Andy Schmookler: When the talk and the walk are opposites
April 29, 2016
Which party do you think of when you hear the phrase, “defender of the Constitution”? I would wager that members of both parties would immediately think of the Republican Party, because they are the ones who most loudly proclaim their deep allegiance to our founding document.
Commentary: Gun show brings in law-abiding masses
April 29, 2016
Big April 22-24 weekend at the packed Nation’s Gun Show, held at the Dulles Expo Center and attended by thousands of white, black, Hispanic and Asian Americans. Young and old, there were lovers holding hands, singles, parents and children — families buying guns, hauling ammunition to the parking lot.
Commentary: Celebrate Earth Day by enjoying the Shenandoah River
April 22, 2016
Today, our 46th Earth Day, we celebrate the rich network of natural resources we depend on and renew our commitment to its protection. Shenandoah Valley’s very own, President Woodrow Wilson, recognized the importance of this half a century before the first Earth Day by creating the National Park Service to conserve the beauty of the land and water for future generations.
Commentary: Let’s remember the words of the prophets
April 21, 2016
All societies need their prophets and politicians. To find a person who combines the qualities of both is quite rare.
Commentary: Turning taxes right side up
April 15, 2016
In considering local tax hikes, our elected officials should let the Founding Fathers be their guide.
Commentary: GOP needs to return to core principles
April 8, 2016
I have been a Republican my entire life. Notice, I did not specify my adult life, but my entire life.
Commentary: Property owners will make tax decisions on election day
April 6, 2016
It is exciting drama watching the Shenandoah Board of Supervisors decide on the tax rate for the coming year. But it also is scary.
Commentary: Trump points out signs of American decline
March 23, 2016
There’s no end to the commentary that warns us off Donald Trump! Boastfulness, bigotry, racism, genderism, and fear-mongering are but a few of the attributes which his critics assign to him.
Commentary: Strong schools boost local economy
March 22, 2016
In the last few years it has become clear that there are two very philosophical differences of opinion about public education and community/economic development in Shenandoah County. On one side there are those that seek to perpetuate a notion that Shenandoah County is a dying, aging community with taxes that are too high; believing the only solution to lack of economic development is to cut spending and lower taxes. There is never any talk of diversifying revenue streams or making investments in economic development. This “only cut spending” approach would in effect further magnify the problem underfunding essential services and discouraging businesses from locating here.
Commentary: Trump may have done country a great favor
March 18, 2016
By now, everyone has seen and heard about the meltdown going on in the Republican presidential nomination process. Every week brings a new outrage, and speculation that this will be the final blow the Donald Trump candidacy cannot possibly survive. We hear condemnation of whole races and religions, outrageous, unsupportable policies, inciting violence, braggadocio, outright fabrications and contradictory statements. No reality can rupture the fantasy.
Commentary: Liberals also have fears
March 16, 2016
Some Virginia parents want control over the books their children are exposed to in school. That is understandable but banning certain books is not the answer. Also, the attempt to ban books raisesthe question of who is responsible for teaching young people self-control. It also asks of what are parents fearful.
Commentary: Who honors the Constitution?
March 7, 2016
It is not the Senate Republicans who follow the Constitution.
Commentary: Beware of politicians expressing hate
March 5, 2016
Young citizens, please register and vote, but, before you do, be certain to read “The Rise and Fall of Adolph Hitler” by William L. Shirer and “Narcissists Among Us” by Joe Navarro, both available in e-book format.
Commentary: The forgotten children in the boundary debate
March 2, 2016
As Shenandoah County considers solutions to the capacity issues in our schools, it is probably helpful to consider how we would look at this if we were talking about anything other than children. If a business had three facilities, two of which were overcrowded and one of which suffered from unused capacity, the solution would be painfully obvious. However, our schools deal with children, and not commodities, and that makes the solution slightly less obvious and considerably more painful.
Commentary: Why don’t Republicans vote for animals?
February 27, 2016
While presumably looking for money, the Humane Society of the United States’ lobbying arm, the Humane Society Legislative Fund, issued its midterm report for the 114th Congress and sent a copy to me, among others, I am sure!
Commentary: Politics as it was
February 19, 2016
Government in the United States is an organized argument. The genius of our Constitution is that it provides a framework in which to carry on the argument. However, in order for our government to function there must be a degree of civility.
Commentary: School boundary changes: Adjustments will be made with eye toward future
February 11, 2016
Shenandoah County Public Schools is in the process of adjusting the attendance boundaries for the first time in over 30
Commentary: Health care: A privilege or a right?
January 2, 2016
Since Hamilton battled Jefferson over the extent of federal power in our lives, we Americans have engaged in debate over the proper level of government — particularly federal government — mandates in the lives of her citizens.
Commentary: Christmas big enough to include dual values
December 22, 2015
Though Dec. 25 is the date on which we commemorate the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, it is widely agreed that no one really knows the date on which he was born. As the Roman Empire embraced Christianity, it sometimes appropriated pagan holidays for Christian purposes.
Commentary: Threats to Americans are among us
December 18, 2015
Going back to World War II following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, I recall when the Japanese-Americans were rounded up and placed in “concentration camps,” and many years later a friend mentioned her family was more or less ostracized because they were of German descent.