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Today's Opinions

  • Eager to Burn? Wait Your Turn

    The spring fire season is here. It can be destructive and costly.
        Virginians are being warned to stay safe.
        That goes for those of us around here, too. We’ve had our share of problems with wildfires locally over the past few years.
        The fire season runs from Feb. 15 through April 30; the threat of wildfires is increased this year due to Virginia’s mild winter.

  • Letters 02/08/12

    The greatest abuser

        John Barnhart asserts that President Obama is the greatest abuser of Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution.

  • Fixing a broken budget system

    By Congressman Robert Hurt At a time when we in the House have been waiting on the Senate to take action and join our focused agenda of enacting measures that would reduce our staggering $15 trillion debt, the Senate acted – but they acted in a way that was dismissive of their responsibility to the American people and in direct conflict with the necessary goal of passing a budget in order to restore our country to fiscal sustainability.

     

  • Repealing a failed government program

    Over the last year House Republicans have been working diligently to repeal the sweeping new health care reform law which was rushed through Congress, with total disregard for the will of the American people. This law, which I vehemently oppose and voted against, is defined by federal regulations, mandates, a myriad of new big government programs, and a significant increase in federal spending and debt at a cost to our country too high to bear. All of this will lead to fewer choices, higher prices and rationed care.

  • Local Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliate’s response to the national debate

    By Melissa W. Woodson
    Executive Director
    Virginia Blue Ridge Affilliate
    Susan G. Komen for the Cure

        The Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate of Komen for the Cure is not a political organization. We have never and will never choose a side in a political debate unrelated to our cause.

  • Prayer breakfast speech was on target

    Last week, President Barack Obama made an excellent case for a mix of Christianity and political activism that is certainly not “conservative,” but is consistent with the Scriptures.
        The occasion was the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., an event that has become obligatory for whoever is president. It was good to see this president make a case for believers who refuse to connect Christianity with conservatism.

  • Eligibility requirements for veteran’s benefits

    This column concerns the question of eligibility for VA benefits. First, it is necessary to define the meaning of “veteran” as it relates to VA benefits. A veteran is a person who served in the active military service of the United States. Additionally, service in any of 26 other specified organizations during World War I and II has been certified as active military service by the Department of Defense.

  • They should have let the voters decide


        I’m not a fan of tax hikes. Neither is Delegate Lacey Putney. That’s why I took a serious look at Del. Putney’s proposal to raise the state sales tax by a percentage point from the current 5 percent to 6 percent. Half of the new revenue that this tax would have raised, estimated at $1.1 billion per year, would have been deposited into a new Supplemental Highway Construction and Maintenance Fund. The other half of the sales tax increase revenue would have gone toward mental health, public schools and state colleges.