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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Cutting government spending to create jobs and grow the economy

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Balancing the budget and growing our economy

    It is no secret that the American people are facing a very tough economic climate.  Our economy remains sluggish, people fear losing their jobs and their homes, and many are worried about the future their children and grandchildren will inherit. They are deeply concerned about the outlook for our great country and wonder if their children will grow up in the same America they did.  People are looking for real solutions to the problems we face.

  • Work on legislation continues

        This week at the Capitol, the deadline for filing bills passed, the General Assembly continued its work on a wide range of legislation, and the weather ranged from frigid to wet to frigid again.  It’s another week in Richmond, as we near the halfway mark of the 46-day session.