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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Another good showing this past week helped enhance SML’s reputation as an Elite destination

    Kevin VanDam might have walked away with the Advanced Auto Parts Blue Ridge Brawl trophy and the $100,000  champion’s check, but in the end it might just be the Smith Mountain Lake area which comes away as the real winner.

  • Letters

    It’s obvious

        In response to Rick Howell’s March 18 column concerning embryonic stem cell research, I have one point to make which is never mentioned by the main stream media.  It is a fact that there have been successes as well as promising results with the use of adult stem cells.   On the other hand there have been zero successes or promise with embryonic stem cells.

  • We must ensure care for veterans when they return home

    I recently had the honor of traveling with the Surgeons General of the U.S. Army and Navy and a bipartisan group of Members of Congress from the Veterans’ Affairs Committee on a mission to Afghanistan. We had the unique opportunity to see first-hand the heroism and professionalism of our medical personnel saving lives overseas, from the battlefront to transition hospitals. Our soldiers were heartened to receive notes of support that I brought over from Rustburg Elementary and Middle School, Gladys Elementary, and Dillwyn Primary School.

     

  • We should not be saddling future generations with debt

    Sunday, April 26th marks Debt Day for the 2009 fiscal year. This is the day the government starts paying for federal spending by borrowing money rather than using its revenue.  This means that all of the money spent from Washington the rest of this year will either be borrowed from other countries or borrowed from future generations, in turn increasing our federal debt dramatically.

  • End trade embargo, restore relations with Cuba

        Under the leadership of President Barack Obama, the United States may finally be prepared to close the book on one of the most lingering and most useless remnants of the Cold War: the trade embargo against Cuba.