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Opinion

Diane Dimond: How long a prison sentence is enough?

Columnists

A petition has been filed with the governor of New Hampshire that breathes new life into an old and very sensational case. It asks Gov. Chris Sununu to embrace this era's evolved thinking on prison sentencing, specifically the sentence of life without parole. A key section of the 695-page ...

George Bowers Sr. When dad got skunked

Guest Columns

Mention either of two very different animals, and you are sure to trigger an outbreak of free entertainment. Allude to either snakes or skunks, then sit back and listen as the tales spill out. This is one such story about a skunk that my dad shared with us years ago. When our father was a boy, ...

George F. Will: A pistol-packing Republican vs. oatmeal Democrat

Columnists

NASHVILLE -- The easternmost bit of Tennessee is east of Atlanta, the westernmost bit is west of New Orleans, and all of this horizontal state is the epicenter of 2018 politics. Its U.S. Senate race will reveal whether, for Republicans, fealty to the president is not only necessary but ...

Robert B. Reich: Musk, Trump and the second Gilded Age

Columnists

I've long admired Elon Musk as a technological visionary. But I worry about his sense of responsibility to the public. Earlier this month, Musk announced on Twitter that he intended to turn Telsa, the electric-car maker he founded, into a private company. He said the funding was "secured" -- a ...

Froma Harrop: Environmental malpractice washes onto the beach

Columnists

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency over an environmental disaster that he insists has nothing to do with him. It's true that red tide -- an evil-smelling algae bloom now fouling the precious beaches along Florida's southwestern coast -- is an oft-repeated natural ...

Star Parker: King’s dream still relevant today

Columnists

We are approaching the 55th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I Have a Dream" speech, delivered Aug. 28, 1963, in Washington, D.C. Reading through the speech, it's hard not to be in awe, like those who stood and heard King then, by the greatness and truth of his words. He ...

Editorial: Appalling behavior

Editorials

There are degrees of shock. Reading about a fight at a local high school is not as shocking as seeing it on video, and that is not as shocking as seeing the violence unfold right in front of you. We viewed three videos of two separate brawls involving several students at Strasburg High School ...

Letter to the Editor: Scanner encryption raises concerns

Letters to the Editor

Editor: Although, I am not a scanner listener, I am concerned and disturbed by Warren County Sheriff Daniel McEathron and Front Royal Chief of Police Kahle Magalis' decision to encrypt all local police communications, citing safety as the primary reason. Chief Magalis states that they are all ...

Mark Shields: A church lacking sympathy

Columnists

I can testify from a lifetime of personal experience that practice does not really make perfect. Since the presidency of Harry Truman, during which I had the honor of being the youngest altar boy in St. Francis Xavier Parish to serve the standing-room-only midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, I have ...

Jules Witcover: Attack on intelligence community smacks of Nixon

Columnists

WASHINGTON – A telling measure of President Donald Trump's determination to escape from the clutches of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is his bold revocation of the security clearance of John Brennan, the former CIA director with a lifetime of knowledge and understanding of the underworld ...

Kathleen Parker: A time to mourn

Columnists

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. -- Ecclesiastes tells us that there's a time to mourn and a time to dance, but lately I can hardly find time to mourn -- and I'm dancing as fast as I can. These thoughts came tumbling down Thursday after the heart-wrenching news that Aretha Franklin had died. I spent the ...

Letter to the Editor: Educators make a difference

Letters to the Editor

Editor: I've been a teacher in Frederick County for 23 years and serve as a district president of the Virginia Education Association. I do what I do because I love the work and the chance to see my colleagues making a difference in the lives of young people every day. On a typical school day, ...