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Today's Opinions

  • Next year, we’ll start leaving Iraq

    It was certainly no coincidence that on the day last week when the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq was reached, a new poll showed yet another decline in the approval rating of the president who launched this war.

    George W. Bush, whose long-awaited exit from office gets closer and closer with the sweet passing of each day, is now at a pathetic 31 percent approval rating. There can be little doubt that the main reason for this is his stubborn insistence upon continuing a war and an occupation that the American public largely turned against in 2005.

  • House leadership plays politics with America's security

    The national security of the United States is not something that should be a matter of political gamesmanship. However, one must question whether such is going on in the House of Representatives.

  • Say 'thanks' before they're gone

    France buried its last World War I veteran last week.

    Actually, Lazare Ponticelli was Italian. Born at the end of 1897, he left Italy, when he was 9, to join his brothers who were already in France. When Germany invaded in August, 1914, Ponticelli, still 16 at the time, lied about his age in order to enlist in the Foreign Legion. He wanted to fight for the country that took him in.

  • Working to decrease America’s dependence on foreign energy

    Each week, folks across the Sixth District and the nation are confronted with the rising cost of energy, from the gas pump to their electric and gas bills. Energy is vital to every sector of the U.S. economy, including homes, small businesses and industries. When energy supplies are tight, families and businesses are severely impacted by the resulting increase in energy costs.

  • Pension program for veterans

    This is the first of four consecutive monthly articles scheduled for publication in this newspaper to address both compensation and pension benefits for veterans and eligible family members.

  • Bush’s legacy of torture

    When George W. Bush recently vetoed a bill that would have banned so-called waterboarding as an approved interrogation technique, he solidified his sorry legacy: the first president to actually want the United States of America to practice torture.

    Bush won’t call it torture, and he’ll insist at any of his barely coherent press conferences, in the pseudo-language he uses to mimic English, that “The U.S. doesn’t torture.” But like most everything with Bush, it’s either a lie or a distortion.

  • America's anti-American left

    There was an interesting item on ABC New's Web site, Thursday.

    According to this story, ABC News reviewed dozens of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's sermons, offered for sale by Trinity United Church of Christ, in Chicago. This is the church that Wright pastors. The article states that these sermons contain repeated denunciations of the United States. Wright tells his congregants not to sing "God Bless America" but to replace "Bless" with another word. This other word turns "God Bless" into a phrase that I never use as I was taught that it amounts to taking God's name in vain.

  • Taking time out to celebrate agriculture

    The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reminds us this week that you don't have to live or work on a farm to celebrate Virginia Agriculture Week which is being celebrated March 16 – 22. As a release from the organization stated: "Every Virginian can and should get on the bandwagon. You eat here, don’t you? Then you have a reason to join the celebration."