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Today's Opinions

  • The importance of passing a budget

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th District

        The General Assembly has one obligation in Richmond each year, to pass a budget.
        This year, the House budget is focused and prioritized, allotting $500 million for K-12 education, $20 million for tuition moderation, nearly $50 million for mental health, and $118 million for our hospitals for our free clinics. Without a budget, each of these areas, as well as transportation, public safety, our emergency responders, and teachers, will lose millions of dollars in the interim.

  • It’s over... Almost

    Senator Steve Newman
    23rd District

        Finally, it is finished…  Well, almost. 
        During the last week of the 2014 General Assembly, the Senate and House acted on the final bills of this session. In all, we considered over 2,500 pieces of legislation.  We also worked hard to reconcile the Commonwealth’s budget, but due to a mandate from the Governor to include an expansion of Obama Care it could not be done in the 60-day session.

  • Ukraine, Crimea not part of our interests

    Conservatives who don’t like President Obama are having a new field day at his expense in the matter of Russia’s moves in Crimea and the greater situation with Ukraine.
        They have chosen to react as though Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions are a direct result of what he thinks of Obama. Well, you know, everything bad in the world is Obama’s fault, right?
        Isn’t that what passes for logic these days in the “tea party?”

  • Make a decision

    The time for delays is over; it’s time to make a decision.
        Long before the city of Bedford’s decision to revert to a town; long before the county and then city officials sat down to hammer out a voluntary reversion agreement; long before that reversion became effective on July 1 of last year; and long before a meeting Jan. 28 between the county supervisors and the school board on the subject, the need for a new secondary school in the Liberty Zone was a top priority for the county school system.

  • Barack Obaloney and the Tsar

        In my first column of the new year, I offered the opinion that Vladimir Putin would not let Ukraine go without a struggle. Events of the past two weeks have proved me right and we may not yet have seen how far Tsar Vladimir I is willing to go to avoid losing what many Russians view as “theirs.”
        The protests that I spoke of in that column steadily grew angrier and Victor Yanukovych became increasingly heavy handed in his efforts, apparently at the Tsar’s urging, to end the protests.

  • Letters 03/05/14

    Electric shock

        This will have to be short as this issue has raised my blood pressure to unheard of levels. I worry that I may “vapor lock” or “stroke out” before I conclude.
        I have an electric meter on my home as does everyone in the town of Bedford. I’m reasonably sure the same is true for businesses. My meter is read by the town and I receive a monthly bill that I pay in full.

  • Text of Robert Hurt's monthly video address

    Communicating with the people of Virginia’s 5th District and hearing your feedback is very important to us. In order to ensure that we keep you up to date on what is going on from month to month, we record a monthly video address. You may watch the video address on our website at hurt.house.gov, and you may read the address below:

    Video Address Text

  • National FFA Week highlights the importance of agricultural education

    By Congressman Robert Hurt