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Columns

  • Budget process begins

    By Chuck Neudorfer
    District 2 Supervisor

        I am having my quarterly Town Meeting from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Moneta Library on Saturday, February 19.  Please stop any time during that time and we can talk about any topic you chose.

  • Egypt’s revolution: Old lessons learned anew

        In Warren Beatty’s 1981 film, “Reds,” journalist and activist Jack Reed is discussing the pros and cons of Eugene Debs’ 1912 presidential campaign with renowned anarchist Emma Goldman and a few others.

        “Don’t you think,” someone asks Goldman, “that if Debs gets a lot of votes, it will strengthen the anti-war coalition?”

  • An opportunity to look good

        So far it seems that President Barack Obama has had some success in his effort to climb out of the hole that he dug for himself during the first half of his presidency.

  • Too much

    The national debt just continues to grow — and significant cuts apparently won’t be on the way anytime soon.

        President Obama’s budget, released this week, projects more record federal deficits for the current fiscal year and an overall debt greater than the size of of the total U.S. economy.
        It’s not a pretty picture.

  • Getting back to the district: Jobs remain a top priority

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • We must scrap the tax code

    Just days ago in his annual State of the Union address, President Obama said ‘the best thing we could do on taxes for all Americans is to simplify the individual tax code’.  The President stated he was prepared to work with the Congress in this effort.  I couldn’t agree more. For a number of years now I have introduced bipartisan legislation, the Tax Code Termination Act, to abolish our current tax code.  My legislation, which I recently introduced in this new Congress, can be the impetus for overhauling and simplifying our tax system.

  • A plan to fix Arlington National Cemetery

    By Senator Mark Warner

    I would like to share some very positive news on our continuing efforts to fix what’s broken at Arlington National Cemetery.

    It was last June when many of us first heard about Arlington’s reliance on paper records and maps, and the systemic disorganization and shameful errors that inevitably resulted. I think all of us were especially shocked and appalled to learn about dozens of instances of misplaced or misidentified remains at the cemetery.

  • The halfway point draws near

    In Richmond this week, the House and Senate moved closer to the halfway point of the General Assembly session, and prepared for the unveiling of their competing budget plans.  It was the week before Crossover, and temperatures outside varied from the freezing mark to the high sixties in a single week.

        By the time Crossover, the midpoint of the legislative session, occurs on February 8, both houses must complete their work on bills submitted by their own members.  As a result, floor sessions get longer as the week progresses.

  • Debating Ronald Reagan’s true legacy

        This past Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of America’s 40th president, Ronald Wilson Reagan.

        To American conservatives, Reagan is a demigod, a hero beyond question with great achievements that represent everything they still hold dear: cutting taxes, a strong military, and promoting conservative “social values.”

  • No need to riot like an Egyptian

        We have a big election year ahead, and I’m not talking about 2012.