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Today's Opinions

  • Letters

    No on Stalin

        No , no, no. Stalin does not deserve any part of the D-Day Memorial.  It would be the same as putting Satan on the same level with God.

        The D-Day Memorial was built to honor the boys who gave their lives to protect our freedom.  Stalin does not deserve any recognition anywhere. He and Hitler were … evil – evil – evil.

        Do not corrupt our D-Day Memorial with the likes of this.

  • Taking care of veterans' health care, plus some information on swine flu

    Last week, I had the honor of attending a very special bill signing at the White House. Surrounded by representatives from the major veterans service organizations, the President signed into law the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, which will ensure our veterans get the health care they have earned. As a member of the Health Subcommittee of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I was a co-sponsor of the legislation and supported it throughout the legislative process.

  • The health care reform bill is bad for seniors

    This summer Democratic leaders in Congress introduced H.R. 3200, “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act”, which sets the tone for a Washington takeover of the health care system -- one defined by federal regulation, mandates, a myriad of new big government programs, and a significant increase in federal spending.  While this legislation contains a multitude of dangerous policies it is particularly detrimental to our senior citizens.

  • National politics dominating governor’s race

        I hate to say it and I truly hope I’m wrong, but it looks like it’s about time to put a fork in Creigh Deeds’ campaign for governor.

        Deeds has found it all but impossible to break through the thick fog of hatred, fear and paranoia over the Obama agenda that has been spread since the summer. National Republicans are desperate to win the governor’s race here and have spent many millions to get that done.

  • Lacey Putney and the two dwarfs

        As I mentioned earlier this month, although the Bedford area’s elections for board of supervisors and school board consist of six races between the incumbent and Mickey Mouse, the races for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general each feature two candidates. There are three in the 19th District House of Delegates race.

  • The value of an education

    Jami Key knows the value of an education.

        She saw her parents sacrifice so she could go to college. The closest library to her home was miles away, but her parents always found a way to get her there so she could “load up on books.” They also purchased a World Book Encyclopedia set for her and sacrificed to help her get into college.

        Those efforts paid off.

  • Letters

    Unloading the debate

        To what might we compare the debate between the Christian and Naturalist worldviews?  We can liken it to a tractor-trailer driver delivering to Georgia Pacific in Big Island. 

        As Debbie, our driver, descended southward down route 501, something on a nearby mountainside caught her attention.   Approaching the plant, Debbie recognized the mountainside diversion as a series of large rocks arranged to read, “WELCOME TO BIG ISLAND.”

  • Stimulus funds help education

    Recently, a group of more than a dozen superintendents and school officials from around the 5th District had the opportunity to sit down with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to talk about the challenges and opportunities in our education system. I convened this roundtable to give school districts the opportunity to communicate directly with the Secretary about what’s working and what’s not in Virginia schools.