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Today's Opinions

  • Unemployed workers deserve extended benefits

    It is far too easy for those in Washington to forget just how brutal this economy is for working families back home. Every weekend when I travel around the 5th district, I hear stories of the struggles of those who are looking for work or trying to make ends meet in these tough times. It has become increasingly clear to me that the elites in the United States Senate have completely lost touch with the struggles and challenges of the people they represent.

  • A fiscally responsible budget

    This week House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced that, in fact, the House Democrats will not produce a federal budget resolution for fiscal year 2011.  This marks the first time since the passage of the Budget Act of 1974 that the House of Representatives has failed to pass an initial budget, setting the spending priorities for the following fiscal year.  What does this mean for American taxpayers?

  • Tough times for President Obama

        Everyone knew that whoever won the 2008 presidential campaign would have to face tough issues and many a difficult choice inheriting the mess left by George W. Bush.

        Newsweek and NBC reporter Howard Fineman has written that President Barack Obama is “hunkered down” these days in the White House, under siege from the weight of the troubles he’s facing.

  • Exploring the Park’s options

    For the second time in its history, plans for Explore Park to become a multi-million dollar family vacation destination spot have fallen by the wayside.

        At the Park’s inception, the plan was for a $350 million Lewis and Clark-themed park with hotels, a zoo, retail and other attractions. The park would eventually take a different route, before falling on hard times in 2007. That’s when the living history portion of the park shut down because of a lack of funds.

  • Letters

    Empower and honor our Constitution

        As we honor and empower our wounded warriors, constituents owe it to them to honor and empower our wounded constitution.

        We should never assume that all elected officials are vigilant in empowering and honoring our constitution.

        As it is the duty of soldiers to serve and protect our freedom, so it should be the duty of constituents to purge elected officials straying from the constitution for their own personal empowerment.

  • Legislation will help community banks and small business

    As I travel around our communities, I constantly hear from small business owners that the banks just will not lend, particularly the big banks that got bailed out. Even in these tough times, we know that two out of every three new jobs is created by a small or medium-sized business, and we know that this job growth is being limited by a lack of capital lending.

     

  • Tragedy in the Gulf

    Nearly two months ago an explosion occurred on the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico.  This explosion, which tragically took the lives of eleven hard working Americans, resulted in an environmental catastrophe like we have never seen before.  The oil spill continues to have an enormous impact on the Gulf Coast region, its economy, and the environment.

  • Women’s veterans health care

    Women veterans are eligible for the same benefits as male veterans.  Comprehensive health services are available to all women veterans including primary care, specialty care, mental health care and reproductive health care services.

        The following questions and answers should be helpful to the woman seeking VA healthcare assistance.

        1. What services are available to women veterans?  A full continuum of comprehensive health care including health promotion is available at VA medical facility convenient to you.