Reader Commentary

Commentary: Will love truly trump hate?

This Saturday, the day after Trump's inauguration, The Women's March is attracting masses of women and men to marches in Washington, D.C., in every state in the union and in nearly 60 countries around the world. Could this be the silver lining to Donald Trump's election? Is this evidence that ...

Commentary: The new order

Some Americans were happy with electing a flawed leader with a dubious relationship with the truth. After years of inattention, exaggerations or outright lies by segments of the media, and enabled by players eager for an advantage, many voters were ready to suspend belief and latch onto anyone ...

Commentary: We need a little Christmas

Flipping through radio channels the other day, I stumbled across the Sirius channel playing Christmas music and heard Johnny Mathis’ cover of “We Need a Little Christmas.”  An upbeat song about longing for the secular trappings of Christmas, its second verse contains a slightly darker ...

Commentary: Is history being repeated?

There once was a man named  Paul Joseph Goebbles.  He was a student of philosophy and history.  He was an admirer of a specific book, "The Prince," by a long dead Italian writer;  a loyal party member who early on befriended a veteran, highly decorated,  who also wrote a book he admired ...

Commentary: Vandalism disappoints union

With the recent presidential election now behind us and the holidays fast approaching, the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS) wishes to address some recent incidents that arose during the presidential election. First, a little background about the BRS. The BRS is a national union that ...

Commentary: What just happened?

  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. The media has had a long fascination with ...

Commentary: We’re taking a step backward

  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. Republicans proved ...

Commentary: Ugliness result of Democrats fiddling with core values

  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 ...

Commentary: Hillary Clinton’s disappearing act

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 ...

Commentary: Happy (belated) Return Day

  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 ...

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

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 ...

Commentary: Courage to do the right thing

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 ...

Commentary: Voter fraud vs. voter rights

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 intoned by Republicans. However, they are dishonest on issues regarding the laws as they are ...

Commentary: Elections no excuse for religious bigotry

“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.” Typical election-year pranks? The corporate media certainly ...

Commentary: Why change the constitution?

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. This proposed amendment wound its way through the state legislature over a period of years, and regards the ...

Commentary: Expanding Medicaid won’t fix the problem

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 ...

Commentary: The human right to publicly express beliefs

In 2011 an earthquake rattled the nation's 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 ...

Your Views: Readers offer opinions on candidates

Earlier this month, the Northern Virginia Daily asked online readers and print subscribers who they would vote for in the presidential race if today were Election Day. There were 228 readers who responded to the informal poll. Of those, 50.21 percent said they would vote for Republican ...

Commentary: Ask grandmothers about political correctness

Grandmothers have wisdom for these times and we need to hear their voices. When I was teaching sociology, I began the first class by asking each student "who was the most influential person in your life?" Grandmothers won hands down. When pressed to explain why, their response was always ...

Commentary: Old buildings are keepers of our stories

When the bus pulled up in front we hurried off into that same piercing winter wind we had escaped 20 minutes earlier. We quickly got to the double entry doors and opened them to a beehive of activity. The well worn floors in the long hallway were spit-shined. Along one wall the cast iron ...