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Today's Opinions

  • There’s still much to do

    By Sen. Steve Newman
    23rd District

        It is doubtful the 2013 session of the Virginia General Assembly will have a week more eventful than this one.  Amendments to the biennial budget, the continuing debate over transportation funding proposals, and crossover all garnered headlines this week.  With just two weeks remaining until the scheduled end of session on February 23, there’s still much to be done.

  • Burn Ban to begin February 15

        The Commonwealth’s 4 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect Feb. 15, 2013  which is traditionally the start of spring fire season in Virginia.

  • Conservatism on life support

    Wherever you look in politics and government, you see trends that reflect liberal and progressive goals and a rejection of conservative ideas.
        First and foremost is the result of the November, 2012 election. Republicans ran against Barack Obama by branding him as a big-government extremist, with many even calling him a socialist.

  • The Great Budget War

        Congressional Republicans and President Barack Obama are currently embroiled in their latest battle in The Great Budget War. The year began with a deal, in which President Obama got 90 percent of what he wanted, that prevented the country from going over the “fiscal cliff.” Republicans got virtually nothing for their concessions on taxes.

  • Letters 02/06/13

    Bad news

        The Bedford County Supervisors’ latest zoning proposal is Bad News for Bedford. If you care about lower taxes, better jobs, good schools, preservation of scenic vistas or just protecting the value of your real estate, their proposed changes will be bad for you.

  • “It is time that Washington balances its budget”

    By Congressman Robert Hurt

     

    Each month I tape a video address to provide an update on the work we are doing in Washington and in the 5th District. You may read our January video address below and watch it at www.hurt.house.gov:

     

    January Video Address Text

  • Protecting against executive branch power grabs
  • A vote against Gov.’s transportation plan

    This week saw unseasonably warm temperatures come to Richmond, immediately followed by the customarily frigid temperatures that bring in the month of February.  We are now at the halfway point of the General Session, and during the week ahead we will pass crossover and both the House and Senate will consider respective their respective versions of legislation amending the state’s two-year budget.  As a result, the week to come is one of the most eventful of the General Assembly session.