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Today's Opinions

  • Speech gets health care reform on track

        Finally, President Barack Obama has done what he needed to do: state his specific case for health care reform, get Americans to understand what he would do and why it’s needed, and shoot down the right-wing myths and lies that have so tarnished this debate.

  • Obama has scary supporters

        President Obama’s video talk to students last week turned out to be quite innocuous. He urged them to do their best in school and used his own background as an example of triumph over bad circumstances. It was appropriate for the President to do this.

        The speech was preceded by a major flap. Student exercises recommended by the federal department of education included a suggestion that students write a letter to themselves explaining how they will help the President.

        Help him to do what?

  • Low-carb: take two

        It’s not January and while I’m not one to make resolutions, I have decided to try and get myself back into some semblance of shape, other than looking like a bowling ball — or a pear.

        When I first started here at the Bulletin in 2005 I weighed in at about 190 pounds, the lowest I had weighed in years. A year prior to that I had tipped the scales at 235. That’s about the time the Atkins low-carb diet craze was at its height, so I jumped in.

  • Commonsense changes that should be included in health care reform

    While we can all agree that our current health care system is flawed there are many different ideas about how to fix it.  Democratic Leaders in Congress have introduced and rushed through committee, the “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act”.  This one-size fits all proposal would steer the country toward a government-run health care system likely marked by little choice and long lines.  I oppose this bill and the Democrat Leadership’s mad rush to ram the bill through with no opportunity for alternative ideas.  Even commonsense amendments to th

  • Virginia veterans benefits

    Last month the first of two articles concerning benefits available from the Commonwealth of Virginia for veterans and in some cases survivors and dependents was published in this newspaper.  This month the second and final chapter on this source of benefits is presented.

  • McDonnell thesis wakes up governor’s race

        The Virginia governor’s race (yes, folks, there is another campaign this year) was a rather boring affair until someone discovered the Republican candidate’s graduate thesis.

        Democrat Creigh Deeds and the GOP’s Bob McDonnell were limping along at summer’s end, seemingly to very little notice from voters. (Is it just me, or do the two of them even look a little bit alike?).

  • NPS should take in D-Day Memorial

        I have a coffee table book at home that lists, day by day, what was happening in World War II from Hitler’s invasion of Poland on Sept. 1, 1939, until Japan’s surrender on Sept. 2, 1945. It also has lots of photos. The book has its shortcomings. I spotted a few misidentified photos and there are a couple of entries that may not be precisely accurate, but these are minor. The chronology plus the photos makes it valuable to me. One photograph shows an Iowa Class battleship firing a full nine-gun broadside.

  • The President speaks

    When all was said and done, the speech President Barack Obama gave to school children across this country Tuesday proved to be more hype than substance — less political and more traditional.

        School systems around the country were faced with the decision of how to handle the speech, which some claimed to be a political ploy to garner the support of this nation’s children apart from their parents’ input.