Reader Commentary

Commentary: What just happened?

December 2, 2016

The events of Nov. 8 are just beginning to sink in for many of us. Experts and voters were rattled by the outcome of the presidential election. If we examine what was going on in the background, it may not come as much of a shock.

Commentary: We’re taking a step backward

November 21, 2016

For the longest time, I wanted to believe that the opposition to Barack Obama was ideological and based on opposition to his policies. Over the last eight years, progress slowed, problems simmered, and government became even more deadlocked and dysfunctional.

Commentary: Ugliness result of Democrats fiddling with core values

Richard Hoover

November 19, 2016

Here’s a proposition: America’s ugly national division, with all its anxiety and incivility, is largely a product of Democrat Party fiddling with American core values. And last week, the same fiddling contributed largely to massive Democrat defeats on all levels. Here are but a few examples of Democrat core value transgressions (good heavens, where to begin?):

Commentary: Hillary Clinton’s disappearing act

November 16, 2016

November 8 is what was supposed to be a turning point in American politics with the election of the United States’ first female president. However, the American people spoke and shattered this historical event along with the discontinuance of the Clinton political dynasty. (We’ll see what happens with Chelsea.)

Commentary: Happy (belated) Return Day

November 12, 2016

Delaware, with its unique makeup of only three counties, none of which are like the others, has its fair share of political turmoil. From the generally conservative Sussex, the middle-of-the-road Kent, to the liberal Philly suburb that is New Castle, I know of no other place with more opportunity for political discord, feelings of powerlessness, or just plain sour grapes. And that’s precisely why they have Return Day.

Commentary: A child’s rights don’t end at birth

November 3, 2016

There are many people who will vote in the upcoming election based solely on the complex and emotionally fraught issue of abortion. It is not my purpose to debate the rights of unborn children with anyone. I’m writing on behalf of the millions of children living in this country whose voices have too often been drowned out by the debate over a woman’s right to choose.

Commentary: Courage to do the right thing

November 1, 2016

On Oct. 21, the Northern Virginia Daily printed Scott Rasmussen’s column “Politicians don’t lead the nation.” In the article he writes: “Politicians don’t lead the nation, they lag behind. Change always comes from outside the political process, often from surprising places.” He tells about an event on April 19, 1960, in Nashville, Tennessee, when a young black student named Diane Nash asked a question of Mayor Ben West.

Commentary: Voter fraud vs. voter rights

October 31, 2016

We hear rhetoric about Republican respect for the Constitution and the voting process. Patriotic cries of “one man, one vote” and of honoring the principles stated by the Founding Fathers are fervently repeated by Republicans. However, they are dishonest on issues regarding the laws as they are practiced.

Commentary: Elections no excuse for religious bigotry

October 22, 2016

“Trump Supporters Assaulted Outside Chicago Rally.” “Cars Vandalized Outside Trump Rally in Maine.” “Trump Headquarters Firebombed in North Carolina.” “A Third of Trump’s Yard Signs in Northern Virginia Stolen.”

Commentary: Why change the constitution?

October 10, 2016

In addition to the other important electoral choices Virginians are deciding this November, we are faced with changing the Virginia state constitution by adding anti-union language.

Commentary: Expanding Medicaid won’t fix the problem

October 7, 2016

Earlier this year, the Virginia Interfaith Center has been lobbying members of the Virginia Municipal League to ask the General Assembly to increase Medicaid spending. The proposal of the Interfaith Center, while quite well intentioned, is at best foolhardy and will only lead to bankruptcy of the current system.

Commentary: The human right to publicly express beliefs

September 23, 2016

In 2011 an earthquake rattled the nations’ capital. Rumors rose immediately that the tremor was caused by the Founding Fathers rolling over in their graves – their long sleep disturbed by events unfolding in the country they’d given their lives to establish. Seismic changes indeed and nowhere more evident than in the area of free speech and personal beliefs, particularly Christian ones.

Commentary: The schools bring us together

August 26, 2016

In succinctly capturing the essence of education, I don’t think anyone has ever done a better job than G.K. Chesterton. He wrote, “Education is simply the soul of a society being transferred from one generation to the next.” His point is that civilization continues because each generation takes responsibility for passing along to the next generation all that humanity has learned up to that point.

Commentary: Trump poses a threat to democracy

August 16, 2016

I sat on my hands in silence when Donald Trump withdrew press credentials from the Washington Post, as I did when he cut off BuzzFeed, Politico and the Des Moines Register. Likewise I ignored his cutting off of Univision (largest Spanish language television network in the U.S.), the Daily Beast and the Huffington Post, among others. This morning when I learned that Trump is also considering “blacklisting” the New York Times from access to his campaign events, I knew I had to speak out.

Commentary: Who are the evangelicals?

Ian Chapman

August 9, 2016

Throughout the Republican primary campaign, candidates sought the support of evangelicals. They spoke of their belief in God, of their commitment to the Bible and to family values.