Commentary: The schools bring us together
August 26, 2016
In succinctly capturing the essence of education, I don’t think anyone has ever done a better job than G.K. Chesterton. He wrote, “Education is simply the soul of a society being transferred from one generation to the next.” His point is that civilization continues because each generation takes responsibility for passing along to the next generation all that humanity has learned up to that point.
Commentary: Why is education system so skewed toward academia?
August 25, 2016
Populism – the belief in the power of regular people, and in their right to have control over government rather than a small group of political insiders or wealthy elite – is on the rise in America today.
Commentary: Trump poses a threat to democracy
August 16, 2016
I sat on my hands in silence when Donald Trump withdrew press credentials from the Washington Post, as I did when he cut off BuzzFeed, Politico and the Des Moines Register. Likewise I ignored his cutting off of Univision (largest Spanish language television network in the U.S.), the Daily Beast and the Huffington Post, among others. This morning when I learned that Trump is also considering “blacklisting” the New York Times from access to his campaign events, I knew I had to speak out.
Commentary: Who are the evangelicals?
August 9, 2016
Throughout the Republican primary campaign, candidates sought the support of evangelicals. They spoke of their belief in God, of their commitment to the Bible and to family values.
Commentary: States stepping up for battle to protect religious liberty
August 6, 2016
Religious freedom is more than allowing diverse religions to coexist and the opportunity to attend church. Religious freedom is the ability to act on the convictions of your faith. Do we know what it means to defend our right to freely live out our faith?
Commentary: The imminent death of diversity
July 27, 2016
Diversity … dying? In 21st-century America? Is that what you’re really saying? Yes, and here’s another staggering premise. Ironically, diversity’s demise isn’t coming from the religious right, but instead from the very people who scream diversity the loudest. In the areas of the greatest social tension diversity is in trouble.
Commentary: The approaching fire
July 22, 2016
Imagine a forest fire headed your way and you are in a position of responsibility, with the ability to not only alert your neighbors but to help put out the fire. Would you do everything you could to avert catastrophe, or would you listen to the voices of the people who want the fire to spread?
Commentary: Why surrender to a system that has failed?
July 16, 2016
The July 12th Hillary/Bernie coming-together performance in Portsmouth, an effort to imprint America with thoroughly collectivist ideals and programs, gave this Cold War veteran (28 years of military and diplomatic service) serious pause. Clinton and Sanders stand for everything my colleagues and I struggled against. Thousands of them, in Korea and Vietnam, even lost their lives.
Commentary: Indifference comes at a terrible cost
June 28, 2016
The recent tragedy in the gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, shocks us, but should not surprise us. We all know about the list of similar events in this country. What should surprise and distress every U.S. citizen is the fact that, despite the principles we voice, we have done nothing about these outrages.
Commentary: President Obama’s gun dilemma
June 27, 2016
The Orlando horror not surprisingly has Obama liberals screaming gun control. Those who’ve followed Mr. Obama’s journey see his comments as incredibly self-serving given a 2008 campaign speech. There Obama lamented people clinging “to their guns and … religion.” In Orlando’s aftermath this reminder suggests Mr. Obama’s rhetoric has little to do with the tragic loss of life and more to do with the anti-gun ideology that has guided his career.
Commentary: Judicial branch has been under GOP assault for years
June 17, 2016
The Republicans have a history of attacks on the Constitution.
Commentary: A legend in politics leaves Shenandoah Valley
June 17, 2016
Sometime on June 14 , a giant in Shenandoah Valley politics went home to be with God and her late husband. Suzanne Curran was a legend in Republican politics both in Shenandoah County and in the 6th Congressional District. The vice chair for the Republican State Central Committee for the Western District, Suzanne was a king maker and at the same time one of the kindest ladies ever born, yet the fiercest warrior when it came to the U.S. Constitution and government interference in our lives.
Commentary: A flash of sanity
June 2, 2016
Just when we thought that the entire Republican party was aping Trump by becoming a mirror reflecting all the barely contained rage and resentment plaguing Americans today, there is a thread of sanity that surfaced in the Senate.
Commentary: Raise bar for adults, hold kids accountable
May 25, 2016
As a believer that our children watch what we do more than listen to our words, I wish to respond to the sadness coming out of the Strasburg High School since this past January.
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.