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What if you built an expensive, elaborate reviewing stand for a parade and on the big day, it overlooked an empty street? That is the question both President-elect Joe Biden and incumbent President Donald Trump must answer within just a few weeks.

Unless members of Congress find some way to compromise and give Americans an early Christmas through a new round of COVID-19 relief funding, the holiday season will be grim for tens of millions of people. President Donald Trump can do little about that — but he can do something.

Leaders of both major political parties agree on one thing: the presidential election scheduled for Tuesday is among the most important in American history. Its outcome will shape our government, economy, even our society for many years to come. Your life and that of your children and grandc…

Kudos to the Strasburg Town Council members who voted this week to add technology that will offer residents who can't attend council meetings to view them livestreamed online as well as in archives. This is a vital step toward transparency in government and citizen participation.

“We are still very much in the darkness and something has to change. As the next generation, we have to be the change because I’m tired. I’m tired of hearing about innocent black lives being taken. I’m tired of not feeling as equal as the white people in this world. I’m tired of just being l…

The many thousands of people who have gathered and will gather across the nation to remember George Floyd, a black man who died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer last week, are demanding justice and an end to violence by police against people of color.

If you haven't read it yet, please take a look at today's commentary on this page by Dr. Colin Greene, director of the Lord Fairfax Health District. What he says makes a lot of sense – as Virginia reopens and people start to mingle more in stores, churches or walking malls it's still importa…

A recent wire story brought up an interesting surmise - those who wear - or don't wear - a mask in public may be making a political statement.

We encourage citizens to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 by voting absentee in the May 19 town elections and the June 23 primary elections.

Now is not the time to let down our guard, take off our face masks or congregate. Computer modeling shows the number of cases in Virginia peaking later this week, and state and federal officials have said they want to see a two-week decline in the number of cases before we all can start a ph…

The speed at which the coronavirus has changed our lives in Virginia is breathtaking. By Feb. 28, 2,000 people worldwide had been infected and 2,800 had died of the virus. There were 60 cases in the U.S. with no deaths, and the virus had not yet reached Virginia. Officials were urging school…

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To say that our lives have changed in a matter of a few weeks is an understatement. To think we’re going to go back to normal in three weeks is wishful, naive thinking. The coronavirus wave that’s left death in its wake is now at our doorstep in the valley, with at least nine positive cases …

The coronavirus (COVID-19) that has spread from China to dozens of nations has made its way to Virginia. As of Thursday afternoon, the number of cases nearly doubled overnight, with 17 “presumptive positive” cases of Virginians with the respiratory disease. While so far there have been no ca…

The grass planted next to the new sidewalk in Strasburg is poking through its straw mat, and now that days are more conducive for strolls, more folks are seen venturing out on it.

Our motorsports column anchored on the left side column of our Sports section front each Thursday has been missing the past few months while columnist Craig Murto took time away from writing to focus on battling a lengthy illness. We are sorry to say that Craig passed away last week at the y…

The governor of the great Mountain State to the west is urging Virginia counties not happy with the new political landscape in Richmond to secede and join forces with West Virginia.

Ever wonder why photos of bank robbery (or other) suspects captured on surveillance cameras are usually so dark, grainy or fuzzy that even the suspect’s mother wouldn’t be able to identify him or her?

An Election Day holiday measure is winding its way through the General Assembly, and we think it’s an excellent idea. Let’s clear all obstacles to allow Virginians to have the opportunity to let their voices be heard with their votes.

The Associated Press reported this week that there have been more than 1,800 confirmed cases of influenza and 225 deaths from the flu or pneumonia so far during the 2019-2020 flu season in Virginia, which is one of 45 states, the District of Columbia, New York City and Puerto Rico that the C…

We ran a story recently about how a child’s request to help other local children who would not receive any toys this Christmas had blossomed into a holiday toy drive that brought in donations of several thousand dollars worth of new toys for area children.

The Pink Patch Project is a campaign that was started in 2013 by the Seal Beach, California, Police Department to raise funds and awareness of the battle against breast cancer. Since then, the program has spread to police departments and other agencies across the nation. In Virginia, four po…

Winter is coming, but after the cold temperatures and a few snowflakes that fell over the valley this week, we should just say it's already here. Daylight hours are growing shorter, and the brilliant colors of fall have drifted to the ground. We also know that winter is coming because the Vi…

We're well into fall now. As the leaves turn and daylight melds into darkness, we offer a reminder to those who enjoy a walk, jog or bike ride on area roadways: don't be invisible. Don light-colored or reflective clothing so that motorists can see you in the early morning or evening darkness.

One news story that got local folks riled up online this week concerns the Warren County Board of Supervisors’ consideration of hiring an attorney – with taxpayer money – to represent the five board members who have been indicted on misdemeanor charges of misfeasance and nonfeasance. They ar…

In one fell swoop, the Warren County special grand jury sent out its longest list of indictments in the Front Royal-Warren County Economic Development Authority case to date on Friday – 14 people indicted on a total of 42 misdemeanor counts of misfeasance and nonfeasance.

Last week, we asked if some animal-related events at fairs and other community gatherings should be retired. One of the examples we cited was the box turtle derby at a local fair – in which local animal experts called the turtles “the walking dead” because they were not likely to survive lon…

Thoughts of the 1980s film “The Breakfast Club” bubbled up when reading the Northern Virginia Daily story “Few seem to want repeat visit to Alternative Suspension Center” in Saturday's paper.

Astounding news reported this week on the local medical front: Valley Health has temporarily suspended mammograms at its diagnostic center in Winchester after the American College of Radiology “raised concerns about the quality of our mammogram images,” according to information posted on Val…

County fair season has ended locally but fond memories of winning ribbons, being crowned a fair queen and other personal bests will linger for many years to come. Most of the fair events are traditional — held year after year — but as time goes by and attitudes change, some of those events h…

While Shenandoah County does not have malls, big factories or many of the chain stores and restaurants that more populated counties have, its tourism and agritourism businesses are thriving and contributing to the local economy.