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Today's Opinions

  • Town meeting set

    Saturday May 15, I will be at the Moneta Library from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for my quarterly Town Meeting. 

        The FY 10/11 budget has been adopted.  All tax rates will remain the same.  The Board of Supervisors is turning its attention to the new Zoning Ordinance.  Real Estate reassessment is under way.  The VDOT 6-year road plan is being reviewed. 

  • The true roots of partisanship

        Political observers of all stripes agree that politics in America today is bitterly divided. Many see this as a danger to the health of our republic.

        But is it, really? Or are today’s partisan fights simply the natural split between two parties and two very different philosophies?

  • Blowing rhetorical smoke

        I noticed that Rick Howell was at it again in last week’s “The Liberal Agenda” column, portraying conservatives as a bunch of well-heeled folks motivated by a desire to protect their bottom line. He characterized TEA party activists as “a lot of people with six-figure salaries who have done well in this country and who ought to have the decency to pay their taxes without whining about it.”

  • Raising cain over Arizona

    A lot of folks are upset about the governor’s doings down in Arizona.

        Columnist Eugene Robinson described Arizona’s new immigration law as “an abomination - racist, arbitrary, oppressive, mean-spirited, unjust” and Colorado Congressman Jared Polis compared the law to the "second-class status of Jews in Germany prior to World War II.”

        As for President Obama, he said the law seeks “to undermine basic notions of fairness.”

  • Letters

    More than expected

        In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week I wanted to share our family’s experience.

  • Bill extends health care benefits to eligible family caregivers under the CHAMPVA program
  • Congress must reduce government spending

    Just days ago President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform met for the first time.  At that meeting Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke expressed extreme concern over the effect of out-of-control government spending on the future of our nation’s struggling economy.  Bernanke warned that “even after economic and financial conditions have returned to normal, in the absence of further policy actions, the federal budget appears set to remain on an unsustainable path.”  This same message was previously delivered by Peter Orsza

  • Agent Orange retroactive compensation

    In March and April of this year, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) made a couple of important announcements concerning the Agent Orange (AO) disability program.   These included an announcement of the proposed rule published March 25 in the Federal Register stating that about 86,000 Vietnam War veterans, their surviving spouse or estate will be eligible for retroactive disability compensation from the VA – an average of 11.4 years for the veteran and 9.6 years for survivors.