Reader Commentary

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.

Commentary: Starting school earlier would have adverse effect on community

December 10, 2015

I am writing today to share my concerns about the proposed early start calendars for Shenandoah County Public Schools in the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school years. If this calendar is approved, school will start as early as Aug. 6. I believe there are many more negative impacts to starting significantly earlier than there are benefits.

Commentary: Natural deer urine attractants illegal in Virginia

December 2, 2015

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries adopted a new regulation effective this fall that made it illegal to possess or use deer scents and lures that contain natural deer urine or other bodily fluids while taking, attempting to take, attracting, or scouting wildlife in Virginia. The department took this proactive action to help minimize the risk of introducing Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) into new areas in Virginia. CWD poses a real and significant risk to Virginia’s deer herd. It could also have a devastating impact on deer hunting, which generates over $500 million dollars annually to the state’s economy.

Commentary: Climate issues are grounded in politics

Richard Hoover

December 1, 2015

I don’t mean to bore readers with personal factoids. Nevertheless, I might recall this: from Vienna as political adviser at the U S. Mission to the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency, I was sent as U.S. permanent representative to the U.N. Environmental Program (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Commentary: A litany of failure

December 1, 2015

It seems as though no amount of encouragement or ridicule will motivate government officials across the commonwealth to improve their dismal record of compliance with Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act.

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.