Commentary: The ‘bathroom’ decree is unconscionable
May 19, 2016
We are removing our children from the public school system in Virginia and will be homeschooling them for the rest of their K-12 school career. This action is in direct response to the federal government’s unconstitutional and dangerous decree that bathrooms, lockerrooms, and every other facet of school life cannot be segregated based on a child’s actual gender.
Commentary: Cuts to respite care program impact our seniors
May 18, 2016
Recently we learned that the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors voted to make a significant reduction in funding for the Other Place Respite Care Program, which is part of the Agency on Area Aging of Shenandoah County. Such a reduction in services for some of our most vulnerable citizens is reprehensible.
Commentary: Students suffer when school budget is not fully funded
May 11, 2016
Every year during budget season in Shenandoah County, the discussion is the same. Are we going to raise taxes or are we going to cut? Public departments request more while vocal constituents strongly oppose, stating those agencies should function on less.
Commentary: Virginia lawmakers ‘medieval’ in world view
May 6, 2016
I’m convinced that our Virginia legislators are stuck right in the middle of the Middle Ages in their view of the world. Here’s why I think so.
Commentary: Teachers shape the future
May 4, 2016
It is a memory common to most people – one or more special teachers who “made the light come on” and awakened in them the curiosity that brings learning to life. While most of us are grateful to and for that teacher, few of us ever consider that the teacher in question also had a teacher who made the light come on presidents captures the influence of teachers across generations, dating back to the furthest reaches of our past, and extending indefinitely into our future.
Commentary: We must support foster youth after they exit system
May 3, 2016
Virginia has about 5,038 children in the foster care system. Out of those children, 2,856 of them are exiting out without a place to call home and a family to depend on. No direction to life, and their only source of help financially and guidance are terminated without consideration.
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.