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Today's Opinions

  • House votes to stop Medicare Part B premium increase, extend unemployment benefits

    Last week, the Congress took an important action to protect seniors from increases in their 2010 Medicare Part B premiums. I joined with a bipartisan majority in the House to vote in favor of H.R. 3631, the Medicare Premium Fairness Act. With Social Security benefits expected to remain at the same level next year, an increase in Medicare premiums would cut into seniors’ Social Security.

  • Ensuring transparency in our government

    In the early morning hours of June 26th an over three hundred page amendment was approved by the House Rules Committee and included in the infamous Cap and Trade legislation.

  • The Virginia GOP’s extremist ticket

        If there’s any political entity within 1,000 miles of us that’s more predictable than the Virginia Republican Party, I challenge anyone to identify it.

        Here in the Year of our Lord 2009, state Republicans have come before us with their presentation for the offices of governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general in the Nov. 3 election. Who have they chosen? “Bob, Bill and Ken.”

  • An incompetent foreign policy?

        Just as it’s far too early to declare Barack Obama a one-term president, so it’s too soon to declare his foreign policy incompetent. However, it certainly hasn’t been characterized by brilliance and just this month he made another decision that made me wonder where his head is.

  • Reframing the debate

    Some top Democrats are now trying to paint the majority of those who oppose health care policies touted by the Obama administration as violent or racist — or possibly both.

        Last week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in referring to the national debate, made a reference the 1978 murders of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and city Supervisor Harvey Milk stating: “I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw this myself in the late ‘70s in San Francisco.”

  • Letters

    A brief

    explanation

        In the Classified Advertising section of today’s paper, readers will find an ad announcing that Bedford Hardware is for sale. In light of the recent situations at two other landmark businesses, Murray-Bolling Chevrolet and the Olde Liberty Station Restaurant, we felt it fitting to offer a brief explanation to our customers and friends in the Bedford area regarding our decision.

  • Amendment to education bill addresses disparities

    I’m proud to report that last week the U.S. House passed an amendment I offered to address early childhood education in rural areas as part of the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act. The legislation creates an Early Learning Challenge Fund, which would award competitive grants to states that implement improvements to the state’s early learning system.

  • Protecting the Chesapeake Bay