Reader Commentary

Andy Shmookler: How did it get this bad?

Andy Schmookler

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.

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
community’s future!

Commentary: New program brings youth together

Rick Jeffrey

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.

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.