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Today's Opinions

  • Being Welsh on St. Patrick's Day

    So I’m in the doctor’s office the other day (I’m sorry, conservativeseeit wasn’t serious), and the nurse is wearing a St. Patrick’s Day shirt already, something decorated in those green shamrock things.

    “It’s just a bit early for that, isn’t it?,” I asked.

    “Oh, no,” she said. “We've only got one day for this holiday, so I wanted to wear my shirt all I could.”

  • Primary results were wonderful

    I was pleased with the results of the "Democratic" primaries in Ohio and Texas. This does not mean that I've suddenly become a Hillary Clinton fan. No one has yet convinced me that she would not be a threat to American democracy. I was pleased because her victories mean that the race will continue, neck and neck, into the summer. It will probably get uglier as it progresses and it could split the "Democratic" Party. This would be good.

  • Ruling puts the spotlight on the spread of sludge

    The use of biosolids hit the national spotlight this week as a federal judge took the Agricultural Department to task for problems caused by the use of sludge by two Georgia farmers.

    According to an article by the Associated Press, the judge ordered the department to compensate a farmer who lost the use of his cattle and his land because of using biosolids. This ruling is likely to further call into question the use of the product and the government's stamp of approval on it.

  • The future of higher education

    For many students and families there is the promise of higher education. But for far too many others, the burden of tuition costs is seemingly insurmountable. In Virginia, undergraduate students are paying nearly 7% more in tuition and fees than they did last year. The skyrocketing cost of higher education is a dangerous trend given the often integral role it plays in attaining the American dream and maintaining our competitiveness in a changing global economy.

  • America needs is a balanced energy plan

    The House of Representatives has passed what I believe is an unwise energy bill. If it becomes law, it would lead to a huge increase in the price of gasoline, and it would increase our dependence on foreign fossil fuels, even as America works to develop sustainable alternative energy sources. I voted “No” on this bill, but it passed 220-to-188.

  • Letters

    New leadership

    Listening to the First Lady on the news talking about the U.S. taxpayers funding health care to some foreign countries makes you wonder why we can't have better health care in our country. With elections coming up this fall, I guess we'll have to choose the lesser of two evils, if we can figure out who it is?

  • Session sets new standard for efficiency

    There’s just one week remaining until the scheduled end of this year’s session of the Virginia General Assembly. This is the part of the session where delegates and senators meet to work out the final details on a wide range of legislation, and when an agreement must be reached to reconcile the differing versions of the budget approved by the Senate and the House.

  • Conservatism can't decline

    It’s not possible for “conservatism” to decline. That’s because there is no such thing as “conservatism.”