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Today's Opinions

  • The GOP loses another one

        The national Republican Party, already crippled and bleeding, suffered another wound when Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Arlen Specter announced that he was switching to that great defender of the working people: the Democratic Party.

        For President Barack Obama - the most effective and most popular world leader on the scene now - it’s another Senate ally that leads him closer to the precious 60 votes that could invoke cloture against any Republican filibuster. He’ll get the last vote when Minnesota’s Al Franken comes on board.

  • Berenson is, indeed, a criminal

        When I wrote, a couple of weeks ago, that Lori Berenson is a criminal, I certainly was not setting myself up to be her judge.

  • Sen. Arlen Specter’s switch to the Democratic Party is an example of Washington politics at its worst

    For all his huffing and puffing about principle and concern for the American people, Sen. Arlen Specter, now known as a Democrat from Pennsylvania, serves as only the latest in a long list of sad examples of what Washington D.C. is all about — preserving one’s own power.

  • Letters

    Use some

    common sense

        I have been reading the paper and talking to people about the way our school board handled the hiring of our new school superintendent and no one is very happy.

        We spent $30,000 to pay someone to look for someone to fill the job, when we had a good person here in the system that had experience and doing a good job.

        So my question is why did we spend all this money looking when we had a good assistant superintendent that should have gotten the job?

  • Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights draws bipartisan support

    Last week, the House passed the Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2009, which would create new protections for consumers facing excessive credit card fees, sky-high interest rates, and unfair, incomprehensible credit card company agreements. I voted in favor of the bill. In addition, the House passed with wide bipartisan support an amendment I wrote that would require credit card companies to have a 6-month minimum period for promotional rates, or “teaser” rates, which primarily target college students.

  • Our teachers deserve our appreciation

    It’s that time of year when warmer weather returns and students all across Virginia are preparing for their final tests of the school year while dreaming of their summer vacation. But it is also important that as the school year winds down we thank the hard working teachers who educate our children.

  • Sorry doctor, but Lori Berenson is no criminal

        My column on Lori Berenson, the young American woman held prisoner in Peru, received a rather vicious and judgmental response from my conservative colleague on this page.

        Instead of calling him “doctor,” as I have in the past, I think he should be called Judge John Barnhart, because he surely sat in severe judgment of this young woman.

  • Cuba is irrelevant

        President Barack Obama has already taken all the reasonable steps he could to be nice to Cuba.

        President Obama reached out to the Cuban government by lifting the Bush administration restrictions on the ability Americans, with relatives in Cuba, to send money to family members there and visit them. He also opened the door for American telecommunications companies to do business there. This, of course, depends on the Cuban government allowing it.