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Today's Opinions

  • Transparency was promised, secrecy was delivered

    “These negotiations will be on C-SPAN and so the public will be part of the conversation and will see the choices that are being made.”  That is how then-candidate Barrack Obama promised the American people the negotiations over the Democrats’ health care overhaul would occur.  Transparency was promised to be a key feature of the debate.  While it is true that it is appropriate for legislators to have private discussions about legislation, in this case the Democrats have not followed the normal conference committee process and they are going back on a promis

  • Legislative session begins

    The 2010 legislative session has officially begun.  Before we get down to our most important issue this year, balancing our state budget, we must first say goodbye to one governor and welcome our Governor-elect.  Governor Kaine addressed the General Assembly on the opening day of session, giving his final state of the commonwealth address.  Normally, I would join my colleagues in the chamber to hear the Governor’s remarks.  This year I was not able to.

  • King would like today’s racial progress

    The holiday we recognized this week in honor of the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. is always an opportunity to reflect upon the state of race relations in America.

        Race, it seems, is a never ending subject in our country. We brought this upon ourselves when the first black slaves landed on the coast of Virginia in 1619 and we started down the road of slavery.

  • Cyber rants

        A fellow came in to our office last week and wanted to talk to me. He didn’t call in advance to set up a meeting, and as a result, showed up at a very bad time. It was Tuesday, our production day and as putting the paper together requires all of us, I couldn’t just drop what I was doing.

  • Service is a year around opportunity

    Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

  • The war against Al Qaeda requires vigilance, not complacency

    On Christmas Day, Umar Abdulmutallab boarded Northwest Flight 253 bound for Detroit and just before landing, attempted to blow up the plane and the 278 passengers aboard.  Thanks only to the malfunction of an explosive device and the quick thinking of civilian passengers and crew who subdued him, did this latest act of terrorism not tragically result in a massive loss of life. 

  • Remembering the Melody Mountaineers......

        The picture in Old Places, Old Faces on Nov. 18, 2009, of Bill and Mary Reid and the Melody Mountaineers brought back many wonderful memories to me of a well known band whose names were once a household word throughout central Virginia and the surrounding area.

  • Why are so many unhappy at work?

        I have a few questions for you: Are you happy in your work? Put another way: Do you like your job? Or is it just an economic necessity that you tolerate?

        Apparently, these are questions that occupy the time of most Americans. According to the findings of the Conference Board research group - which issues a job satisfaction report every year - a record number of Americans are not happy with what they do for a living.