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Today's Opinions

  • Getting down to business

    As the second week of the legislative session began, our newly inaugurated Governor, Bob McDonnell, quickly got down to business. In an address to a joint session of the General Assembly on Martin Luther King Day, he laid out his priorities.  As stated during his campaign, he made clear that job creation and economic growth would be the chief focus of his new administration for the year ahead.

  • Gov. McDonnell abandons transportation

    Virginia now has a new governor in Robert Francis McDonnell. If the state’s roads and highways could make audible sounds, we would probably hear them moaning.

        It’s pretty clear that this governor has no serious intention of doing much of anything about the pressing transportation problem in this state.

  • Final actions

    Outgoing Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine should be ashamed.

  • Letters

    Ruff is right

        I’m writing this letter today in support of a letter I read in the 1/6/10 edition of this paper that was written by Richard Ruff and was entitled, “Support Local Shelters.” 

  • Stimulus money jump starts energy businesses

    My top priority is supporting job creation in Southside and Central Virginia, and I believe one key part of this will be putting our area at the forefront of the clean energy economy. In the next few decades, we will see a huge boom of energy-related advanced manufacturing, agriculture, and retro-fitting. We can watch as those jobs and economic opportunities go to China and India, or we can decide that American-made energy is worth our investment. We can rebuild our region as the future clean energy capital of our Commonwealth and our country.

  • Transparency was promised, secrecy was delivered

    “These negotiations will be on C-SPAN and so the public will be part of the conversation and will see the choices that are being made.”  That is how then-candidate Barrack Obama promised the American people the negotiations over the Democrats’ health care overhaul would occur.  Transparency was promised to be a key feature of the debate.  While it is true that it is appropriate for legislators to have private discussions about legislation, in this case the Democrats have not followed the normal conference committee process and they are going back on a promis

  • Legislative session begins

    The 2010 legislative session has officially begun.  Before we get down to our most important issue this year, balancing our state budget, we must first say goodbye to one governor and welcome our Governor-elect.  Governor Kaine addressed the General Assembly on the opening day of session, giving his final state of the commonwealth address.  Normally, I would join my colleagues in the chamber to hear the Governor’s remarks.  This year I was not able to.

  • King would like today’s racial progress

    The holiday we recognized this week in honor of the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. is always an opportunity to reflect upon the state of race relations in America.

        Race, it seems, is a never ending subject in our country. We brought this upon ourselves when the first black slaves landed on the coast of Virginia in 1619 and we started down the road of slavery.