Commentary: The awakening of a sleeping giant

Commentary: The awakening of a sleeping giant

As a student of both naval history and local politics I would like to offer the following observations on our recent election which saw exceedingly high voter turnout the largest in recent memory. In the valley we have several “third rail” issues — firearms, the expenditure of your tax dollars, and the education of our children. First, let’s take the issue of firearms or “gun safety.” As we saw in 2020 in reaction to what many perceived to be unconstitutional gun legislation Second Amendment “sanctuaries” were established in Shenandoah County and many of its municipalities. This was only accomplished after open in-person public hearings were held and attended by hundreds of local residents. Many mothers, grandmothers, and concerned citizens who were not normally politically active spoke up and voiced their concern over the infringement on their Second Amendment rights. They were not your typical “gun nuts” but everyday constituents who wanted to be heard. I spoke to many who indicated they had never voted before in their life, but this issue galvanized them to get involved and vote to ensure their voice was heard. In addition, there was also great controversy in the county regarding the changing of school names in the southern campus. Yes, there were public hearings conducted via Zoom but despite the public outcry by the majority of those who testified, the School Board unilaterally moved forward expending thousands of your tax dollars to affect the respective name changes. Many residents were openly frustrated that despite […]

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