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Reader Commentary

Commentary: A ‘dose’ of perspective, please

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 ...

Commentary: Let’s wall off the unfit

What a truly extraordinary chief executive we have. The approaching mid-term election, the publication of an expose of the Trump administration by Bob Woodward, our most respected political reporter, which in a few days old over a million copies, along with the publicity hurricane surrounding ...

Commentary: Remembering Chloe, the frenetic Jack Russell

"Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in." ― Mark Twain Mark Twain was no theologian, nor had he ever pretended to be. His lifelong focus was human behavior, and that's why this quote resonates at this address -- especially on days like this ...

Commentary: Diversity mania has hit the Foreign Service

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 ...

Commentary: Should local government promote altering the Constitution?

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. I was surprised that the ...

Commentary: Hate isn’t a four-letter word

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, ...

Reader Commentary: Staying open to reality and the truth

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 our ...

Commentary: Could it be?

Who would've imagined that the United States of America would ever have found itself in this situation? 1. The president of the United States has told hundreds of lies in the relatively short time he has been in office. Yet he enjoys the support of the Republican (Trump) Party and ...

Herschel Finch: Healthy rivers are vital to all of us

As the weather warms, more and more people will be getting out on their local river or lake to fish, float or paddle, including our own Shenandoah River. Almost every day this summer people from all over the country, and from all over the world, will go out on the river. They usually come off ...

Commentary: To the Class of 2018

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 ...

Commentary: Farm Bill opportunity to connect all Americans

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 ...

Commentary: Virginia has chance to help citizens by expanding Medicaid

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. This spring, the men and women elected to ...

Commentary: Draining the swamp: Season two

“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 In the depths of the Great Depression, there was a very real danger that a popular revolt was brewing and the ...

Commentary: Amazon has saved the U.S. Postal Service

Editor: Recently, the U.S. Postal Service and Amazon have been the topic of some of President Trump's tweets. Personally, I think the president uses Twitter mostly to rally his supporters to an issue rather than to inform. While I realize calling him out has gone badly for some who have ...

Commentary: A rift in the rainbow?

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. Transgenderism isn’t new. The first reassignment surgery occurred in 1930. ...

Commentary: The debate is about public safety

A reflection on the assault weapons debate: This debate is not really about gun ownership. Guns will always be available for protection of hearth and home. A strong democracy, not an assault weapon, is our best weapon against tyranny. This debate is not about the National Rifle Association, ...

Commentary: Step up, take action against assault weapons

We are once again engaged in national ferment that always follows one of the mass shootings of students in their schools. They generate more heat than mass shootings of other people, often in greater numbers than in the school killings. While these events spawn endless talk and volumes of ...

A ‘nothing’ in a tomb, rising in glory

A recent article in the Feb. 26 Northern Virginia Daily,  “A Place of Lost History and Identity,” addressed the search for the graves, markers, and names of those buried in an African-American cemetery. Highlighted was Carolyn Jenkins. It really touched my heart, for this lady was at the ...