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Today's Opinions

  • Combating human trafficking

    Many Americans don’t think of human trafficking as a problem in our country. The sale of children for sex sounds like something that could only happen in faraway places, but tragically it is happening right here in the United States every single day. Virginia is no exception. According to the FBI, sex trafficking is the fastest-growing business of organized crime and the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world. Sadly, this immoral and criminal industry is also a profitable one. It’s estimated that child sex trafficking in the United States alone is a $9.8 billion industry.

  • Commentary: A tale of 2 towns

    By Patrick Ellis
    Goose Creek Studio
    Bedford

        “There are no distressed buildings downtown.” 
        This was Councilman Steve Rush’s response to a question put to candidates for town council concerning what the town was doing to address the large number of distressed buildings downtown.  I get it. 

  • General Assembly session moves toward crossover

    By Senator Steve Newman
    23rd District

        Hard as it may be to believe, we are already over one-third of the way through the 2015 General Assembly session.  The deadline on bills came at the end of last week, and this year’s session will consider over 2,100 bills and over 400 resolutions.  That means the General Assembly will have to process an average of 55 bills every day we’re in session.

  • House passes bills for vets

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th District

        We wrapped up our third week of session and I’m happy to report that things are quickly moving forward.  We have made significant progress on the thousands of bills and resolutions that come before us, and we’ve had a lot of interesting discussion and testimonies in my committees. 

  • Lobby Day at the Va. General Assembly

        I was happy to participate in the 2015 “Lobby Day” events at the General Assembly in Richmond recently.
    My union, the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 400,     sent a team of us to attend the Virginia AFL-CIO’s Legislative Conference, primarily to lobby on behalf of an increase in the minimum wage.
        We began on Sunday evening with a plenary session at the Richmond Marriott Inn, where we heard from several “friends of labor.”

  • A worrisome loss of confidence
  • Letters 01/28/15

    Pay raise

        There is still a 31.5 percent pay raise sitting in the county budget for the Bedford County Board of Supervisors.

  • In State of the Union, the President misses an opportunity for bipartisan solutions

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    Last Tuesday, the President came to the Capitol to speak to Congress and the American people about his priorities for our nation. While I appreciate the President’s recognition in Tuesday’s address that much more needs to be done to create jobs and opportunities for hardworking families, I have serious concerns with much of his approach for achieving these goals.