Commentary: President’s tone anything but loving
March 25th, 2015
Overblown rants from the lame stream media regarding Rudy Giuliani’s doubts that President Obama loves America were meant to brand him as outlandish and unreasonable as you might expect from the hypercritical left. It’s the way they roll when their hero is impugned by the opposition party, and it also elevates their ego to think they have forced nervy conservatives to their proper line of silence.
Commentary: Do we want a safe bridge, or some politician’s legacy?
March 23rd, 2015
In supporting the Virginia Department of Transportation’s plans for a new Morgan Ford Bridge, our supervisor implies that critics of the plan oppose a safe bridge. He couldn’t be more wrong.
Andy Schmookler: The main political battle in America today
March 20th, 2015
Here’s what I bet that historians will say was the No. 1 political battle in the America of our times.
Not the national debt, or abortion, or Obamacare, or immigration, or gun rights.
Commentary: Utility has too much influence
March 10th, 2015
Dominion Virginia Power, the Commonwealth’s dominant electric utility, has far too much influence in the governmental processes of the Old Dominion, juiced by high voltage campaign contributions.
Andy Schmookler: Ugly times in Washington
March 3rd, 2015
It is painful to be living in a time when America’s politics are so ugly, so un-American. Take this most recent drama in the House of Representatives.
Commentary: Can atheism coexist with tolerance?
March 3rd, 2015
The Middle Eastern chaos driven by ISIS’s claim to speak for Islam seems tailor made for atheist claims that the
Commentary: Use the alternative design for bridge
February 27th, 2015
I would like to say my county supervisor has stopped by my home on Rockland Road and asked my input regarding the Morgan’s Ford Bridge — or for that matter any issue in the county — but that has not happened. I’ve met Congressman Bob Goodlatte more often in Rockland than my neighbor and county supervisor. I asked my neighbors if they have ever had our supervisor stop by and ask their opinion and they said the same thing … no.
Letter to the Editor: Bridge is a top priority for the community
February 20th, 2015
I am writing in response to the recent letter to the editor titled “VDOT meeting on bridge was a sham.”
Commentary: County needs coordinator to monitor aid to needy families
February 19th, 2015
A growing number of families in Shenandoah County depend on help from governmental and nonprofit agencies just to get by.
Commentary: Anti-vaxxers putting public in danger
February 14th, 2015
I just finished reading two great columns in the Feb. 7 edition of the Northern Virginia Daily. I speak of the columns “Seeking a vaccine for ignorance” by Kathleen Parker, and “Bipolar disorder is not the ‘latest fad'” by Leonard Pitts Jr.
Commentary: We need to do what we can to keep economy growing
February 11th, 2015
Earl Cutlip, in his letter to the editor titled “The nation is in debt, why spend more?” in the Feb. 3 edition of the Northern Virginia Daily, notes that the economy is in an upswing and that the nation is already trillions of dollars in debt, and asks one of those people who voted for President Barack Obama to explain why the federal government should spend even more money.
Commentary: Americans don’t need to be told how to vote
February 6th, 2015
One of Andy Schmookler’s Jan. 31 Opinion Page broadsides was aimed at the Republican Party for its “utter lack of concern for serving the public good.” The other blast was reserved for his own Democratic Party whose “pathology,” in the lead-up to the November election, had somehow prevented Democrats from exposing the GOP for what it is. The exact nature of this Democratic disorder, Schmookler announced, is to be revealed in his forthcoming book.
Commentary: Community comes together for prom
February 6th, 2015
I wanted to thank a few of our hometown Strasburg businesses and individuals for their recent generosity. These remarkable businessmen and women and community leaders played a part to make an event a reality on Jan. 24.
Commentary: Before reform, a plan is needed
February 5th, 2015
Virginia’s Certificate of Public Need law protects and ensures all Virginians’ access to essential and high-value health care.
Andy Schmookler: How Democrats let America down in 2014
January 30th, 2015
The Democrats’ 2014 election debacle left no room for doubt: Something is seriously wrong with that party. Consider this:
Commentary: Make your voice heard, oppose coyote lottery
January 29th, 2015
If you enjoy wildlife but have never spoken out in defense of it, now is the time. Coyote killers are trying to convince you, your neighbors and the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors to allow a privately funded killing contest, euphemistically called a “coyote lottery.” At 2 p.m. Feb. 7, there will be a town hall meeting in the Woodstock Municipal Building to consider this unethical and misguided proposal. I encourage everyone who respects wildlife to attend and speak out against this coyote lottery.
Commentary: Killing with impunity
December 16th, 2014
The media have given us extraordinary exposure to recent events involving the police. It’s a rare viewer or listener who has not formed some conclusion about them. But they’re all over the lot. The views of the Daily’s readers are as good as any of the others. Here are a few of them.
Councilman thanks town residents
December 11th, 2014
After serving on the Front Royal Town Council for the past 8 1/2 years, I want to take a moment to say thank you to all the citizens for letting me serve this wonderful town.
Andy Schmookler: Letting money buy power corrupts our money system, too
November 25th, 2014
In its opinion in Citizens United, the Republican-appointed Supreme Court majority pretended it wasn’t true. But every sane person knows otherwise: allowing unlimited money to flow into our election process corrupts our democracy. “One person, one vote” gets replaced by “one dollar, one vote,” which means that the increasing inequalities of wealth in America subvert the democratic idea of equality of political voice among all citizens.
Commentary: Not joining is choice, not a lack of hospitality
November 21st, 2014
Recently an article was posted in local newspaper and in a commentary column in the Northern Virginia Daily by Roger Barbee. Both articles raised the concern in our communities addressing the needs of the homeless. Both sought more involvement from our community in addressing this crucial need. Then both articles raised the question of “why aren’t churches doing more for the homeless?” As a pastor of a local church, I would like to respond.