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Moral responsibilities regarding the immigrant caravan have become yet another issue dividing our nation. In the clamor to find either a persuasive, or guilt inducing voice to settle the dispute, Jesus, the humble Galilean prophet, advocating justice and mercy, has entered the fray. But it i…

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In a few months, my “son” Johnny will be graduating from Liberty University, and entering into the Air Force as a second lieutenant. For the record, I have no children of my own, but am the legal guardian of a 22-year-old named Johnny and his 20-year-old sister Laila. I write this thinking o…

James Fallows is a writer for the magazine The Atlantic Monthly. He and his wife Deborah undertook a fascinating project: they spent the better part of five years in a small propeller plane traveling from town to town across the U.S. They spent days or weeks in dozens of towns ranging in siz…

For humanity’s sake, we must embrace perspective! In this time of frenzied, sensory overload with tech gadgets growing from our hands and nursing our myopic, tribal views of the world, we need to pause, take a long breath, and reflect to consider what is truly important to our very existence…

A trio of articles in the latest Foreign Service Journal typifies the diversity mania sweeping the Foreign Service. Each largely ignores diversity’s elephant-in-the-room question, the double-edged sword: what exactly does diversity bring to the table in terms of achieving optimal foreign pol…

Recently, the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors heard a request for the board to sign a resolution in support of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The ERA would constitutionalize the prohibition of discrimination of persons based on gender.

One implication of this title is that hate is and has been a problem throughout human history. From that angle it’s a large, pressing issue not a small, insignificant word. The second relates to how four-letter words lack the negative significance they once held in our increasingly profane, …

America is in the midst of a crisis centered primarily on our current president, Donald Trump. The crisis itself is that Trump’s harsh, untruthful rhetoric has further divided Americans into opposing hostile camps with very different views of reality. This polarization makes solving any of o…

Who would’ve imagined that the United States of America would ever have found itself in this situation?

To the Strasburg, Central and Stonewall Jackson classes of 2018: As you prepare to walk across the stage into early adulthood this weekend, I’m sure you are aware of many people who are proud of you: your families, relatives, teachers, coaches, and friends. However, there is one group whose …

This week, I am looking forward to visiting Front Royal. Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley with rivers and mountains to explore, it reminds me of my home in Japan, where peaks and valleys dot the countryside. It is not just the similar landscapes that connect Front Royal and Japan. They are a…

Roughly every five years, Congress passes a Farm Bill – legislation that affects every aspect of America’s agricultural industry. From programs for farmers and ranchers and shifts in trade policy to conservation efforts and nutrition assistance, the Farm Bill is a vital piece of legislation …

People called to public service have a common belief in helping their fellow men and women. That’s what inspired me during my 16 years in the Virginia Senate. Many of those I served with over the years shared that commitment to helping Virginians.

“We must especially beware of that small group of selfish men who would clip the wings of the American Eagle in order to feather their own nests.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

The Trump Administration announced the continuation of its ongoing transgender military ban. Though inflammatory to far-left liberals the decision reflects the growing numbers who are wary of transgender ideology.

We are once again engaged in national ferment that always follows one of the mass shootings of students in their schools. They generate more heat than mass shootings of other people, often in greater numbers than in the school killings.

A recent article in the Feb. 26 Northern Virginia Daily,  “A Place of Lost History and Identity,” addressed the search for the graves, markers, and names of those buried in an African-American cemetery.

Shel Silverstein put it simply: there is a place where the sidewalk ends. In his collection of children’s poems by the same name, “Where the Sidewalk Ends,” he recounts and describes the way a simple sidewalk, one walked on by many, full of promise with the sun and green grass, can come to a…

Over a year ago, American patriots led by Ken Adams, Anne Fitzgerald, Matt Tederick and Scott Sayre brought a lawsuit into federal court, the object of which was to remove Virginia code section 24.2-509, otherwise known as the Incumbent Protection Act. This piece of code, a holdover from the…

Ten years from now, when some of the “best people” are still serving time from their association with our 45th president, a popular pastime for historians will be explaining how America tumbled down a black hole.

I regret that our president – if true – described countries in Africa, Central America and the Caribbean as “s—holes.” (In Foreign Service days, we did our best to keep bilateral relations on an even keel) Several who were there at the DACA meeting – Senators Cotton and Perdue among them – s…

I wonder how the people of Wall Street and the infamous swamp felt in 2016 when they heard Trump rail against lobbyists, hedge fund managers and CEO’s all taking advantage of the forgotten people. They are surely relieved by the Christmas present bestowed upon them now.

The hidden side of  historical figures is often illumined by examining both the symbols that surrounded them and the earlier historical figures who inspired them. Francis I chose for his emblem the mythologically indestructible salamander — not inappropriate for a king who, deep in the Itali…

Lately there has been a lot of bad news coming out of my adopted home town, Strasburg.  From allegations of sexual assault on a school bus two years ago, to having volunteer first responders allegedly being involved in having sex with a minor.  Quite a few of my neighbors are rather embarras…

I remember a long-ago NPR discussion on how the surging popularity of the internet and its biased websites threatened to swamp the objective and incorruptible reporting of the newsprint media.Indeed, I also remember when objective front page reporting was a newspaper’s  pride, when personal …

I was 5 when the Second World War ended, one of millions of youngsters branded by the American home-front experience.  We were taught to esteem patriotic sacrifices. Among mine, a dear uncle in New Guinea and a dietician mother often assigned to the Pentagon far away.  And the sacrifices of …

When will this madness end? First we have the person in Las Vegas killing 58 human beings, next we have the one in Texas killing 26. And from all I have read/heard, neither of these killers knew all the people they killed. They just for some reason wanted to kill. But in both of these cases …

The Republican Party has planted the seeds, and now must reap the whirlwind. This road to hell was paved by decades of preparation from the right. No proposal was safe from attack by right wing media, even repurposed ideas were attacked when adopted by Democrats. Any outrageous charge was en…

I just finished Clive Skidmore’s “Practical Ethics for a Roman Gentleman,” a work analyzing the writings of Valerius Maximus, the 1st century A.D. moralist. Valerius’s substantial compendium of examples of male and female virtue was designed to spread traditional moral standards throughout h…

America! No other country with such ethnic diversity has done more to provide equal opportunity and justice for all.  Even our national outlook has recently shifted – away from the  sarcastic reception accorded Rodney King’s anguished cry that preceded the 1992 Los Angeles riots: “Can’t we a…

The “First Amendment Defense Act” was surprisingly introduced in Congress last year. Odd, since an intrinsic freedom guaranteed from the Constitution’s opening phrases might be thought beyond threat. Driven perhaps by legitimate concerns – the role of political speech in religious communitie…

Often it appears that people equate the Constitution with the right to bear arms, the Second Amendment.  There is a lot more to the Constitution than that.

Guys walk past my gun show tables wearing black T-shirts that provocatively proclaim, “All I need to know about Islam I learned on 9/11.” The single word “Infidel” forms another shirt message, as if to say: ‘Make my Day; just try and do something!’I dislike the evil-branding of whole racial/…

The Huffington Post, after having been embarrassed by failing to understand voter outrage in November 2016, has announced it will be doing a “bus listening tour” of what it calls “Middle America” to ask this important question: just what does it mean to be an American?