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Today's Opinions

  • Standing with Israel

    The United States and Israel share a strong bond. Since Israel declared its independence in 1948, the U.S. has developed a positive relationship with Israel based on shared democratic values and common security interests. Israel has proven to be a valuable American ally since.

  • Working with Israel to prevent a nuclear Iran

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    Last Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint meeting of Congress.  It was a great honor to have Prime Minister Netanyahu come to the United States and speak to both Houses of Congress.

     

  • Teachers’ union misses an opportunity

        It seems like the teachers’ union just can’t seem to avoid whining when they ask for a pay raise. When Chad Honeycutt, a teachers’ union representative, argued before the board of supervisors for a teacher pay raise, his presentation included the results of a poll to which 100 teachers responded. Some claimed they must have second jobs to make ends meet. Later, one of the slides in his Power Point presentation stated that the average teacher salary in Bedford County is $41,023.

  • Religion a useful tool for conservatives

        For very good reasons, the “religiousright” in America seems to get a lot of attention from the mainstream press, but few would know there’s also a “religious left.”
        Decades ago, the late Rev. Jerry Falwell and his minions created “Christian conservatism” out of thin air, using emotional hysteria over abortion as an anchor to launch a new politics from the right.

  • Boating safety education law stays intact

        The General Assembly completed its work a day early this year, adjourning on Friday, February 27.  That is a pretty dramatic contrast to last year’s session, which ended without a budget and immediately went into a special session to resolve the impasse.  So instead of finishing our work in June, we actually finished in February.

  • Senate passes conservative, fiscally sound budget

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    23rd District

        The 2015 Virginia General Assembly Session finished Sine Die on Friday, February 27.  I am proud to report that we completed our work one day early and successfully dealt with most of the priority issues of the session. 

  • Session ends early

    By Del. Terry Austin
    19th District

        Last week, the General Assembly wrapped up the 2015 session.  We adjourned early for the first time in 15 years, adopted a balanced budget, and offered positive solutions to issues important to Virginians.

  • ISIS in America

    With increasing regularity, Americans are bearing witness to the depravity of terrorists claiming the mantle of “The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” or ISIS, but also sometimes referred to as ISIL.  Relatively unknown to many in America just a few years ago, ISIS relishes in their own barbarity with videos depicting the murders of prisoners. As we have seen recently in Denmark, France, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Germany, these terrorists are intent on destroying our way of life.