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With presidential contender Elizabeth Warren, threatening religious liberty over sexual alternatives and gender issues, sentiments echoed by former candidate Beto O’Rourke, the title might seem preposterous. But numerous summer events suggest the possibility.

For over two years, the Democratic Party has attempted to deny the results of the last presidential election, claiming that the Trump campaign won a phony election that was rigged under the direction of Vladimir Putin. But as we know, the Democrat-backed Mueller Report found “no evidence tha…

The reality TV star who stumbled into the most powerful job in the world is blindly flailing in all directions. Instead of accepting advice in consideration of his ignorance of the mechanics of governing, Donald Trump has managed to surround himself with family and sycophants. Vowing to drai…

Shenandoah County’s proposed new meals tax has been discussed in these pages for many weeks now. The arguments for voting no are laid out in detail, while the yes arguments seem to be, “Well, it’s this or higher property taxes,” “Nobody minds paying a little extra,” or even “Shenandoah Count…

Late in life, participating in my first-ever political endeavor, I have learned many things this summer. Some of these things I will do my best to quickly unlearn; other things seem like important lessons that should be shared with friends and family. My least favorite campaign activity is c…

The General Assembly should make college affordable again for Virginia’s families of moderate and low income. That’s one of the best ways to help us become the Virginia we want to be.

The respective virtues and pitfalls of two competing economic systems are in full-throated debate. Socialism, which only until recently was advocated by “fringe” progressives, is being promoted by many mainstream Democrats. Capitalism – the economic system that propelled the United States on…

We are burdened by a president for whom lying comes as naturally as breathing. He calls the press “the enemy of the people” when they repeat his statements and report his actions. Any difference of opinion is condemned. Any opposition is labeled as treasonous, as hate for our country.

“Journalism,” said Walter Cronkite, an icon of that profession, “is what we need to make democracy work.” To some, Cronkite might seem a relic from a different era of national journalism, but his statement remains true. Transparency, rigorous inquiry, shared facts – these things allow voters…

Joshua Huffman is a genuine conservative. He named his own personal website the Virginia Conservative. And when the Harrisonburg radio station WSVA decided to recruit a conservative to be paired up with the liberal voice of Andy Schmookler (my husband), for a kind of point-counterpoint radio…

On Sept. 6 at Grove’s Winchester Harley Davidson, we celebrated 20 years of fish frying, music, and fun – all to support your community compassionate hotline, Concern Hotline!

As we approach the 18th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, we should never forget the loss of 2,977 innocent American lives. Many were simply at their desk and had no idea that Sept. 11 would be their last day on Earth, while others such as our brave first responders willingly sacrificed their l…

Virginia is the cradle of liberty and birthplace of presidents. Virginians’ political convictions have always been rooted in the foundational principles of limited constitutional government, personal responsibility and individual liberty.

Most conservative people I’ve known agree that character is important. But it seems to me that, when it comes to our political leaders, people think of “character” too narrowly.

Last week, David French of the National Review came out in support of red flag Laws. For those of you who do not know, a red flag law is where the government has the right to seize your weapons if you are deemed to be dangerous to yourself or to anyone else. To his credit, Mr. French makes a…

Listen up, Northern Shenandoah Valley gun owners, especially if you’re a Republican. Each of us has powerful leverage to affect legislation in Virginia right now. It only takes a few keyboard clicks and quick voicemails.

I remember a classmate in college who had this annoying habit of prefacing each utterance with, “Correct me if I’m wrong...” It wasn’t the phrase that bothered us. It was the fact that he didn’t mean it! He was never open to anyone’s opinion. I have to admit, though, even when I’ve said, “Co…

Yes, the monikers will be coming again, along with other potential political games. Forewarned should be forearmed. Labels and nicknames are powerful psychological tools used by our president in the 2016 election to reduce the competition. We’ve seen this movie. "Lyin" Ted, "low-energy" Jeb,…

During our recent move, I was looking at one of the cardboard boxes we purchased from a local store with their slogan, “Never Stop Improving.” That got me thinking about my concept I have believed for many years. We all have the desire to improve, but how do we measure our improvement? To wh…

I am running for office this year as a Democrat. Many voters in this district, I’m aware, would regard that as reason enough to vote against me. But I hope those people will first listen to my reasons for taking on the label of “Democrat” after having spent much of my career choosing to avoi…

Having attended more New Market Rebels baseball games now (yes, they did let me back into the stadium), I keep being reminded of my many summers spent on a baseball field. Our coaches did not just teach us about baseball. They used baseball to help us grow as men.

On July 9, the General Assembly returned to Richmond for the special session called by the governor. The special session was called only days after the mass shooting that occurred in Virginia Beach for the purported purpose of adopting legislation to prevent such events in the future. When t…

I recently attended my first New Market Rebels baseball game. Alas, they lost by one run. I hope they don’t blame me and will let me into the stadium next game.

As we approach another election cycle, many Democratic candidates advocate “Medicare for all” (aka, universal health care or “free health care for all”). As an active duty member of the United States military, I participated in – or, rather, was subjected to – “free government health care” f…

To serve in the Virginia State Senate, a person must first take an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States. I’d like to ask our district’s incumbent senator, “Mr. Obenshain, why aren’t you fulfilling that sacred oath?”

Alexis de Tocqueville was a Frenchman who became an astute and enthusiastic observer of American culture and government in the first half of the 19th Century. He was particularly struck by the tendency of Americans to voluntarily come together for different causes and purposes. He wrote, “Ev…

Two loves have motivated much of what I do: a love for the earth, and a love for the young generation who I hope will be able to live as well as we have (but I fear may not).

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others in her party have called for the end of the Electoral College as part of the Constitutional mechanism for presidential elections. “My view,” she said, “is that every vote matters. And the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting, and th…

A dear friend of mine has a daughter who went to Catholic schools, including a Catholic college, as he did. His daughter married and became pregnant. In the course of the pregnancy, his daughter’s doctor said that there might be a serious problem with the baby.

Limiting choices and ignoring alternatives lead to bad results. A farmer planting only one species in his fields makes his whole harvest vulnerable to failure. When we take a course of antibiotics we run the risk of killing beneficial bacteria that work together to regulate our systems. Fail…

Four years ago here, I expressed my position on the question of whether Virginia should legalize marijuana. My main points then were 1) that it was clear that medical marijuana should be allowed, and 2) regarding legalizing recreational marijuana, we should wait to see how legalization was w…

I carefully weighed entering the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office race in Warren County but after considering current affairs, I declined to run. Both Messrs. Bryan Layton and Jonn Bell, who are running for that position, are friends and colleagues of mine, and we have all dined and had adult …

As we approach the 2020 election I believe it is vital that residents of the valley understand the institution of slavery not only in the United States but the role it had here and the impact reparations would have on you and me as citizens.

The Mueller investigation is completed, and we have passed the halfway point of Trump’s first term. It’s time to assess the impact of the full-throated resistance of the Democratic Party on its chief stakeholders: the American people.

The idea of “representative government” is that the people’s representatives should represent the interests of the people who elect them to office. But it doesn’t always happen that way. Professional politicians can become skilled at hiding who they’re really serving.

Earlier this week, we saw the fall of one of the great icons of the American civil rights movement, Morris Dees. Mr. Dees was the co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a group that raised money to kill off hate groups in the U.S. Mr. Dees deserves our great respect and must b…

As a visitor — and now a resident — of the Shenandoah Valley for over 50 years, our valley’s majestic beauty and grandeur never cease to amaze me. Having set foot on every continent of the world while serving on military active duty, I can truly say our valley is a unique natural treasure wi…

There are times in our lives when we are called to remember the “better angels of our nature.” Those times include our relationships with each other and our conduct as a culture and as a nation. When Abraham Lincoln issued such a call, deep social wounds roiled the nation – as they do now.

Leaders of our society are held to higher standards of conduct than the general population due to their positions of leadership or responsibility for the lives of others. Members of the military, police, and our elected officials quickly come to mind.

Certainly, it is discouraging to find that our leaders have serious moral failings – e.g., involving the treatment of black Americans by white, or the treatment of women by men. And it makes sense, when those failings reach a certain level of seriousness, to remove flawed office-holders from…