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James Pinsky: The power of rumors vs. science

Rumors don’t have any friends. From the playground, to the workplace, and even in our personal lives, rumors are about as welcome in our lives as a leaky, and impolite skunk. The reason rumors are so unpopular isn’t the fact that they be wrong. Nope, the sinister power of the rumor is ...

George Bowers Sr. God’s giant wristwatch keeps perfect time

This month is a special treat for sky observers. Moon gazers are treated to two supermoons as well as a lunar eclipse all in the same month. One of the supermoons has already passed on New Year’s Day but the second will occur on Jan. 31. A supermoon is a phenomenon that occurs every other ...

James Pinsky: New Year’s Day is a lie

In a few days, 2017 will be gone. Forever. As conservationists, the beginning of a new calendar year comes to us when Mother Nature has firmly tucked Americans into a cold winter's sleep. Most of nature, us included, slow down or even hibernate as nature resets herself for spring. Now there's ...

James Pinsky: Sustainability: a key weapon for freedom

Sustainability. Contrary to some opinions, it is a word spelled with a few more letters than four. Still, among some, the mere mention of the word inspires the use of some of the most colorful four-letter words we have in our language. I have always found resistance to sustainability ironic. ...

Froma Harrop: Alabama was a win, not just from Dems

The Democratic conquest of a senate seat in Alabama produced a lot of winners other than the victor himself, Doug Jones. Many were Republicans, including some who voted for the inexplicable Roy Moore. The obvious celebrants, of course, are Democrats. For them, it wasn't all dumb luck. The ...

George Bowers Sr. Connecting the dots of Christmas

Whenever we went on vacation during my elementary years, my parents kept me well supplied with activity books. Not only did this occupy my attention over long stretches of recently constructed interstate highways, but it also reduced the frequency of the most annoying trip question ever, “Are ...

Jason Wright: There is no such thing as a perfect Christmas

You know the scene, right? It's the perfect Christmas. There's snow falling and dancing in the air like Juilliard students. The house smells like the perfect blend of fresh rolls, gingerbread cookies, and perhaps some of your mother's famous fudge. The tree is comically huge and ...

Correction

An article appearing in Wednesday's newspaper, “Medical center’s cardiac catheterization lab earns accreditation,” should have stated that the heart attack response measurement for which the Winchester Medical Center placed in the top 10 nationally is called the "door-to- balloon ...

Shenandoah County Public Schools employee wins state award

The Virginia Society for Technology in Education  has named Tim Taylor, Shenandoah County Public Schools Supervisor of Instructional Technology, as its 2017 Outstanding Leader of the Year. “I am humbled by it,” Taylor said. "The work they do in the schools is a team effort," Taylor said ...

Michael Barone: Real target of GOP tax bills: Feds, eds, meds bloat

Are the current Republican tax bills, passed by the House and Senate and being reconciled in conference committee, an attack on "feds, eds and meds"? That's a reference to the government, health care and education jobs that local Democrats in Dayton, Ohio, told Sen. Sherrod Brown have been ...

Prep scores: Dec. 11

Monday’s results Boys basketball Rams 54, Yellow Jackets 50 Moorefield 8 13 15 14—50 Strasburg 14 20 5 15—54 Moorefield (0-2) Morgan 0 1-2 1, Vance 4 0-0 10, Pyles 2 0-0 6, Watts 1 4-5 6, Keller 0 0-2 0, Fawley 11 1-4 23, Haggerty 2 0-0 4. Totals 20 6-13 50. Strasburg (1-4) Sager ...

Jules Witcover: Trump refutes story on firing Tillerson as fake news

WASHINGTON -- President Trump resumed his war on the American press Friday by tweeting that a widely circulated report that he was planning to fire his secretary of state was "fake news." In the tweet, he wrote: "The media has been speculating that I fired Rex Tillerson or that he would be ...

Craig Murto: Challenges of owning track

    Few things in motorsports are as challenging as owning a racetrack. From the demographics of a track’s regional market, to simply hoping the rain stays away and the races run on time, there are plenty of things that weigh on the minds of owners of today’s short ...

George Bowers Sr. Ignored warnings at Pearl Harbor

This past spring, Nancy and I had the privilege of visiting the Hawaiian Islands and enjoyed the trip beyond words. As you know from a previous column, I baptized my cellphone but thoroughly enjoyed the waterfalls, the beaches, the flowers, the culture, and the food. One day, God willing, ...

James Pinsky: The buzz of agriculture

  Despite what Shakespeare wrote, to bee or not to bee was never the question, at least not to farmers. If you want to eat things like apples, nuts, broccoli, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, celery, squash, cucumbers, citrus fruit, peaches, kiwi, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, ...

Planning Commission recommends taking no action on alleys

MIDDLETOWN – The Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the Town Council to keep some town-owned alleys. The town has been considering whether 10 to 15 alleys are real alleyways or if some of them should be  abandoned. Some, while they are called alleys, are not functional alleys ...

Gerald Almy: New gear unveiled for hunters

If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for the sportsman in the family or just need to upgrade your own hunting gear, here are some excellent new items worth looking into for the 2018 season including ammo, optics, footwear, rifles, and knives. Kuiu Scarpa R-Evolution Trek Boots. I’ve been ...

Commentary: Where are the men?

Once upon a time there was a kingdom, where men were virtuous, honorable, and courageous and women, well, were too! It was a community moray, tradition if you will, for these honorable men to support and protect women. And in this time, when the intelligence, work ethic and wisdom of women were ...