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July 4th, 2026, will mark the 250th anniversary of our great Republic (the “semi-quincentennial,” if you’re counting). America has endured internal contention, foreign conflicts and a horrific Civil War. In spite of these challenges, we remain a nation that – though not without its flaws – r…

America has observed Earth Day since 1970, but this year it is critical to acknowledge the debt that we owe to the complex world that supports and nurtures us. The pandemic interruption requires we reconsider business as usual. A newfound appreciation for the essential tasks of life, and for…

I would like to commend the Northern Virginia Daily and Editor Linda Ash for seeking to balance the editorial page. The contrasting views of white Americans with regard to police violence against Black Americans is illustrative. Mona Charon recently maintained that not every tragedy is a rac…

In the Feb. 17 Winchester Star, Lord Fairfax Community College President Kim Blosser was quoted as saying, "I've said many times that his name is just not good enough for us. We are much better than what (his) name would show." If the name Lord Fairfax Community College was so offensive, why…

Throughout history, poets, philosophers, and politicians have conjured images and symbols they believe capture the best and worst of their age. Among these images are the four horsemen of the apocalypse, most famously seen in the Biblical Book of Revelation. Representing the destructive forc…

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Mr. Biden’s list of executive orders, a growing trend in recent administrations, lead some to suggest dictatorship can’t be far away. An extreme view perhaps yet consider the troubling assertion regarding his gun control executive order that “no amendment is absolute.” Given Mr. Biden's penc…

The modern GOP has deliberately committed fraud upon the American public. Lies about stolen elections resulted in a physical assault on Congress. Lies about voter fraud prompt waves of legislation meant to restrict or change voters’ intentions. Lies about trickle-down economic theories have …

In response to Veronique de Rugy’s recent column, "History tells us that wealth taxes don’t work," when I evaluate an opinion piece, I investigate possible biases of the author. De Rugy is a senior research fellow of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. She references a Mercatus C…

Just a few short weeks ago, spring had not yet fully sprung here in our valley, though she was hunched down on her haunches, anxious to leap into full splendor. Sure, snowdrops and crocuses had shown up earlier, but they were more of a last gorgeous gasp of winter; a welcome, but still chill…

Until January of this year, I proudly served for nearly five years the citizen voters of Shenandoah County on the Electoral Board. My interactions with our poll workers and general registrar staff gave me a sense of pride when other aspects of local government operations here often left me b…

The furor Mr. Biden’s executive order allowing biological men to dominate women’s sports is viewed unfavorably by a majority of Americans, including many in the homosexual community. Both sides of the debate frame the ongoing discussion as an issue of freedom. But transgender supporters fail…

All that needs to be said is that the congressional Republicans actively support a member who believes in Jewish space lasers that start forest fires. This member is more accepted than Liz Cheney, who was brave enough to speak the unwelcome truth about the election lies. Other members believ…

In one of the most surreal things in modern history, eBay, the online auction site, removed several Dr. Seuss listings and still allows Mein Kampf (Adolf Hitler’s biography and political philosophy book that was written while he was in prison) to be sold. I always make it a point to try to l…

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…

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…