Viewpoints

Walking The Fields Of The Dead

It’s Sunday, Memorial Day weekend. I’m walking the fields of the dead today, laying down flowers, calling up memories. It’s heavy business, requiring a stout heart. Some of us show up to honor our relatives today, not just those who served and died in service but all those lost. ...

No Credit Where Credit Is Due

The quote is attributed to President Harry Truman, and Ronald Reagan kept it on his desk: "It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." It is even more amazing what has been accomplished with the American economy, but Democratic presidential candidates, the ...

A Wedding And A Mother’s Wisdom

When I got married way back when, my mother planned the whole affair. Oh, I told her what kind of flowers I wanted and I picked out the blue bridesmaids dresses from a catalog, but other than that, the event squarely fell in her corner. That wasn’t unusual. Back in the old days (in my ...

NYHA-Cause Posing As A Cure

The New York Assembly and Senate held a joint hearing on May 28 to hear testimony regarding the New York Health Act (NYHA), with a good variety of views represented, but the underlying premise was that something is broken with New York’s healthcare system, and that politicians need to do ...

Fake Pelosi Video Stands

“With great power, there must also come great responsibility.” —Stan Lee, Amazing Fantasy #15, 1962 The truth is dead, and Facebook killed it. That’s not nearly as much of an exaggeration as you might wish. Consider that the social media colossus was the platform of choice for a ...

On The Crime Bill, Biden Has Nothing To Apologize For

Donald Trump and Bill de Blasio agree: Joe Biden should be ashamed of his support for the 1994 crime bill. The bipartisan legislation that was long a point of pride for Bill Clinton, who signed it into law, is now in such malodor that CNN the other day identified it in a chyron as the ...

The Good Life: Unintentional Hurt: No Apology, Much Regret

I don’t mind if something that I write offends some readers — if I know that it will be offensive, and the subject matter and the viewpoint require such bluntness. But when I don’t know beforehand that what I write will offend a person, that’s on me. I ought to know the language and our ...

Canine Companion: Don’t Leave Your Dog Alone In Car On Hot Day

Hey, guys. Another week has gone by. Lately, I feel as if time is going by too quickly. I wake up and it seems like within minutes, it’s time to go to bed. Anyway, lets get on topic. This week I want to talk to you about something I know you have heard about a million times. Why have you ...

The ‘Funny Book’

This has become too rare, I suddenly realized — this unscheduled gift of a moment. I was sitting on the small sofa in our front room, watching our 3-year-old granddaughter Carolyn as she arranged a family of toy mice on top of the trunk that doubles as a coffee table. She was softly ...

Slavery Is Neither Strange Nor Peculiar

The favorite leftist tool for the attack on our nation’s founding is that slavery was sanctioned. They argue that the founders disregarded the promises of our Declaration of Independence “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, ...

Remember: American Politics Is Very Imitative

It’s a better than even bet that in Massachusetts today there is more than one ambitious young Democratic candidate running for local office who is deliberately pronouncing the word “again” so that it rhymes with “a pain.” Why, you logically ask? Because that’s how the martyred John ...

Trump Immigration Policy: Mean By Phony

You’d think from all the bombast and military shows at the border that Donald Trump is truly dedicated to ending illegal immigration. His apparent choice of Ken Cuccinelli as immigration “czar” would seem to cement the impression. The immigration hardliner espouses policies that are both ...

A Fuller Heart: Hills And Valleys

Judd Hamilton, a local man who has faced drug and alcohol addiction, recently shared about his time at the farm, a rehabilitation facility that connected him closer with God and set him out on a path toward recovery, despite the hills and valleys that would also appear. However, he also ...

HUD Housing Should Put Americans First

We no longer live in a constitutional republic. We live in an idiocracy. Only in modern-day America, under the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives, is the basic proposition that federally subsidized public housing should benefit American citizens and legal residents slammed as ...

News Media Role Today: Megaphone And Gumshoe

WASHINGTON — Two separate functions of American journalism have emerged in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election. One is to showcase the huge field of Democratic candidates for the highest office. The other is to investigate the apparent wrongdoing of the man who currently occupies ...

A Feather Of A Different Color

A photograph of a mallard male has sat on my desk waiting for my thoughts and observations . . . apparently for a few years. The iridescence on his head is obvious in the picture, what I felt made him so spectacularly special. I have tried many times since to get more pictures but the birds ...

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day that has to be shared with young people today in order for them to fully appreciate it. Several years ago, I did the address at the Fentonville Cemetery. I went prepared to talk to the young people as well as the rest of the people who came. I was delighted that there ...

‘Commemorative Remembrance’

And once again, we pause to remember many who gave their all so that we can have the lives we have, the freedoms we have, to be able to make the choices we can make, and enjoy the opportunities allowed, and protected, by the Constitution of these United States of America. Many have already ...

Fortnite Designed To Addict Young People

Addiction is defined as “the act of devoting or giving up to in practice,” according to Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary of the English Language. The phenomenon is understood today as psychological dependence and compulsion, which fits the relationships formed between ...

Take A Walk At The Bentley Nature Preserve

There are places so special we never forget them no matter how many years pass. Last week I discovered the Bentley Nature Preserve in Fluvanna. It’s a preserve of acreage and wild plants in a wetland forest at the far end of Bentley Avenue. The road itself did not even exist when I was ...