Today's Opinions

  • Putting you back in charge of your health care

    Just days ago the House of Representatives, with my support, delivered on our promise to the American people to hold a vote on legislation that would repeal the sweeping health care reform law, passed by the last Congress.  For nearly two years now the American people have been attending town hall meetings, sending letters and e-mails and making phone calls. Their message has been simple and consistent: We don’t want a government takeover of our health care system.

  • National D-Day Memorial Foundation president addresses misconceptions about the Memorial

    By Robin Edward Reed
    National D-Day Memorial Foundation

        Misconception:  The Memorial is honoring or intended to honor Stalin with the placement of a bust.

  • The reality of stalking

    By Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown


    Dial 9-1-1

  • Legislation moving quickly

        This week, we were reminded of how quickly legislation moves during the short session, as one of my bills made it to the floor of the House after just one week.  House Bill 1419 would end Virginia’s mandate that girls receive the human papillomavirus vaccine before entering the sixth grade.

        The mandate was passed by the General Assembly in 2007.  This decision made it the first time that Virginia mandated vaccinations for a disease that cannot be transmitted through casual contact.

  • Repeal of health care reform will fail

        Shame on all the conservative Republicans, including Bob Goodlatte and Robert Hurt, who voted in the House to repeal President Obama’s health care reform law.

        Let all Americans know what this means: House Republicans care more about the profits of the insurance industry than they do about 50 million Americans without health insurance.

  • Time for some guarded optimism

        It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Hey, wait a minute! Somebody already used that! Oh well, it’s a Dickens of a good opening.

  • Park Service comes to Bedford

    Long before the National D-Day Memorial opened in Bedford a decade ago, skeptics expressed doubts about its location and its ability to draw enough visitors to remain economically viable. ...

        The privately run Memorial, in the Blue Ridge foothills between Lynchburg and Roanoke, has struggled financially from the start. Shortly after the monument and grounds opened to the public, the foundation overseeing the property filed for bankruptcy amid serious allegations of mismanagement.

  • Letters 01/19/11

    Get tough on child porn