Reader Commentary

Commentary: The imminent death of diversity

July 27, 2016

Diversity … dying? In 21st-century America? Is that what you’re really saying? Yes, and here’s another staggering premise. Ironically, diversity’s demise isn’t coming from the religious right, but instead from the very people who scream diversity the loudest. In the areas of the greatest social tension diversity is in trouble.

Commentary: The approaching fire

July 22, 2016

Imagine a forest fire headed your way and you are in a position of responsibility, with the ability to not only alert your neighbors but to help put out the fire. Would you do everything you could to avert catastrophe, or would you listen to the voices of the people who want the fire to spread?

Commentary: Why surrender to a system that has failed?

July 16, 2016

The July 12th Hillary/Bernie coming-together performance in Portsmouth, an effort to imprint America with thoroughly collectivist ideals and programs, gave this Cold War veteran (28 years of military and diplomatic service) serious pause. Clinton and Sanders stand for everything my colleagues and I struggled against. Thousands of them, in Korea and Vietnam, even lost their lives.

Commentary: Indifference comes at a terrible cost

June 28, 2016

The recent tragedy in the gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, shocks us, but should not surprise us. We all know about the list of similar events in this country. What should surprise and distress every U.S. citizen is the fact that, despite the principles we voice, we have done nothing about these outrages.

Commentary: President Obama’s gun dilemma

June 27, 2016

The Orlando horror not surprisingly has Obama liberals screaming gun control. Those who’ve followed Mr. Obama’s journey see his comments as incredibly self-serving given a 2008 campaign speech. There Obama lamented people clinging “to their guns and … religion.” In Orlando’s aftermath this reminder suggests Mr. Obama’s rhetoric has little to do with the tragic loss of life and more to do with the anti-gun ideology that has guided his career.

Commentary: A legend in politics leaves Shenandoah Valley

June 17, 2016

Sometime on June 14 , a giant in Shenandoah Valley politics went home to be with God and her late husband. Suzanne Curran was a legend in Republican politics both in Shenandoah County and in the 6th Congressional District. The vice chair for the Republican State Central Committee for the Western District, Suzanne was a king maker and at the same time one of the kindest ladies ever born, yet the fiercest warrior when it came to the U.S. Constitution and government interference in our lives.

Commentary: A flash of sanity

June 2, 2016

Just when we thought that the entire Republican party was aping Trump by becoming a mirror reflecting all the barely contained rage and resentment plaguing Americans today, there is a thread of sanity that surfaced in the Senate.

Commentary: The ‘bathroom’ decree is unconscionable

May 19, 2016

We are removing our children from the public school system in Virginia and will be homeschooling them for the rest of their K-12 school career. This action is in direct response to the federal government’s unconstitutional and dangerous decree that bathrooms, lockerrooms, and every other facet of school life cannot be segregated based on a child’s actual gender.

Commentary: Cuts to respite care program impact our seniors

May 18, 2016

Recently we learned that the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors voted to make a significant reduction in funding for the Other Place Respite Care Program, which is part of the Agency on Area Aging of Shenandoah County. Such a reduction in services for some of our most vulnerable citizens is reprehensible.

Commentary: Students suffer when school budget is not fully funded

May 11, 2016

Every year during budget season in Shenandoah County, the discussion is the same. Are we going to raise taxes or are we going to cut? Public departments request more while vocal constituents strongly oppose, stating those agencies should function on less.

Commentary: Teachers shape the future

May 4, 2016

It is a memory common to most people – one or more special teachers who “made the light come on” and awakened in them the curiosity that brings learning to life. While most of us are grateful to and for that teacher, few of us ever consider that the teacher in question also had a teacher who made the light come on presidents captures the influence of teachers across generations, dating back to the furthest reaches of our past, and extending indefinitely into our future.

Commentary: We must support foster youth after they exit system

May 3, 2016

Virginia has about 5,038 children in the foster care system. Out of those children, 2,856 of them are exiting out without a place to call home and a family to depend on. No direction to life, and their only source of help financially and guidance are terminated without consideration.

Andy Schmookler: When the talk and the walk are opposites

Andy Schmookler

April 29, 2016

Which party do you think of when you hear the phrase, “defender of the Constitution”? I would wager that members of both parties would immediately think of the Republican Party, because they are the ones who most loudly proclaim their deep allegiance to our founding document.

Commentary: Gun show brings in law-abiding masses

Richard Hoover

April 29, 2016

Big April 22-24 weekend at the packed Nation’s Gun Show, held at the Dulles Expo Center and attended by thousands of white, black, Hispanic and Asian Americans. Young and old, there were lovers holding hands, singles, parents and children — families buying guns, hauling ammunition to the parking lot.

Commentary: Celebrate Earth Day by enjoying the Shenandoah River

Mark Frondorf

April 22, 2016

Today, our 46th Earth Day, we celebrate the rich network of natural resources we depend on and renew our commitment to its protection. Shenandoah Valley’s very own, President Woodrow Wilson, recognized the importance of this half a century before the first Earth Day by creating the National Park Service to conserve the beauty of the land and water for future generations.