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Today's Opinions

  • House has 60 days to manage 2,000 bills

    For the first time since 2005, the Virginia General Assembly has convened its session in the Virginia Capitol. Renovations to the building, frequently referred to here as ?Mr. Jefferson?s Capitol,? were completed just before Queen Elizabeth?s visit last spring. Now, it is ready again to be used for the purpose it was originally intended, and is filled everyday with legislators holding meetings, visitors seeing the General Assembly in action, and tourists appreciating its rich history.

  • Letters

    Knowing the background of the Jesus Seminar

    In the Dec. 26 edition of the Bulletin, David McLoughlin encouraged readers to take this time to better understand the Bible. In the first paragraph McLoughlin offered several essential elements for sound literary interpretation, stressing the importance of historical and literary context. This is great advice to be followed by every serious student of the Bible.

  • Time to file claims for 2007 medical expenses

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has advised claims for reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses incurred during 2007 will be accepted beginning Jan. 1, 2008.

    If you were receiving monetary benefits under the Improved Pension Program during 2007 you may be eligible for partial reimbursement of medical expenses you paid for yourself or any dependent you are legally obligated to support. You may submit a claim to VA for reimbursement of the expenses you have paid and were not reimbursed by insurance or any other source.

  • GOP faithful anoint Mike Huckabee

    The story goes that on the road to Damascus, Saul of Tarsus, who had been persecuting and killing this new breed of people known as "Christians," was himself converted to the religion by a blinding light and a voice that told him he'd soon have a new calling.

    God, in other words, chose Paul (Saul?s new name), not vice versa. Mitt Romney, on the road to Washington, D.C. via Des Moines, was also blinded. While it may not have been God speaking to him, it was certainly the voice of a large group of people who sincerely believe that God tells them how to make political choices.

  • 'Democrats' accomplished something

    Last month, I wrote how the "Democrats" accomplished nothing during their first year in control of Congress. That's not entirely true. They managed to spend billions of dollars of our tax money through earmarks attached to important funding bills.

  • A magical day

    Many times ? in fact more times than not ? our expectations for trips can exceed reality, a la the Griswold's ill-fated trip to Wally World in the movie "National Lampoon's Vacation."

    But thankfully that's not always the case. My family's visit to Disney World after Christmas is a case in point.

    This wasn't a Disney vacation, but rather a one-day venture out during our Florida trip to see my wife's parents. We had promised our children that one day we'd take them to Disney and this was our chance.

    Walt and the gang at Disney didn't disappoint.

  • Congress once again steps up to the plate in a useless attempt to play ball

    For the second time in three years, baseball will have a day of reckoning before Congress as steroid use in the game is investigated.

    You'd think this country's lawmakers could find something better to do with their time.

  • The digital television transition

    In a little over a year, television broadcasters will stop broadcasting their signal in analog format and will broadcast only in digital format. This transition from analog to digital, known as the Digital TV (DTV) transition, will take place on February 17, 2009 and will bring new opportunities and innovative services to all consumers. The potential for more channels, better picture clarity, and greater consumer interaction are what make digital television such an exciting technology.