Today's Opinions

  • Commentary: Still concerns with Zoning Ordinance proposal

    By Lynn C. Barnes
    Former District 2 Planning Commission member

        While the Board of Supervisors has substantially modified its original Zoning Ordinance proposal, some remaining items are of concern and I request that they seriously consider rejecting the following:

  • A long-term gun control strategy

    The gun control debate, renewed in December and January after the brutal child massacres in Newtown, Connecticut, has calmed down a bit, despite having been featured in President Obama’s State of the Union Address.
        This is certainly not a surprise. We live in an age when the 24-hour news cycle constantly turns over new and newer topics. Thus, even the horror of the murder of little children who ought to be safe at school, has faded a bit since it happened.

  • We’re unhappy with both

        Rick Howell’s “Liberal Agenda” last week reminds me of how he and his fellow Bolsheviks crowed when Barack Obama was first elected president in 2008.

  • Truth be told: It’s already unraveling

    he news should come as no surprise to anyone: The government program to cover those who cannot get health insurance because of a preexisting medical condition is out of money. After just two years.
        And for anyone who isn’t already signed up in the plan, it’s too late.
        Those who trusted the government to get this right were living a fantasy. The truth about government run entitlement programs is this: It will always cost more money than is advertised and it will be run with great ineffectiveness.

  • Letters 02/13/13

    Knights in
    shining armor

        On Friday morning, February 1, I had an unfortunate event when all the lug nuts on one of the front wheels of my Jeep decided to “shear off” while on my way to work.  Needless to say, thank God I was on a secondary road driving at a slow speed.
        No sooner than I started to dial the number for a tow truck, a fellow stopped to assist me, and identified himself as George.  He said to give him 10 minutes -- that he’d send a couple guys to assist me.

  • President Obama continues to kick the can down the road

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Even as our economy continues to suffer from our nation’s crushing debt and as the Congressional Budget Office projected a nearly $900 billion deficit for the next year, President Obama continues to demonstrate that he is not serious about addressing our nation’s pressing debt problem. At over $16 trillion and counting, the national debt is on an unsustainable path that is destroying jobs, slowing economic growth, and harming families, farmers, and small business owners all across Virginia’s 5th District.

  • Forcing action on a budget

    If you failed to do your job, you probably would not receive a paycheck. The same should go for Congress. The House and Senate are required by law to pass a budget plan each year. While the House has passed budgets, it has been nearly four years since the Senate has done their job and acted on this basic responsibility.


  • Crossover hits the General Assembly

        Some of the biggest issues of the session were debated this week, making for one event-filled day after another.  The Governor’s transportation plan was up for a vote on the House floor on Tuesday.  Crossover, the halfway mark of the legislative calendar came that day, too.  And on Thursday, the House and the Senate approved different versions of amendments to the state’s two-year budget.