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Today's Opinions

  • House budget is irresponsible

    By Senator David Suetterlein

        This week, Virginia Senate and House of Delegate budget conferees began negotiations after a bipartisan coalition in the Senate voted to substitute the House-backed Obamacare expansion budget with the fiscally responsible ($3.3 billion smaller) Senate plan.

  • House budget puts state’s fiscal future at risk

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        With one week left in the 2018 General Assembly session, agreements are being reached on legislation while conferees are beginning what promises to be the most challenging negotiations on the budget since 2014.
        The differences between the House and Senate budgets garnered most of the media coverage this week.  What was overlooked in these accounts was a stand taken by myself and several of fellow delegates before formal negotiations began.

  • Arming teachers is a lousy idea

        In 1999, after the first school gun massacre in Littleton, Colorado, the National Rifle Association barely waited two weeks to show up in town to hold a rally.
        Then-NRA President Charleton Heston stood on stage, held up a rifle, and uttered their macho chant popular at the time, “From my cold dead hands.”

  • Counting chickens

        Liberals are not getting a whole lot of news to support their hopes for an electoral disaster for Republicans in the fall.

  • Letter 02/28/18

    A new vision

        I was attracted to the abundance of natural beauty and the potentials when I made my home here in 1990.
        It feels like it’s time for a new vision to take hold here. In this vision county officials and various department heads share a common set of goals and operating principles: service, integrity, mutual respect, practical protections for water and air quality, and for our forests, soils and historic properties.

  • Budgets take very different approaches

    By Senator Steve Newman

        This week at Virginia’s Capitol, the House and Senate approved their respective versions of the Commonwealth’s 2018-2020 Biennial Budget.

  • One of the most responsible budgets the House Appropriations Committee has ever produced

    By Delegate Scott Garrett

  • Senate budget is a better approach

    By Senator David Sutterlein

        This week the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates approved their respective versions of the Commonwealth’s 2018-2020 Biennial Budget. There is no perfect budget, but the Senate budget that four Democratic senators and every Republican senator voted to approve is clearly the better approach for the Commonwealth and her taxpayers.