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At the Aug. 10 Board of Supervisors meeting, Jonathan Nateghi-Asli referenced the oath I swore upon taking office, which in part states that “I will faithfully and impartially discharge all the duties incumbent upon me” as a member of the Board of Supervisors. Why Nateghi-Asli is concerned a…

Quick. Do you know whether marijuana is legal in your state? Is it approved for medical or even recreational use? If you don't know, that is completely understandable. We are a collection of 50 different states with a wide-ranging patchwork of laws regulating cannabis, nearly all of which ar…

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Biden’s climate change spending is endangered despite demands to do something now. Threatened not only by political infighting but also because green technology is proving elusive. SLATE reported America’s 2020 solar output at 2.3%, a mere 2.2% increase since 1990 despite a thousand-fold inc…

My wife and I recently canceled a “bucket list” trip that has been planned for several years due to the ongoing pandemic and heightened terrorism alert in France. Paris was the destination of choice for her, the beaches at Normandy for me.

The Virginia Standard of Learning tests in Warren County were quite disappointing this year. Over half the students failed mathematics and science. The results in the rest of Virginia were only slightly better.

Nothing says cooling temperatures, shorter days and blowing leaves more than the long yellow vehicles with flashing lights that appear on our roads each September. Virtually unchanged through their long history. Sadly, our educational institutions don’t convey the same stability. Stories fro…

The Shenandoah Valley Electric Co-op (SVEC) wants to charge its member households more money for the electricity they use. This is bad news for SVEC members in Shenandoah, Warren, Clarke, Frederick, and Rockingham counties, and the City of Winchester.

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As we remember those who perished on this day 20 years ago, let us be mindful that freedom is not free and has been paid for with the blood and treasure of Americans both civilian and military since the inception of our country. In three separate incidents, the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and…

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Growing up in the 1960’s listening to the refrain of “Where have the young men gone,” I too wonder where many of my friends and comrades in arms have gone. Unfortunately, as the song indicates too many have “Gone to graveyards, everyone.” Sadly, since then over 50,000 men and women died in V…

Shenandoah Valley schools have or will commence fall semester this week and I am compelled to begin this academic year with community prayer. Prayer is not a substitute for action; it is an action for which there is no substitute. Therefore, it is requested for all prayer intercessors in our…

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An old commercial suggested we “Support the United Negro College Fund because a mind is a terrible thing to waste.” It may still air. If not, Oregon’s drive to produce America’s least educated children may revive it. Already ranked 35th in the nation, Oregon’s Senate Bill 744 is certain to l…

Last month the Warren County School Board voted unanimously not to accept certain policies proposed by the Virginia Department of Education. This month they voted by a 3-2 vote to accept these.

Many of you have been told that the only people who have not been vaccinated are pro-militia Trump supporting racist sexist homophobes. As recently as this morning, Nicole Wallace, former G.W. Bush appointee, who said on her MSNBC TV show that the reason we’re requiring kids to wear masks is…

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As we approach Sept. 11, now designated as Patriot Day, it is appropriate that we reflect upon the many sacrifices Americans have made since that beautiful morning when almost 3,000 innocent American lives were lost.

Voltaire, the 18th century French writer, famously noted that “history is a pack of lies we play on the dead.” A clearer example of this could not be found than the attempt by the radical right to revise, revamp, and recast the content of American history taught in our schools. At this writi…

I became a nurse in 1994 because I felt compassion was my spiritual gift. I continued my education and became a nurse practitioner in 2012. Caring for others is the only thing I’ve ever imagined doing with my life.

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Recently the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus ignited outrage by releasing a video many interpreted as endangering America’s children. The group removed the self-styled satirical video from their website alleging death threats toward participants and producers. Subsequently, members claimed th…

Driving through downtown Woodstock and passing the old courthouse, one catches sight of the memorial to the Rev. John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg. Given the skepticism associated with the pastor/warrior/politician/slaveholder, the memorial might give us pause to consider how many remarkable peo…

We still hear pundits denying climate change. They say mankind cannot possibly be affecting the environment. We hear about the impossibility and pain of reducing fossil fuel use, and how no one else would follow our example if we were to lead the way.

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Robert M. Gates served with distinction as Secretary of Defense under both Presidents Obama and George W. Bush. Having served in the Pentagon under his tenure he earned the reputation as pragmatic, conservative, and consensus-oriented leader who rarely shot from the hip. As a career CIA anal…

As most of you are likely aware, over the past several years Our Town, Strasburg, Virginia, has been rocked by scandals which affected us both regionally and statewide. We were a town which had taken several black eyes with more to come. Council members were not working together, and could n…

With summer’s official arrival, temperatures begin rising. As does the heated rhetoric of climate alarmists. Energy Secretary Granholm’s CNN interview asserted the Florida condo collapse was related to climate change sea level rise. Never mind the fact that the predicted worst-case scenario …

Last week, a New York psychiatrist named Aruna Khilanani called all white people “lying psychopaths.” While I would disagree vehemently with this life outlook, what is more surreal is that this same psychiatrist once said that she wanted to “shoot all white people.” Dr. Khilianai’s website a…

The cliché states that all politicians lie. Politicians must appeal to the broadest possible cross-section which may lead to stretching the truth, but the former president has exploited the gullibility of his cult to heights never thought possible. We were promised a balanced budget, cheaper…

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On June 19, 1865, federal troops entered Galveston, Texas, to announce that the Civil War had ended and slaves had been freed. Until that moment, complete independence from chattel slavery in this country had not been accomplished.

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On July 4th we will celebrate the 245th anniversary of this Republic founded by these immortal words — “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the…

Memorial Day is more — far more — than a day for merchandise sales or the unofficial start of summer. It is a day we set aside to honor the brave men and women that have fallen in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

Sir Winston Churchill used to say that, having often been forced to eat his own words, he had found them a most wholesome diet. Today, the feel-good food served by politicians of both parties makes up in quantity what it lacks in nutritional value. There is a repetitive party-line staleness …

President Biden has proposed substantial increases in taxes. The greatest opposition to his proposal comes from the rural parts of America and especially the Gulf coast from Texas to Florida. The greatest support comes from the most industrialized parts of the country.

Among America’s many challenges lies the transformation of insincerity into honor. The information highway brings us daily examples of duplicity; sensational; commonplace; instructive, much of it excused. From Ellen DeGeneres’ “Be Kind” mantra when allegedly she wasn’t, to Dr. Fauci’s denial…

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…

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…