Reader Commentary

Commentary: Schools capacity meeting is important

August 31, 2015

As Shenandoah County’s children prepare to return to school on Sept. 8, the School Board is currently considering the capacity issues facing our schools, and considering short-term solutions that could have far-reaching impact on the education of our county’s children. Most of us are aware of the problems of overcrowding at the north and central campuses, and excess capacity in the south, but only a handful have been following the School Board’s efforts to resolve them. Parents owe it to their children to pay attention to this process and make their voices heard.

Commentary: Bullying tactics may cost water customers dearly

August 21, 2015

Does the Frederick County Sanitation Authority (FCSA) have the right to steal water from the Town of Stephens City? That is the heart of the issue right now between the FCSA and the town. This issue affects every water customer in Frederick County, because the lion’s share of the county’s water supply comes from water that belongs to the town.

Andy Schmookler: Mark Obenshain: Virginia’s Scott Walker?

Andy Schmookler

August 15, 2015

Months ago, when I publicly characterized the Virginia state senator from my district as “the man who would be Virginia’s Scott Walker,” I had no idea that there was or would be any direct connection between those two politicians. But now Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has announced that Mark Obenshain will be the chairman of his presidential campaign here in Virginia. So the link turns out to be more direct than I’d thought.

Commentary: Medicaid expansion makes sense, morally right

August 5, 2015

Healing the poor: What would Jesus do? Few people would have any difficulty responding to this question. Jesus’s commitment to healing the sick, without discrimination, and caring for the poor fills the biblical narrative about his life and teachings. How does it happen that the good people of Virginia, and/or our elected representatives, have gotten it so wrong?

Commentary: A stroll down memory lane

People’s Drug Store, at right, and other shops are shown in this old photo of Strasburg's East King Street.   Photo Courtesy of Strasburg Museum

July 18, 2015

As a kid growing up in Strasburg during the ’40s and ’50s, I traveled many miles up and down Main Street, which was also Route 11 — before Interstate 81 was established. I have myriad memories of people and the businesses that occupied the Main Street area. I may have forgotten a name or two and possibly a location, but hey, I was a kid a long time ago.

Commentary: Shenandoah County needs to invest in our schools

July 8, 2015

Here’s a sobering fact: in the last 10 years, the median age of a Shenandoah County resident increased from just under 41 years to almost 44, compared to a statewide average of 37.5 years. These differences may not seem like large increments, but if the trend-line continues and Shenandoah County’s population continues to age, it will have real implications for the economy.

Commentary: Honor our nation’s founding — by voting

July 2, 2015

As we celebrate the 239th anniversary of the founding of our nation on July 4th, its birth certificate being the Declaration of Independence, one of the best ways to honor that event, and the American and allied soldiers and sailors who fought in the War for Independence, is by being an informed and active voter.

Richard Hoover: We need to cherish our history

Richard W. Hoover

June 25, 2015

Growing up in the North, I believed that everything Confederate and southern was just as American as everything Union and northern. I knew, for example, that those who actually fought the Civil War, long afterwards, had treated their old enemies with respect. As a boy, I read of reconciliation at veterans’ reunions and of the South’s patriotic outpouring in the Spanish American War, a southern outpouring of love for America which continues today, much of it manifested by volunteering for military service. I was aware how northerners and southerners read and respected each other’s history, and I embraced it all.

April Moore: Climate change is a matter of morality

April Moore

June 25, 2015

When Pope Francis called upon us all last week to act to confront the challenge of climate change, I was thrilled. But not everyone was. Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, for example, said that the pope should stick to his own business, like matters of morality.

Roger Barbee: Money and schools in Shenandoah County

June 16, 2015

The Northern Virginia Daily of June 12 has an article concerning the grading of county supervisors according to their “support for local educational funding, according to PASS.” The article quotes the founder of the Shenandoah County Parents’ Alliance for Strong Schools as saying, “but none [educational issues] can be solved until our schools are adequately funded.” As a citizen and educator of Shenandoah County, I wish to offer another opinion by citing a few examples of problems we face.

Commentary: America needs a Golden Age

Richard W. Hoover

June 6, 2015

I wrote earlier about the angry tone of present American politics. With more space, I might have pointed out warnings from the ancients — Roman philosopher Seneca’s assertion, for example, that anger necessarily leads to irrationality that, in turn, may cause the wheels to fly off the chariot of state!

Commentary: A hopeful sign on the American political scene

April Moore

June 6, 2015

There’s been some news that I think both liberals and conservatives should find encouraging. It has to do with the unexpectedly large crowds that have been turning out for Bernie Sanders’ appearances in Iowa, Minnesota, and Vermont.

Commentary: Another political ploy, another money solution

May 29, 2015

Even before the death toll was final following the May 12th derailment of Amtrak train 188, crisis jockeys from the left were wracking their progressive brains for some half-baked scheme to focus blame for the tragedy on Republicans. Now we can rest assured that Rahm Emanuel’s wacky advice that a crisis should never be wasted did in fact make the progressive play book.

Andy Shmookler: How did it get this bad?

Andy Schmookler

May 21, 2015

A study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that telling conservatives that a light bulb is good for the environment makes them less likely to buy it.