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As this is written, a Capitol police officer lies in state in the Capitol rotunda. He died of injuries sustained in a riot by self-styled patriots. The crowd was called together by Trump, then urged to march on the Capitol as Congress was fulfilling their constitutional duty to verify the el…

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The issue of renaming two schools and a mascot at a third school in the southern campus of the county continues to divide the citizens of Shenandoah County. This costly and imprudent proposal was launched unilaterally by our School Board in the belief that changing the portraits in the schoo…

On Jan. 6, Congress met to perform a fundamental democratic duty, confirming the peaceful transfer of presidential power by acknowledging the election results. The man chosen as president in 2016 by a minority of voters spent the morning inciting a crowd he specifically called into the natio…

For better or worse, we have just lived through one of the most momentous periods in our nation’s history. First, the worst, an incumbent president, defeated for reelection, conducted a false and fraudulent effort to overturn the votes of millions of citizens. The best, one of the three bran…

At this time of year, for people who celebrate Christmas, the usual valedictions – “goodbye,” “take care” etc. – are almost entirely replaced by “merry Christmas.” The phrase evokes good feelings – fellowship, food and drink, decorations and lights, presents, and for some, a celebration of a…

It may be a cliché but it is true: we should term 2020 the Year of the Woman. Throughout history women have made uncountable contributions and sacrifices, but the chaos of this year is unprecedented. In the face of an pandemic, above all, we need to salute our essential workers, largely fema…

We citizens are constantly told by “The People Who Know” to “follow the science.” Governors of many states (including Virginia), “Big Tech” such as Twitter, Google, and Facebook, and mayors of local jurisdictions have interpreted this as the starting-gun for imposing draconian and heavy-hand…

In some polls, half of the Republican respondents claimed that Trump rightfully won the election. Despite repeated losses in court, lack of evidence, and a pre-election strategy by government officials to prevent any internal or external tampering with the polling process, a conspiracy theor…

Noteworthy accomplishments in office – or even saving one’s country from ruin – do not clinch the next election. Sir Winston Churchill, leader of Great Britain’s Conservative Party who inspired and led Great Britain through her darkest hour, was put out of office by the UK’s Labor Party in J…

Poland and Hungary have just vetoed the proposed European Union budget for the next seven years. The issue was not economic; it was the proposal in the budget to authorize discipline of member nations without unanimous agreement. The budget, indeed, represented a threat to religious liberty.

Since Election Day, a paradox has come into focus: some expected that defeating Donald Trump would preserve democracy. Far from it. Trump’s defeat has actually intensified the crisis of democracy.

As I write tonight, Nov. 9, 2020, the results of our election have yet to be officially determined. I suspect that, unfortunately, we will not know who our next commander in chief will be until the issue is resolved through litigation rather than the people’s will. Given some time to reflect…

Recently, author and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Dr. Victor Davis Hanson stated that this November’s election will be a “Manichean choice.” Intrigued by his words, I consulted Wikipedia and learned that the Manichean religion views the world as an eternal struggle between a good, spirit…

Political attitudes have attained an almost religious fervor. Many are concerned about the coarsening of our national dialogue. One candidate relies on bluster, bullying and misinformation. In his frustration, the other candidate responds with words like “shut up,” “clown” and “liar” despite…

I have followed with great interest the Shenandoah County School Board’s unilateral crusade regarding the changing of school names and mascots in an effort to “condemn racism and affirm an inclusive school environment for all.” Like many parents and grandparents, I wrote to the School Board …

I am a retired, disabled veteran who served six years in the U.S. Army and 17½ years in the U.S. Navy. I was involved in every armed conflict from the War in Vietnam to Desert Shield and personally witnessed many Americans paying for our freedom with their lives (the ultimate sacrifice). I t…

Even the most responsible viewpoints on the U.S. response to COVID-19 are driven by relatively few facts that we know for sure and shaped by diligent – if hardly foolproof – analysis of how the future may unfold. Other commentators are “informed” by rumors and internet “comment section” science.

You may have heard that here in the Northern Shenandoah Valley we’re doing well in the fight against COVID-19, and what you’ve heard is true. As long as you don’t go past Page and Shenandoah counties, the community spread of the coronavirus has been modest, with a limited number of new cases…

The election deadline nears. We must determine who we will vote for to lead this country for the next four years. Unlike years in the past, the decision requires voters to question their previous alliances and values and choose American principles that have guided our democratic republic for…

Nineteen years have passed since that tragic day when America lost close to 3,000 innocent lives in those cowardly and unprovoked attacks on New York City, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon. Images of that day are forever seared in the memory and soul of our nation - from the shocking collapse o…

What is it about the word “socialism” in this country? Slick political ads have been appearing in the media, really for years now, to alert us about the so-called dangers of “socialism.” The recent crescendo in the right-wing media about leftists, radicals and socialists is just the latest i…

I grew up with the admonition to ”do the right thing” – which I sometimes did. This holds a lot of meaning for me now that I believe us to be in a dangerous and consequential time in our nation’s history. We will soon have to make a choice that needs to lay politics aside – the election of o…

I am sorry to say that America, together with its historic efforts at racial and ethnic unity, has taken a serious hit in 2020. Ongoing Black Lives Matter-linked rioting in a large number of critical urban centers has all the hallmarks of revolution and permanent separation. These include th…

I was raised by parents of the Greatest Generation who earned their way by hard work, determination and perseverance. Both were the first in their families to graduate from college, and their strong work ethic served them well throughout their careers as an attorney and a public school teacher.

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…

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.

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 …

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.

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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…