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Editorial

  • Giants walked among us

    The past two years have seen the funerals of two giants who walked among us. Neither of them were celebrities or had their faces on the cover of national magazines. Nevertheless, they did a great deal of good.

  • This presidential election will provide historical results

    By the end of this week the campaign for the White House will be in full force and, assuming John McCain and Sarah Palin are officially nominated by the Republican Party this week, the result of the Nov. 4 election will be historic.

    The fact is, once all the votes are counted and the Electoral College results are certified, this nation will have either its first African-American president or its first woman vice president. That says a lot to just how far this nation has come.

    Consider the case of Barack Obama.

  • An "all of the above" strategy to become energy independent

    The need for comprehensive energy legislation has never been more apparent. We’ve grown dangerously dependent on foreign oil sources and we can’t allow this to threaten our economic security. Just as there was no one cause for our current energy crisis, there is no one silver bullet for getting us out of it.

  • Legislation takes broad approach to energy

    Last week, I returned to Washington to join my Republican colleagues in our on-going effort to impress upon the leadership of the House of Representatives that the American public deserves an up-or-down vote on allowing drilling for oil and natural gas on American soil and on the Outer Continental Shelf, so that we may produce more of our own energy needs and break our dependence on foreign oil.

  • Only Obama can bring a new beginning

    As you receive your Bulletin this week, we’re in the midst of the Democratic National Convention, where, on Thursday, Sen. Barack Obama will deliver his acceptance speech as the party’s presidential nominee.

    This will be the crowning moment for the man who will carry the banner for all of us who want a clean break from the scandals, lies, wars, and right-wing extremism of the last eight years.

  • Georgia on my mind

    A couple of weeks ago our Governor Tim Kaine claimed that pigs fly. He didn't actually say that he saw a porker take to the air on wings, but what he did say was equally absurd.

    After stomping Georgia's army flat, the Russian army stopped. Kaine proclaimed that Russia was heeding Barack Obama's call for them to do so.

  • Letters

    Thanks for concern

    Christopher and our entire family would like to publicly thank all of the people who came to our home, called and went to the paper or even contacted the police department in response to the letter about Christopher's stolen bike.

    We have been absolutely amazed that people who had no idea who we were would offer to buy a child a new bike. When I wrote the letter my only hope was that the thief would see the letter and return the bike. That did not happen but God gave us so much more.

  • If one life is saved, the teen driver safety program will be worth the effort

    Tim Groover knows all too well the heartbreak of losing a child in an automobile crash involving a teen driver.

    In November 2002, his 15-year-old daughter Brittany was killed as the result of an accident while riding with another teen. That car went out of control and slammed into a school bus in front of Forest Middle School. The last entry in his daughter's diary on her computer stated: "You cannot change your beginning, but you certainly can change your ending."

  • Amendment would ban spending growth that exceeds economy's growth

    The House of Representatives has an opportunity to take a stand for controlling spending by the federal government.

  • China's influence can only grow

    With the Summer 2008 Olympics well under way in Beijing, China, it’s as good a time as any to contemplate something we’ve heard and read so much about in recent years: the emergence of China as a real superpower on the world scene.

    First, the opening ceremonies held at the Olympic complex a couple of Fridays ago were likely the best I’ve ever seen. The creativity and the pageantry were obvious, but they also revealed a Chinese people that take great pride in their country and have a keen awareness of the ups and downs of their long history.