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Today's Opinions

  • A simple prayer

    Back in 2006 a study was released questioning the power of prayer to patients undergoing heart surgery. The major national media outlets glowingly carried headlines from the study such as: "Study shrugs off power to heal" (USA Today), "Power of prayer flunks an unusual test" (MSNBC.MSN.com); or "Study: Prayer didn't help sick" (Seattle Times).

  • With U.S. District Court Judge Henry Hudson handing down a 23 month sentence Monday, Michael Vick now begins his road to redemption

    To some, Michael Vick has lost it all.

    He's lost his millions, he's lost his friends, he's lost his career and he's lost his freedom.

    But the one hope he can hang onto is that he hasn't necessarily lost his shot at a second chance.

    That choice still is his to make.

    During his sentencing Monday in U.S. District Court, Vick said "I made some bad judgments along the way."

  • GOP debate settles nothing

    With the first presidential caucuses and primaries just weeks away now, the 2008 presidential race has suddenly gotten very intense, a fact that was quite evident in last week's GOP "CNN/You Tube" debate.

  • A circus, complete with clowns

    Soon Congress will be packing it in for the year and heading home for Christmas. One of the things this means is that it will probably be a good idea to avoid airport men's rooms as Sen. Larry Craig will be on the loose. Another thing it means is that the "Democrats'" first year in control of Congress has ended.

    Looking back on their performance, it's no wonder that Congress' approval rating, at 20 percent, is even lower than President Bush's, which stands at 32 percent. Both of these figures come from a Gallup poll taken in mid-November.

  • Illegal immigration: Something needs to be done (Part 2)

    The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) estimated in February 2003 that the illegal alien population in Virginia was about 103,000 residents as of January 2000, nearly double the previous estimate of about 55,000 in 1996. That in turn was nearly 31 percent higher than in 1992. By 2005 it was about 192,000. Nationally the latest estimate of illegal aliens is about 11 million persons.

  • With costs going up and funding going down wish lists are out

    As the holiday season picks up, everyone's making a wish list. But as budget time approaches for county schools, "needs" will be much more important than "wants" this season.

    There are always new projects to pursue, new technology to embrace and new buildings that need constructed. Hands are already being extended in hopes of snagging additional dollars.

  • Letters to the editor

    Just suppose

    Suppose all the churches met to organize a Christmas exercise to be held on the town green.

    A large lean-to, a cradle with hay and straw supplied. Members would portray Mary, Joseph and the three wise men. An assortment of animals for the one night event. Lighting erected, the choirs of the churches combine for inspiring songs.

  • Much needed immigration reforms

    The United States of America is a nation of immigrants. Legal immigration has blessed our nation with talent, diversity, and a commitment to freedom. However, we are also a nation of laws. Illegal immigration mocks our system of justice and costs our taxpayers billions of dollars every year, while taking jobs from law-abiding citizens and legal residents. This situation has reached crisis proportions and cannot be allowed to continue.