Reader Commentary

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

Andy Schmookler

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: 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

Andy Schmookler

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: 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.

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.

Commentary: We need to do what we can to keep economy growing

February 11, 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

Richard W. Hoover

February 6, 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 6, 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: Make your voice heard, oppose coyote lottery

January 29, 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.