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Today's Opinions

  • Striving for energy independence

    As we approach the height of the summer travel season, families must factor in a much higher cost for gasoline. It is becoming evident that many families are being forced to either cancel their summer travel plans or at the very least limit much of their activity to an area closer to home. With every passing day, as gasoline surpasses $4 a gallon, our dangerous dependence on foreign oil grows more and more apparent.

  • House passes expanded G. I. Bill

    By an overwhelming, bipartisan margin, the U. S. House of Representatives has passed an expanded G. I. Bill, and this version does not include any tax increases. The bill passed 416-to-12; I voted for the measure.

  • Preserving Virginia's historical and natural landmarks

    One of my highest priorities in the Senate is to preserve Virginia’s abundant natural, historical, and cultural resources. As we approach the height of the summer travel season, I am pleased to report that we have enjoyed several significant accomplishments.

  • What about Virginia tomatoes?

    Virginia Cooperative Extension has released information to us about the ongoing tomato outbreak. The information sent from Elaine Lidholm, Director of Communication at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences and Rob Williams, Assistant Professor and Extension Food Microbiologist, Department of Food Science and Technology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, explains what tomatoes are safe, which ones are not and how to keep your family safe from the salmonellosis outbreak.

  • Tough times on this Independence Day

    This July 4th will be, in many ways, just like past celebrations of Independence Day. Grills will churn out hamburgers and hot dogs. Families will vacation, and those not traveling will take full advantage of a much-needed day off.

    That’s the way it should be, as America celebrates its freedom and independence. But everyone knows that this year’s holiday is just a temporary respite from the growing anxiety that most Americans feel about their country.

  • Stop raiding the corn crib

    Last week our sports editor, Mike Forster, dealt with competitive eating contests and touched on the issue of corn-based ethanol. Mike went on to say that doesn't venture deeply into non-sports issues and stuck to the competitive gluttony contests.

  • Providing for our men and women in uniform

    Last week, the House of Representatives passed, with my support, important legislation, the Supplemental Appropriations Bill, which continues to fund our military operations abroad and expands the education benefits for our returning service members, without raising taxes on the American people.

  • Drilling moratorium should be lifted

    Last week’s newsletter discussed the efforts by some of us on the Interior Subcommittee of the House appropriations Committee to get an amendment adopted to lift the moratorium on drilling for oil and natural gas on the outer continental shelf in at Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Gulf of Mexico. Since that newsletter, there have been some further developments.