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Today's Opinions

  • Educational decisions should be left to parents and teachers

    Nothing is more important to our future than ensuring a high-quality education for our nation's children. Decisions concerning education should be made at the local level first by parents, and then by teachers and local communities. We also need to measure how much our students are learning in fundamental subjects like reading, writing, math, and science which will ensure that their future is bright and full of opportunity.

  • Letters

    What is Medicare Advantage?

    As you know the open enrollment for Medicare Part D ended December 31. Whatever Medicare Part D plan in which you are now enrolled, you must remain until the next open enrollment which will take place November 15 - December 31. At that time you may select a new Part D plan for 2009.

    However from now until March 31 you may enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan. Or you may switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another. But you cannot switch from Medicare Advantage back to Traditional Medicare and a Part D plan.

  • Holding the line on spending

    The nation continues to face serious budgetary challenges and it is time we take control of spending instead of letting it control the Congress. Government programs have continued to expand while the amount of money available to spend has not kept pace. It is common sense to American families that they cannot spend more than they have - yet far too frequently, this fundamental principle has been lost on a Congress that is too busy spending to pay attention to the bottom line.

  • Virginia lawmakers should have the sense to recognize the killing of an unborn child as a punishable offense

    Feticide is again being considered in Virginia.

    The recent North Carolina case in which North Carolina Marine Cpl. Armando Laurean, 21, is being sought in connection with the death of an eight-months pregnant fellow Marine serves as a reminder of the need for a feticide law in the commonwealth.

  • General Assembly workdays get progressively longer

    Frigid temperatures, high winds, rain and even a snowflake or two meant that winter had arrived in Richmond this week. But as regular readers of this column know, it doesn’t matter what the weather is like outside, the business of the General Assembly continues at a brisk pace.

  • Family Research Council gives Goode 100% rating

    Again this year, I was honored to be named to receive the Family Research Council (FRC) Action’s True Blue Award. The award is presented annually to members of Congress who cast votes that demonstrate that they are “consistent, stalwart allies of American families.” The FRC gave me a 100 percent rating on the votes that it tracked in the first session of the 110th Congress.

  • Yes, Virginia is up for grabs this fall

    For many years Republicans have taken comfort in the dependable idea that Virginia will always vote GOP in presidential elections.

    Obviously, there's plenty of evidence for that. Here, one has to trot out the old familiar fact that no Democrat has carried the state since 1964.

  • Fixating on the past

    I wonder what sort of calenders the folks out on political far left use? Last week's The Liberal Agenda made me wonder if Rick Howell thinks it's still 2007.

    Mr. Howell tried to convince us that the troop surge in Iraq isn't working, even though everybody else is saying otherwise. Even "Democratic" leaders in Congress have gotten quiet about the surge and "Democratic" presidential candidates have moved on to other issues.

    Whether or not the surge would accomplish anything was still open to question last summer. The troop surge had just reached full strength.