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Today's Opinions

  • Hiking the Appalachian Trail

        For nearly a week South Carolina was without a governor.

        Governor Mark Sanford disappeared on June 18. He had turned off his cell phone and was not in communication with either his political allies or his family. By June 22, the state legislature was about to declare a state of emergency in order to transfer the governor’s powers to another state official.  The only thing that stopped them was that Sanford’s aides stated that they knew where he was.

  • Don’t miss your chance to sound off

    Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello is giving area residents a chance to sound off on  healthcare reform.

        This week Perriello unveiled “Your Health, Your Voice,” an online forum on the issue. As the debate on healthcare heats up, Perriello said he created the forum to provide his constituents with an opportunity for input and for dialogue with friends, neighbors and healthcare professionals from around the 5th District.

  • Letters

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  • Congress takes key votes on national security

     

    Last week, the Congress took up several key votes relating to national security.

    I joined with others in the House of Representatives to condemn the regime in Iran for its repressive crackdown on non-violent, pro-democracy demonstrators. As brave citizens risked their lives in the streets of Tehran, the U.S. Congress acted swiftly to let the world and those brave individuals know that we stand with those who stand for freedom.

  • Rooting out corruption in our judicial system

    It is a rare occasion when the House of Representatives must vote on articles of impeachment against a federal judge.  Indeed, the last time this occurred was 20 years ago.  However, when evidence emerges that an individual is abusing his judicial office for his own advantage, the integrity of the judicial system becomes compromised, and the House of Representatives has the duty to investigate the matter and take the appropriate actions to end the abuse and restore confidence in the judicial system.

  • ‘My little Democrat’ is growing up

        Almost exactly three years ago I wrote a column about my then 9-year-old son, Ryan. After this most recent Father’s Day, I thought an update on him and his progress might be in order.

        I called him “my little Democrat” at the time, and recounted some of our political adventures together, including meeting Mark Warner and delegate-to-be Ben Cline.

  • The Iranian challenge

        Iran’s recent presidential “election” poses a major foreign policy challenge for President Barack Obama.   

        In the first place, these aren’t free elections. Only candidates approved by a council of Shia clerics are on the ballot. In the second place, an Iranian president doesn’t wield the degree of power over Iranian government policy that our president does over American government policy. A Shia cleric named Ayatollah Ali Khamenei actually runs the show.

  • First the DMV told us it would give us $5 to stay away, now we’re being told no smiles allowed

    ot too long ago the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles told us they would rather not have us visit their offices. In fact, they offered us $5 off our vehicle registration fee as an incentive to keep us from coming by and paying in person.

        Now the word comes down that if we do drop by a DMV, we shouldn’t come in with a smile. What’s this world coming to? Don’t our driver’s license pictures already look bad enough?