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Today's Opinions

  • Elderly have conerns about how healthcare reform will affect them

    Last week, I held six “Tom in Your Town” events around the 5th District to hear my constituents’ questions and opinions about how we can solve the healthcare crisis in this country. Many people, including myself, worried that we were moving too quickly and spending too much to fix the problem, so I insisted that Congress spend the month of August sharing accurate information with the American people and listening to everyone’s concerns and hopes.

  • Overdue immigration reform

    The United States of America is a nation of immigrants.  Legal immigration has blessed our nation with talent, diversity, and a commitment to freedom.  However, we are also a nation of laws and illegal immigration mocks these laws and our entire system of justice.

  • Veterans benefits provided by Virginia

    Since July 2007, this newspaper has graciously published a monthly article concerning benefits provided by the U.S.

  • Time to update Shoreline Management Plan

    As of this writing, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has not published the Environmental Impact Statement for the Smith Mountain Project.  The document is expected to be released during this month and the Tri-County Re-licensing Committee is standing by to review the document.  Remember that you can stay informed at the relicensingnews Web site.

  • Health care reform opponents in deep panic

        The fight over health care reform resembles its own kind of political campaign, as though there’s an election just down the road. The television airwaves are filled with competing commercials, just like the saturation of ads you see during a campaign.

  • Blue Dogs should be applauded

        It was rather humorous to read Rick Howell’s column last week, blasting members of his own political party. A member of the “Democratic” Party, Mr. Howell usually directs his ire at Republicans.

        Although I’m not a political party member, and thus am free to antagonize everybody, I usually disparage “Democrats.”

  • When it comes to turning over the keys of our healthcare system to the government, this nation, with the Cash for Clunkers program as an example, should remember buyer beware

    The Cash for Clunkers program has highlighted several key points for all of us to remember. Consider this:

        • The public has taken full advantage of the opportunity to receive $4,500 for their old gas-guzzling vehicles from the government. This shouldn’t be a surprise. Most folks like “free” money and this taxpayer-supported program has provided a great opportunity to take advantage of that. In fact it has been so well utilized that the program has cashed out in its first week. That leads to the next point...

  • Letters

    On healthcare

        To date, much has been said in the media by the representatives of both sides of the fence regarding proposed healthcare legislation. Hopefully serious debate will continue until citizens have a plan that serves better than the system currently in use.  The exception being, of course, the one Congress enjoys at tax payer expense.