Reader Commentary

Andy Schmookler: Ugly times in Washington

Andy Schmookler

March 3rd, 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 27th, 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 14th, 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.

Commentary: We need to do what we can to keep economy growing

February 11th, 2015

Earl Cutlip, in his letter to the editor titled “The nation is in debt, why spend more?” in the Feb. 3 edition of the Northern Virginia Daily, notes that the economy is in an upswing and that the nation is already trillions of dollars in debt, and asks one of those people who voted for President Barack Obama to explain why the federal government should spend even more money.

Commentary: Americans don’t need to be told how to vote

Richard W. Hoover

February 6th, 2015

One of Andy Schmookler’s Jan. 31 Opinion Page broadsides was aimed at the Republican Party for its “utter lack of concern for serving the public good.” The other blast was reserved for his own Democratic Party whose “pathology,” in the lead-up to the November election, had somehow prevented Democrats from exposing the GOP for what it is. The exact nature of this Democratic disorder, Schmookler announced, is to be revealed in his forthcoming book.

Commentary: Community comes together for prom

February 6th, 2015

I wanted to thank a few of our hometown Strasburg businesses and individuals for their recent generosity. These remarkable businessmen and women and community leaders played a part to make an event a reality on Jan. 24.

Commentary: Make your voice heard, oppose coyote lottery

January 29th, 2015

If you enjoy wildlife but have never spoken out in defense of it, now is the time. Coyote killers are trying to convince you, your neighbors and the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors to allow a privately funded killing contest, euphemistically called a “coyote lottery.” At 2 p.m. Feb. 7, there will be a town hall meeting in the Woodstock Municipal Building to consider this unethical and misguided proposal. I encourage everyone who respects wildlife to attend and speak out against this coyote lottery.

Commentary: Killing with impunity

December 16th, 2014

The media have given us extraordinary exposure to recent events involving the police. It’s a rare viewer or listener who has not formed some conclusion about them. But they’re all over the lot. The views of the Daily’s readers are as good as any of the others. Here are a few of them.

Councilman thanks town residents

December 11th, 2014

After serving on the Front Royal Town Council for the past 8 1/2 years, I want to take a moment to say thank you to all the citizens for letting me serve this wonderful town.

Andy Schmookler: Letting money buy power corrupts our money system, too

Andy Schmookler

November 25th, 2014

In its opinion in Citizens United, the Republican-appointed Supreme Court majority pretended it wasn’t true. But every sane person knows otherwise: allowing unlimited money to flow into our election process corrupts our democracy. “One person, one vote” gets replaced by “one dollar, one vote,” which means that the increasing inequalities of wealth in America subvert the democratic idea of equality of political voice among all citizens.

Commentary: Not joining is choice, not a lack of hospitality

November 21st, 2014

Recently an article was posted in local newspaper and in a commentary column in the Northern Virginia Daily by Roger Barbee. Both articles raised the concern in our communities addressing the needs of the homeless. Both sought more involvement from our community in addressing this crucial need. Then both articles raised the question of “why aren’t churches doing more for the homeless?” As a pastor of a local church, I would like to respond.

Commentary: It’s time to stop using the ‘R word’

September 18th, 2014

I read an interesting article in a recent issue of a Washington, D.C., paper. It was on the Opinion page and was by a former player for the Washington NFL team. And he just happens to be a member of the Coquille Tribe of southwest Oregon. He made a point that the emblem on his helmet was not him. He was a defensive end for Washington in 1970. As he said, he is not an Indian, he is a Coquille. And that leads me to what follows.

Commentary: What Democratic confusion!

September 15th, 2014

Has there ever been a junior varsity guest columnist who, all at once, takes on the outpourings of two award-winning professional commentators — in this case, the two who starred in last Saturday’s Opinion Page? Taken together, Andy Schmookler and Robert Reich rail against white, male and heterosexual privilege, champion “justice” in the form of social and economic equality and, in order to fulfill what Reich calls “our obligations to one another,” would vigorously bleed the capitalist system to the advantage of their long-devalued and disadvantaged constituents.

Andy Schmookler: On the wrong track

July 7th, 2014

For years, Americans have been unhappy about where our nation is headed. But we don’t all see the same dangers or agree on what to do about them. For example, the fear of millions that Obamacare is another step toward a socialist tyranny has little to do with reality. This distraction is just one symptom of what’s gone wrong.
Here are my two most important areas of concern:

Commentary: What’s happening to our nation?

June 27th, 2014

It’s interesting to watch people and listen to their responses after posing a question about their opinion on the most recent political scandal in America. Some roll their eyes and others just shake their heads. Short answers include unbelievable, incredible, what’s next and what’s happening to this country. It must be a sign of the times. Under the current administrative watch, an ongoing deluge of scandal and failed policy has created a sense of America in decline.