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Today's Opinions

  • Fairness at home, wisdom abroad, oversight in DC

    The single greatest challenge facing our country in the new year and the years ahead is asserting the kind of affirmative and creative leadership necessary to regain the confidence of the American people in our system of governance, our nation’s leaders and our standing in the world. 

  • Calling on President-Elect Obama to help end the violence in Darfur

    Just a few weeks ago, we marked the sixtieth anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  This document, a direct result of the atrocities committed by Nazi Germany during World War II, was intended to clarify the international consensus on the most fundamental of human rights.  Despite growing international support for the core ideals such as the right to life, liberty and security of person contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, you just have to turn on your nightly news to see blatant violations of these princ

  • District and nation face a dire economic situation

    This week, I was blessed to be sworn in as our district’s Representative in the 111th U.S. Congress. It’s a sacred duty to serve you in Washington, and I am already hard at work on strategies for economic revival for Southside and Central Virginia and for a new era of accountability for our corporate and government leaders.

     

  • For Gov. Tim Kaine, Virginia should be job 1

    Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine is to be congratulated for being selected to head the Democratic National Committee. The appointment is a great honor and it demonstrates the hard work Kaine put in to helping President-elect Barack Obama get elected — both here in Virginia as well as across the nation — this past year.

  • 2008 ended with a bang

        2008 ended with fireworks of a very unpleasant kind.

        Shortly before the end of the year, Hamas, the Palestinian terrorist organization that rules Gaza decided to end its six month truce with Israel. Even during that time, the Islamic militants occasionally violated the truce, firing rockets into Israel. Once the truce ended, the militants began firing larger numbers of rockets and mortars.

  • Politics at the movies

        I haven’t seen “Frost/Nixon” yet, but I will. Hollywood’s latest political film tells the story of the television interview of the disgraced president by British journalist David Frost.

        Coming in the immediate years after his resignation, when Nixon still hadn’t admitted any guilt, Frost got him to utter one memorable line: “If the president does it, it’s not illegal.”

  • Preserving employees’ rights to secret ballots

    It has been widely reported that one of the top priorities of the incoming Obama Administration is the enactment of the Employee Free Choice Act, legislation which strikes a huge blow to the privacy rights of workers throughout the country.  With a title like the “Employee Free Choice Act” you would expect this legislation to protect the American worker.  Unfortunately, it does the exact opposite and its title is deliberately misleading. 

  • Veterans Administration benefit changes

    On Sept. 30, 2008, President Bush signed the FY2009 Defense Appropriations Act to fund programs authorized in the FY2009 Defense Authorization Act  he signed Oct. 14, 2008.  These two acts are now law and include several significant changes in benefits for the active duty military, reserves, National Guard, military retirees and veterans.  Some of the changes affecting retirees and veterans follow: