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Today's Opinions

  • Invest in the infrastructure to stimulate the economy

    It is imperative that Congress and the President act swiftly to prepare and implement an economic stimulus package aimed at easing the hardships that less fortunate Americans are now experiencing. These priorities—which should include funding for a heating assistance program for low-income households; an immediate, refundable rebate for low- and middle-income families; and federal assistance to the states to assist them in financing Medicaid—will help to stimulate the economy and provide aid to millions of hard working Americans

  • Making the Do Not Call Registry permanent

    Five years ago the House and Senate came together in a bipartisan fashion to pass the Do Not Call Implementation Act. This important legislation created the Do Not Call Registry and made it illegal for commercial telemarketers to call an individual listed on the registry.

  • Letters

    Save teacher positions at Big Island Elementary

    We being concerned citizens, residents, grandparents, and parents of the Big Island School District and of the Bedford County School System strongly, urgently, and respectfully request that the Bedford County School Board reconsider the elimination of teacher positions at Big Island Elementary School.

  • A moment of clarity

    The work of the General Assembly often descends into a sort of numb rush, as subcommittee chairs hustle bills through like fast-moving trains. Explanations are given, objections are made, amendments are tacked on, all in perfunctory fashion.

  • Promoting responsible government

    Working to reduce government waste is a significant undertaking and one to which I remain firmly dedicated even in a Congress where excessive spending runs rampant. It is critical to ensure that the Congress responsibly manages federal spending, especially our tax dollars, to fund our nation’s priorities through greater transparency and accountability. That is why I have worked to rein in wasteful and unnecessary spending by voting for the tightest budgets offered and supporting reductions in overall government spending.

  • Bill increases taxpayer liability for illegal immigrants

    Once again, the issue of the huge expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) came before the U. S. House of Representatives. For the fourth time in this Congress we had a vote on whether to expand the income guidelines by at least 50 percent for the SCHIP program and to significantly weaken the citizenship requirements for SCHIP. The issue is one of great expansion and not re-authorizing the existing program, which has already passed.

  • Delayed filing results in loss of VA benefits

    In July 2007 my office implemented a program of providing monthly information articles for publication in newspapers serving Lynchburg; and also Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford and Campbell counties.

  • Illegal immigration poses challenge for Virginia

    I would like to dedicate this week?s column to a dear friend and community leader, Louise English. I was very saddened to hear news from home of the passing of Louise English. My heartfelt sympathy and prayers are extended to her family. Her Christian faith and love of the community will be felt for generations to come.