Today's Opinions

  • The cheapest energy is the energy you don’t use in the first place

    One of the top concerns I hear from working families in Central and Southern Virginia is that the cost of electricity is too high. Especially throughout this tough winter, folks are dealing with brutal energy bills because Virginia state law allows power companies to hike rates before they are approved by the State Corporation Commission. While I do not have jurisdiction over the state, I am working on the federal level to bring down the cost of electricity, particularly for rural households.

  • Balancing the federal budget

    It is no secret that the American people are facing a very tough economic climate. Families and small businesses are cutting back on expenses.  As economic uncertainty continues, many across our nation are looking to the government for leadership during this difficult time.  In these challenging economic times it is even more important for government to control spending.

  • Budget has bipartisan support

    The General Assembly completed its business and adjourned its regular session for 2010 just before 6:00 p.m. on March 14.  The final days were dominated by completion of the largest single piece of legislation, the state’s 2010-2012 Biennial Budget.  That budget will set Virginia apart from a lot of other states, as it was balanced without raising taxes.

  • Obviously, a tax hike is needed

    House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong nailed it perfectly some weeks ago when he attempted to sum up the end result of the governor’s budget proposal: “Opening the rest areas and closing the schools.”

        Robert Francis McDonnell has made it clear on more than one occasion that one thing he won’t do is raise taxes.

  • Bipartisanship at its worst

        And he provides that no one should be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. (Revelation 13:17 NASB)

        An article that appeared on page A4 of the Wall Street Journal on March 9 struck me as an example of bipartisanship at its worst — a Republican and a “Democrat” working together on a horrible piece of legislation.

  • Hate mail

        You’ve probably found e-mails like this in your in-box. Somebody from Nigeria wants you to help him with a financial transaction involving huge amounts of money. Or, you get one informing you that you have won some international lottery that you never entered.

  • Letters

    Perfect storm

        For Governor Bob McDonnell, it’s a “perfect storm.”  Virginia’s budget tanks.  He’s elected by a landslide, having made no secret about his conservative legislation and leanings.  Like all conservatives, McDonnell believes less is better relating to government and he hates taxes for government services.  Solution?  Axe public school funding:  Not a dime of tax-payers’ hard-earned money spent, never mind the consequences.

  • The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting temporary, part-time census takers for the 2010 Census

    Starting next week, households across America will start receiving forms for the 2010 Census. Every 10 years, as defined in the Constitution, the Census takes a snapshot of our population, determining how many people reside within the nation's borders, who they are, and where they live. The results help determine your representation in government, as well as how federal funds are spent in your community on things like roads, parks, housing, schools, and public safety.