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Today's Opinions

  • But it was good exercise

            It took me a few days to recover from my snow shovel exercise session.

  • No bake sales for the Pentagon

        My political radar always picks up signals when I hear or read conservative Republicans saying they intend to “uphold the Constitution.”
        I read the story here recently about Fifth District Republican congressional contender Jim McKelvey, who seems to believe that his appreciation for the U.S. Constitution makes him rare.
        He said, according to the story, that about 90 percent of those elected to Congress swear an oath to uphold our founding document, but don’t.

  • Reforming COPN is one of the biggest issues of the 2016 session

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        There was a lot of snow on the ground in Richmond this week, but there was not another snow day for the General Assembly.  Although the City of Richmond had great difficulty clearing its streets and sidewalks early in the week, Virginia’s legislature held sessions every day during the third week of its 2016 session.  Sunshine and warmer temperatures finally made Richmond’s streets passable by midweek.

  • Bill to allow judges to carry concealed handgun without permit passes Senate

    By Senator Steve Newman

        Every day this snowy week included legislative action, as both the House and Senate got down to business.  The process of reviewing, considering, and debating the 2,168 bills and over 500 resolutions filed by the 140 members of the General Assembly moved at a brisk pace.

  • Gun rights and gun safety take center stage

    By Delegate Terry L. Austin

        I respectfully offer the following brief report on activities in the Virginia General Assembly during the week ending January 30, 2016.

  • Congressional intent cannot be ignored

    Listen carefully and you’ll hear the sound of bureaucrats scrambling to finalize a flood of new regulations before the end of the year. In fact, the White House chief of staff has promised that President Obama will “do audacious executive action” in his final year in office. This stream of costly, complex federal regulations has touched nearly every aspect of our lives, but regulations coming out of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been some of the most egregious, and at times they’ve ignored the intent of laws enacted by Congress.

  • Budget report paints grim outlook

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Earlier this month in his State of the Union Address, the President painted a rosy picture of our nation’s economic future, claiming that we have created jobs while cutting deficits.  The President seems to believe that we have done enough to reduce our massive spending deficits, but I believe – and most Americans believe – that the future fiscal health of our nation remains one of the most serious problems facing our children and grandchildren.

     

  • School costs

        It should come as little surprise that the Bedford County School Board has come back to the supervisors seeking more money for the new middle school construction project in the Liberty zone – especially if that project is to include a competition gym for Liberty High School.
        The school board had originally projected the project at about $53 million, but then inexplicably were told by consultants that the $38 million set as a limit by the supervisors last summer was “doable.”