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Today's Opinions

  • Hagel, McCain, and wars of choice

    There’s an old saying about elephants having a long memory, which certainly makes them an appropriate symbol for Republicans in the U.S. Senate.
        They don’t forget; and they don’t forgive, either. They proved it at confirmation hearings for one of their own, former Senator Chuck Hagel, whom the president has nominated to be Secretary of Defense.

  • Will you please stop whining!

        A delegation from the teachers’ union showed up at last week’s board of supervisors meeting to whine about their pay. What a tragic tale they told! Maybe they should have brought somebody in to play sad music as their woeful story unfolded.
        “It’s just not possible to get to the end of the month on their salary,” whined one teachers’ union representative.

  • This is ridiculous

    A Virginia inmate wants a sex change operation. And he wants Virginia taxpayers to foot the bill.
        This is ridiculous.
        The inmate now goes by the name Ophelia De’lonta, and has apparently been diagnosed with gender identity disorder.
        De’lonta believes she is trapped in the body of the opposite sex. But, more importantly, De’lonta is being held captive by another entity, the Virginia court system. She has been incarcerated since 1983, serving a 73-year sentence for bank robbery.

  • Letters 01/30/31

    Bill should be voted down

        Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield) has introduced a bill (H2253) in the General Assembly that would repeal the state’s Land Preservation Tax Credit (LPC) to fund transportation. The Blue Ridge Land Conservancy stands firmly opposed to this bill and any others that would repeal or lessen the impact of the LPC.

  • Who’s counting?

    Need an example of why the government doesn’t need any more of your money? Take a look at the Superstorm Sandy relief measure, expected to pass Congress soon.
        The final $50 billion in emergency aid will eat up, and surpass, the money funded through the recently approved, “fiscal cliff” tax increases.
        The fact is, the cliff just keeps getting taller.

  • Fifth District Virginians visit our nation’s capital for the 57th Presidential Inauguration

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

  • The House continues its work on pro-growth legislation

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    The House of Representatives has wasted no time in addressing the pressing issues that we as a nation confront. Over the past week, the House acted to put our nation back on a path to fiscal sustainability, and we have introduced two bills that will rein in the federal government’s over-reach to protect individual liberties and get our economy back on track.

     

  • Crafting a simpler, pro-growth tax code

    We often hear that nothing in this world is certain except death and taxes. However, the current federal tax code is a source of much uncertainty for many taxpayers. With Americans spending more than 6.1 billion hours to prepare and file their tax returns, it is clear that the current tax code is no longer working in a fair manner.