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Today's Opinions

  • Stop raiding the corn crib

    Last week our sports editor, Mike Forster, dealt with competitive eating contests and touched on the issue of corn-based ethanol. Mike went on to say that doesn't venture deeply into non-sports issues and stuck to the competitive gluttony contests.

  • Providing for our men and women in uniform

    Last week, the House of Representatives passed, with my support, important legislation, the Supplemental Appropriations Bill, which continues to fund our military operations abroad and expands the education benefits for our returning service members, without raising taxes on the American people.

  • Drilling moratorium should be lifted

    Last week’s newsletter discussed the efforts by some of us on the Interior Subcommittee of the House appropriations Committee to get an amendment adopted to lift the moratorium on drilling for oil and natural gas on the outer continental shelf in at Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico. Since that newsletter, there have been some further developments.

  • Protect Smith Mountain Lake

    What is TLAC’s Protect Smith Mountain Lake Campaign?

    Everyone who enjoys Smith Mountain Lake can take measures to protect the lake. The Tri-County Lake Administrative Commission’s (TLAC) Awareness Campaign brings attention to measures we can all take to protect this valuable resource.

  • Food and water safety

    Today is the third edition in Virginia Cooperative Extension’s series.

    We’ve given you several tips about how to ready your family for emergencies and disasters. But maybe you still have questions about food? What type of water is safe to use? What ways can you cook when the power goes off? How long will your food stay fresh when the power goes off? We plan on answering these questions today.

  • Gilmore candidacy proves Va. GOP's lethargy

    In what shapes up as an extremely difficult year for national Republicans, the Virginia Republican Party is facing a tough task of its own.

    The selection of former governor Jim Gilmore as the party’s U.S. Senate candidate can only be seen in psychological terms: it’s either a cry for help or an admission of failure.

    Gilmore was a one-note governor who got into office on an anti-tax scheme that was never going to work and never did work. The mission was to wage war on taxes, regardless of the importance of the revenue.

  • I'm not a George W. Bush fan

    Last week, Al Gore finally got around to endorsing Barack Obama, his own presidential aspirations being even more unrealistic than Hillary Clinton's. In the endorsement, he blasted President Bush, blaming him for just about everything from the war in Iraq to athlete's foot. Liberals so hate Bush that they almost become incoherent when talking about him.

  • Slow down or move over because there's too much at stake

    With summer traffic in full gear it's time for a reminder: Slow down or move over when passing emergency personnel on Virginia roadways.

    Of course, that should also apply to roads in any state your travels may take you this year.

    Recent events involving Virginia State Police troopers serve as a reminder to make this a priority.