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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

     

  • No tax or fee increases

    By Delegate Scott Garrett

  • Charter school bill fails

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        Crossover is now behind us.  From here forward, my colleagues and I in the House of Delegates will be considering bills filed by Senators.  And when I’m not listening to senators tell me all about their legislation, I’ll be busy explaining my bills to them.

  • ransient occupancey tax bills approved

    By Delegate Terry Austin

    The Virginia General Assembly has now passed the midpoint of the 2016 session.  The pace of activity has intensified, as the House of Delegates begins considering Senate bills that have “crossed over,” at the same time that we in the House work to finish our own bills.  Interestingly, as we move through the second half of the session, the issues become more complex and more controversial.

  • On being a ‘political extremist’

    By Rev. Travis Witt
    Fifth District Representative to Republican State Central Committee
    Evington

        Let me respond to my name being mentioned two weeks ago.