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Today's Opinions

  • Budget process begins

    By Chuck Neudorfer
    District 2 Supervisor

        I am having my quarterly Town Meeting from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Moneta Library on Saturday, February 19.  Please stop any time during that time and we can talk about any topic you chose.

  • Egypt’s revolution: Old lessons learned anew

        In Warren Beatty’s 1981 film, “Reds,” journalist and activist Jack Reed is discussing the pros and cons of Eugene Debs’ 1912 presidential campaign with renowned anarchist Emma Goldman and a few others.

        “Don’t you think,” someone asks Goldman, “that if Debs gets a lot of votes, it will strengthen the anti-war coalition?”

  • An opportunity to look good

        So far it seems that President Barack Obama has had some success in his effort to climb out of the hole that he dug for himself during the first half of his presidency.

  • Too much

    The national debt just continues to grow — and significant cuts apparently won’t be on the way anytime soon.

        President Obama’s budget, released this week, projects more record federal deficits for the current fiscal year and an overall debt greater than the size of of the total U.S. economy.
        It’s not a pretty picture.

  • Letters 02/09/2011

    Thank You


        We wanted to take the time to say two simple words that mean so much more…from the Peaks of Otter to you….Thank You! 
        It is through the efforts of this and surrounding communities, guests, and others that have given us the opportunity to remain open Friday, Saturday & Sunday through March 31, 2011.  Full operations of the Peaks of Otter Lodge & Restaurant  will begin April 1 through November 2011.

  • Getting back to the district: Jobs remain a top priority

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • We must scrap the tax code

    Just days ago in his annual State of the Union address, President Obama said ‘the best thing we could do on taxes for all Americans is to simplify the individual tax code’.  The President stated he was prepared to work with the Congress in this effort.  I couldn’t agree more. For a number of years now I have introduced bipartisan legislation, the Tax Code Termination Act, to abolish our current tax code.  My legislation, which I recently introduced in this new Congress, can be the impetus for overhauling and simplifying our tax system.

  • A plan to fix Arlington National Cemetery

    By Senator Mark Warner

    I would like to share some very positive news on our continuing efforts to fix what’s broken at Arlington National Cemetery.

    It was last June when many of us first heard about Arlington’s reliance on paper records and maps, and the systemic disorganization and shameful errors that inevitably resulted. I think all of us were especially shocked and appalled to learn about dozens of instances of misplaced or misidentified remains at the cemetery.