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Today's Opinions

  • A moment of clarity

    The work of the General Assembly often descends into a sort of numb rush, as subcommittee chairs hustle bills through like fast-moving trains. Explanations are given, objections are made, amendments are tacked on, all in perfunctory fashion.

  • Promoting responsible government

    Working to reduce government waste is a significant undertaking and one to which I remain firmly dedicated even in a Congress where excessive spending runs rampant. It is critical to ensure that the Congress responsibly manages federal spending, especially our tax dollars, to fund our nation’s priorities through greater transparency and accountability. That is why I have worked to rein in wasteful and unnecessary spending by voting for the tightest budgets offered and supporting reductions in overall government spending.

  • Bill increases taxpayer liability for illegal immigrants

    Once again, the issue of the huge expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) came before the U. S. House of Representatives. For the fourth time in this Congress we had a vote on whether to expand the income guidelines by at least 50 percent for the SCHIP program and to significantly weaken the citizenship requirements for SCHIP. The issue is one of great expansion and not re-authorizing the existing program, which has already passed.

  • Delayed filing results in loss of VA benefits

    In July 2007 my office implemented a program of providing monthly information articles for publication in newspapers serving Lynchburg; and also Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell counties.

  • Illegal immigration poses challenge for Virginia

    I would like to dedicate this week?s column to a dear friend and community leader, Louise English. I was very saddened to hear news from home of the passing of Louise English. My heartfelt sympathy and prayers are extended to her family. Her Christian faith and love of the community will be felt for generations to come.

  • McCain: Still fighting the GOP establishment

    John McCain’s rise from the ashes of the Republican presidential race has amazed everyoneee.but him.

    Late last summer, with Rudy Giuliani firmly installed as “national frontrunner,” McCain’s campaign was losing money and staffers at an alarming rate. With an accompanying dip in the polls, most observers wrote him off and figured that Iowa and/or New Hampshire would finish him.

  • Don't forget to vote on Feb. 12

    I don't know what the results of Super-Duper-Ohm'gosh! Tuesday will be as I write this. We go to press on Tuesday afternoon and folks are still voting around the country as we transmit our pages to Roanoke. Nevertheless, I will hazard a prediction: nobody will come out of the Feb. 5 slate of primaries with a headlock on their party's nomination. This means you really ought to vote in Virginia's presidential primaries.

  • Double talk

    Every now and then our readers take offense at something said, or not said, in the pages of the Bulletin — or at some injustice they perceive that has taken place in the community.

    When their ire is raised enough, they sometimes choose to call or write a letter to the editor and state their case. We certainly have seen that recently with such issues as the hospital's choice to stop funding a local pediatrician, with the Oakwood Villas development and with last November's sheriff's race.