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Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Finding valley values

Letters to the Editor

Editor: Here in Virginia’s 6th Congressional District, we can reverse the “business as usual” practices that have been in effect for 26 years. That’s 13 consecutive terms, ironic when you consider that candidate Bob Goodlatte was originally in favor of term limits. Many of his ...

Andy Schmookler: Dangerous steps backward for humankind

Columnists

It was back in the 70s when I found my life’s path. It grew out of a deep concern about where human civilization might be heading, and it began with an idea that clarified both how humankind got to where we are and the nature of the challenge we face. Looking toward the future, I was both ...

Rich Lowry: The Turkish hostage crisis

Columnists

It's never a good idea to negotiate with a hostage-taker, but when it's a NATO ally, there isn't much choice. The Trump administration has been trying to get back a Christian pastor detained in Turkey since October 2016, and when a possible deal at the sidelines of the NATO summit fell ...

Editorial: Don’t silence the scanners

Editorials

Earlier this week, Strasburg police credited citizens listening to a police pursuit on their home scanners for the quick arrest made of a man accused of throwing his 2-year-old child down an embankment into a creek. During that chase, residents called dispatch to let police know the direction ...

George Bowers Sr. How to save your barn

Guest Columns

What would you do if someone showed up to burn your barn and devastate you financially? For many Shenandoah County residents, this question was more than theoretical when Gen. Philip Sheridan’s Union troops went through the Valley in the fall of 1864 doing exactly that. I can only imagine the ...

Editorial: Mr. Trump, end the rhetoric

Editorials

"Fake news" and "enemy of the people" are catchphrases President Donald Trump has been using to denigrate national and international news coverage that he does not agree with or is critical of him or his administration. Let's consider that rhetoric at the local level – right here in the ...

Marc A. Thiessen: Democrats have their own foreign espionage problem

Columnists

WASHINGTON -- Imagine if it emerged that the Republican chairman of the House or Senate intelligence committee had a Russian spy working on their senate staff. Think it would cause a political firestorm? Well, this week we learned that Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., had a Chinese spy on her ...

Jonah Goldberg: People are making this so complicated

Columnists

A couple of weeks ago, the New York Times editorial board hired a technology writer, Sarah Jeong. When it was revealed that she had tweeted barbs against white people, conservatives formed a Twitter mob to demand her dismissal. While a few on the right said -- or claimed -- that they were ...

Stay in the game, Part 2

Guest Columns

      Racing is a sport that can send you soaring to the highest of highs, but also sink you to the lowest of lows; when your luck is bad, how do you stay in the game? This is the second part of our conversation with racers before the 2018 running of the Easter ...

Kathleen Parker: It’s a dog-eat-dog White House

Columnists

WASHINGTON –- No sooner had I ordered the 2011 book "Less Than Human" for a late-summer read than President Trump called Omarosa Manigault Newman a "dog" and a "lowlife." Those two slurs fit nicely into author David Livingstone Smith's philosophical study of man's capacity to inflict cruelty ...

Star Parker: Urban violence begins in broken homes

Columnists

The Chicago Tribune reported a big drop in violence in Chicago this past weekend. Forty people were shot. This down from the weekend before, when 74 were shot. The Tribune's Steve Chapman rejects what he calls the "popular myth, cynically promoted by Trump and other outside critics" that ...

Letter to the Editor: National Night Out

Letters to the Editor

Editor: On Aug. 7, the Lord Fairfax Community College Police Department hosted its first National Night Out in partnership with the police departments of Middletown and Stephens City. The southern end of Frederick County has not had its own event, so this gave all of us who live in the region ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Intolerance can never be up for debate

Columnists

Donald Trump is a man of famously definite opinions. Whether it be about Mexicans, Muslims or Mueller, he knows what he thinks and isn't shy about sharing. So it was telling, one year ago, when he refused to take a stand. Meaning, of course, Charlottesville and the white supremacist rally ...

Jonah Goldberg: Are we to blame for the Alex Jones problem?

Columnists

The behemoths of the internet have shunned Alex Jones, the worm-tongued, often shirtless conspiracy theorist and paranoia monger who hosts a show called "Infowars." The debate over this cartel-like decision is much larger than Jones now, and it's taking place mostly on the right. While I have ...

Froma Harrop: Comic relief as we wait for Trump to be gone

Columnists

Rick Wilson was minding his own business as a Republican operative when Donald Trump happened. Though his commercials for GOP candidates often pressed thorns in liberal flanks, he won broad respect as a principled conservative. Trump has made Wilson stark raving mad. The charges? Betraying the ...