Today's Opinions

  • The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting temporary, part-time census takers for the 2010 Census

    Starting next week, households across America will start receiving forms for the 2010 Census. Every 10 years, as defined in the Constitution, the Census takes a snapshot of our population, determining how many people reside within the nation's borders, who they are, and where they live. The results help determine your representation in government, as well as how federal funds are spent in your community on things like roads, parks, housing, schools, and public safety.

  • Stopping job killing energy regulations and taxes

    Late last year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took the first steps toward a national energy tax by writing anti-growth regulations that make carbon dioxide – something that is necessary to sustain life on earth – a regulated pollutant under the Clean Air Act.  This backdoor attempt to institute a national energy tax will stifle economic growth and kill jobs, especially in the manufacturing, transportation, energy, and agricultural sectors.  Now more than ever, with the national unemployment rate hovering around 10 percent and 15 million Americans looking for

  • Conference committee now merging Senate and House versions of budget

    We are one week away from our final newsletter which will mark the end of the 2010 General Assembly session.  With the final week of the General Assembly session approaching, senators and delegates are moving quickly toward completing final work on legislation.

  • Guns always win in the legislature

        Over the years I’ve learned not to expect much in the way of progressive legislation from the Virginia General Assembly. It just doesn’t happen.

        Most of the Republican legislators are hard-core conservatives, given to all of the peculiar obsessions that implies. Far too many of the Democrats are so busy promoting their “Virginia Democrat” stance that they talk and vote just like the Republicans.

  • Too short

    The public had a chance to sound off on the proposed school budget for 2010-2011 last Thursday night. Unfortunately not everyone who wanted to speak got that opportunity.

  • Letters

    The effect of closing schools

        As a parent whose children attend Body Camp Elementary School and as a resident of Bedford County, I feel the need to make the residents of Bedford County aware of the effects of closing small schools in rural areas. I am originally from Logan County, W.Va., and I have seen first-hand the devastation that this can leave behind. If you think that because your children do not attend Body Camp or Thaxton Elementary, which are slated to for closure, that this will not affect you – think again!

  • Creating jobs

    I spent last week’s President’s Day district work period traveling around Southern and Central Virginia, talking to business leaders, workers, educators, and others about what it’s going to take to rebuild the economy of our region. From Ruckersville to South Boston to Lawrenceville to Gretna, citizens were full of ideas about what we can do to create more jobs and provide Virginians with some economic relief.

  • Bill repeals insurance company monopoly rules exemption

    This past week, we scored a major victory for common sense, for competition, for consumers, and for bipartisanship in the U.S. House of Representatives. The House passed my bill H.R. 4626, the Health Insurance Industry Fair Competition Act, on an overwhelming bipartisan majority of 406-19. I’m proud that my name is on the first truly bipartisan health care reform bill to pass the U.S. House.