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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 ...

Commentary: Delegate’s bad faith prevents sensible discussion of gun policy

In the Feb. 6 Northern Virginia Daily, our member of the House of Delegates Todd Gilbert complained that “the only time they ever blame a crime on the instrument and not the perpetrator is when a gun is involved.” In this statement, Mr. Gilbert shows us the bad faith that so regularly ...

Commentary: Where the sidewalk ends: Sexual assault edition

Shel Silverstein put it simply: there is a place where the sidewalk ends. In his collection of children's poems by the same name, "Where the Sidewalk Ends," he recounts and describes the way a simple sidewalk, one walked on by many, full of promise with the sun and green grass, can come to a ...

Commentary: In painful times, taking action helps

In late January I joined with about 150 people for a bracing plunge into the Potomac River near Washington, D.C.! No, we were not insane.  At least not mostly.  We were raising money for the organization international climate leader Bill McKibben calls “the best regional climate ...

Commentary: The death of the Incumbent Protection Act

Over a year ago, American patriots led by Ken Adams, Anne Fitzgerald, Matt Tederick and Scott Sayre brought a lawsuit into federal court, the object of which was to remove Virginia code section 24.2-509, otherwise known as the Incumbent Protection Act. This piece of code, a holdover from the ...