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As we enter year three of the pandemic, the caregivers of Valley Health continue to stand tall in supporting our community through successive waves of COVID-19. During the initial wave of cases, our team managed through personal risk, caring for a new and terrible disease in a world short of…

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Democrats celebrated passage of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill with hype that both sides utilize involving elaborate promises of immediate results. Will this “once-in-a-generation” event deliver as advertised? Don’t pull out the champagne and confetti just yet.

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This phrase was supposedly used during the Vietnam conflict and like many urban legends it cannot be verified, but the imagery it evoked fit the futility and senselessness of that era. Likewise, the image of solar “farms” (I prefer to use the term facility) across the landscape does not bode…

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Many of those now rejoicing over the guilty verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Kimberly Potter see an obvious connection between her manslaughter convictions and the racism they believe inherent to the criminal justice system. Their enthusiasm likely stems from an atte…

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The House of Representatives has passed a bill now pending consideration in the Senate and supported by the Democrats known as “Build Back Better” or BBB. One of the biggest problems with this bill is that it is blatantly unconstitutional.

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On Dec. 26, 2021, CBS’s talking head show, "Face the Nation," had its weekly round table, where all the self-appointed “experts” go back and forth on various issues. I seldom watch these shows, however, Jan Crawford of the round table said something which should send shivers down the spine o…

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The SCOTUS decision to leave Texas’s abortion law intact and comments from the hearing on Mississippi’s Dobbs case has the left frantic that Roe v. Wade’s days are over. Threats of court packing, intimidation of the justices, including some among themselves, and other assorted misinformation…

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A recent issue of “Forward Day by Day Daily Devotionals for Disciples” asked “Who are our storytellers today?” The authors pointed out that in Native American communities, they were elders and holy men and women and that as each subsequent generation passed, so did their stories. Those who h…

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I suspect most of you like myself have heard the term Critical Race Theory or “CRT” used during our most recent election by politicians on both sides of the aisle as if we were already familiar with the term. Well, I was not so I thought I would do my own research and share it with you. Belo…

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All too often recently, I have heard the tale of somebody’s family member or friend who was hospitalized and died with COVID-19. Many of these people were in their 50s or younger; doubtless some left spouses and children behind. The one consistent line in each sad tale: They were unvaccinated.

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Over the past year Critical Race Theory has became a household word. Contentious issues give birth to euphemisms — pretty words for ugly things — so accordingly, CRT proponents coined anti-racism. If you aren’t actively anti-racist, you’re a bigot who opposes teaching slavery, Jim Crow, or o…

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I share these ramblings on behalf of every self-employed professional out there. I’m looking at you photographers, caterers, graphic designers, plumbers and personal trainers. Oh, and public speakers.

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As a student of both naval history and local politics I would like to offer the following observations on our recent election which saw exceedingly high voter turnout  the largest in recent memory. In the valley we have several “third rail” issues — firearms, the expenditure of your tax doll…

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In response to Mr. William Shifflett’s defense of the unvaccinated [in Saturday’s NVD], he reveals HIS bias against those who express frustration on vaccine resistance. He does what many vaccine resisters and their apologists who do not understand science do. He cherry-pick bits of media to …

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Why, you may ask, are we now vaccinating children ages 5 to 11 against the COVID-19 virus? You’ve probably heard that serious effects of the virus in young children are rare, and you have heard correctly. So why vaccinate?

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It started with Joe Biden saying he was growing impatient with people who were moving slowly toward the jab. It reached an apex with Norm Chomsky’s comment calling for quarantining the unvaccinated with no concern about their nutritional needs. Hardly loving.

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The uproar surrounding Critical Race Theory (CRT) has caused me to think deeply about how it helped my former university students. While voices are clashing over its impact in K-12 education, where it is not actually taught, and while school board battles across America seem to equate this s…

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Like many in the valley, I am well attuned to the time proven adage of “you reap what you sow.” Seeds take time to germinate and grow before the crop is harvested in the Fall. Since the seeds of the Biden Administration’s Build Back Better Program were planted in January and they have germin…

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Joe Biden has been lying to us. He lied in his campaign; he lied in his inauguration address, and he has been lying to us ever since. What is the lie? Simply this, and I quote: “This is not who we are!” Now, that’s a whopper if ever there was one. Wake up, Mr. President, this is exactly who we are!

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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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Valley Health recently announced its decision to mandate that all staff — including those without direct patient contact, like laundry staff and remote workers — receive the COVID-19 vaccine. As a local citizen and patient, I find this deeply disappointing.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Last year I wrote an article in this paper praising the U.S. Supreme Court for its support of religious liberty during the year. Another term of the Supreme Court has just ended with similar good news.

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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 …

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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…

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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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This is my last week as executive director at Shenandoah Community Health Clinic, aka the Free Clinic (Clinic). There are so many people to thank from these last 20 years.