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Today's Opinions

  • The security threats we face


        Our next president is going to face some serious international problems over the next four years. We will ignore these at our peril.
        Russia will not be one of these, in spite of Russian President (or is it Tsar?) Vladimir Putin’s apparent determination to be a huge pain in the butt. The reason for this is that Russia simply does not have the economic resources to allow Tsar Vladimir I to be the global player he wants to be. At least, Russia is no match for the United States’ capacity for global influence.

  • Letter 09/05/12

    Trillion is a
    two-syllable word

        Trillion is so easy to say. It’s become a common word in D.C. 
        Most people realize it is a lot of money.  The following analogy has helped many outside of D.C. to grasp the magnitude of a trillion: 1 million seconds is 12 days. 1 billion seconds is almost 32 years. 1 trillion seconds is 31,688 years!  

  • Another grim Labor Day

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    As we come upon another Labor Day, many across the 5th District are still wondering when we will see the economic recovery and the job creation that was promised to us nearly four years ago.

     

  • Preserving work requirements for welfare

    Our nation has a choice – a future where those in need have the opportunity to succeed or a future dependent upon welfare. I believe in helping people get back on their feet and creating a sense of personal responsibility for those seeking assistance – that is the purpose of the work requirements found within the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program created by the groundbreaking bipartisan welfare reform of the 90s.

  • Basic information for veterans benefits

    By Bob Kibler

        While veteran’s benefits are considered equal by VA regardless of when a veteran served, there may be significant differences in the veteran and family awareness of these awards based upon the time period in which the vet served.

  • After Labor Day, it gets very intense

    With President Obama’s speech on Thursday night of this week, both national political conventions for 2012 will have passed into history.
        With the weeks narrowing until Election Day on Nov. 6, the pace of campaigning will pick up; whatever undecided voters are left will begin to think hard.

  • I’m really getting old


        I normally complete my column by Friday so that the editor has time to read and approve it. Neil Armstrong died on a weekend, and Tom focused the editorial on that. Now, it’s my turn to write something because the moon landing was a big event from my past, and in some ways it seems like it was just last year. Armstrong’s death reminded me of just how long ago that was. Forty-three years ago! Wow, I’m really getting old!

  • Let the races begin

    he Republicans had their day in the sun down in Tampa last week; the spotlight is on the Democrats this week in Charlotte.
        And on Friday, following the last speech at the convention Thursday night, the countdown to election day is officially on.
        For Virginians, that’s a good-news, bad-news scenario.