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Today's Opinions

  • Time to face the facts

        They say politics makes strange bedfellows.
        Apparently, so does snooping.
        Through projects, such as the once-top secret PRISM program, the NSA has developed the means to do a whole lot of prying on the citizens that pay for its existence.  That’d be you and me.
        Now, there has been a lot of ink (and I wish there was a lot more) expended on how dangerous such programs are to our fundamental freedoms.

  • GOP misses an opportunity

    On Aug. 28, Americans of all races, ages and gender came together in Washington, D.C. to remember the historic “March on Washington” in 1963, the event that featured the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
        President Obama rose to the occasion with a fabulous speech, reminding the nation that those who marched and protested back then were the very agents of change that have improved race relations ever since.

  • If they snooze, the taxpayers lose

        Normally, I don’t cover the school board. Tom Wilmoth, the editor usually covers school board and town council while I go to the board of supervisors and county planning commission meetings. Sometimes Tom will assign the school board to me when he has to be in two places at the same time. That happened last month and, as I didn’t find out about it in time to seek asylum in Russia, I went to the meeting. The meeting was mercifully brief and I got to hear School Board Chairman Gary Hostutler make what I think is an excellent suggestion.

  • What a mess

    he Obama administration has let the Arab Spring become the Middle East Massacre.
        And it’s only getting worse.    
        Apparently the President felt his Apology Tour, held just after taking office, would make everyone in the Arab world suddenly love the United States and fall into line with our wishes.
        Surely there wouldn’t be any more trouble, only peace and harmony.
        And why not? He did win the Nobel Peace Prize for such foolishness.

  • Letters 08/28/13

    Watergate?
     
        Which part of John Barnhart’s sanctimonious mind allowed him to compare the Watergate scandal to the lethal attack on an American embassy? In Libya?
        His entire piece threw a stadium quality spotlight on a proverbial barking dog, instead of the burning building behind the yapping. The Benghazi attack isn’t about the Capitol Hill Blame Game -- it’s about the loss of life and measures being taken to strengthen security holes.

  • Making strides toward affordable college education for Virginians

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    This week, as the new academic year is starting at many of Virginia's colleges and universities, we are reminded of the sacrifice and hard work that so many families put forth for the opportunity to send their children to college.

     

  • Guarding Americans’ civil liberties
  • Veterans’ diseases associated with Agent Orange

    By Bob Kibler

        Veterans who served in Vietnam between August 5, 1964, and May 7, 1975, (or were in country between February 28, 1961, and August 5, 1964) or served in a unit in or near the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) anytime between April 1, 1968, and August 31, 1971, and who have a disease VA recognizes as associated with Agent Orange exposure are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides.