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Today's Opinions

  • Yes, Virginia is up for grabs this fall

    For many years Republicans have taken comfort in the dependable idea that Virginia will always vote GOP in presidential elections.

    Obviously, there's plenty of evidence for that. Here, one has to trot out the old familiar fact that no Democrat has carried the state since 1964.

  • Fixating on the past

    I wonder what sort of calenders the folks out on political far left use? Last week's The Liberal Agenda made me wonder if Rick Howell thinks it's still 2007.

    Mr. Howell tried to convince us that the troop surge in Iraq isn't working, even though everybody else is saying otherwise. Even "Democratic" leaders in Congress have gotten quiet about the surge and "Democratic" presidential candidates have moved on to other issues.

    Whether or not the surge would accomplish anything was still open to question last summer. The troop surge had just reached full strength.

  • Sorry, 'the surge' isn' really working

    Americans who continue to support the Iraq War are still a definite minority in this country, a status they've held since 2005. But they've been crowing quite a bit lately over the alleged success of "the surge," George W. Bush?s decision to send more troops there after the 2006 elections.

  • Republicans need a leader

    Hillary Clinton pulled out a narrow victory over Barack Obama in New Hampshire last week. Both campaigns remain well financed and competitive and it appears unlikely that anybody will have a headlock on the "Democratic" nomination after the Feb. 5 mega primary.

  • Smoking in restaurants has some legislators fired up

    Former Roanoke Senator Brandon Bell is no longer in the legislature to champion his fight against the sharing of second-hand smoke, but there are apparently plenty of others willing to carry on his cause.

    Governor Tim Kaine has made banning smoking in restaurants a major priority this year and legislators have lit up the legislative agenda with bills against smoking. No less than 11 bills are in the hopper with cigarette smoking in the cross hairs.

    In most cases, the legislators need to just butt out.

  • Letters

    Each year I and my family make a trip to Bedford to see the Christmas lights display at Liberty Lake Park. We usually bring several vehicles, and plan on continuing this "tradition" for years to come.

    I have always been so amazed at the amount of time and effort those folks must put into the beautiful display, and I must say, this past Christmas, they truly outdid themselves. So on behalf of myself and my family, we thank each of you who work so hard to make our trip (and many others I'm sure) each year an enjoyable one. Please keep up the wonderful job.

  • Working together to save lives in Darfur

    Last year, I had the opportunity to travel as part of a bipartisan Congressional Delegation to the war-torn nation of Sudan and see first-hand, in Darfur, one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent times. As a nation dedicated to freedom and the rights of the individual, the United States has a responsibility to speak out and act to prevent mass genocide from occurring.

  • Mexican trucks decrease safety and security

    The House of Representatives has voted to approve what is called the Omnibus Spending Bill. The vote was 253-to-154 to agree to a Senate amendment that added ten appropriations measures to the Foreign Operations bill. The amendment provides a total of $515 billion in spending, including over $32 billion for foreign aid. Although, some of the spending provisions included in the Omnibus are worthy, I voted ?No,?