Reader Commentary

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 ...

Commentary: The schools bring us together

In succinctly capturing the essence of education, I don’t think anyone has ever done a better job than G.K. Chesterton. He wrote, “Education is simply the soul of a society being transferred from one generation to the next.” His point is that civilization continues because each generation ...

Commentary: Why is education system so skewed toward academia?

  Populism – the belief in the power of regular people, and in their right to have control over government rather than a small group of political insiders or wealthy elite – is on the rise in America today. Support for Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump is in part a result of ...

Commentary: Trump poses a threat to democracy

  "….were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1787 I sat on my hands in silence when Donald Trump withdrew press ...

Commentary: Who are the evangelicals?

Throughout the Republican primary campaign, candidates sought the support of evangelicals. They spoke of their belief in God, of their commitment to the Bible and to family values. This was understandable. Evangelicals represent a significant and influential voting bloc. According to the Pew ...

Commentary: States stepping up for battle to protect religious liberty

Religious freedom is more than allowing diverse religions to coexist and the opportunity to attend church. Religious freedom is the ability to act on the convictions of your faith. Do we know what it means to defend our right to freely live out our faith? Preserving American liberty depends ...

Commentary: The imminent death of diversity

Diversity … dying? In 21st-century America? Is that what you’re really saying? Yes, and here’s another staggering premise. Ironically, diversity’s demise isn’t coming from the religious right, but instead from the very people who scream diversity the loudest. In the areas of the ...

Commentary: The approaching fire

Imagine a forest fire headed your way and you are in a position of responsibility, with the ability to not only alert your neighbors but to help put out the fire. Would you do everything you could to avert catastrophe, or would you listen to the voices of the people who want the fire to ...

Commentary: Why surrender to a system that has failed?

The July 12th Hillary/Bernie coming-together performance in Portsmouth, an effort to imprint America with thoroughly collectivist ideals and programs, gave this Cold War veteran (28 years of military and diplomatic service) serious pause. Clinton and Sanders stand for everything my colleagues ...

Commentary: Indifference comes at a terrible cost

The recent tragedy in the gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, shocks us, but should not surprise us.  We all know about the list of similar events in this country.  What should surprise and distress every U.S. citizen is the fact that, despite the principles we voice, we have done nothing ...

Commentary: President Obama’s gun dilemma

The Orlando horror not surprisingly has Obama liberals screaming gun control. Those who’ve followed Mr. Obama’s journey see his comments as incredibly self-serving given a 2008 campaign speech. There Obama lamented people clinging “to their guns and … religion.” In Orlando’s ...

Commentary: A legend in politics leaves Shenandoah Valley

Sometime on June 14 , a giant in Shenandoah Valley politics went home to be with God and her late husband.  Suzanne Curran was a legend in Republican politics both in Shenandoah County and in the 6th Congressional District.   The vice chair for the Republican State Central Committee for the ...

Commentary: Judicial branch has been under GOP assault for years

  The Republicans have a history of attacks on the Constitution. One of the three legs that support our democracy, the judiciary is the branch dependent upon the others to enforce its rulings. Federal judges are intended to be insulated from public opinion and not subject to ...

Commentary: A flash of sanity

    Just when we thought that the entire Republican party was aping Trump by becoming a mirror reflecting all the barely contained rage and resentment plaguing Americans today, there is a thread of sanity that surfaced in the Senate. Recently the Senate Republicans ...

Commentary: Raise bar for adults, hold kids accountable

As a believer that our children watch what we do more than listen to our words, I wish to respond to the sadness coming out of Strasburg High School since this past January. • In January 2014 a teacher/coach was allowed to resign after he faced charges of “hazing, assault and battery by ...