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Today's Opinions

  • Common-sense transparency measures would bring needed reform to legislative process

    During the Presidential election campaign then Senator Obama called for transparency in the legislative process, even promising that health care reform negotiations would be “televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies.”

  • Steps to healthy holidays

        The holiday season is upon us, starting with last month’s Halloween candy-consuming event to the traditional New Year’s feast.  If you find yourself indulging in tasty, rich holiday fare, don’t dispair! Steps to Healthy Holidays will guide you in maintaining healthy habits.   During the coming weeks, this eight-article series will be discussing in more detail the following topics in an effort to keep you physically and emotionally healthy.

  • Enduring a health care ordeal

        When this column didn’t appear a few weeks ago many people were mystified and some actually made inquiries. Wow….It appears I might have a few fans in my hometown.

  • Barack Obama retirement watch

        I voted yesterday, as I hope you did.

        Actually, I wrote the above statement considering the fact that our paper comes out the day after election day. In reality, with deadlines in mind, I’m writing this before I’ve actually had a chance to go to my polling place and cast my ballot for Bob McDonnell, Bill Bolling and Ken Cuccinelli. I’m assuming that I don’t get run over by a big truck, shot by an irate “Democrat,” fall off a ladder or croak from natural causes before I get there.

  • Progress: There’s more to it than the numbers

    When it comes to talking about progress, the current economic times dictate that a different standard be applied. Just a couple of years ago construction was booming, both commercially and in residential housing. Folks were spending money freely and all seemed well.

        But these are different times. The economy has been in recession, money and jobs have been lost and folks are tightening their belts wherever they can.

        In some cases, progress is now being defined as “just holding on.”

  • Letters

    No on Stalin

        No , no, no. Stalin does not deserve any part of the D-Day Memorial.  It would be the same as putting Satan on the same level with God.

        The D-Day Memorial was built to honor the boys who gave their lives to protect our freedom.  Stalin does not deserve any recognition anywhere. He and Hitler were … evil – evil – evil.

        Do not corrupt our D-Day Memorial with the likes of this.

  • Taking care of veterans' health care, plus some information on swine flu

    Last week, I had the honor of attending a very special bill signing at the White House. Surrounded by representatives from the major veterans service organizations, the President signed into law the Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, which will ensure our veterans get the health care they have earned. As a member of the Health Subcommittee of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, I was a co-sponsor of the legislation and supported it throughout the legislative process.

  • The health care reform bill is bad for seniors

    This summer Democratic leaders in Congress introduced H.R. 3200, “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act”, which sets the tone for a Washington takeover of the health care system -- one defined by federal regulation, mandates, a myriad of new big government programs, and a significant increase in federal spending.  While this legislation contains a multitude of dangerous policies it is particularly detrimental to our senior citizens.