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I recently attended my first New Market Rebels baseball game. Alas, they lost by one run. I hope they don’t blame me and will let me into the stadium next game.

As we approach another election cycle, many Democratic candidates advocate “Medicare for all” (aka, universal health care or “free health care for all”). As an active duty member of the United States military, I participated in – or, rather, was subjected to – “free government health care” f…

To serve in the Virginia State Senate, a person must first take an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States. I’d like to ask our district’s incumbent senator, “Mr. Obenshain, why aren’t you fulfilling that sacred oath?”

Alexis de Tocqueville was a Frenchman who became an astute and enthusiastic observer of American culture and government in the first half of the 19th Century. He was particularly struck by the tendency of Americans to voluntarily come together for different causes and purposes. He wrote, “Ev…

Two loves have motivated much of what I do: a love for the earth, and a love for the young generation who I hope will be able to live as well as we have (but I fear may not).

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others in her party have called for the end of the Electoral College as part of the Constitutional mechanism for presidential elections. “My view,” she said, “is that every vote matters. And the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting, and th…

A dear friend of mine has a daughter who went to Catholic schools, including a Catholic college, as he did. His daughter married and became pregnant. In the course of the pregnancy, his daughter’s doctor said that there might be a serious problem with the baby.

Limiting choices and ignoring alternatives lead to bad results. A farmer planting only one species in his fields makes his whole harvest vulnerable to failure. When we take a course of antibiotics we run the risk of killing beneficial bacteria that work together to regulate our systems. Fail…

Four years ago here, I expressed my position on the question of whether Virginia should legalize marijuana. My main points then were 1) that it was clear that medical marijuana should be allowed, and 2) regarding legalizing recreational marijuana, we should wait to see how legalization was w…

I carefully weighed entering the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office race in Warren County but after considering current affairs, I declined to run. Both Messrs. Bryan Layton and Jonn Bell, who are running for that position, are friends and colleagues of mine, and we have all dined and had adult …

As we approach the 2020 election I believe it is vital that residents of the valley understand the institution of slavery not only in the United States but the role it had here and the impact reparations would have on you and me as citizens.

The Mueller investigation is completed, and we have passed the halfway point of Trump’s first term. It’s time to assess the impact of the full-throated resistance of the Democratic Party on its chief stakeholders: the American people.

The idea of “representative government” is that the people’s representatives should represent the interests of the people who elect them to office. But it doesn’t always happen that way. Professional politicians can become skilled at hiding who they’re really serving.

Earlier this week, we saw the fall of one of the great icons of the American civil rights movement, Morris Dees. Mr. Dees was the co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a group that raised money to kill off hate groups in the U.S. Mr. Dees deserves our great respect and must b…

As a visitor — and now a resident — of the Shenandoah Valley for over 50 years, our valley’s majestic beauty and grandeur never cease to amaze me. Having set foot on every continent of the world while serving on military active duty, I can truly say our valley is a unique natural treasure wi…

There are times in our lives when we are called to remember the “better angels of our nature.” Those times include our relationships with each other and our conduct as a culture and as a nation. When Abraham Lincoln issued such a call, deep social wounds roiled the nation – as they do now.

Leaders of our society are held to higher standards of conduct than the general population due to their positions of leadership or responsibility for the lives of others. Members of the military, police, and our elected officials quickly come to mind.

Certainly, it is discouraging to find that our leaders have serious moral failings – e.g., involving the treatment of black Americans by white, or the treatment of women by men. And it makes sense, when those failings reach a certain level of seriousness, to remove flawed office-holders from…

Recently, a bi-partisan group of Virginia lawmakers along with Gov. Northam has called for a series of tolls on Interstate 81, with the understanding that these tolls will go toward improvements on I-81. Supporters of the bi-partisan plan state that these tolls are mostly meant to impact on …

I confess that, when I ran for the Virginia state Senate four years ago, I didn’t talk about the opioid crisis. Not that I was indifferent to the human suffering; I just wasn’t fully aware of this fast-emerging problem in our area, and in America.

It doesn’t take much to get this old fool to occasionally weep over things worth weeping about – especially at this time of year when we should all soften our hearts just a bit more than usual, as we’re reminded of what love really means, with all the of the philosophical, temporal and etern…

Several months ago, I wrote a column here saying I feel sure that my parents – who were lifelong Republicans – would never support what today’s Republican Party has become. They had values important to them – e.g. “honesty, integrity, doing one’s duty for the good of the nation, respect for …

Moral responsibilities regarding the immigrant caravan have become yet another issue dividing our nation. In the clamor to find either a persuasive, or guilt inducing voice to settle the dispute, Jesus, the humble Galilean prophet, advocating justice and mercy, has entered the fray. But it i…

In a few months, my “son” Johnny will be graduating from Liberty University, and entering into the Air Force as a second lieutenant. For the record, I have no children of my own, but am the legal guardian of a 22-year-old named Johnny and his 20-year-old sister Laila. I write this thinking o…

James Fallows is a writer for the magazine The Atlantic Monthly. He and his wife Deborah undertook a fascinating project: they spent the better part of five years in a small propeller plane traveling from town to town across the U.S. They spent days or weeks in dozens of towns ranging in siz…

For humanity’s sake, we must embrace perspective! In this time of frenzied, sensory overload with tech gadgets growing from our hands and nursing our myopic, tribal views of the world, we need to pause, take a long breath, and reflect to consider what is truly important to our very existence…

A trio of articles in the latest Foreign Service Journal typifies the diversity mania sweeping the Foreign Service. Each largely ignores diversity’s elephant-in-the-room question, the double-edged sword: what exactly does diversity bring to the table in terms of achieving optimal foreign pol…

Recently, the Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors heard a request for the board to sign a resolution in support of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The ERA would constitutionalize the prohibition of discrimination of persons based on gender.

One implication of this title is that hate is and has been a problem throughout human history. From that angle it’s a large, pressing issue not a small, insignificant word. The second relates to how four-letter words lack the negative significance they once held in our increasingly profane, …

America is in the midst of a crisis centered primarily on our current president, Donald Trump. The crisis itself is that Trump’s harsh, untruthful rhetoric has further divided Americans into opposing hostile camps with very different views of reality. This polarization makes solving any of o…

Who would’ve imagined that the United States of America would ever have found itself in this situation?

To the Strasburg, Central and Stonewall Jackson classes of 2018: As you prepare to walk across the stage into early adulthood this weekend, I’m sure you are aware of many people who are proud of you: your families, relatives, teachers, coaches, and friends. However, there is one group whose …

This week, I am looking forward to visiting Front Royal. Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley with rivers and mountains to explore, it reminds me of my home in Japan, where peaks and valleys dot the countryside. It is not just the similar landscapes that connect Front Royal and Japan. They are a…

Roughly every five years, Congress passes a Farm Bill – legislation that affects every aspect of America’s agricultural industry. From programs for farmers and ranchers and shifts in trade policy to conservation efforts and nutrition assistance, the Farm Bill is a vital piece of legislation …

People called to public service have a common belief in helping their fellow men and women. That’s what inspired me during my 16 years in the Virginia Senate. Many of those I served with over the years shared that commitment to helping Virginians.

“We must especially beware of that small group of selfish men who would clip the wings of the American Eagle in order to feather their own nests.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

The Trump Administration announced the continuation of its ongoing transgender military ban. Though inflammatory to far-left liberals the decision reflects the growing numbers who are wary of transgender ideology.