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Columns

  • The strange GOP, tea party dance

        With primary elections over, Republicans are now burdened with candidates in several states that are considered so loopy that it may cost them any chance they may have had to take control of the U.S. Senate.

        It’s fascinating to watch the weird dance between Republican regulars and the pretentious, right-wing “tea party” extremists who act as though they just discovered the Constitution and that no one else knows about it.

  • Russia could be an ally

        Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Russia’s Defense Minister Anatoliy Serdyuko signed a memorandum of understanding on military cooperation last week. Gates hosted Serdyuko at the Pentagon.

        “I don’t see Russia as a threat,” Gates was quoted as saying after the meetings.

  • Smart public investments can quickly yield results

  • Success in education needs to be redefined

    A well-educated workforce is critical for regaining America’s long-term competitive advantage. This includes not only the higher education that will be necessary for global competitiveness, but also the solid foundation of a strong K-12 education. I have often said that there are no shortcuts to regaining our competitive advantage, so at this moment, while we recover from our current economic downturn, we know that we must be providing educational opportunities that will prepare our current and future workforce for the jobs of tomorrow.

  • What we have learned from September 11th

    Nine years ago, Americans looked on in horror as the events of September 11th unfolded.  At the end of the day the skyline of one of our greatest cities was forever changed, the Pentagon, a symbol of America’s military strength was still smoldering, and a previously indistinguishable field in western Pennsylvania had suddenly and terribly become an unmarked grave for America’s newest heroes.

  • GOP busy defending the rich

        President Obama has finally begun to fight back on behalf of his party’s agenda and against the assumption that Americans just can’t wait to put the Republican Party back in power.

        In two speeches last week, the president laid out his agenda and assailed the proposals of the GOP and its House “Speaker-to-be,” John Boehner.

  • History poorly taught

        It seems that history is often poorly taught in America’s public schools.

  • Staying safe

    This week is Virginia Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Week, a move by safety advocates to protect travelers throughout the Commonwealth.

        From walking the loop to biking along the Blue Ridge Parkway, from walking to school or to a bus stop to riding a bike in a local neighborhood, it’s important that everyone be reminded of the need for safety.

  • Americans want commonsense health care reform

    Over the last few weeks I conducted a series of in-person town hall meetings and telephone town hall meetings throughout the 6th Congressional District. These meetings allowed me the opportunity to speak with thousands of my constituents and answer their questions.  It is clear that the recently enacted “health care reform” law continues to be of great concern to a majority of Americans.

  • Veterans' Administration home loan program

    The home mortgage interest rate is now at the lowest it has been in decades.  In view of this favorable rate market you may be considering the purchase of a home or perhaps refinancing your existing home loan, in either case you may want to consider a loan guaranteed by VA.  The basic eligibility requirements include; active military service and discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.