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Today's Opinions

  • House resolution recognizes threat of terrorism

    House resolution recognizes threat of terrorism

    On September 11th, members of the House of Representatives and the Senate gathered on the steps of the United States Capitol for the annual Congressional Remembrance ceremony, honoring the thousands of men and women who were killed when terrorists attacked our nation on September 11, 2001. I found this ceremony moving.

  • The continuing water release debate

    The present water release protocol from Leesville Dam is enveloped in folklore and justified by 42 years of operation that generally favored enhancing river flows over maintaining safe water levels in Smith Mountain Lake.

  • The GOP: Party of the rich, white, and powerful

    If you watched any of the Republican National Convention, you had to notice the sea of white faces that stared back at you from the hall. It was very difficult to spot a delegate of color.

    You couldn’t help but notice, too, that most of those white people appeared to be rather well-heeled, let’s say. Well paid; well off; living the Republican dream.

    It shouldn’t be necessary to remind people that the GOP is today what it’s always been: the party of the rich and the privileged, and also a party that remains nearly all white.

  • The Germans are right

    Last week, the Bush administration decided to forgo taking unilateral action against Russia for its war with Georgia. In doing this, President Bush wisely chose to follow the softer approach advocated by Germany and some of our other European allies.

    Acting unilaterally would have been a very bad idea. As Secretary of Defense Robert Gates pointed out, we could be the ones who will be isolated if we act precipitously.

  • Folks helping folks

    What makes a good neighbor?

    In a thought, it’s that when the chips are down, those around you are willing to step up to the plate and help. It’s folks helping folks.

    And there are a lot of good neighbors around these parts.

    For all the bad news that often gets publicized, there’s a lot of good going on around us, too. Even in those tough times.

  • Sarah who? McCain's bizarre choice

    In the first important decision he’s had to make since becoming the presumptive Republican nominee for president - a choice with profound implications for our country - John McCain blew it.

    Sen. McCain has spent more than a year telling us that the world is populated with millions of terrorists who want nothing more than to slit American throats. Because of this, he has said, the United States has to have a Commander-in-Chief who is “tough,” “seasoned,” a person who is ready to “stand up” to the terrorists, etc., etc.

  • Letters

    Biosolids opponent denigrates VA Tech agronomists

    The lady that refuted the research from Va Tech agronomist Greg Evanylo in her letter from the letter should be ashamed for falsely and deliberately trying to misinform the public.

    Dr. Evanylo from Va Techs Ag College has more knowledge of the facts of the agronomic benefits of biosolids in his little finger than she does in her whole sludge Web site. It should be titled “www.Sludge BS”.

  • The American people feserve to have iheir voices heard on energy legislation

    Not a day goes by when I am not asked about rising energy prices. A large number of factors have combined to put pressure on gasoline prices and other energy, including diminishing U.S. oil production, increased world demand for crude oil, and U.S. refinery capacity that is inadequate to supply gasoline to a recovering national economy. These are serious problems that will not go away with time, and they require real solutions that will restore American energy independence and help ease the cost to Americans.