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Jules Witcover: The rule of law, and of sanity, in Trumpland

  WASHINGTON -- With our executive branch in the hands of Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled legislative branch now essentially subservient to him, the judicial branch and the Justice Department in his own administration now remain the principal defenders of the rule of law in ...

Leonard Pitts Jr.: What happened in Starbucks isn’t really about Starbucks

I don't drink coffee, so I can't boycott Starbucks. But I wouldn't if I could. Yes, I understand -- and share -- the national anger over viral video of last week's arrest of two African-American men at one of the company's Philadelphia stores. The men, who have yet to be identified, were ...

Letter to the Editor: Land ‘welfare’ needs to be scrutinized

Editor: Now that the good ol' boys are back in the driver's seat, it was just a matter of time when the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors would want to raise taxes. It amazes me how much land in Shenandoah County is under some kind of government assistance "welfare." This is tax breaks ...

Go fly a kite at Cedar Creek Battlefield

STRASBURG – The Cedar Creek Foundation welcomes area residents to experience the old-fashioned delight of flying a kite on Saturday at its second annual Kite Flying Day. Patrick Kehoe, Cedar Creek Battlefield manager, said he hopes this year’s event will be a big success. Due to inclement ...

Arts Chorale commemorates end of two wars

WINCHESTER — The Arts Chorale of Winchester will remember two major wars this weekend with a musical tribute. The concert, called “Sure on This Shining Night,” commemorates the anniversaries of the ends of World War I (100 years) and the Korean War (65 years). The program ...

Kathleen Parker: The dogs of war are howling

WASHINGTON -- As sabers rattle ever louder across fields, plains, oceans and deserts, President Trump's words from earlier this year haunt the stable mind: "I would love to be able to bring back our country into a great form of unity," he said. "Without a major event where people pull ...

Daily staff honored at annual VPA awards

The Northern Virginia Daily staff won 31 awards and was presented the sweepstakes award for best small daily newspaper advertising in the annual Virginia Press Association contest on Saturday. Advertising salesperson Madeline Hickman was named Outstanding Sales Professional at the annual ...

Student named science fair winner

Alina Jafri, a Massanutten Regional Governor’s School student and senior at Central High School, has been named a winner in the annual Shenandoah Valley Regional Science Fair held in March at James Madison University. Her  engineering 3D printed prosthetic hands project was recognized by ...

Connie Schultz: Paul Ryan’s family legacy

House Speaker Paul Ryan's stated reason for leaving office after this year's election sure is getting a lot of traction. "If I am here for one more term, my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad," he said. "I just can't let that happen. So I will be setting new priorities in my ...

Andy Schmookler: Questions for Republican voters

I don't know anyone who spends as much time trying to understand Republican/Trump supporters as I do. But I'm still puzzled. The main puzzle is this: Do they not see what I'd expect them to see? Or do they not care about what I'd expect them to care about? Here are some specific areas on ...

Kaine brings Senate campaign to valley

HARRISONBURG — Since U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine hit the campaign trail seeking a second six-year term in office, he’s noticed his rallies have turned out a few more people than had been the case in his two decades in politics. Saturday afternoon was no different, he said, as about 150 ...

Local women share their solo travel adventures

FRONT ROYAL – Rebecca Altizer, a retired teacher, has a tendency to throw herself, her two dogs and cat, into the unknown and go on a path of discovery, wherever it might lead her. “Traveling is one of those things you just do,” Altizer said. “In a way, it helps us better understand ...

Improve balance with strength training, dance parties

STRASBURG - Jill Eisentrout, trainer at Anytime Fitness, teaches "Fitness for 50+" each Monday, Wednesday and Friday for individuals over 50 looking to maintain their strength and balance. “Stability and balance really deteriorate if you don’t use them,” Eisentrout said. “As we age, ...

Sherando edges James Wood in softball

WINCHESTER - James Wood coach Todd Baker walked across the field and handed Sherando's Clarence Smith a wooden canteen after Thursday's softball clash between the Northwestern District rivals. The canteen, with a decoration on each side from both schools, goes to the winner whenever the ...

Letter to the Editor: Response to anthem is nonsense

Editor: All this brouhaha over the National Anthem is a lot of nonsense. Franklin Delano Roosevelt asked that the anthem be played prior to the start of Major League Baseball games when WWII began. The purpose was to instill national fervor in the country as we prepared to go to war. Until ...

Horse owners recommended to vaccinate

HARRISONBURG — With warmer weather and mosquito season on the horizon, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is encouraging horse owners to vaccinate their animals against mosquito-borne illnesses. State Veterinarian Charles Broaddus said horse owners should ...

Public Meetings: April 2-6

The following public meetings are scheduled:   Shenandoah County The Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the government center, 600 N. Main St., Woodstock. The Board of Supervisors holds a public hearing on the proposed fiscal 2019 budget and tax rates at 7 ...

JustServe.org builds unity through community service

A local online resource and volunteer matchmaking service, JustServe.org, offers personalized nonprofit opportunities and a chance for local volunteers to enrich their communities through serving, thus paving the way for positive change. Mike Groll, stake president for the Mormon Church, ...

Walter E. Williams: How ignorant we are

  Here's a question for you: In 1950, would it have been possible for anyone to know all of the goods and services that we would have at our disposal 50 years later? For example, who would have thought that we'd have cellphones, Bluetooth technology, small powerful computers, LASIK ...

How Moore grants were used in classrooms

Shenandoah County Public Schools has announced how funds were used by recipients of the 2016-2017 Moore grants from the estate of Helen Moore, a resident of Strasburg. Sandy Hook Elementary School A Little Dash of Joy: provided students in the Coding Club with three dash robots, fully ...