Reader Commentary

Andy Schmookler: When the talk and the walk are opposites

Andy Schmookler

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

Richard Hoover

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

Mark Frondorf

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: 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: 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: 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.