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Opinion

Letter to the Editor: Sanitary districts are beneficial

Letters to the Editor

Editor: I loved your story in The Northern Virginia Daily about the Lake Front Royal Road Maintenance Sanitary District. Warren County has more sanitary districts than any other county in Virginia.  I believe there are 16,650 homes in Warren County and one in every four of the county's ...

Andy Schmookler: The biggest bargain around

Columnists

Would it be possible for any American leader to persuade the American people about how much better off we’d all be if we had publicly financed elections? It’s a notion many people resist, declaring they wouldn’t want to have to pay taxes to fund elections. They imagine it would mean ...

Letter to the Editor: Town should restore buildings

Letters to the Editor

Editor: I am a member of the Architectural Review Board but am representing myself in this letter. There are many elements that make Strasburg special and one of them is the delightful mix of architectural styles in commercial as well as residential buildings on King Street. We do not ...

Froma Harrop: Is the Left really wary of Clinton?

Columnists

The hard left can be an unforgiving crowd, not always mindful of the give-and-take required to get things done. Donald Trump's fascist-lite ravings are anathema to them, but with moderate Republicans migrating to Hillary Clinton, some on the left worry that a President Clinton might feel less ...

George Bowers Sr.: Shake the branches

Guest Columns

Instead of rice, imagine pelting newlyweds with almonds as they leave for their honeymoon. Although it would be expensive and perhaps dangerous today, that’s what the Romans tossed 2,000 ago as a fertility blessing. While I’m not sure of the quantity of nuts thrown, I hope hard hats were ...

Connie Schultz: Better days are already here

Columnists

The annual cicadas have barely begun their end-of-summer evensong in the trees behind our house, but children in the neighborhood are already headed back to school. Twice this week I've had to pull my car to a stop and wait until the school bus door opens with the familiar wheeze, releasing ...

James Pinsky: Build a fence, and they won’t come

Guest Columns

  All of my life fences have helped me, whether I wanted them to or not. When I was younger, fences often kept me out of trouble. My neighbor had a dog, which had a particularly well-tuned palette for the rear pants pockets of little boys. I, luckily, never fed his addiction ...

Kathleen Parker: Driven to distraction

Columnists

Reflexively, I type "Dru" and The Drudge Report pops up. I hate myself for going there but as a columnist ever in search of the zeitgeist's ultimate wave, I am behooved. Breezing past the latest tricklings about The Hill & Trumpie Show -- I'm not proud of this -- I click on "Weiner ...

Michael Barone: Will Trump take down some GOP lawmakers?

Columnists

On Friday, Republican National Committee and Trump campaign staffers held what one described as an "emergency meeting" at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando. The obvious subject: what to do about Donald Trump's flagging campaign and how Republican down-ballot candidates can avoid the possible ...

Bonner Day: If hope is here, can hummingbirds be far behind?

Guest Columns

The best-laid schemes of mice and men Go often askew, And leave us nothing but grief and pain, For promised joy!" – Robert Burns The hopes of cool May turned to hot reality in August. I welcomed three or four hummingbirds in the spring and looked forward to more as the warm weather ...

Froma Harrop: Obamacare under President Hillary Clinton

Columnists

We may be getting ahead of ourselves assuming that Hillary Clinton will be the next president, but let's proceed on that (comforting) notion. Few are better prepared to preserve and improve upon the Affordable Care Act than Clinton, who's long immersed herself in health care ...

Rich Lowry: The nihilism in Milwaukee

Columnists

Tim Pool is a fearless social-media reporter who specializes in getting close to the action. It almost doesn't qualify as a protest or a riot if Pool isn't live-streaming from the streets. But he is pulling out of Milwaukee because it is too dangerous for white people. In a carefully stated ...

Commentary: Trump poses a threat to democracy

Opinion

  "….were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1787 I sat on my hands in silence when Donald Trump withdrew press ...

Diane Dimond: The forgotton, now manipulated voting block

Columnists

  Have you decided who you will vote for in the upcoming presidential election -- or whether you'll vote at all? As you ponder, realize that nearly 6 million Americans will not be allowed to vote this November. They are citizens who have been convicted of felonies and either live ...

George F. Will: All eyes on the Silver State

Columnists

LAS VEGAS -- Nevada, which calls itself the "Battle Born State," actually was born prematurely because of Republicans' anxiety. Now, 152 years later, it again is a subject of their anxiety. Entering 1864, Abraham Lincoln and his party were intensely, and reasonably, in doubt about his ...

Tom Crosby: Toyota’s RAV4 adds two new vehicles for 2016

Guest Columns

Toyota’s RAV4 was a cutting edge vehicle that helped jump-start the small SUV market 21  years ago. Today it’s morphed into a small SUV on steroids with everything bigger inside and out, plus improved gas mileage. For 2016, it competes in a hotly contested market offering more than 100 ...

Tom Crosby: 2016 Jeep Cherokee honors 75-year legacy

Guest Columns

It was 75 years ago when the hastily designed Jeep was first manufactured and the four-wheel drive, open-air, reliable vehicle became popularly known as the “vehicle that won World War II.” Fiat Chrysler Automobiles took over the brand in 1987, and is honoring that heritage this year with ...