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Today's Opinions

  • Getting back to the district: Jobs remain a top priority

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • We must scrap the tax code

    Just days ago in his annual State of the Union address, President Obama said ‘the best thing we could do on taxes for all Americans is to simplify the individual tax code’.  The President stated he was prepared to work with the Congress in this effort.  I couldn’t agree more. For a number of years now I have introduced bipartisan legislation, the Tax Code Termination Act, to abolish our current tax code.  My legislation, which I recently introduced in this new Congress, can be the impetus for overhauling and simplifying our tax system.

  • A plan to fix Arlington National Cemetery

    By Senator Mark Warner

    I would like to share some very positive news on our continuing efforts to fix what’s broken at Arlington National Cemetery.

    It was last June when many of us first heard about Arlington’s reliance on paper records and maps, and the systemic disorganization and shameful errors that inevitably resulted. I think all of us were especially shocked and appalled to learn about dozens of instances of misplaced or misidentified remains at the cemetery.

  • The halfway point draws near

    In Richmond this week, the House and Senate moved closer to the halfway point of the General Assembly session, and prepared for the unveiling of their competing budget plans.  It was the week before Crossover, and temperatures outside varied from the freezing mark to the high sixties in a single week.

        By the time Crossover, the midpoint of the legislative session, occurs on February 8, both houses must complete their work on bills submitted by their own members.  As a result, floor sessions get longer as the week progresses.

  • Debating Ronald Reagan’s true legacy

        This past Sunday marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of America’s 40th president, Ronald Wilson Reagan.

        To American conservatives, Reagan is a demigod, a hero beyond question with great achievements that represent everything they still hold dear: cutting taxes, a strong military, and promoting conservative “social values.”

  • No need to riot like an Egyptian

        We have a big election year ahead, and I’m not talking about 2012.

  • A good idea

    he House of Delegates unanimously passed a bill that could help our veterans who are running into legal problems because of post-traumatic stress disorder and other brain injuries. Eighteen other states have already taken similar measures with good success.

  • Letters 02/02/2011

    SRHS After Prom Party planned

        Staunton River High School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) will be holding its 16th annual After Prom Party this spring for juniors, seniors and their guests. As in the past, The purpose of After Prom Party is to provide a safe environment for celebration that is drug and alcohol free. Sponsoring and supporting the After Prom Party for the students offers them an alternative to attending unsafe parties where drugs and alcohol may be available to them.