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Today's Opinions

  • Toward a new foreign policy

        Now that we have a new president the work can begin to establish a better reputation for the United States around the world, and that means a new beginning in foreign policy.

        With Barack Obama as president, Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, and Sen. John Kerry chairing the foreign relations committee, all the right players are in place to change the arrogance and hubris that marked the last administration’s approach to the world.

  • An Historic Moment

    America is about ready to do something it has never done before, as a nation.  This is an historic moment in our history.  On Tuesday at around noon we inaugurated the 44th president of the United States.  As we are all aware of our new president is black man.  This is an Historic Moment because of the election of the first black president in our nation’s history… Congratulations,  Barack Obama.

  • A lot of differences this year

    This year’s General Assembly began with all of the customary events taking place.  Legislators reacquainted themselves with their surroundings and started the process of reviewing bills that have been assigned to their committees.  On opening day, Governor Kaine delivered his State of the Commonwealth Address with all of the usual ceremony.  But although much was similar to past sessions, there are a lot of differences this year.

  • Holding Congress and the President accountable to the American people

    Last week, in the opening hours of the 111th Congress, I introduced bipartisan legislation that would amend the United States Constitution to force Congress to rein in spending by balancing the federal budget.  I am pleased that over 130 Members of the House, Republicans and Democrats alike, have signed on in support of my legislation, House Joint Resolution (H.J. Res) One, which ensures that the federal government is held accountable and that the money our citizens work so hard to earn is not squandered on wasteful spending and programs. 

  • Bill will provide $12.5 billion for students, families

    In this historic Inauguration week for our nation, let us look forward with hope towards a new kind of politics in Washington that puts problem-solving ahead of partisanship. Let us work together towards an economic recovery for working families that heeds Dr. King's call for economic justice.

  • Letters

    A good start

        Tom Perriello is off to a grand start as the new Congressional Representative for the 5th District of VA. He has already been back to many areas meeting with business leaders and local representatives listening to their concerns and looking for new ways to help the 5th. Tom has also been busy on Capital Hill. He has taken a seat on two committees, the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the Veteran’s Affairs Committee.

  • When it comes to spending money, the federal government is not to be trusted

    From Hampton Roads to L.A., St. Paul to San Angelo, communities across this nation are making their lists.

        And they’re checking those lists twice, hoping that President-elect Barack Obama will shower them with Christmas in February gifts from his $775 billion (and growing) stimulus package that is supposed to cure the financial aches and pains being felt in pocketbooks of hard-working Americans. We can’t trust government to provide the answer to this.

  • How the environmentalist stole the economy

        I pontificated on the meaning of “change” in this space back on Oct. 1. I noted that the word “change” is meaningless as it could be a change for the better, or for the worse.