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Today's Opinions

  • The Germans are right

    Last week, the Bush administration decided to forgo taking unilateral action against Russia for its war with Georgia. In doing this, President Bush wisely chose to follow the softer approach advocated by Germany and some of our other European allies.

    Acting unilaterally would have been a very bad idea. As Secretary of Defense Robert Gates pointed out, we could be the ones who will be isolated if we act precipitously.

  • Folks helping folks

    What makes a good neighbor?

    In a thought, it’s that when the chips are down, those around you are willing to step up to the plate and help. It’s folks helping folks.

    And there are a lot of good neighbors around these parts.

    For all the bad news that often gets publicized, there’s a lot of good going on around us, too. Even in those tough times.

  • Sarah who? McCain's bizarre choice

    In the first important decision he’s had to make since becoming the presumptive Republican nominee for president - a choice with profound implications for our country - John McCain blew it.

    Sen. McCain has spent more than a year telling us that the world is populated with millions of terrorists who want nothing more than to slit American throats. Because of this, he has said, the United States has to have a Commander-in-Chief who is “tough,” “seasoned,” a person who is ready to “stand up” to the terrorists, etc., etc.

  • Letters

    Biosolids opponent denigrates VA Tech agronomists

    The lady that refuted the research from Va Tech agronomist Greg Evanylo in her letter from the letter should be ashamed for falsely and deliberately trying to misinform the public.

    Dr. Evanylo from Va Techs Ag College has more knowledge of the facts of the agronomic benefits of biosolids in his little finger than she does in her whole sludge Web site. It should be titled “www.Sludge BS”.

  • The American people feserve to have iheir voices heard on energy legislation

    Not a day goes by when I am not asked about rising energy prices. A large number of factors have combined to put pressure on gasoline prices and other energy, including diminishing U.S. oil production, increased world demand for crude oil, and U.S. refinery capacity that is inadequate to supply gasoline to a recovering national economy. These are serious problems that will not go away with time, and they require real solutions that will restore American energy independence and help ease the cost to Americans.

  • Bill takes broad brush approach to energy

    Following the national conventions, Congress is back, and it is still uncertain if the House of Representatives is going to vote on lifting the moratorium on drilling for oil and natural gas on the Outer Continental Shelf, or vote on the American Energy Act, which was discussed in a newsletter last month.

  • Veterans benefits questions and answers

    This month I will share a few of the questions I frequently hear from my clients and hope they will be helpful to you.

    Q - I am the widow of a deceased military retiree and receive benefits under the Survivor Benefit Program (SBP). My benefits were reduced when I began receiving Social Security benefits. Has there been any change in the Social Security off-set?

  • 2008 Constitution Week spotlight announcemenets

    These announcements were provided by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

    In 1955 the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The U. S. Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787.

    The resolution was later adopted by the U. S. Congress and signed into public law. This year the nation is celebrating the 221st anniversary of our Constitution.