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Today's Opinions

  • Ted Kennedy's service to America

    A serious illness has put the Kennedy name where it has so often been in modern American political history — at the top of the news.

    Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, “Ted” or “Teddy” to the millions who love him, has a malignant brain tumor, for which he will be treated over the coming months. News coverage of the senator following this development has proven the depth of respect and admiration for him from both political parties, historians, commentators, and political observers of all kinds.

  • It's not just George Bush

    Republicans' zero for three score in recent special elections are certainly revealing, although they have nothing to say about the presidential race. What they show is that "Democrats" have learned something and Republicans haven't.

  • Making our roads safer

    Just because he helped make the intersection of Va. 122 and Va. 24 safer, don't think Lionel Toms has stopped working to make Bedford County roads better.

    Toms, who lost his son John William Toms in 2002 to an accident at the Va. 122/24 intersection, worked with the Virginia Department of Transportation to reduce speeds there and get a stoplight installed. At one time it was the deadliest intersection in the county ? a fact he knew all too well.

    Now Toms is working to make some back roads in the county safer as well.

  • In opposing increased benefits for veterans under the Webb GI bill, President Bush and Sen. John McCain are falling short in supporting our veterans

    With Memorial Day just behind us and the 64th anniversary of D-Day just ahead, this is certainly a good time to be talking about supporting this nation's veterans.

    And Sen. Jim Webb's landmark Post 9/11 GI Bill does just that.

    But President Bush and Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain oppose the measure. Both are afraid the increased benefits will hurt retention in the military. That thinking is difficult to understand and undermines the commitment the men and women of this nation's armed services make on a daily basis.

  • Reforming America's farm policy

    Just last week the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Conference Report on the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, commonly referred to as the farm bill. As the lead House Republican negotiator on the farm bill conference, I was pleased to lead the charge in reforming various aspects of federal farm policy and help craft the most reform-minded farm bill in the history of the Congress.

  • Shining sunlight on Virginia's energy needs

    Solar power harnesses the energy of the sun to run some of the things that most of us use in our daily lives. Solar is an important form of alternative energy that is gaining customers and the attention of businesses.

  • GOP loses three special House elections

    Republicans looking for any sign of hope for the presidential election - beyond the temporary Obama/Clinton fight - haven’t been able to find it in recent special elections for the House of Representatives.

    If three strikes and you’re out is the rule in both baseball and politics, then Republicans look to be finished this fall. They’ve lost not one, not two, but three special elections for House seats in recent months.

  • None of them have the answer

    Although we don't yet know who our next president will be, there is one thing that is certain. Our next president will inherit a profoundly damaged economy when he takes office next year.

    Of course, political party hacks will try to blame it on the opposite party. Rick Howell, I'm sure, will tell us how it is all the Republicans' fault and how the "Democrats" are gonna save us all.