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Today's Opinions

  • A look at the struggles of single-parent households

    The Bedford Christian Fellowship focuses its attention this month on the struggles of children, women, and men living in what has become known as single-parent households.

  • 2008 General Assembly session extended

    The General Assembly has already met for 60 days this year, the period mandated by the Constitution of Virginia.

    Of the nearly 2,400 bills filed by legislators, around 900 were approved and forwarded to Governor Kaine for his consideration. One significant bill, Virginia’s 2008-2010 Biennial Budget, has yet to pass. Because of this, the General Assembly has extended its 2008 session, giving negotiators on behalf of the House and Senate more time to reach an agreement.

  • Getting us stimulated

    I don't know if you are as excited as we are at my house about the government giving us some of our money back through the soon-to-come stimulus payments.

    After all, it is our money. And the federal government has proven it has little sense in spending it wisely. But that's a thought for another time.

    Still, my wife and I have each been secretly planning how to spend it. She wants a deck and French doors; I want a vacation at the beach. That's why I talked to someone this week about coming to give an estimate for the new appendage to our home.

  • Being Welsh on St. Patrick's Day

    So I’m in the doctor’s office the other day (I’m sorry, conservativeseeit wasn’t serious), and the nurse is wearing a St. Patrick’s Day shirt already, something decorated in those green shamrock things.

    “It’s just a bit early for that, isn’t it?,” I asked.

    “Oh, no,” she said. “We've only got one day for this holiday, so I wanted to wear my shirt all I could.”

  • Primary results were wonderful

    I was pleased with the results of the "Democratic" primaries in Ohio and Texas. This does not mean that I've suddenly become a Hillary Clinton fan. No one has yet convinced me that she would not be a threat to American democracy. I was pleased because her victories mean that the race will continue, neck and neck, into the summer. It will probably get uglier as it progresses and it could split the "Democratic" Party. This would be good.

  • Ruling puts the spotlight on the spread of sludge

    The use of biosolids hit the national spotlight this week as a federal judge took the Agricultural Department to task for problems caused by the use of sludge by two Georgia farmers.

    According to an article by the Associated Press, the judge ordered the department to compensate a farmer who lost the use of his cattle and his land because of using biosolids. This ruling is likely to further call into question the use of the product and the government's stamp of approval on it.

  • The future of higher education

    For many students and families there is the promise of higher education. But for far too many others, the burden of tuition costs is seemingly insurmountable. In Virginia, undergraduate students are paying nearly 7% more in tuition and fees than they did last year. The skyrocketing cost of higher education is a dangerous trend given the often integral role it plays in attaining the American dream and maintaining our competitiveness in a changing global economy.

  • America needs is a balanced energy plan

    The House of Representatives has passed what I believe is an unwise energy bill. If it becomes law, it would lead to a huge increase in the price of gasoline, and it would increase our dependence on foreign fossil fuels, even as America works to develop sustainable alternative energy sources. I voted “No” on this bill, but it passed 220-to-188.