break. President Obama himself floated the idea. It turned out ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: If Trump wins, will there be blood?

Columnists

  Will there be blood? That question has gone conspicuously unasked as we enumerate the possible outcomes of November's election. The potential impact on the nation's economy, its foreign policy and its standing in the world have all been duly analyzed. But there has been little, ...

Andy Schmookler: Look away from Trump to bigger thing he shows

Columnists

It is understandable that, since Donald Trump locked up the Republican nomination for president, we can talk of little else. After all, we’ve seen nothing like him at center stage of our politics. And it’s understandable that our attention is focused also upon the rifts in the Republican ...

Jonah Goldberg: Do millennials know what socialism is?

Columnists

  Socialism is having a moment. I'm not just referring to Bernie Sanders' surprisingly strong showing in the Democratic primaries. Various polls show that millennials have a more favorable view of socialism than of capitalism. And millennials generally are the only age group that ...

Bonner Day: Valley people are good people

Guest Columns

Rural counties are known for friendly people, and the Shenandoah Valley is no exception. It reminds me of my hometown in Arizona – maybe fewer cowboy hats but many more baseball caps. Whether you are new or not, store clerks are friendly and helpful.  The key, unlike the big city, is ...

Richard Hoover: What happened to the Good Knights?

Guest Columns

  What in the world is happening to American guys, to their ability to look and behave like real men? The anecdotal evidence is staggering: • Neutered, male sops are increasingly featured in TV sitcoms, musical entertainments and advertising. •  A cocoa-drinking ...

George Bowers Sr.: Selling the homeplace

Guest Columns

About a year ago, the Bowers Homeplace that Dad and Mom built in the 1960s was sold to new owners. The new occupants are taking great care of the property and making changes to make it their own. It’s a blessing to see someone enjoying a home that was special to us for so long. I pray they ...

James Pinsky: Trees: The very best friend a kid could ask for

Guest Columns

  I love trees. I think it began as a child when I would stand in awe of the wave upon wave of loblolly pines that guarded my childhood playgrounds in North Carolina. I was never tall, but they were. I always admired how they ignored winter’s harsh bite, served as jungle gyms ...

Mark Shields: The crackpot idea of free college tuition

Columnists

Prominent opinion-leaders and leading American politicians have roundly rejected the unrealistic and impractical idea, championed by a member of Congress from Vermont, to provide a four-year college education at no, or very low, tuition cost to every American high school student who qualifies ...

Froma Harrop: What Team Sanders should do now

Columnists

Bernie Sanders is almost certainly not going to be the Democratic nominee. Though he retains a devoted following, the crowds, the attention and the money are no longer what they were -- death for a campaign built on momentum. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, holds a virtually insurmountable lead in ...

Commentary: Students suffer when school budget is not fully funded

Opinion

  Every year during budget season in Shenandoah County,  the discussion is the same.  Are we going to raise taxes or are we going to cut? Public departments request more while vocal constituents strongly oppose, stating those agencies should function on less. This isn't Northern ...