Reader Commentary

Commentary: Amazon has saved the U.S. Postal Service

Editor: Recently, the U.S. Postal Service and Amazon have been the topic of some of President Trump's tweets. Personally, I think the president uses Twitter mostly to rally his supporters to an issue rather than to inform. While I realize calling him out has gone badly for some who have ...

Commentary: A rift in the rainbow?

The Trump Administration announced the continuation of its ongoing transgender military ban. Though inflammatory to far-left liberals the decision reflects the growing numbers who are wary of transgender ideology. Transgenderism isn’t new. The first reassignment surgery occurred in 1930. ...

Commentary: The debate is about public safety

A reflection on the assault weapons debate: This debate is not really about gun ownership. Guns will always be available for protection of hearth and home. A strong democracy, not an assault weapon, is our best weapon against tyranny. This debate is not about the National Rifle Association, ...

Commentary: Step up, take action against assault weapons

We are once again engaged in national ferment that always follows one of the mass shootings of students in their schools. They generate more heat than mass shootings of other people, often in greater numbers than in the school killings. While these events spawn endless talk and volumes of ...

A ‘nothing’ in a tomb, rising in glory

A recent article in the Feb. 26 Northern Virginia Daily,  “A Place of Lost History and Identity,” addressed the search for the graves, markers, and names of those buried in an African-American cemetery. Highlighted was Carolyn Jenkins. It really touched my heart, for this lady was at the ...

Commentary: Delegate’s bad faith prevents sensible discussion of gun policy

In the Feb. 6 Northern Virginia Daily, our member of the House of Delegates Todd Gilbert complained that “the only time they ever blame a crime on the instrument and not the perpetrator is when a gun is involved.” In this statement, Mr. Gilbert shows us the bad faith that so regularly ...

Commentary: Where the sidewalk ends: Sexual assault edition

Shel Silverstein put it simply: there is a place where the sidewalk ends. In his collection of children's poems by the same name, "Where the Sidewalk Ends," he recounts and describes the way a simple sidewalk, one walked on by many, full of promise with the sun and green grass, can come to a ...

Commentary: In painful times, taking action helps

In late January I joined with about 150 people for a bracing plunge into the Potomac River near Washington, D.C.! No, we were not insane.  At least not mostly.  We were raising money for the organization international climate leader Bill McKibben calls “the best regional climate ...

Commentary: The death of the Incumbent Protection Act

Over a year ago, American patriots led by Ken Adams, Anne Fitzgerald, Matt Tederick and Scott Sayre brought a lawsuit into federal court, the object of which was to remove Virginia code section 24.2-509, otherwise known as the Incumbent Protection Act. This piece of code, a holdover from the ...

Commentary: Trump watch: What spurs obedience to this president?

Ten years from now, when some of the “best people” are still serving time from their association with our 45th president, a popular pastime for historians will be explaining how America tumbled down a black hole. What forces led the world’s oldest democracy to roll the dice on a serial ...

Commentary: Trump supporters at rally show disrespect for rights of others

On Jan. 20, here in Shenandoah County, a goodly number of us who worry about what President Trump is doing to our nation held a march and a rally in Woodstock. Our rally was not, of course, one of the larger such gatherings. In cities around the United States and, indeed, the world, hundreds ...

Commentary: Back in the day we did not diminish America in world’s eyes

I regret that our president – if true – described countries in Africa, Central America and the Caribbean as "s---holes." (In Foreign Service days, we did our best to keep bilateral relations on an even keel) Several who were there at the DACA meeting – Senators Cotton and Perdue among ...

Commentary: The latest con job

I wonder how the people of Wall Street and the infamous swamp felt in 2016 when they heard Trump rail against lobbyists, hedge fund managers and CEO's all taking advantage of the forgotten people. They are surely relieved by the Christmas present bestowed upon them now. Disguised and ...

Commentary: Media goes overboard comparing Trump to Jackson

The hidden side of  historical figures is often illumined by examining both the symbols that surrounded them and the earlier historical figures who inspired them. Francis I chose for his emblem the mythologically indestructible salamander -- not inappropriate for a king who, deep in the ...

Commentary: Strasburg will rebound

Lately there has been a lot of bad news coming out of my adopted home town, Strasburg.  From allegations of sexual assault on a school bus two years ago, to having volunteer first responders allegedly being involved in having sex with a minor.  Quite a few of my neighbors are rather ...

Commentary: Male dominance is the issue

Some powerful men are falling from their high places. Politicians, celebrities and academics have all succumbed to charges that they imposed themselves on women. The current scandal could have started at any time, but the dethroning of Harvey Weinstein gave birth to the ...

Commentary: Illusion: Our nation’s foundations are being undermined

Editor: As we go about our everyday lives, it is comforting to see that nothing has changed, despite what you may see or read in the main stream media or your social media of choice.  The streets and towns and people and shops and routines appear as they always have. Take comfort in that ...

Commentary: Simple coloring of news a slippery slope

I remember a long-ago NPR discussion on how the surging popularity of the internet and its biased websites threatened to swamp the objective and incorruptible reporting of the newsprint media.Indeed, I also remember when objective front page reporting was a newspaper's  pride, when ...

Commentary: The Republican Party is responsible for this mess

If you listen carefully, you can probably hear the other shoes dropping across the mountains from us, in Washington, D.C. The ever-shifting kaleidoscopic mess that is the Donald Trump reality show is rapidly coming apart, destroyed by its own actions. How could such a ...

Commentary: A story of 2 Samaritans, and one bad law

I have a story to tell. It is a story of great human kindness and of an unnecessary hardship faced by many of our elderly citizens. A week before the Nov. 7 election, I met Ingrid Middleton, a 95-year old woman who lives in New Market. Ingrid is a registered voter and wanted to vote in the ...