Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Shenandoah County needs fresh ideas

Letters to the Editor

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: We’re not better off now than

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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

Letters to the Editor

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 ...

Jules Witcover: Trump’s strategy no match to Mueller’s

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WASHINGTON -- Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 12-point indictment of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and Trump campaign official Rick Gates is the first significant development in the case in the investigation of alleged collusion with Russia as that country's government meddled in ...

James Pinsky: Minimum wage for nature

Guest Columns

It’s a good thing our forest friends haven’t figured out how to bill us for their services. Can you imagine going for a hike and having a bowtie-wearing squirrel, fox variety of course, hand you a bill as you leave the forest? It might look something like this: Nature Hike Services, ...

Letter to the Editor: Board deadlocked too many times

Letters to the Editor

Editor: "The future depends on what we do in the present."- Gandhi. November 7  we will be making an important decision about the future of Shenandoah County. We are at a juncture where our needs are increasing but the means to get them done are decreasing. Over the past three years our ...

Letter to the Editor: When will someone say ‘enough’?

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Editor: George Washington's church, Christ Church in Alexandria, has decided that a plaque honoring the president marking the pew where he sat must be removed because it makes some people feel unwelcome or unsafe. A plaque makes people feel unsafe and unwelcome? You think, this is what it's ...

Letter to the Editor: Candidate has much to offer

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Editor: There are three candidates seeking election to the School Board in District 5.  While they all seem to be genuinely interested in what is best for the students of Shenandoah County, I feel that there are several things that set Chris Boies apart from the others as the best ...

Letter to the Editor: Ad misrepresents the facts

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Editor: The television ad sponsored by Ed Gillespie says Democrat Ralph Northam was the deciding vote in favor of sanctuary cities that let dangerous illegal immigrants back on the streets. When I saw the ad and the "tweet" by President Donald Trump, I decided to investigate the ...

Letter to the Editor: Think of schools when voting

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Editor: As a parent of children in Shenandoah County Public Schools, I am naturally concerned about what the loss of accreditation for two county schools means for education in this county. As a Realtor, I am also concerned about what this means for property values in this county, and for the ...

George F. Will: On tax reform, Republicans define victory down

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WASHINGTON -- Needing a victory to validate their majorities, congressional Republicans have chosen not to emulate Shakespeare's Henry V before Agincourt. He advocated stiffening the sinews, summoning up the blood and lending the eye a terrible aspect. The Republicans would rather define ...

Bass Mitchell: A love of letters

Guest Columns

It’s all too rare these days. What? Checking your mail and finding an actual letter. I don’t mean a form letter from the innumerable sources out there trying to get my money. I mean a real letter – something someone actually sat down and wrote to me with me in mind. Recall what it was ...

Star Parker: Free tax code from special interests

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A big tax bill is all it takes to see how perverse and dysfunctional our government has become. Why are the halls of Congress now crawling with special interest lobbyists looking for opportunities to carve out some new benefit, or to protect existing special interests in the tax code? The ...

Rich Lowry: Don’t fire, don’t pardon

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With special counsel Robert Mueller unveiling his first indictments and a plea deal in the Russia case, President Donald Trump should do what's hardest for him -- nothing. The indictment of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates -- together with news of a plea ...

Froma Harrop: College football haves, have-nots and dropouts

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The University of Alabama's football coach ruffled surprisingly few feathers up north when he dismissively contrasted the game played by the University of Rhode Island with his school's. "When they play games -- you know, I think up there when Rhode Island plays whoever they play -- they have ...

Letter to the Editor: Natural resources are in danger

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Editor: The Shenandoah Valley is, in my humble opinion, the best place to live in Virginia. We are surrounded by some of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes, it has miles of publicly accessible fishing, kayaking, tubing, and swimming waters and thousands of acres of public lands for ...