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Today's Opinions

  • Perriello and Boucher deserved better

        The mid-term elections that put Republicans in charge of the House still left them as a minority in the Senate. It created for them a new imperative: they’ll have to show what they’re for instead of what they’re against.

        Locally, Tom Perriello waged a very determined and energetic campaign in the face of an anti-incumbent sentiment that was just too ferocious to overcome.

  • Political party elites beware!

        The “Democrats” got a lesson in democracy last week. In the largest sweep of the House of Representatives since 1948, Republicans secured a net gain of 60 seats. They needed 39 seats to win a majority. “Democrats” retained a bare majority in the Senate.

  • Letters 11/03/10

    Bedford
    institution enriched the lives of many


        As a small business owner in Bedford County we can sympathize with what’s going on with other small businesses because of the economy.

  • We will need to outcompete China and India

    When the 5th district sent me to Washington, I knew my number one responsibility was job creation and economic development. So I went to those who work every day on the ground to create jobs: the elected leaders and economic developers in every locality across the Fifth District. What I heard was that there are no quick fixes to our economic challenges. Quick fixes don’t produce the sustained job growth we need.

     

  • Now is the time for real leadership

    Today, the American people are facing one of the most challenging times in our nation’s history.  Our economy remains sluggish, people fear losing their jobs and their homes, and many are worried about the future their children and grandchildren will inherit. They are deeply concerned about the outlook for our great country and wonder if their children will grow up in the same America they did.  People are looking for real solutions to the problems we face. 

  • Town meeting

    I will be at the Moneta Library from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday November 13 for my quarterly town meeting.  The elections will be over so we can meet and talk about something else for a change.

  • Making government more transparent and accountable

    By U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va)

    I wanted to let you know about the recent progress of legislation I have introduced that will make government work better and save taxpayer money.  

  • A tip on the next focus: 2012

        Now that mid-term elections are over (results not available before my deadline), it’s clear what will be the next obsession of politicians and their observers as the tiny remains of this year soon become 2011.

        Next up: the race for president in 2012. For those who will seek the office, 2011 will be the year to get their campaigns off the ground.