Reader Commentary

Commentary: The human right to publicly express beliefs

September 23, 2016

In 2011 an earthquake rattled the nations’ capital. Rumors rose immediately that the tremor was caused by the Founding Fathers rolling over in their graves – their long sleep disturbed by events unfolding in the country they’d given their lives to establish. Seismic changes indeed and nowhere more evident than in the area of free speech and personal beliefs, particularly Christian ones.

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: 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?

Ian Chapman

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: 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: 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: 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.