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Today's Opinions

  • Keeping internet access tax free

    Few people study their telephone and Internet bills closely, but it might be worth taking a second glance next month. Take a close look at your next phone bill, and at the bottom you will see a laundry list of access taxes. But if you look at your Internet service provider’s bill, those access taxes will be missing. Wouldn’t you like to keep it that way?

     

  • A Southside community pushes back against federal overreach

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

  • Right decision fixes a bad idea

    It was a bad idea from the start.
        Local schools need to be controlled by local folks, not the state.
        Last week Judge Charles E. Poston of the Norfolk Circuit Court ruled in favor of the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) and the city of Norfolk School Board and held the Opportunity Educational Institution (OEI) and its governing board unconstitutional.
        That was the right decision.
        We need less, not more, state and federal interference.

  • We must never forget!

        Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13)

        These anniversaries, especially the five-year anniversaries, of D-Day always remind me of why the National D-Day Memorial is vital. Folks often talk about how nice it is for the D-Day veterans to be able to see it, but its mission — remember, it’s a memorial — is to make sure we remember all those guys who never lived to see it.

  • Eric Cantor and ‘The Great Betrayal’

    While one Virginia politician was making national headlines last week, another one lit a fire in the same kind of partisan fight that had brought down the first one.
        Eric Cantor and Phil Puckett may not know each other, but they found themselves front-line players in the same fight: the ideological battle between the few common sense Republicans left, and the “tea party” fanatics who imagine themselves on some holy mission, like the Crusaders of old.

  • Decision needed serious discussion

    By Doris McCabe
    Bedford

        The central issue at the June 9 Board of Supervisors / Planning Board’s public hearing was that zoning regulations effectively blocked an entire industry – Confined Animal Feeding Operations -- from doing business in Bedford County.

  • Making veterans care more accessible

    As more information surfaces, the severe mismanagement and “lack of integrity” within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health system has grown increasingly clear. A nationwide audit of access and wait times at 731 VA facilities was released just days ago. The results were highly alarming and only added to my serious concerns about veterans’ access to medical care. The audit found that more than 57,000 veterans have waited at least 90 days for their first appointment at a VA facility.

  • Making strides toward enhancing our veterans’ health care

    By Congressman Robert Hurt