Reader Commentary

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 ...

Commentary: The ‘bathroom’ decree is unconscionable

We are removing our children from the public school system in Virginia and will be homeschooling them for the rest of their K-12 school career. This action is in direct response to the federal government's unconstitutional and dangerous decree that bathrooms, locker rooms, and every other facet ...

Commentary: Cuts to respite care program impact our seniors

Recently we learned that the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors voted to make a significant reduction in funding for the Other Place Respite Care Program, which is part of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging. Such a reduction in services for some of our most vulnerable citizens is ...

Commentary: Students suffer when school budget is not fully funded

  Every year during budget season in Shenandoah County,  the discussion is the same.  Are we going to raise taxes or are we going to cut? Public departments request more while vocal constituents strongly oppose, stating those agencies should function on less. This isn't Northern ...

Commentary: Virginia lawmakers ‘medieval’ in world view

I’m convinced that our Virginia legislators are stuck right in the middle of the Middle Ages in their view of the world. Here’s why I think so. Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently used an executive order to return voting rights to ex-offenders who have served their sentences and returned to ...

Commentary: Teachers shape the future

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” -Henry Adams It is a memory common to most people – one or more special teachers who “made the light come on” and awakened in them the curiosity that brings learning to life. While most of us are grateful ...

Commentary: We must support foster youth after they exit system

Virginia has about 5,038 children in the foster care system. Out of those children, 2,856 of them are exiting out without a place to call home and a family to depend on. No direction to life, and their only source of help financially and guidance are terminated without consideration. I am a ...

Commentary: Gun show brings in law-abiding masses

Big April 22-24 weekend at the packed Nation's Gun Show, held at the Dulles Expo Center and attended by thousands of  white, black, Hispanic and Asian Americans. Young and old, there were  lovers holding hands, singles, parents and children -- families buying guns, hauling ammunition to the ...

Andy Schmookler: When the talk and the walk are opposites

Which party do you think of when you hear the phrase, “defender of the Constitution”? I would wager that members of both parties would immediately think of the Republican Party, because they are the ones who most loudly proclaim their deep allegiance to our founding document. Yet in ...

Commentary: Celebrate Earth Day by enjoying the Shenandoah River

Today, our 46th Earth Day, we celebrate the rich network of natural resources we depend on and renew our commitment to its protection. Shenandoah Valley’s very own, President Woodrow Wilson, recognized the importance of this half a century before the first Earth Day by creating the National ...

Commentary: Let’s remember the words of the prophets

All societies need their prophets and politicians.  To find a person who combines the qualities of both is quite rare. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was indeed a prophet and not a politician, although he certainly had a profound impact on the politicians of his day. Dr. King, by his ...

Commentary: Turning taxes right side up

In considering local tax hikes, our elected officials should let the Founding Fathers be their guide. The Federalist Papers were written in 1787 to persuade the voters of New York to adopt the Constitution approved in Philadelphia that same year. On average, those voters had fourth grade ...