Today's Opinions

  • There is no such thing as "conservatism"

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

    Conservatives don?t comprise a monolithic movement. At the most, we can be roughly categorized into three groupings: social conservatives, defense hawks and fiscal/business conservatives. These are rough categories because they don?t have distinct edg It’s not possible for “conservatism” to decline. That’s because there is no such thing as “conservatism.”

  • There is no such thing as 'Conservatism'

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

  • 'Conservatism' can't decline

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

  • Letters

    Thank you

    The Montvale Rescue Squad would like to send out a HUGE Thank You to these businesses and residents for their efforts in providing food and supplies to the firefighters and EMS staff during the Black Horse/Camp Jaycee fire that took place starting on Feb. 9. The businesses include: Roadside Market-Montvale, Hardees-Troutville, McDonalds-Troutville, Food Lion-Troutville, Wal-Mart-Botetourt, Sams Wholesale-Roanoke.

  • Working to prevent future terrorist attacks

    The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon quickly reshaped the priorities of Congress, the President, and the Department of Justice. We immediately began working on securing our own country by coordinating our national anti-terrorism efforts, increasing information-sharing among our intelligence agencies, and strengthening our defense. We took all the necessary steps to ensure we dealt with our enemies on the foreign battlefield rather than here at home.

  • Not a secret ballot

    On Tuesday, Feb. 12 I intended to avail myself of my right to vote in the Presidential Primary.

    Not being a registered member of any political party I was pleased to learn that any registered voter could participate. I showed up at my assigned polling place and was greeted courteously and asked for some identification. I presented my identification, which was passed along to the inspectors.

  • The decline of conservatism?

    Few people would argue that Democrats hold most of the trump cards for this fall’s presidential and Congressional elections. The sustained and intense unpopularity of George W. Bush and his war in Iraq are the main, but not the only, reasons.

    But might there be something else happening, too? Something even more profound than the electoral fortunes of either party?

  • Walking away is unrealistic

    John McCain isn't a crazy man, as Rick Howell suggested in last week's Liberal Agenda. Unlike the "Democratic" Party's far left, John McCain is a realist.

    We can't simply walk away from what we've gotten ourselves into without consequences. This is something that McCain understands, something that the lefties can't grasp.

    Maybe they can grasp it, but just don't want to. Mr. Howell, for example, has advocated twice this year that we walk away from military commitments in East Asia as well as in Iraq.