Today's Opinions

  • State police executive director shares statistics

    Submitted by Colonel and Sheriff (Ret) M. Wayne Huggins, executive director of the Virginia State Police Association, on behalf of the VSPA Board of Directors

    Editor’s note: The article referred to by Huggins was also published in The Gazette. The statistics highlighted in the article were obtained from the Crime in Virginia Report from 2014.

    I am writing in response to the article that appeared in the “Declaration” on March 1, titled, “Sheriff Wants Fair Budget for Law Enforcement.”

  • We must respect life, or face spiritual consequences

    On a recent airing of the Glenn Beck radio program, a guest proposed that U.S. strategy against ISIS should include outright murder of ISIS family members — presumably women and children alike.

    Beck heartily concurred. Waterboarding and other means of torture were mentioned in a favorable light.

    Sadly, what these individuals fail to understand in their zeal is the very nature and purpose for mankind’s existence, as demonstrated by how we treat one another.

  • Vote for Trump to make Washington miserable

    I’m voting for Donald Trump. And here’s why.
    First, I despise his vulgar mouth. And how he acts right stupid when he is angry. And I could go on and on with his shortcomings.
    But I don’t despise him nearly as much as I do the Washington crowd. The Romneys, the McConnells, the Grahams, the Reids, the Obamas, the Clintons. The whole stinking bunch.

  • Right time to celebrate sunshine

    Ginger Stanley is executive director of the Virginia Press Association. She wrote the following column that was published last week by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

    Weather forecasts have been reporting warmer temperatures and lots of sunshine for central Virginia. Who doesn’t like sunshine, especially this time of year?

    This is the perfect weather to kick off Sunshine Week, an annual celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community.

  • With climate change, politics trumps science


    Skepticism about science is a troubling phenomenon in our modern social and political life. With all of the benefits that science has provided us, it seems inconceivable that we distrust the work of reputable scientists, but many ordinary people and some of those who would be our leaders evince deep suspicion about science.

    In recent years we have had continuing debates about creationism versus evolution, the safety of vaccines, and most vociferously in this election year about climate change.

  • Our values demand respect for life

    Counselors sometimes suggest “intentional reflection” to sort out personal values.

    Just as good physical health brings quality to living, attitudes and viewpoints determine happiness. People seem to do more reflecting as their years add up.

    Certainly there are values that last. I like remembering a decisive moment 70 years ago that made Christianity the instructive standard by which I live.

  • Don't forget local politics

    It’s easy to understand why this year’s presidential election is a hot topic. Not only will the choices made this November severely impact the fate of our country for the next four years, I think all of us agree that we have some pretty extreme potentials on the ballot for the Oval Office seat.

  • Letter dedicated to victims of violence

    This letter is in dedication and memory of victims of violent crimes that continue to plague our society to no end.
    From the growing number of police officers killed in the line of duty, a 13-year-old killed for the thrill of it, children beaten and tortured to death, to families wiped out because of a black sheep member who lost their way in life.
    Not to forget domestic violence, where the numbers of victims are rising.
    Our nation seems to be numb to all of this. Politicians are AWOL. They are too busy fattening their own nest.