Andy Shmookler: How did it get this bad?
May 21, 2015
A study published recently in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that telling conservatives that a light bulb is good for the environment makes them less likely to buy it.
Commentary: Is religious liberty a civil right?
May 12, 2015
Indiana’s turmoil over freedom of religion illuminates the growing conflict between religious liberty and sexual rights.
Commentary: Political outlook based on education, parenting
May 6, 2015
Richard Hoover’s April 29 column, “Is political orientation genetic?,” raises an important issue calling for civility in our political discourse. It is indeed getting pretty ugly out there.
Letter to the Editor: Kudos to Shenandoah County school employees
May 4, 2015
As our school division celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week, we want to take this time to thank every employee of the Shenandoah County Public Schools for work that they do for the students whom they serve each and every day! In the fast-paced, hectic world in which we live, we often do not have the opportunity to stop and reflect on the critically important work that we as a school division are doing. We are making an investment in our
Commentary: New program brings youth together
April 26, 2015
In my 20-plus years in Special Olympics I still, on occasion, make the same mistake. I miss the boat. I underestimate the abilities either cognitive or physical of our Special Olympics athletes; athletes with intellectual disabilities. But by continually making this mistake, I, in essence, pretty much make them like everyone else; just another person; available to be judged and limited by what we see or what we think we see.
Richard Hoover: Campaign politics: Anything can happen
April 22, 2015
With oceans of time before the 2016 party conventions, and with voter passions and divisions soaring, anything can happen.
Commentary: Is business destined to wither on vine?
April 16, 2015
The Front Royal Board of Supervisors’ leadership is uncertain which direction to take: should they favor (a) business, (b) tourism, (c) homeowners’ rights, or (d) all or (e) none of the above? Unfortunately, based on the board’s most recent decisions, it appears they might lean toward option (e) at the expense of (d), all of the above: business, tourism and homeowners’ rights.
Commentary: Is religious liberty a civil right?
April 7, 2015
The Religious Freedom law passed in Indiana last month energized civil rights activists who labeled the law discriminatory. Similar laws exist in 19 states, including Virginia. Arkansas passed its version, though in the furor caused by Indiana the governor balked at signing it unless changes were made. Lost in the legal language and the sound bite back and forth of political pundits is the real question: is religious liberty a civil right?
Commentary: Morals and ethics at battle
April 6, 2015
Morals and ethics are often used interchangeably and for good reason; if you look up the definition of morals it will reference ethics in a somewhat circular definition. The same goes if you look up ethics. Yet there is a difference.
Andy Schmookler: Undoing our Founders’ achievement
April 3, 2015
In a previous column, I declared that historians will judge that the most important political battle of our times was not over the issues that most people focus on — immigration, abortion, guns, etc. — but on something far more fundamental. The vital battle now is over whether the American people will be able to preserve the gift our founders gave us, or whether a new kind of big money will fully succeed in transforming our nation into a society in which the powerful few dominate the many.
Commentary: President’s tone anything but loving
March 25, 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 23, 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 20, 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 10, 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 3, 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 3, 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 27, 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 20, 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 19, 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 14, 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.