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Today's Opinions

  • Proposed bonuses replaced by salary increases

    By Senator Steve Newman

        As you have heard me express before, I am very proud to be a part of the Senate of Virginia.  But I am particularly proud this session for the way the Senate addressed compensation for State employees who have been overlooked for too long.

  • Municipal broadband bill ensures transparenc

    By Delegate Kathy Byron

        This week at the Capitol, the House and Senate approved their respective packages of amendments to Virginia’s 2016-2018 Bien-nial Budget. The challenge to amending the budget this year is the presence of $1.2 billion shortfall in anticipated revenues.  So, some areas of spending must be cut, while still providing for core services and addressing critical needs.

  • Betsy DeVos, enemy of public schools

        The absurdities of the Trump regime occur on such a near-daily basis that it makes it difficult for a weekly columnist to reflect upon them all in a timely way.
        Since his lightly-attended inauguration and his brief, angry inaugural address, Trump’s rule has been marked by the details of his personality and his temperament: Chaos, controversy, and “alternative facts.”

  • Putin is Obama’s legacy

        
        There has been a lot of talk about Barack Obama’s legacy.
        Some, like the ObamaCare, with its skyrocketing premiums and policies with astronomical deductibles remain in effect. Yes, we hear a lot about how many people, who had no medical insurance, now have health insurance coverage. We don’t hear a lot about how many people are actually getting better health care, considering how high the deductibles are on most ObamaCare policies

  • Letters 02/08/17

    Two Emmylou’s and a Dwight
     
        When did concerts become so expensive?  My BFF-husband priced upcoming Emmylou Harris, also “Da-Wight” Yoakum.  My Stars, $100 a ticket!  Howcome?  Willie/Merle, John Anderson, and Pam Tillis were more generous (about $40-$50 a ticket), David Crosby $69.  Super-talented Tellico at Bower Center awhile back was less than $20.

  • Gorsuch: A great pick

    The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest court in the land. Established by Article III of the Constitution, the men and women appointed to the Supreme Court have the responsibility of deciding some of the toughest constitutional questions facing our country today. Just days ago, President Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the next Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

     

  • Broadband bill requires government transparency

    oted that the pace of activity in the House was about average for a short session.  Short sessions are necessarily more hectic than long ones, because even with limitations placed on the number of bills delegates can submit, it still takes a lot of time, attention, and patience to consider nearly 2,500 bills and resolutions in 46 days.

  • Budget requires no tax increase

    By Senator Steve Newman

        Well, we’re halfway through this 2017 General Assembly session. Tuesday marks crossover, the day when each chamber must complete work on the bills filed by its members.  With one notable exception, the Senate must have either approved or rejected every bill filed by a senator and the House must have done the same with every bill filed by a delegate.