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Today's Opinions

  • The stakes are enormously high

    By Senator Tim Kaine

    I’m proud to represent the state that’s more connected to the military than any other. Communities across the Commonwealth are defined by the service members and their families, installations, shipyards, airfields and historical battlefields. So when we’re faced with the issue of sexual assault in our Armed Forces, it shakes the military culture – and the surrounding communities – to the core. 

     

  • We must continue to focus on job creation

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    At a time when high school and college students from Virginia’s 5th District and across the country are graduating and looking for career opportunities, one would think news headlines would focus on Friday's unemployment report and the continued weakness of our economy. Instead, our news is saturated with evidence of an overreaching federal government.

     

  • Route 58 energy tour demonstrates need For Commonsense Energy Policies

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

    This past week, I traveled throughout Southside visiting communities along Route 58 to discuss the impact of high energy prices. After making over 30 stops, it is clear that 5th District Virginians continue to suffer from Washington’s failure to adopt a sensible energy policy.

     

  • Can you hear us now?

    t sounded good, didn’t it.
        It’s going to help us catch all the bad guys; it will help us stop them before they do any more harm.
        The Patriot Act will solve everything.
        That’s what we thought we needed, in the days following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. At least some of us did.
        But even the best of intentions can lead one down a road best left not traveled.
        We found that out this past week.

  • A message for our graduates: Seek opportunity

    A wise man named Albert Einstein once said, “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”  As high school and college students across the Sixth District don caps and gowns, walk across the stage, and accept a diploma, we are reminded of the great opportunities fostered by education and hard work. 

     

  • Military scandals must be addressed

    His attorney announced last week that U.S. Army staff sergeant Robert Bales will plead guilty to the murder of 16 Afghan civilians, most of them children, in order to avoid the death penalty.
        The attack, the worst U.S. atrocity of the long occupation of Afghanistan, happened in March of 2012, when Bales left his base on two separate occasions to carry out the murders.

  • How long can we get away with it?

        A couple of weeks ago I read a news article about a hand-written letter that North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong-un, sent to China’s President Xi Jinping. The letter was hand delivered by a high-ranking North Korean army officer who wore a “Mao suit” instead of a military uniform. The exact contents of the letter are unknown, but the article stated that it was part of an effort by North Korea to build better ties with China.

  • Time for a change

    Eric Holder has to go.
        Controversial from the start, the US Attorney General has gone so far over the line even many on his side of the fence have had enough.
        Just this week, when asked by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte to go on the record to explain his contradictory testimony—as in what he said about not wanting to punish journalists just doing their job, while at the same time seeking to do just that—Holder refused to appear, instead having a subordinate file a letter on his behalf.