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Editorial

  • The need for a comprehensive energy policy

    Energy is vital to every sector of the U.S. economy, including homes, small businesses and industries. Energy powers computers, appliances, technology and the Internet and fuels transportation and farming processes. When energy supplies are tight, families and businesses are severely impacted by the resulting increase in energy costs.

  • Legislation will create cyber tip-line to report child exploitation

    The Internet is a valuable tool in many cases, and technology has offered many opportunities to advance our lives in the 21st Century. However, some are exploiting technology, and the Internet is being used by those who traffic in and seek out child pornography, with many of those involved in Internet child pornography being in the United States.

    In recognition of the need to fight child pornography on the Internet, the House of Representatives has adopted legislation amending the Missing Children's Assistance Act. I voted for this bill.

  • Yet again, Bush can't master the facts

    In October, in the middle of his latest remarks about the alleged threat from Iran, President George W. Bush actually used the phrase "World War III."

    You'd think that no American president would ever utter such a thing unless we were in the most dire circumstances. But Bush has proven that he lives in a world of his own, where anything goes when it comes to pushing his warmongering view of the world.

    The problem was - and there are always problems with what Bush says - Iran wasn't working on a nuclear weapon and hadn't been since 2003.

  • A baloney sandwich

    The never ending presidential campaign will finally get down to business next month as the first primaries and caucuses are held. In a few months we should know who the two major parties will present to us as their presidential candidates.

  • A simple prayer

    Back in 2006 a study was released questioning the power of prayer to patients undergoing heart surgery. The major national media outlets glowingly carried headlines from the study such as: "Study shrugs off power to heal" (USA Today), "Power of prayer flunks an unusual test" (MSNBC.MSN.com); or "Study: Prayer didn't help sick" (Seattle Times).

  • With U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson handing down a 23 month sentence Monday, Michael Vick now begins his road to redemption

    To some, Michael Vick has lost it all.

    He's lost his millions, he's lost his friends, he's lost his career and he's lost his freedom.

    But the one hope he can hang onto is that he hasn't necessarily lost his shot at a second chance.

    That choice still is his to make.

    During his sentencing Monday in U.S. District Court, Vick said "I made some bad judgments along the way."

  • GOP debate settles nothing

    With the first presidential caucuses and primaries just weeks away now, the 2008 presidential race has suddenly gotten very intense, a fact that was quite evident in last week's GOP "CNN/You Tube" debate.

  • A circus, complete with clowns

    Soon Congress will be packing it in for the year and heading home for Christmas. One of the things this means is that it will probably be a good idea to avoid airport men's rooms as Sen. Larry Craig will be on the loose. Another thing it means is that the "Democrats'" first year in control of Congress has ended.

    Looking back on their performance, it's no wonder that Congress' approval rating, at 20 percent, is even lower than President Bush's, which stands at 32 percent. Both of these figures come from a Gallup poll taken in mid-November.

  • Illegal immigration: Something needs to be done (Part 2)

    The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) estimated in February 2003 that the illegal alien population in Virginia was about 103,000 residents as of January 2000, nearly double the previous estimate of about 55,000 in 1996. That in turn was nearly 31 percent higher than in 1992. By 2005 it was about 192,000. Nationally the latest estimate of illegal aliens is about 11 million persons.

  • With costs going up and funding going down wish lists are out

    As the holiday season picks up, everyone's making a wish list. But as budget time approaches for county schools, "needs" will be much more important than "wants" this season.

    There are always new projects to pursue, new technology to embrace and new buildings that need constructed. Hands are already being extended in hopes of snagging additional dollars.