Reader Commentary

Commentary: World worries about fate of science

April 26, 2017

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 need for control at any cost and conspicuous disregard for facts. This march was in support of science, reason, scientific research, and their contributions to our modern world.

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

April 25, 2017

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?

Commentary: Beliefs and contradictions

April 12, 2017

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

Commentary: They’ve had a chance!

March 31, 2017

As an octogenarian and a political junkie, I’ve lived through many a presidential election. But I’ve never seen anything like the 2016 contest.

Commentary: Give public chance to discuss tax rate

March 27, 2017

On Tuesday the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors should set its “advertised” property tax rate at a level high enough to make public debate about it worth having. This rate – the maximum possible rate the board can finally accept – will become the topic of a public hearing (now scheduled for April 13) and additional discussion before the board votes on a final rate.

Commentary: Beware of PACs seeking gifts

March 22, 2017

There has been a lot of talk lately regarding the adding of a seventh member to the Board of Supervisors, mostly coming from members of Parental Alliance for Strong Schools, a group founded to increase school spending. No one can argue or debate that there has been dysfunction on the Board of Supervisors as of late.

Commentary: Trumpcare: Health insurance for young, wealthy

March 21, 2017

There is a huge gap between the promise of Trumpcare and the reality. President Trump promised better, lower-cost insurance available to everyone. In reality, Trumpcare will cost many people much more and provide less. It isn’t an exaggeration to say that millions of people in the country will lose their insurance, not by choice, but because they cannot afford it. Charity care cannot take its place. People will die because they aren’t rich enough to go out and buy good insurance without help.

Commentary: This is not your father’s Republican Party

March 11, 2017

So much has been written about Donald Trump that at this point I feel a lot of people are starting to become numb to it all. His scandals, questionable business dealings, accusations of sexual assault, as well as what could possibly be deemed treasonous activities at some point in the very-near future, are all common knowledge and have been well documented.

Commentary: Unfit, unqualified, and unwelcome

March 8, 2017

It is increasingly clear that Donald Trump possesses self-promotion and fortune building skills, but lacks qualities required in a president, or even in a city council member. His abilities made him a reality TV star, but do not translate to governance.

Commentary: The difference between an immigrant and refugee

March 1, 2017

Wendy spoke English and worked in the health clinic in the parish of Maria, Madre de los Pobres in the impoverished barrio of La Chacra in San Salvador, El Salvador. Since 1991, I have been visiting the parish as a home away from home.

Commentary: Legislators need to fix our broken immigration system

February 24, 2017

In today’s political climate, merely mentioning the word “immigration” evokes unease and polarization at every level from our families and neighbors, all the way up to our legislators. The problem, up until now, is that we’ve been having this conversation from emotional and political perspectives rather than looking at the facts.

Commentary: The hallmarks of tyranny

February 15, 2017

The German people who became embroiled in, and culpable for one of the most heinous crimes in modern history, were for the most part ordinary, law-abiding citizens with strong Christian values, living under a democracy. They were certainly not all rabid, hate-mongering psychopaths as is often assumed. How then could they have become caught up in a nationalistic tyranny resulting in a world war, oppression, and mass murder?

Commentary: On the hunt for litter critters

February 14, 2017

Recently on a dreary January morning, I decided to do what anyone in the valley would do: go hunting. On went the boots, down vest, hat, gloves, and blaze orange vest. I gathered my game bags (large orange trash bags), weapons (a paint stick to hold the bags open and a pistol grip reacher), and hopped into my pickup, headed for one of the best spots I know. With apologies to Gerald Almy, I am going to share some of my best tips for a successful trash hunt.

Commentary: Americans need to take the high road

February 11, 2017

During international athletic events, American fans can be heard chanting U-S-A during important or dramatic times of a competition. The chant is used to encourage our athletes, to recognize their accomplishments, and to let our opposition know who we are. Other countries do the same, and it is in good sportsmanship.