Today's Opinions

  • Veterans’ diseases associated with Agent Orange

    By Bob Kibler

        Veterans who served in Vietnam between August 5, 1964, and May 7, 1975, (or were in country between February 28, 1961, and August 5, 1964) or served in a unit in or near the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) anytime between April 1, 1968, and August 31, 1971, and who have a disease VA recognizes as associated with Agent Orange exposure are presumed to have been exposed to herbicides.

  • Ken Cuccinelli’s troubled campaign

    As Labor Day approaches and the Virginia governor’s race kicks into high gear, one thing is clear at this point: Ken Cuccinelli is losing.
        You’d think it would be Democrat Terry McAuliffe who’s in trouble, after $5 million dollars worth of negative ads against him have been running all summer. But the Republican Governor’s Association, who paid for the ads, apparently doesn’t know much about Virginia politics.

  • Some thoughts on immigration reform

        The Wall Street Journal published an interview with Russell Moore in its Aug. 17-18 weekend  edition that got me thinking about immigration reform. Moore is the incoming president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. The article quotes Moore as saying that “we’re not going to deport 11 million people without a big government police state.”

  • Mission accomplished

        This month began with the Justice Department filing sealed indictments against several unnamed suspects in the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi last year. This is the attack that left our ambassador to Libya and three others dead. According to an Aug. 6 Wall Street Journal article, one of these suspects is said to be Ahmed Abu Khattalah, founder of Libya’s Islamist militia Ansar al-Sharia. The article stated that Abu Khattalah was seen at the compound when it was overrun.

  • True concerns

    It really shouldn’t come as any surprise—President Obama has once again taken the low road when it comes to addressing real concerns of his administration.
        And, in doing so, he once again offered his critics the proverbial boot in the rear as he sent them out the door.

  • The Senate immigration bill is not the solution

    Nearly everyone agrees that we need to fix our nation’s broken immigration system, but the House and Senate are taking two very different approaches to solving this complex issue. The Senate recently passed a massive 1,000 page immigration bill; however, it largely fails to address the problems with our current immigration system.



  • Aid and Attendance benefits

    By Bob Kibler
        Veterans and survivors who are eligible for a VA pension and require the aid and attendance of another person, or are housebound, may be eligible for additional monetary payment. These benefits are paid in addition to monthly pension, and they are not paid without eligibility to Pension.

  • E. W. Jackson’s extremism shining forth

        Virginia Republicans have a difficult job trying to elect the “tea party” ticket they nominated for statewide office back in the spring.
        It’s bad enough that they’re saddled with the dubious candidacy of Ken Cuccinelli, the most ideological attorney general in the history of the state. He is a man who clearly used the office as his own personal platform for a right-wing agenda.