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Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Kudos to the arts council

Letters to the Editor

Editor: We want to thank Kym Crump, the executive director of Front Royal’s Blue Ridge Arts Council, for her help and expertise in partnering with us in Celebrating Patricia Windrow Day, 2016, and extend our thanks to the board and membership of the arts council as well. By sharing ...

Robert B. Reich: Trump’s ‘yuge’ bamboozle

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    Donald Trump poses as a working-class populist, but his new economic plan would be a gusher for the wealthy, and almost nothing will trickle down to anyone else. According to the independent Tax Foundation, Trump's tax plan would give the top 1 percent an average ...

James Pinsky: How to make squirrels march

Guest Columns

I bet you didn’t know squirrels can march. They can. The trick is to give them a reason, like a free all-you-can-eat acorn buffet, or better yet, a parade to celebrate one of our local schools winning the Virginia Envirothon championship. Every year high schools across our region ...

Jonah Goldberg: Obama’s trolling helped give rise to Trump

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  Many people are to blame for the rise of Donald Trump as a political force, and most of them reside on my side of the aisle. But that story is familiar by now. And we'll be hearing a lot more about it. Should Trump lose, conservatives will be lucky if the ensuing riot of ...

Mark Shields: Debating the future

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The presidential debates, especially this year's first scheduled one -- at New York's Hofstra University on Monday -- are really a national job interview. We the people will have a chance to make our own judgments on the character, intelligence, personality and humanness of Republican Donald ...

Kathleen Parker: Trump’s truth sets us free

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  WASHINGTON -- At long last, Donald Trump has set himself free. At a highly choreographed event Friday, the Republican candidate for president of the United States finally issued his verdict on the birthright of our two-term president, who, it turns out, is a real ...

Froma Harrop: Trump’s ‘alleged Christian faith’

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  In recent presidential years, Catholics and white evangelical Christians joined in favoring the Republican candidate. A key reason was a shared opposition to abortion. This time, Catholics appear to be deserting the candidacy of Donald Trump, and one can understand why. Trump is ...

Michael Barone: The year of political re-enactors

Columnists

The thought came to me as I watched the Cleveland police clear away protesters from the city's Public Square. Half a dozen on horseback, nearly a dozen or so on heavy-duty bikes, the cops deftly corralled the protesters without so much as touching anyone, much as a border collie channels a ...

Linda Chavez: Age matters for Clinton and Trump

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  In March 2015, I wrote a column suggesting Hillary Clinton was too old to run for president. It generated a lot of blowback, as I suspected it would, even though she hadn't yet formally announced her candidacy. Carter Eskew, who ran Al Gore's media campaign in 2000, berated me ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: American protest is an act of faith

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    It keeps getting bigger. One might have expected last month's protest by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, his refusal to stand for the national anthem, to have blown over by now. Instead, it has caught fire. On Sept. 11, members of the Miami ...

Your Views: Readers offer opinions on candidates

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Earlier this month, the Northern Virginia Daily asked online readers and print subscribers who they would vote for in the presidential race if today were Election Day. There were 228 readers who responded to the informal poll. Of those, 50.21 percent said they would vote for Republican ...

George Bowers Sr.: It’s that time of year

Guest Columns

As I write this column, the mercury in my thermometer is more petite than it’s been the last several weeks and for this I am very grateful. Although we will still have some warm days, their numbers are getting fewer. I have enjoyed the summertime, but I’m always anxious for fall to arrive ...

Bonner Day: I thank God for America

Guest Columns

  “America, which has the most glorious present still existing in the world today, hardly stops to enjoy it, in her insatiable appetite for the future.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh America has too many ingrates.  Those are the people who are ungrateful for the blessing of ...

Andy Schmookler: The duty of hating Hillary

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A letter in the most recent AARP Magazine got me thinking. The previous issue of the magazine had a piece titled “Leading Ladies,” featuring several older actresses – Sharon Stone, Jane Fonda, and Alfre Woodard – who have done well despite Hollywood’s long-standing ageism. The ...

Connie Schultz: Hillary Clinton, everywoman

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  Every woman in my family, from my great-grandmother to my mother, was fond of saying, "A man works from dawn till dusk, but a woman's work is never done." Even as a child, I understood this to be a statement of fact, usually recited in a soft voice at the end of a long day, ...

George F. Will: Putin’s post-factual politics

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"In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. ... Similar slits existed in thousaands or tens of thousands throughout the building. ... For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes." – George Orwell, "1984" WASHINGTON -- Documents inconvenient to the regime went into the ...