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Today's Opinions

  • Personal agenda

        Attorney General Mark Herring continues to follow his own agenda, rather than the rule of law.
        Last week, Herring decided it was prudent to grant in-state tuition to some students who immigrated to Virginia illegally as children.
        The problem is, for the second time in just a few short months, he circumvented the legislative process, opting instead to bypass what Virginia law says and create his own law.

  • A thought on ending the strife

        I’ve been thinking about how to end the strife that’s been getting a lot of attention recently.
        No, I’m not talking about the fighting in Eastern Ukraine. I’m talking about the current hissing and spitting contest between the board of supervisors and the school board over the budget.

  • Study: America no longer a democracy

        There was a story a few weeks ago that breezed through the news cycle in about 24 hours – as most of them do – and left, probably without a lot of Americans paying any attention, or really thinking about it.
        It was a comprehensive study conducted by academics who spent years on interviews trying to determine where the power really is in this country.

  • Our children are not for sale

    Human trafficking is an extensive problem worldwide. Even though many of these crimes occur outside of the public eye, the impacts are very real. According to the FBI, sex trafficking is the fastest growing business of organized crime and the third largest criminal enterprise in the world.

  • Working to put forth pro-growth policies that will stimulate our fragile economy

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Truly Special were these Olympics

    It was meant to be.
        When Alicia Schneider learned her adaptive physical education students at Liberty High School wouldn’t be able to participate in Roanoke’s Special Olympics this year because it was supposed to be held over Bedford County’s spring break, she knew she needed to take action.
        And act she did.

  • Like a refugee column

        Ukraine’s army, such as it is, provides a good illustration about why Ukraine is so vulnerable to Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin’s efforts to pull it apart.

  • Cliven Bundy: A true GOP voter

    You know, I didn’t want to spend a column on that backward Nevada rancher who has made such a fool out of himself trying to graze his cattle for free on government-owned land.
        But he’s so typical of many American conservatives these days that I just couldn’t resist. If they were to truly pay attention here, many Republicans could learn a lesson about how to get back into the good graces of the modern American voter and finally win some national elections.