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Today's Opinions

  • Getting ready for the final budget proposal

    By Delegate Terry Austin
    19th District

  • How will ObamaCare affect us?

        This week in Richmond, Virginia’s two-year budget became the latest front in the battle over the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as ObamaCare.  And because Governor McAuliffe and Democrat senators have been devoted to the federal healthcare law and fiercely defending it, one of my measures to gather needed information on the law’s impact on Virginians was put on hold by a Senate committee.

  • General Assembly session nears home stretch

    Senator Steve Newman
    23rd District

        The sun shone over Mr. Jefferson’s Capitol this week as the 2014 session of the Virginia General Assembly officially entered the home stretch, as negotiations to iron-out differences between the House and Senate versions of the state’s biennial budget began.

  • Finally, military spending to be cut

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced recently that the military downsize we’ve needed for so long will now be proposed in the next round of budgeting.
        Hagel said it is his intention to reduce the size of the U.S. Army to numbers not seen since before the second world war.
        The Army National Guard and the Marines, too, would see reductions in their forces. Hagel also plans to renew the closings of U.S. military bases, following up on the base closing commission work of the recent past.

  • It’s time to pay the piper

  • No surprise

    You get what you pay for. Or in this case, who you vote for.
        Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration has shown its true colors from Day 1 of taking office, so nothing should surprise us now.
        But it is a little disheartening that a bill to uphold the constitutional rights of the commonwealth’s citizens is so easily dismissed by the governor.

  • Letters 02/26/14

    Cost effective school
    construction

        Some years ago a fellow teacher in the Bedford County school system pointed out a fact that disturbed him. 
        In a nearby county a school had been constructed at about the same time one had been built in Bedford County.  Though the two buildings were essentially the same square footage, the Bedford school’s construction cost several million dollars more. 

  • Promoting STEM education

    Whether it’s a computer at the office, streaming movies at home, or a navigation system in the car, technology plays a major role in many of our lives these days. The demand for students educated in engineering and technology continues to rise in the United States, but part of the challenge is how to engage students in these subjects and further their understanding of these valuable skills.