In Virginia, 91 counties, 14 cities, and 29 towns have declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuary jurisdictions. However, in Harrisonburg, 50 Second Amendment supporters showed up at a City Council meeting to discover only one councilor would even discuss it. In Staunton, City Council wo…

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As a participant in Monday’s Lobby Day Second Amendment rally at the State Capitol, I write to share my perspective of that day with your readers. This seems necessary in view of the distorted coverage by the national media and the deliberate misperceptions generated by our state leadership …

I have noted with concern and interest the frenzy created throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia by the legislative action being proposed by the General Assembly in Richmond. Among the local meetings called to address these proposals was the idea of the creation of local militias, which in …

It is past time for all involved in the Second Amendment excitement to take a deep breath and reconsider this issue. As we see in polls as well as the results of the recent elections, popular opinion is in favor of increased safety measures when it comes to guns.

Shenandoah County has a newly elected Board of Supervisors that now can choose to promote growth and prosperity through fiscal constraint. Nationally, we have seen renewed vigor in our state and local economies fueled by conservative principles of lifting tax and regulatory burdens on busine…

After only three days of hearings and zero fact witnesses, on Dec. 18 Democrat members of the Judiciary Committee approved articles of impeachment and sent them for a vote by the full House. A very sad day in the life of our great republic and one that will also haunt future Democratic presi…

When our Founding Fathers wrote our Constitution, they were talking about a man named Warren Hastings. Hastings was the former governor general of the India colony, and was a man who tried to run the India colony in a fair way - something the India colony appreciated. Hastings was thought of…

Democrats will have a monopoly on Virginia government beginning in 2020 and have several gun control bills queued. They propose to outlaw “assault style-rifles,” large capacity magazines and limit purchases to one a month. They want other restrictions that include a requirement for backgroun…

While I don’t get out regularly these days, I know the thrill and satisfaction of hunting, which connects us back to the natural world as we walk in the woods and rediscover where our meat comes from. Chronic wasting disease (CWD), an incurable degenerative brain disease that affects cervids…

In recent days, multiple commentary pieces have been published in the Northern Virginia Daily questioning the motivation, integrity and timing of the steps being taken among the majority of Virginia counties to stand in opposition to the forthcoming agenda advertised by Gov. Ralph Northam an…

The Virginia State Legislature has “flipped” from a Republican majority to a Democratic majority. Changes in voter demographics were a factor, but just as decisive was the influx of out-of-state funding from sources such as Michael Bloomberg. As the Washington Post noted, “… his money helped…

I would like to thank the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors for their comportment and handling of the meeting on Nov. 26. Their stamina and determination to allow everyone to speak, no matter the hour, was commendable and greatly appreciated.

It was predominantly German and Scots-Irish immigrants who left the crowded streets of Philadelphia where they had arrived in America, traveled down the Great Wagon Road (today Route 11), to settle in and farm the Shenandoah Valley. What they could not find in their new rural hamlets – cloth…

What does the Northern Shenandoah Valley area have in common with Indiana? A consistent vote for conservative candidates, for one thing. And maybe this common ground, too: growing – but largely silent – worries about climate change.

On Nov. 5, about half of all eligible voters in Shenandoah County cast a ballot. A few of us were more involved, working for our favored candidates and causes. I don’t think many of us – including me – thought about all the non-partisan, relatively anonymous work that went into giving us tha…

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…

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…

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…

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.