Of all the wacky notions to emerge from these troubling times of protest, riot and pandemic, the one I find especially troubling is the idea that we should change our national anthem. Even more troubling is that we're considering the song "Imagine," written by John Lennon, who had nothing to…

In the 1960s, organized religion and regular church attendance were something most families shared, regardless of race, social class, or geographic location. It was the glue that held us together as a community and a nation and provided the moral compass in our lives. Unfortunately, American…

Regrettably, today’s racial turmoil and monument destruction have produced a number of writers – let’s name them “2020 Treason Hunters” – dedicated to branding Confederate soldiers “traitors.” Instead, these accusers only demonstrate the narrowest of perspectives by betraying historical inte…

Republicans style themselves as the “Daddy Party”, the mature, strategic actors, calm and calculating, ready to go on the attack. They imply that the Democrats are weak and governed by emotions and opposed to everything this country stands for. If talk could provide results, Republicans woul…

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Webster’s Dictionary defines the term déjà vu as “a feeling that one has seen or heard something before.” These past few weeks I have experienced that feeling, in a most unpleasant way.

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Quaker Oats announced on June 17, 2020, that it was removing the traditional “Aunt Jemima” name and picture from its box of pancake mix and other breakfast products, The iconic figure, round smiling face and a headscarf, had been familiar to most of us all our lives. Now, in wake of renewed …

Maybe it’s just me, but it appears that the powers that be here in the good old US of A have lost their collective minds.

As a lifelong “moderate” Democrat, I have concerns regarding our country. We seem to be living in a nation of two armed camps, one on the right and one on the left. At least this is the impression that the media gives us. I, for one, believe that there is a silent majority that lies in the c…

A momentous issue is on the agenda for Thursday's Shenandoah County School Board meeting – whether or not to begin the process of renaming two schools bearing the names of Confederate generals: Stonewall Jackson High School and Ashby Lee Elementary School.

In the current and raging war against history, it's been but a short step from tearing down Confederate monuments to tearing down hosts of others, from Columbus and Lincoln to Grant and Theodore Roosevelt. Similarly, it's been a short step from destroying monuments to "purifying" other carri…

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The National Museum of African American History and American Culture opened in 2016 and is proudly situated on Washington, D.C.’s National Mall. The museum spares no effort in documenting and displaying all facets of the Black experience in America, to include the institution and experience …

“Defund the Police” has gotten a lot of play in the media lately, especially from the right. Unfortunately, it’s a poor choice of words and means something completely different. In reality, this group of proposals is advocating key changes in police functions geared toward reforming the way …

On June 10, Shenandoah County Public Schools  Superintendent Dr. Mark Johnston published a “Message to the Shenandoah County Public Schools Staff, Students, Parents, and Community,” as a reflection upon the murder of George Floyd.

Now that former Vice President Joe Biden’s characterization of racism as our “original sin,” has been sweeping the country, it might be due for a little examination. For a good Catholic like Mr. Biden, the term has great import, signifying the burden of sin each of us bears as we enter the w…

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They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Never has that been more evident than now, as droves of woke, white-privileged Americans attend protests in the name of “racial justice.” Isn’t it ironic that they pretend to fight racism by reaffirming the lines of black v. white, a w…

The old “Heaven help us” adage is timely during the current chaos and turbulent times. Never did I envision witnessing a killing of a fellow human in my lifetime – literally snuffing out his breath. Ironically, George Floyd’s death will live in history books. I suspect this occurrence will n…

Everybody knows the story of the 8 year-old child – Virginia O’Hanlon, of New York City, – who wrote to The Sun, a prominent New York City newspaper, to ask whether Santa Claus was real.

Following a major disaster or an armed conflict, representatives of the affected federal departments and agencies conduct what is known as a “hot wash” — sort of a “quick take” in advance of any formal investigations such as the Warren and 9/11 commissions.

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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.

Over the last two months, COVID-19 has quickly consumed our lives. We’ve all seen harrowing images of exhausted doctors and nurses struggling to keep up in virus-consumed emergency rooms and ICUs across the U.S. and around the world. Fortunately, that scenario is not a reality at Valley Heal…

Reacting to our current catastrophe by fantasizing that the best response is to splinter and disintegrate into factions and special interests reaches new depths of foolishness. Failing to stand united in the hopes of gaining a temporary advantage or even worse, as a reaction of fear and a ca…

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At this moment the Shenandoah Valley faces its greatest challenge since the Civil War. More dire than the Great Recession, 9-11 or Vietnam. Perhaps a greater threat than WWII or – may God help us – the Great Depression.

West Virginia’s Senate recently passed a resolution to remind the citizens of Frederick County, Virginia, that since West Virginia was formed in 1862, Frederick County has had a standing invitation to become part of the state of West Virginia. Times being as they are, there is now talk in so…

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Our district’s representative in the U.S. Congress – Ben Cline – has declared the impeachment process “a sham,” a display of “partisanship,” and nothing but an attempt “to overturn the results of the 2016 election.”

An October breeze surrounded the crowd of tourists around Virginia Beach’s Dairy Queen. Suddenly a loud pop rang out, narrowing the unconcerned eyes. The bang eerily resembled a gunshot. Youths, employing a time-honored prank, filled a paper bag with air, then popped it. Though the source wa…

In a letter to the editor dated Dec. 21, 2018, I stated, “I suspect the next two years will be spent in political gridlock centered on a futile effort to impeach our president while we ignore some of the long-standing issues that cry for our attention."

The Virginia Democratic majority in the General Assembly, fortunately, is significantly changing the landscape of our commonwealth. You will note that I used the word "our" commonwealth and not New England's.

We suffer the consequences of the warped worldview of the Trump party. This cult displays little introspection or insight. They profess to be pro-life while excusing gun deaths as a function of liberty. They willingly embrace Russian propaganda and alternative facts as truths and dismiss the…

Since taking office Jan. 1, the Democrats in the General Assembly have taken full advantage of their first time controlling both houses of the legislature since 1993. No time was wasted in codifying their pet projects and liberal causes from raising the minimum wage and eliminating voter ID …

Potentially lost amidst the many entanglements of the Trump administration are the Jan. 5 comments of so-called spiritual adviser Paula White regarding the miscarriage of satanic pregnancies. Due to the cowardice found in many American pulpits, especially on the charismatic side of the Chris…

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…

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.

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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…

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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…