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Today's Opinions

  • Senate budget directs more money to schools

    By Senator Steve Newman

        This week Virginia saw deadly tornadoes ravage our commonwealth and I would like to add my thoughts and prayers for those still reeling from the devastation, serious injuries and tragic loss of loved ones.  We even had sirens blaring tornado warnings in downtown Richmond and persons in Capitol Square were sent to designated shelter areas until the all clear signal was given.

  • On Trump, McDonnell and the Supreme Court

        This week’s deadline made for a problematic situation if one wanted to write about presidential politics.
        As you read this, the “Super Tuesday” primaries, including the one in Virginia, have been conducted, but the results were unknown to me.

  • Black votes matter

        Despite his popularity among college age people, the Children of the Corn did not put Bernie Sanders over the top in the South Carolina primary.  Sanders seems to have put a great deal of effort into courting this age group, possibly because they are just too immature to realize that the socialism he’s preaching has been tried, in Europe, and mostly abandoned because it doesn’t work. Unfortunately for him, this age group has a poor record of showing up to vote.

  • One person

        One person can make a difference.
        That is something Lionel Toms taught us.
        Toms, who passed away last Monday at the age of 72, didn’t let the tragedy that took the life of his son remain just a tragedy. He used it as an impetus for change.

  • letters 02/24/16

    Home Tour loses a friend

        It is with great sadness that we and other members of the Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour management board learned about the recent passing of local resident David Lowry, a dear friend and supporter of the Home Tour.

  • The president still fails to deliver a plan to defeat ISIS

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • A new energy tax is not the way forward

    Up and down the Sixth District, folks that I talk to every day tell me their concerns about the harmful effect federal regulations and increased taxes have on their family budget or small business. Too many people are still looking for jobs, or only working part-time, and this Administration’s policies over the past seven years have done little to help those families struggling to make ends meet.

     

  • Senate buget calls for 2 percent increase for teachers

    By Senator Steve Newman

    This week marked the passage of crossover, the legislative midway point in sessions of the Virginia General Assembly. By crossover the House of Delegates and the Senate must have completed work on bills filed by their respective members. That means from here forward, the House of Delegates will be considering bills sponsored by senators and the Senate will be considering bills submitted by delegates.