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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • 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.