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I never speak out publicly by taking political sides, but I read daily commentary about how people within the readership of the DN-R feel the need to push their point of view and why it is the only point of view. Their comments seem to spew out animosity and hate and it comes from both sides… Read more

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I grew up in the Shenandoah Valley in the late '50s and '60s. I went to a segregated elementary school until the seventh grade and was so insulated that I didn't think much about it. While in those elementary years I learned that during the Civil War, the South had a noble cause. I was also … Read more

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As of this writing over 250,000 Americans have succumbed to the COVID-19 virus — a tragedy, but far less than the initial estimates projected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and COVID-19 Task Force of “millions” of our fellow Americans. As much as we may want to look the ot… Read more

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I walk out of Walmart fuming, trembling. I’m so mad. No. I shake my head. Not mad. Livid. But I can’t say a word. I fear for my safety. I want to teach my children to be “bigger,” to be kind. It’s truly an act of self-restraint. Read more

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In my June 25 open forum (“Working With Moral Universe”), I mentioned Theodore Parker’s and Martin Luther King Jr.’s concept of “the moral universe,” and our call to work with it. Read more

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Winter athletic activities in Rockingham County Public Schools are slated to begin Monday. As we approach that date, the number of COVID-19 cases in our area and across the country has risen dramatically. The situation is serious enough that our county school administration has responded wit… Read more

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Despite Joe Biden’s frequent calls for unity and healing, the Democratic Party has been preparing for months for the possibility of a Trump reelection with threats of widespread violence and anarchy in our major cities. Witness the recent actions of antifa during the recent pro-Trump rally i… Read more

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Joe Biden, the presumptive president-elect, has declared that “voters have given us a mandate for action on COVID, the economy, climate change, systemic racism. They made it clear that they want the country to come together, not continue to fall apart.” Read more

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I grew up in a Democratic household and strongly supported the ideals and platform of the Democratic Party: free speech, racial equality, and social justice, and empathy for the common man. Quite frankly I have recently become disillusioned with the progressive direction that the Democratic … Read more

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On June 16, 2015, when I heard Donald Trump speak for the first time, I knew he would be my choice for president of the U.S. He stated that if elected president, the first thing he would do was find out who was in our country. He presented his plan to first build a wall along our southern bo… Read more

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You may have been wondering, as I have, about the odd assortment of characters who have pledged their troth to No. 45 — Paul Manafort, Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, William Barr, Steve Bannon (who may soon need a Roger Stone kind of fix), Jerry Falwell Jr. (Even Michael Cohen couldn’t fix that), … Read more

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The Virginia Constitution gives the General Assembly the duty of drawing electoral boundaries after each decennial census. Therefore, the majority party, Democrats or Republicans, draws district boundaries to its advantage, effectively resulting in politicians picking their constituents inst… Read more

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Schools across the U.S. are closed because of the coronavirus and unlikely to reopen safely anytime soon. Parents are exhausted from constant, round-the-clock care while trying to work from home, and kids themselves are slipping behind academically. The potential to inflict lasting damage to… Read more