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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…

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…

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.