Reader Commentary

Commentary: The Republican Party is responsible for this mess

If you listen carefully, you can probably hear the other shoes dropping across the mountains from us, in Washington, D.C. The ever-shifting kaleidoscopic mess that is the Donald Trump reality show is rapidly coming apart, destroyed by its own actions. How could such a ...

Commentary: A story of 2 Samaritans, and one bad law

I have a story to tell. It is a story of great human kindness and of an unnecessary hardship faced by many of our elderly citizens. A week before the Nov. 7 election, I met Ingrid Middleton, a 95-year old woman who lives in New Market. Ingrid is a registered voter and wanted to vote in the ...

Richard Hoover: Sadly, we’re lacking single-minded patriotic focus

I was 5 when the Second World War ended, one of millions of youngsters branded by the American home-front experience.  We were taught to esteem patriotic sacrifices. Among mine, a dear uncle in New Guinea and a dietician mother often assigned to the ...

Commentary: Nobody needs to own automatic weapons

When will this madness end? First we have the person in Las Vegas killing 58 human beings, next we have the one in Texas killing 26. And from all I have read/heard, neither of these killers knew all the people they killed. They just for some reason wanted to kill. But in both of these cases we ...

Commentary: Why are Americans having difficulty knowing what’s true?

America is facing many complex and challenging problems. The well-being of our democracy depends upon our being able to address these issues in a thoughtful and constructive manner. Currently, there is a high level of polarization and distrust, making any progress difficult, if not impossible. ...

Commentary: Where would Republicans lead us?

The Republican Party has planted the seeds, and now must reap the whirlwind. This road to hell was paved by decades of preparation from the right. No proposal was safe from attack by right wing media, even repurposed ideas were attacked when adopted by Democrats. Any outrageous charge was ...

Commentary: Parents are failing to guide their children

I just finished Clive Skidmore's "Practical Ethics for a Roman Gentleman," a work analyzing the writings of Valerius Maximus, the 1st century A.D. moralist. Valerius's substantial compendium of examples of male and female virtue was designed to spread traditional moral standards throughout his ...

Richard W. Hoover: Harmony of reconciliation is being challenged

I know what it's like to be engulfed heart and soul in the American Civil War. It all began, age 6, with my first sword. And even when my life was tragically turned upside down by years of school and work, I persevered with independent reading and travel. Eyes closed, I could imagine countless ...

Commentary: American path to diversity is not an easy one

America! No other country with such ethnic diversity has done more to provide equal opportunity and justice for all.  Even our national outlook has recently shifted – away from the  sarcastic reception accorded Rodney King's anguished cry that preceded the 1992 Los Angeles riots: "Can't we ...

Commentary: ‘Alt-right’ is offshoot of modern progressive movement

Do not call the "alt-right" conservative. First off, no matter what your politics are, the events that recently occurred in Charlottesville are beyond tragic. They strike at the heart of our Republic and our democracy. Namely, the right of every individual to gather to protest peacefully. Ever ...

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 ...