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Today's Opinions

  • An historic inauguration

        President Barack Obama’s inauguration, last week, was historic. For one thing, he’s America’s first black president. It’s historic because there are still people alive who can remember a time when the only way a black man would have gotten into the Oval Office would have been to clean it.

  • An unforgettable inauguration

        If anyone had any doubt about the outpouring of support and the depth of good wishes for the new president, they must have missed the sight of about 1.8 million people in and along the National Mall for Inauguration Day, 2009.

        There has been no event in Washington, D.C’ s history that drew a larger crowd. Only the jumbotron viewing screens allowed the many sections of the crowd that flowed down the National Mall to witness the ceremonies.

  • Forest Middle School student serves as House page

    There may not have been any snow on Capitol Square this week, but temperatures were low and the winds were high enough to make them seem even lower.  Those who had to venture outside moved a lot more quickly as a result.

    Displaying good timing and cleverness, members of the Virginia Credit Union League – credit union employees from across the state – sported long red knitted scarves as they made their way around Capitol Square.  The scarves were impossible to miss, making the credit union employees simultaneously notable and warm.

  • An historic inauguration

    Just last week we were all a part of an important chapter in American history as we witnessed the historic Inauguration of our 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.  Every four years we come together as a nation, at noon on January 20th, to mark the start of a President’s new term.  This year was particularly significant since we swore in the first African American as President.

  • Better accountability needed for TARP funds

    If there's one hallmark that should define the new Congress and the new Administration, it's that we are ushering in a new era of accountability for our government, our corporations, and ourselves. The era of blank-check bailouts is over.

     

    President Obama said in his inauguration speech, "What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world…This is the price and the promise of citizenship."

     

  • Letters

    The chopping block

        I would like to address the article in this past week’s paper. In reading about the school budget I could not help but notice that no one from the school board office is on the chopping block.

        I am a parent concerned about the cutting teachers from schools that already have overcrowding issues. Students cannot learn in environments that are being brought about with this budget proposal.

  • Jan. 20, 2009 – Words to a nation

    ... Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. they are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America - they will be met. On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

  • Christmas in February

        State and local governments all over America are hoping that Obama Claus leaves them the economic stimulus presents, next month, that they’ve asked for.