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Today's Opinions

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    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.

  • A very good riddance to Mr. Bush

        In the last year or so there have been some very visible bumper stickers that say “1/20/09: Bush’s Last Day.” Those of us who have long awaited the departure of this particular president now have only days to go.

        When the question about a president’s “legacy” is centered around whether or not he’s the worst president ever, well, enough said. Even Bush’s most ardent supporters have only one line to run with: History hasn’t yet rendered its judgment.

  • Retire online

        Social Security has a new online retirement application and a new celebrity spokesperson to help spread the word.

        You can apply for retirement benefits from the comfort of your home or office at www.socialsecurity.gov. There’s no need to drive to your local Social Security office or wait for an appointment with a Social Security representative. You can complete the new online retirement application in as little as 15 minutes. It’s so easy

  • Fairness at home, wisdom abroad, oversight in DC

    The single greatest challenge facing our country in the new year and the years ahead is asserting the kind of affirmative and creative leadership necessary to regain the confidence of the American people in our system of governance, our nation’s leaders and our standing in the world. 

  • Calling on President-Elect Obama to help end the violence in Darfur

    Just a few weeks ago, we marked the sixtieth anniversary of the United Nations’ adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  This document, a direct result of the atrocities committed by Nazi Germany during World War II, was intended to clarify the international consensus on the most fundamental of human rights.  Despite growing international support for the core ideals such as the right to life, liberty and security of person contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, you just have to turn on your nightly news to see blatant violations of these princ

  • District and nation face a dire economic situation

    This week, I was blessed to be sworn in as our district’s Representative in the 111th U.S. Congress. It’s a sacred duty to serve you in Washington, and I am already hard at work on strategies for economic revival for Southside and Central Virginia and for a new era of accountability for our corporate and government leaders.