Reader Commentary

Commentary: All have something to be thankful for

November 25, 2015

Thankfulness. How many ways can we say it? What’s it mean? We give thanks before a meal, when we wake up from surgery or when our teenager comes home from a late night with friends. So many ways we can give thanks for something dear to us.

Commentary: Reclaiming our democracy

October 30, 2015

Commentators on the state of American democracy paint an unhappy picture: absolute paralysis and gridlock in Congress, an era of greatly increased influence of the super rich in political affairs, and a concerted effort to reduce participation among the people, or certain people, in the political process. In short, our democracy is in a shambles.

April Moore: What’s best for Virginia on marijuana?

April Moore

October 22, 2015

I do not claim to know what the wisest policy would be for a society like ours with respect to marijuana. But I think that it is a question worth raising because it seems clear that the policy we have been pursuing is not our best option.

Commentary: GOP Medicaid expansion in Virginia?

October 2, 2015

Can we trust Virginia’s GOP establishment leaders when they vow to fight ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion, although evidence shows that they’ve actually promoted it? Adding to their dishonor, the GOP establishment in Richmond, Winchester and Frederick County united with Democrats to replace our current 29th District Republican Del. Mark Berg, who’d become Virginia’s best defense against Medicaid expansion.

Commentary: When the good outweighs the bad

October 1, 2015

On Sept. 23, my 8-year-old-son, Noah, was hit by a car while crossing Warrior Drive in Frederick County near Stephens City on his bike. I was riding alongside Noah, pulling my 2-year-old daughter behind me, but we were separated while crossing. I watched and waited for Noah on the other side of the road, but when I moved to allow cars to turn, I lost sight of Noah for a moment … and in that moment, I heard a crash.

Commentary: Revel in the beauty of America’s diversity

September 28, 2015

“There but for the grace of God go I.” This was but one of my mother’s many cautionary sayings along with “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth” and “Don’t put all you’re eggs in one basket” etc., employed to bring my brother and me up short, and make us think before we acted, spouted off or cast aspersions against another.

Commentary: A call to arms for our county’s parents

September 24, 2015

In front of our County’s Old Courthouse stands both a statue and a bust of Peter Muhlenberg. A clergyman, soldier and legislator, Muhlenberg is most remembered for his famous call to arms on Jan, 21, 1776, in which he rallied his fellow Virginians to the defense of a nation about to be born.

Andy Schmookler: Left, right divide is hurting our nation

Andy Schmookler

September 11, 2015

As far as I know, I’m the only liberal-leaning columnist who regularly writes with mostly conservative readers in mind. There’s a story behind why that is – a story about love, and one that makes me sad.

Commentary: Is Trump unifying force our nation needs?

Richard W. Hoover

September 9, 2015

I wrote a column last spring on the need to find a president who could bring our divided county back together. I gave historical examples: Roman Emperor Trajan and President James Monroe — unifiers who reconciled critical social, military and political elements long thought to be irreconcilable. I concluded that neither Democrats nor Republicans had yet found such a candidate and urged them to look harder.

Commentary: Schools capacity meeting is important

August 31, 2015

As Shenandoah County’s children prepare to return to school on Sept. 8, the School Board is currently considering the capacity issues facing our schools, and considering short-term solutions that could have far-reaching impact on the education of our county’s children. Most of us are aware of the problems of overcrowding at the north and central campuses, and excess capacity in the south, but only a handful have been following the School Board’s efforts to resolve them. Parents owe it to their children to pay attention to this process and make their voices heard.

Commentary: Bullying tactics may cost water customers dearly

August 21, 2015

Does the Frederick County Sanitation Authority (FCSA) have the right to steal water from the Town of Stephens City? That is the heart of the issue right now between the FCSA and the town. This issue affects every water customer in Frederick County, because the lion’s share of the county’s water supply comes from water that belongs to the town.