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Today's Opinions

  • Taking care of those who have taken care of us

    Each year, Veterans Day offers us a day of reflection and recognition of the sacrifices our nation’s veterans have made for our country. With one of the largest populations of veterans and active duty service members, Virginia plays a vital role in our nation’s defense. It is only proper that we honor their service and sacrifice with the necessary benefits that they have earned and deserve.

  • Providing Virginia with the tools to access its energy supplies

    Every day folks across Virginia and the nation are confronted with the rising cost of energy, from the price at the pump to soaring electric bills. While the Majority in Congress has succeeded in strangling any efforts to tap into traditional energy resources in America, our nation’s citizens have suffered. They have suffered with skyrocketing gas and food prices, and they have suffered from the fear that we are increasingly dependent on foreign and sometimes hostile nations for our oil supply and they want something done about it.

  • Veterans Day honors patriotism, sacrifice

    On November 11, 2008, our country will once again honor America’s service members by commemorating Veterans Day.

  • Long campaign comes to an end

    Deadlines for columns being what they are, it wasn’t possible to comment this week on the results of the presidential election. The verdict wasn’t known before your favorite liberal needed to submit his, uhee.“latest screed.”

    I’ll be glad to weigh in on that next week. I hope, though, that however things came out, we can learn some lessons from this incredibly long marathon that we call a presidential election.

  • A monkey's uncle

    It always surprises me that Rick Howell is so concerned about global warming. Last week, in his Liberal Agenda he listed this as one of the serious challenges we face.

  • When it comes to monitoring teens television viewing, parents must decide the remote stops here

    There really shouldn't be any surprise at this: Teens who watch Sex in the City, and similar type shows, are more likely to get pregnant.

    That headline hit the national newspapers this week to some fanfare but, unfortunately, no call to arms. Television programming will certainly not be affected by such a revelation. We're way beyond that. The best we can hope for is that parents will once again be reminded about their roles in monitoring just what it is that their children are taking in — whether it's from the TV, their Ipods or the Internet.

  • Letters

    HFH is benefit to the city

    Robert Wandrei, in the write up on individuals running for City Council, noted again that he supports taxpayer money going to some outside agencies but not to Habitat for Humanity as it builds only one house per year benefiting a small number of people.

  • Make sure on Nov. 4 you get out and vote

    In a debate held this week, Bedford Elementary students took the initiative to study and learn about the issues of this year's presidential election by thoughtfully considering the candidates' positions on those issues. The students' arguments were well researched and thought out. Let's hope the adults of this community — and this country — are willing to take that same initiative as they get ready for the Nov. 4 election. And then let's hope they turn out and vote.