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Today's Opinions

  • Fifth District small businesses are our economic engine

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • The American flag

    By James F. Burns

     “I’ve been to the moon. I’ve been burned. But more often I’m honored. I’m your American flag.”

  • Trump has no immigration policy

        What first brought Donald Trump to our attention last year was his racist shrieks about how “Mexico is killing us,” and “not sending us their best.”
        “Rapists and thieves,” he said, are what most illegal immigrants are, and that he would “build a wall” and make Mexico pay for it.

  • Keeping tabs on you

        Today’s kids can’t imagine a time when people didn’t carry a telephone with them, on their person, everywhere they go. Today’s smart phones are actually hand-held computers with many times more computing power than machines that filled specially air conditioned rooms, 30 years ago,.
        I don’t have a smart phone or any kind of cell phone. I don’t want one and can’t imagine what earthly use a cell phone would be to me.

  • A good learning experience

        We love receiving letters to the editor and we strive to assure every locally written letter gets printed. Of course, we aren’t going to print anything that’s libelous or obscene and we do insist that letters address public issues. Letters that fall in these limited “we won’t print that” categories are rare.

  • Letters 08/31/16

    Supports Hillary

        Anyone who has seen those yellow school buses knows school has started. Anyone who has turned on a television, or logged onto the internet knows this is an election year. An election year usually means schools spend a great deal of time teaching our children the electoral process.

  • Junior Falwell’s lame defense of Trump

        Lost recently in all the back and forth between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was a fairly remarkable op-ed piece in defense of Trump written by none other than Junior Falwell.
        You know, Jerry Falwell, Jr., whom I like to describe as LU’s “gun-slinging chancellor.” He earned that title after his embrace of guns on campus so that students might “end those Muslims” should something occur.

  • Why we need the ICAC task force


        Last week Brian McAlexander pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography. McAlexander had put child porn on an Internet peer-to-peer network and that’s how he got caught. The Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is looking for guys who do things like that.