Reader Commentary

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.

Letter to the Editor: Kudos to Shenandoah County school employees

May 4, 2015

As our school division celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week, we want to take this time to thank every employee of the Shenandoah County Public Schools for work that they do for the students whom they serve each and every day! In the fast-paced, hectic world in which we live, we often do not have the opportunity to stop and reflect on the critically important work that we as a school division are doing. We are making an investment in our
community’s future!

Commentary: New program brings youth together

Rick Jeffrey

April 26, 2015

In my 20-plus years in Special Olympics I still, on occasion, make the same mistake. I miss the boat. I underestimate the abilities either cognitive or physical of our Special Olympics athletes; athletes with intellectual disabilities. But by continually making this mistake, I, in essence, pretty much make them like everyone else; just another person; available to be judged and limited by what we see or what we think we see.