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Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Regarding unemployment and job opportunities

Editor: Hearing about the recent numbers regarding unemployment and wages in the Shenandoah County and Virginia is great news. Hearing and accepting is not all we can do though. We can ask why unemployment is gradually decreasing in Virginia, however, staying consistent nationally at 3.7 ...

Letter to the Editor: Support local businesses

Editor: One of the great privileges I have as president of the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce is the opportunity to meet and work with our local business and non-profit leaders. As we enter the busy holiday season, I encourage you to dedicate at least some of your holiday shopping ...

Letter to the Editor: A crisis of national security

Editor: The National Defense Strategy Commission on Tuesday issued a bi-partisan congressionally mandated report stating that “America’s military superiority ... has eroded to a dangerous degree" leaving the U.S. in a "crisis of national security.” With the continued infighting of both ...

Letter to the Editor: We may be in a state of anomie

Editor: Émile Durkheim was a French sociologist who developed the theory of anomie. Anomie is defined as the lack of usual social or ethical standards in an individual or group. While reading the Northern Virginia Daily on Nov. 8, I came across an article in the opinion section titled ...

Letter to the Editor: Election Day a day of sadness

Editor: For many Americans, Election Day was a day of sadness. And fear. For on that day, we witnessed the return of Democratic control of the House of Representatives. While we celebrate our nation’s rich history of democratic process, many of us also fear the rising tide of Democratic ...

Letter to the Editor: Kudos to registrar, staff, Electoral Board, voters

Editor: After an early-morning fire in the county offices five days before the mid-term elections, residents of Shenandoah County should feel pride in the swift mobilization by county administration officials that enabled the registrar and Electoral Board to successfully conduct a free and ...

Commentary: Jesus, the greatest miracle worker of all the ages

Editor: Seeing the words, “I make beer disappear” on a man’s shirt, I asked him if he worked miracles since he was able to make beer disappear, and he replied that all he did was put it in his tummy and his tummy did the rest. Miracles? I immediately thought about Jesus; the greatest ...

Letter to the Editor: Birthright citizenship

Editor: Donald Trump's father claimed he immigrated from Sweden, when in fact he apparently immigrated from Germany. This would make Fred Trump Sr. an illegal immigrant. If that is, indeed, the case, and if the president succeeds in his hateful, vicious, brainless attack against birthright ...

Letter to the Editor: A painting by everybody

Editor: There was a warm atmosphere of generosity on every level on Tomato Soup Day in Strasburg. For starters, the long lines are described by some as the best part; stuck in a range of friends and strangers building some of the stories that will be retold by grandchildren when they have ...

Letter to the Editor: Rebuttal to a recent column

Editor: Marino de Medici is upset that President Trump attacks the media; instead, in a column "Enemy of the people" on this page on Oct. 31, he suggests Mr. Trump and his followers should bow to the media’s superior intelligence, objectivity, and time-honored status. He finds it shocking ...

Letter to the Editor: Flying Confederate flag is rude

Editor: I would like to ask my friends and neighbors in Virginia to please remove the Confederate battle flag from their porch, barn, flagpole, or where ever it is being flown. It's rude. I do not dispute their right to fly the flag; I fully support the First Amendment. I'm not saying they ...

Letter to the Editor: Our fate determined in voting booth

Editor: What has happened to the Republican Party? I remember not so long ago when it was hard to tell the difference between a Democrat and a Republican. Not anymore. The Constitution was revered by members of both parties, but no longer. Many conservative, far right Republicans mock the ...

Letter to the Editor: Christians who vote

Editor: So much has been said and written about Christians who voted for President Trump. But it usually misses the mark. Being a Christian who voted for President Trump, I can share how some of us see this. First let me say, some of us are teachers, some attorneys, business owners, doctors, ...

Letter to the Editor: Vote against hatred, division

Editor: I read the book "How Democracies Die" when it came out this spring, and its message has stayed with me. Written by Harvard government professors Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, they have studied how certain nations in Europe and Latin America over the last century changed from ...

Letter to the Editor: Recreational marijuana not good for Virginia

Editor: Democratic candidate Jennifer Lewis for Virginia's 6th District is a strong advocate for the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes. The statement from Lewis’s campaign website listed under policy states the following: “Marijuana should be legal for medicinal and ...

Letter to the Editor: Candidate is dedicated to family, community

Editor: I have known A.D. Carter III, who is running for a seat on the Front Royal Town Council, for 10 years since he moved to Front Royal from Manassas. He is a man dedicated to family, community and the will of God. He is a local business owner and leader who finds time to participate in ...

Letter to the Editor: Speech as a weapon

Editor: In recent weeks at least 12 bombs were mailed to various high-profile Democrats and CNN, all critical of President Trump. Cesar Sayok, the alleged bomber, had a long list of targets. Authorities warn more bombs may be in the mail. On Oct. 17, Rep. Matt Gaetz, (R-Florida) posted a ...

Letter to the Editor: An apparent contradiction

Editor: Jennifer Lewis's views on health care and immigration are in apparent contradiction. The Democratic candidate for Congress strongly suggested in the Northern Virginia Daily that her position on health care would not raise costs. And yet Ms. Lewis holds views on immigration policies ...

Letter to the Editor: Who, what does Trump care about?

Editor: Who and what does Donald Trump most care about? Ask yourself that question. Think about it. Does he most care about the best interests of America, of John Doe American or himself? Does he most value the things that truly make America great: freedom of speech, including the press, the ...

Letter to the Editor: Do what you can

Editor: The events of the past few days have been so unspeakably awful that there must be a natural human tendency to react with hopeless disgust. Please don’t do that. Instead, please ask yourself – in all seriousness: “What can I – I myself, by myself – do about the ugliness and ...