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Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Drain health insurance swamp

Letters to the Editor

Editor: We will never bring competition into the health insurance market until we end the unhealthy relationship between insurance companies, health care providers, and the IRS. We all buy auto, life, home and business insurance under individual policies. The insurance companies pool the ...

Andy Schmookler: Believing the unbelievable

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These are unhappy times in America. But of all the distressing news items I’ve come across, the one that disturbed me most was this: according to the polls, when asked which side they found more credible in the conflict between what the media report and what President Trump says, about four ...

Rich Lowry: How the GOP crackup happens

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Less than two weeks after the unveiling of the GOP Obamacare replacement, the party is already staring into the abyss. The bill has had the worst rollout of any major piece of legislation in memory, and failure is very much an option. If the proposal falters, it will be a political debacle ...

George Bowers Sr.: Antisemitism wears many cloaks

Guest Columns

Last weekend many Jews celebrated the Festival of Purim, which remembers God’s miraculous deliverance of their people through the courage of young Queen Esther. In this Old Testament book, an evil man by the name of Haman hatched a plot to annihilate the Jews through a craftily worded ...

Jason Wright: A lovely problem to have

Guest Columns

Dear Readers, Some of you have noticed over the last few months, my columns went from weekly to not-so-much. Loyal readers have stopped me in Walmart, Sheetz and at church on Sundays to ask about the drought. (Hi Marilyn!) I’ve been asked if my laptop blew up, my pens ran out of ink, or ...

George F. Will: NEA a frill that should be shorn

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  WASHINGTON -- Although the National Endowment for the Arts' 2016 cost of $148 million was less than one-hundredth of 1 percent of the federal budget, attempting to abolish the NEA is a fight worth having, never mind the certain futility of the fight. Let's pretend, ...

Froma Harrop: Bannon failed his father, not AT&T

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  Marty Bannon did all the right things, mostly. He raised five children, lived modestly, worked hard and bought as much stock in his employer, AT&T, as he could. When AT&T's stock price plunged in the 2008 economic meltdown, Bannon sold at a loss of more than ...

James Pinsky: National Ag Day is March 21

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If the only thing that growls in your house is your pooch and not your stomach, you might want to thank a farmer. Actually, we need to thank a lot more than just farmers. Across this nation, the people who make up our agriculture industry are the epitome of teamwork. We all need farmers ...

Letter to the Editor: Board separated budgets in 2013

Letters to the Editor

Editor: The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors allocates money to the School Board.  The School Board spends this money using its own set of priorities.  I refer to the Northern Virginia Daily's own reporting.  The article, titled "Shenandoah County: School board presents ...

Jonah Goldberg: Given choice of fear, apathy, I’ll take fear

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  Dystopia is in the air these days. George Orwell's "1984" is selling like hotcakes -- if hotcakes still sold well in this low-carb world. Is the president to blame? I think historians, no doubt working from their subterranean monasteries, bunkered from the radioactive wasteland ...

Letter to the Editor: Bill would get rid of group suits

Letters to the Editor

Editor: Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 would "keep baseless class action suits away from innocent parties," according to U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte. Funnny that the courts already have a way of certifying class action suits that accomplishes just that goal.  Yet, what this ...

Connie Schultz: For women, what comes next?

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  International Women's Day is a once-a-year acknowledgment of what women do every day of the year, which is to keep the world afloat with our labor -- paid and unpaid. March 8 fell on a Wednesday this year. Here in the U.S., some of the organizers of January's Women's March ...

Scott Rasmussen: Three steps to fixing the health care mess

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  Most Americans believe that no matter how bad something is, Congress can always make it worse. With their new health care bill, Republican Congressional leaders seem intent on proving that point. Even those with a passionate hatred of Obamacare can find something to hate in the ...

Richard Hoover: Those now forgotten potent symbols

Guest Columns

Little that is antique intrigues more than potent symbols once revered but now forgotten. Take the liberty cap, that floppy, flame-red slave's hat worn in Ancient Rome so that on the street one could distinguish the free from the enslaved. Some accounts describe the cap as the mark of the ...

Jules Witcover: Republicans act in haste on replacing Obamacare

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's biggest promise on his way to the Oval Office was to "repeal and replace Obamacare." He not only said he would do so, but he said he would achieve both tasks "simultaneously," and on day one of his presidency. But seven weeks into the Trump administration, he ...