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Today's Opinions

  • The American people must be heard

    This week President Barack Obama sat down with a bipartisan group of House and Senate Members to discuss health care reform.  While only time will tell I hope that this signals a true turning point in the health care discussion.  The American people have repeatedly called on Washington to scrap these massive health care bills in favor of a more modest approach.  I have held town hall meetings, telephone town hall meetings, and I’ve received thousands of letters, phone calls and e-mails from folks all across the Sixth Congressional District and the message is simple: Was

  • Reaching an agreement

        A lot happened in Richmond this week – and almost all of it had to do with Virginia’s budget.  Delegates approved their version of the budget and Senators voted on theirs.  Now, both sides meet to reach an agreement.  The House’s negotiating team is led by Lacey Putney, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee and my neighboring colleague.  Clearly, his presence benefits our region.

  • Does Bedford still like Bob McDonnell?

        As a former student at Body Camp Elementary School in what seems like a lifetime ago, I have to say that I was moved to see parents of students there, and at Thaxton Elementary, stand up publicly for their schools and implore the superintendent not to allow them to be closed.

        But I also had to think - even before I saw an editorial in the Roanoke Times - that, well…there’s an old saying in politics: You get what you vote for.

  • Could be a good year for GOP

        This should be a good year to be running as a Republican.

  • Grandpa’s example

        Picture the following:

        You are summoned to the reading of the will of your recently deceased grandfather.

        You have mixed feelings about it.  Sure, you’re sad to see the old fella go.  He was always very kind to you.

        There is, however, that lingering resentment about his reneging on a promise of footing the bill for your college education.

  • The blame game

    Last Saturday the Roanoke Times took Bedford County voters to task, stating in an editorial that they only had themselves to blame for the current budget crisis that Bedford County Public Schools is now in. The local daily’s reasoning: Bedford County voters opted for Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell in last year’s election.

        The flawed — that’s the kindest word we could think of — thought process went something like this:

  • Letters

    Having a say

        As a student of Body Camp I think I should have a say. 

        Now, I do.  I’m frustrated that they are closing Body Camp.  My mother doesn’t know at all where to put my autistic brother, because Body Camp provides such an education for every child in the school. 

        But where will Body Camp’s teachers go?  Especially our principal, where will he go? 

  • Celebrating the joys of adoption

    Adoption offers a wonderful opportunity to bring children in need and caring supportive parents together.  Each year, I have the incredible opportunity to nominate, for special recognition, families from across the Sixth Congressional District who have made a significant difference in the lives of children, particularly those who have chosen to build their families through adoption.