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Today's Opinions

  • Health care reform opponents in deep panic

        The fight over health care reform resembles its own kind of political campaign, as though there’s an election just down the road. The television airwaves are filled with competing commercials, just like the saturation of ads you see during a campaign.

  • Blue Dogs should be applauded

        It was rather humorous to read Rick Howell’s column last week, blasting members of his own political party. A member of the “Democratic” Party, Mr. Howell usually directs his ire at Republicans.

        Although I’m not a political party member, and thus am free to antagonize everybody, I usually disparage “Democrats.”

  • When it comes to turning over the keys of our healthcare system to the government, this nation, with the Cash for Clunkers program as an example, should remember buyer beware

    The Cash for Clunkers program has highlighted several key points for all of us to remember. Consider this:

        • The public has taken full advantage of the opportunity to receive $4,500 for their old gas-guzzling vehicles from the government. This shouldn’t be a surprise. Most folks like “free” money and this taxpayer-supported program has provided a great opportunity to take advantage of that. In fact it has been so well utilized that the program has cashed out in its first week. That leads to the next point...

  • Letters

    On healthcare

        To date, much has been said in the media by the representatives of both sides of the fence regarding proposed healthcare legislation. Hopefully serious debate will continue until citizens have a plan that serves better than the system currently in use.  The exception being, of course, the one Congress enjoys at tax payer expense.

  • Latest drafts of health care bill include some significant improvements

    As I return home from Congress for an extended work period in the district, I will be devoting most of my time to discussing health care reform with constituents and doctors. For weeks, I made clear to Congressional leaders that we should not rush a vote on health care. I have already met with over 150 doctors and medical professional in our district about health care, and each meeting produces better ideas for improving health care and reducing costs.

  • We need commonsense health care reforms

    While we can all agree that our current health care system is flawed there are many different ideas about how to fix it.  Recently Democratic Leaders in Congress introduced the “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act”, which sets the tone for a Washington takeover of the health care system.  While this misguided legislation simply offers more of what is wrong with the current system, House Republicans have offered commonsense reforms that will make health care more affordable, reduce the number of uninsured and increase quality.

  • Building financial success and control

    As an educational outreach program of Virginia’s two land grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, the mission of Virginia Cooperative Extension is to assess the needs of our local communities and then develop educational programs to meet those needs. 

        One way to do this is by providing research-based information so that citizens can make well-informed decisions. As we continue our discussion on building financial success, let’s review what we discussed in the previous articles.

  • ‘Blue Dogs’ paid to fight health care reform

    You’d expect conservative Republicans to stand in the way of meaningful health care reform. After all, they’ve been sharpening their rhetoric about “socialized medicine” for many decades.

        But when such actions come from those within the Democratic Party itself, the usual party of reform, well, you can bet there’s some money being spread out somewhere.