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Opinion

Star Parker: Midterms about future of American freedom

Columnists

According to the Pew Research Center, 66 percent of those supporting Democratic candidates and 18 percent of those supporting Republican candidates say, "If a person is rich, it is because he or she had more advantages in life than most other people." This from a new Pew survey of Democratic ...

Letter to the Editor: It’s decision time

Letters to the Editor

Editor: Do Republicans really empathize with the needs and concerns of citizens of the valley?  For 26 years, the GOP has had a stranglehold on the future of the Shenandoah Valley. What is the legacy of Republican rule? Have they expanded desperately needed health care access? Have we seen ...

Andy Schmookler: A party of cheaters

Columnists

When I was a kid, I spent nearly every moment I could playing sandlot pick-up baseball games with kids in the neighborhood, or the equivalent for football (tackle or touch). I loved the competition, honoring the game by striving to play it as it should be played and – if possible –≠ to ...

Jonah Goldberg: DNA doesn’t define who we really are

Columnists

Sen. Elizabeth Warren's big reveal that she's got a little Native American DNA in her deserves all the mockery it's getting. But I just want to use it as an excuse to explain why I hate the way we talk about DNA and identity. Consider Kyle Merker. You've probably seen the Ancestry.com ...

Letter to the Editor: Legalizing marijuana, hemp

Letters to the Editor

Editor: I've been frequently canvassing in Woodstock and Strasburg for Jennifer Lewis, who is running for U.S. Congress in Virginia's 6th District. To my surprise, I discovered one of Jennifer's top priorities is in line with many of my neighbors: legalizing marijuana and hemp. Republicans, ...

Letter to the Editor: Facts should matter

Letters to the Editor

Editor: Underhanded diligence by some Democrats to derail the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court Justice through character smears and false accusations is unmistakable. The attempted character assassination of Mr. Kavanaugh was a brazen and lawless attempt to use hearsay as a ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Young people, the GOP is scared of you

Columnists

A word for young people, people of color and, in particular, young people of color: The Republicans are scared of you. Maybe you find that hard to believe. Maybe you wonder how the party can be scared of you -- or of anybody -- given that it controls all three branches of the federal ...

Marc A. Thiessen: Democrats’ smear of judge sunk Senate chances

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WASHINGTON – Just a few weeks ago, analysts thought that control of the U.S. Senate was in play this November and that momentum was shifting to the Democrats. Thanks to their brutal campaign of character assassination against now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh, those chances appear to be slipping ...

George Bowers Sr.: God is still at work!

Guest Columns

Five years ago next month, over 100 concerned citizens met near Woodstock to discuss the challenges of homelessness in our community. God enabled the seeds planted at that initial gathering to quickly sprout and speedily bear good fruit through what now is Family Promise of Shenandoah County. ...

Froma Harrop: On Wall Street, Us R Toys

Columnists

As America emerged from World War II, the public generally agreed that the ordinary people who had endured the sacrifice should share in the good times ahead. A golden age for the American worker commenced as business, labor and government stood together on the stage. Labor has since fallen ...

Rich Lowry: Hillary’s #MeToo nightmare

Columnists

Hillary Clinton won the political battle over Bill Clinton's sexual misadventures in the 1990s, at the cost of having to litigate them forevermore. In the era of #MeToo, her defenses and rationalizations for Bill are especially tinny and embarrassing. But she can't show any weakness -- any ...

Marino de Medici: Citizens’ income, welfare out of control

Guest Columns

It is unheard of outside of Italy, but the populist leaders of the Italian rightist coalition have come up with a novel idea to give money to people who are either poor or unable, if not unwilling, to work. It is called "citizenship income," a form of financial assistance financed by public ...

Letter to the Editor: Rebuttal to Lowry column

Letters to the Editor

Editor: I am responding to the commentary by Rich Lowry that was published Oct. 11 titled "The Left's foolhardy attack on the Senate." First of all, the U.S. Supreme Court became partisan during President Obama's last year in office when Justice Scalia died. President Obama nominated Judge ...

Letter to the Editor: Storm brings more photo ops

Letters to the Editor

Editor: Another devastating and historic storm, another opportunity for presidential photo ops. Some show the president sitting in the Oval Office, surrounded by various maps, graphs, FEMA and Homeland Security personnel, the vice president and perhaps selected congressmen from the affected ...

Walter E. Williams: Who pays what in taxes?

Columnists

Politicians exploit public ignorance. Few areas of public ignorance provide as many opportunities for political demagoguery as taxation. Today some politicians argue that the rich must pay their fair share and label the proposed changes in tax law as tax cuts for the rich. Let's look at who ...

Diane Dimond: Need a unifying midterm issue? Curb spending!

Columnists

Call me crazy, but I think if federal employees routinely waste millions of taxpayer dollars, someone ought to be held accountable – criminally accountable, if possible. And anyone who signs off on obviously outrageous spending, like the person who approved buying coffee cups for the Air ...