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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Sorry, 'the surge' isn' really working

    Americans who continue to support the Iraq War are still a definite minority in this country, a status they've held since 2005. But they've been crowing quite a bit lately over the alleged success of "the surge," George W. Bush?s decision to send more troops there after the 2006 elections.

  • Republicans need a leader

    Hillary Clinton pulled out a narrow victory over Barack Obama in New Hampshire last week. Both campaigns remain well financed and competitive and it appears unlikely that anybody will have a headlock on the "Democratic" nomination after the Feb. 5 mega primary.

  • Smoking in restaurants has some legislators fired up

    Former Roanoke Senator Brandon Bell is no longer in the legislature to champion his fight against the sharing of second-hand smoke, but there are apparently plenty of others willing to carry on his cause.

    Governor Tim Kaine has made banning smoking in restaurants a major priority this year and legislators have lit up the legislative agenda with bills against smoking. No less than 11 bills are in the hopper with cigarette smoking in the cross hairs.

    In most cases, the legislators need to just butt out.