Reader Commentary

Commentary: The freedom behind freedom of speech

The “First Amendment Defense Act” was surprisingly introduced in Congress last year. Odd, since an intrinsic freedom guaranteed from the Constitution’s opening phrases might be thought beyond threat. Driven perhaps by legitimate concerns – the role of political speech in religious ...

Commentary: The process is our protection

Often it appears that people equate the Constitution with the right to bear arms, the Second Amendment.  There is a lot more to the Constitution than that. Some of the most important parts of the Constitution explain the separation of powers between the president, the Congress and the Supreme ...

Richard Hoover: Ignore T-shirt dictums – no group is entirely imperfect

Guys walk past my gun show tables wearing black T-shirts that provocatively proclaim, "All I need to know about Islam I learned on 9/11." The single word "Infidel" forms another shirt message, as if to say: 'Make my Day; just try and do something!' I dislike the evil-branding of ...

Commentary: The Huffington Post is going on a listening tour?

The Huffington Post, after having been embarrassed by failing to understand voter outrage in November 2016, has announced it will be doing a “bus listening tour” of what it calls “Middle America” to ask this important question: just what does it mean to be an American? The Huffington ...

Commentary: It’s time for action

America is under attack. You would not know that by the reactions of the commander in chief, or by the Republican majority in the government. At first the intrusion appeared as a flood of disinformation aimed at misleading voters. We were assured that there was no vote tampering. As the ...

Commentary: Big ship era begins for Port of Virginia

A new era of international trade is underway on the East Coast and The Port of Virginia is well-positioned to cement its position as the mid-Atlantic’s primary global gateway for world trade. In early May, the port welcomed the largest container ship to ever come to the East Coast. A few ...

Commentary: Schools are foundation of our community

As I watched the class of 2017 toss their caps into the sunset sky on what was a perfect June evening, I started thinking about everyone it took to get these kids across that stage and I couldn’t help but feel a tear well up at the thought of such sacrifice and pride. Our students certainly ...

Commentary: Truth about Gillespie, Confederate monuments

Lately, in the GOP primary contest, there has been a major hoax that is being played on the voters of the Shenandoah Valley. The hoax is that Ed Gillespie supports removal of the Confederate monuments. Therefore that Gillespie must be a major shill of big government and political correctness. ...

Commentary: Tell your lawmaker to take the pledge: No more corporate cash!

Virginians are deeply mistrustful of the legislative branch of government, and it's not hard to understand why. Three-quarters of American voters -- nearly equal numbers in both parties -- are convinced that Congress is for sale. Given its record, the Virginia legislature can't make a credible ...

Commentary: Calling Confederate sympathizers terrorists is a bad idea

Recently people on the radical left, in their never-ending war on American culture and our historical relevance, have resorted to calling Confederate soldiers terrorists and anarchists to justify the removal of Confederate monuments. This is beyond insulting, it is also dangerous. Before we ...

Commentary: Exit, stage left

We are witness to the collapse of a presidency. This reality TV show president has come to the end of his run. Clearly he no longer has a firm grasp of reality, and his attempt to manipulate reality to conform to his bidding has failed in its ill-starred journey to the summit. The ...

Commentary: Congress needs to protect swipe fee reform

Each day, over 1,000 Virginians walk into one of my three 7-Eleven stores. My stores are at the heart of our communities whether our customers stop in for their morning coffee, an emergency trip for diapers, or for a sandwich at lunch. When I came to the United States in 1987, the first ...

Commentary: How cops prey on private property

Public funding of law enforcement agencies and the courts is meant to promote a fair and publicly accountable justice system. Yet more than 50 law enforcement agencies in Virginia are undermining public trust as they rake in big bucks from the seizure and forfeiture of private ...

Commentary: Trump fiddles while the planet burns

In February of last year, Fox News published an opinion piece titled "It's time to get rid of the EPA," in which author Bill Wilson asserted that "false data" and "fuzzy science" were used to justify the Clean Air Act and to block construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. In the intervening ...

Commentary: World worries about fate of science

On Earth Day, thousands felt compelled to take to the streets in support of science. There is widespread concern that our current government is led by lawmakers ignorant of the concepts of reason and objective truth that science brings to the world. They are ruled instead by an overwhelming ...

Commentary: Choices made with no vision keep us stuck in the past

Shenandoah County is at a crossroads. Will our county move forward, or will this year’s funding by the Board of Supervisors continue a retreat of support of vital county services including schools, Sheriff’s Office, public safety, and libraries? Today, the Board of Supervisors will meet ...

Commentary: Don’t buy what GOP is selling

You can save a lot of money by shopping around for your new phone or television.  Retailers clearly compete for your dollars. Can competition in the free market work the same way to bring down health care costs?  Republicans in Congress are banking on it as they promote health savings ...

Commentary: Beliefs and contradictions

The mental jujitsu required to be a Trump supporter must be exhausting, even for the most died-in-the-wool, hardcore Hillary-hating, rebel-flag waving partisan. Does the mental function required to separate fact from fiction automatically go offline when Trump speaks? Reason disengages? What ...